The War in Ukraine Is Adding Fuel to the Fire of Cost-of-Living Protests

Workers protest in support of striking teachers, outside the National Assembly in Panama City, Panama.
Workers protest in support of striking teachers, outside the National Assembly in Panama City, Panama, July 13, 2022 (AP photo by Arnulfo Franco).

Across the world, there have been more than 8,200 protests and riots in response to the rising cost of living in the first seven months of this year alone. Although the actors involved represent broad, heterogeneous demographics, there are some clear patterns and takeaways that have already emerged.

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