GERMAN RADICALS turn to arson. “In a city haunted more by its extreme right-wing past, Berlin is in the throes of a renaissance of extremist, left-wing political activism. And torching cars, particularly expensive ones, has become the crime de rigueur. . . . Demonstrations and protests in Berlin have also become more violent. During the past seven months traditional street marches or political celebrations such as May Day — when 21 police were hurt and 102 arrests made — have degenerated into ugly confrontations between left-wing activists and an increasingly frustrated police force.” (Via Bruce Sterling).