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On the eve of the biggest Greek strike since the right-wing junta was overthrown almost three decades ago, VICE travels to Athens to meet up with the people behind it. Students, anarchists, trade unionists, and communists let us into their squats to discuss the current government and why it must burn.

http://www.vice.com/vice-news/teenage-riot-athens-full-length

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August was dominated by news of the fall of Tripoli, rioting in Britain, the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and the famine in the Horn of Africa. This selection of our top photos of the month includes these news stories alongside the IAAF championships in Daegu, Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s release and Thailand’s election of their first female prime minister. Warning: Graphic content

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My lens changes focus with agility and it locks most often on a dog running in and out of its view trying to capture a water jet aimed by riot police at hundreds of student protesters.

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Itdrewitself created this timelapse video showing the fires over London after the riots that erupted last week. I have to say that what happened shocked me. I have been thinking of going to England for a week or so this fall just because I enjoyed the time I spent there so much last time I visited. It saddens me to see that the disparity between rich and poor, the uncertainty about the future and the dismal state of the Western economy has inspired the youth to behave so violently. I am surprised something like this hasn’t happened yet in the U.S. Time magazine has already released a cover with the headline ‘The Decline and Fall of Europe”. I hope that isn’t what we are witnessing. I think it’s getting harder to hide the truth that money, economy and trading is all based on a broad assumption of acceptance and agreement in the belief of an orderly system. Intrinsically we all know money has no real value except what value people agree that it has. Maybe the reality is just finally becoming too difficult to uphold and it’s time for a new reality. One thing is for certain the wealth gap has become a real problem and someone has to answer for it. You can fool some people sometime but you can’t fool all the people all the time.

In the meantime, our hearts go out to those that are so angry that they decided to behave in such a manner and our thoughts go equally with those who were injured and robbed. Unfortunately it seems that the anger is once again misdirected and those who should really answer for the current state of affairs are still avoiding justice while we fight amongst ourselves.

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Toby Melville / Reuters

A man looks at a looted florist shop in Ealing in west London, August 9, 2011. Prime Minister David Cameron will today hold crisis talks after three nights of riots, looting and arson by masked, hooded youths that wrecked shopping centres in many parts of London and spread to other cities.

More images in our slideshow.

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