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Bill Ayers lives on: Amid rising discontent in Europe, London playwright launches 'Weathermen' drama

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The shortlist for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars later this month includes one of the hit European movies of 2009 - "The Baader Meinhof Complex."

From Berlin to London, cinema-goers have been flocking to see the dramatic account of the eponymous left-wing terrorist group, also known as the Red Army Faction (RAF), which wreaked havoc across Germany in the '70s and '80s.

As it happens, the film’s German release came just weeks before one of the last two jailed RAF militants was controversially freed from jail, as chronicled in the Monitor.

But the movie is also resonating with the young people in Europe, where an increasingly bitter recession appears to be setting the stage for a rebirth of the violent left.

Europe’s youths are again at the forefront of often turbulent protests, including unrest in Athens and the government-toppling riots in Reykjavik (to be fair, the Iceland unrest included young and old). Reports from France last month credited its intelligence services with warning of a violent new threat from a continent-wide network of militants not unlike the RAF.

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