We Are All Scum Now!
French Interior Minister Nichlas Sarkozy started a political firestorm in France (and sabotaged his chances of ever becoming Président de la République) when he used the racism-charged word, racaille ("scum") to refer to nocturnal suburban rioters.
Today is International Student Day and as usual, the "revisionist" holiday bypassed the United States. However, in Italy, students took to the streets by the thousands in 70 cities to show solidarity and to protest new national legislation slashing the education budget and raising univeristy fees. The now disinherited youth of Italy echo the Franco-African cry for help (in French) by a banner reading, We Are All Scum Now.