The Best Explainers For Understanding The U.K. Riots

For those who don’t keep up with politics in the U.K., the riots in London seemed to come out of nowhere. Suddenly images of young people setting cop cars on fire and dashing away with stolen electronics splashed across the papers. But of course, riots–and violence–are rarely random. That’s why explainers have been popping up all over the Internet in an attempt to parse the cultural, political and societal issues at play behind the riots. Here are the best explainers we’ve come across. Feel free to add yours in the comments!

What has happened so far?

  • England riots: Timeline and map of violence,” BBC News
    The BBC has a comprehensive timeline accompanied by a map and photo/video mashup that can help you get up to speed on what’s happened so far across the U.K.

Why are the riots occurring?

  • What’s Happening With the London Riots?“, Mother Jones
    In recent years Mother Jones has proven itself to be the king (queen?) of compelling explainers. This guide breaks components of the story into simple questions like “Why are the riots happening?” for maximum clarity and context.
  • London Riots: 4 Key Questions,” The Christian Science Monitor
    By deconstructing the origins of the U.K. riots into four major questions, The Christian Science Monitor delivers simple, easy-to-understand background on the events occurring across the pond.

Who exactly is rioting?

How has technology impacted the riots?

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