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STRIPPED FROM HUMANITY!!! - Have YOU seen it yet?

Have YOU seen it yet? See it!

This is how we treat people in the 21st century, in the middle of Europe... Look carefully how people are STRIPPED from their Human Rights, their humanity - watch how our society is dealing with migrants, with fellow human beings who dream about better life and seek the new opportunities.

Do You feel shock, shame, despair, me too, but They even more!

 

Italy's Delicate Balancing Act: Berlusconi in the Balance, Italy on the block

The recent surprise success of the Movimento Cinque Stelle (Five Star Movement, or M5S) in Italy's recent elections and the heavy losses suffered by both Berlusconi and his centre-left counterparts in the Democratic Party have produced a kind of Mexican standoff in which the stakes are not just who will form the next Italian government, but how the country's politicians will deal with enormous social and economic challenges in an EU country which is truly 'too big to fail'.

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Purging State Media

In the past few days, both flagship newscasts by Italy's state-owned public service RAI, Tg1 and Tg2, have made 'mistakes' in reporting the dates for the four referenda, stating they would be held on June 13 and 14, while they will actually be held on June 12 and 13. Tg1 made this mistake two days ago, but even more incredibly Tg2 repeated that mistake yesterday. How is it possible for both programmes to get it wrong, not least on two different days?

Another Week in the Post-democratic Trenches

After surprising electoral defeats, average democratic leaders would eat humble pie.

Berlusconomics

Ratings agencies may have been roundly (and rightly) booed over the past few years for the deep flaws in their work, but markets and governments still pay attention, especially when ratings for weak economies are downgraded.

Berlusconi's defeat

Berlusconi's personal reputation and political position took a blow today: in the run-off elections between his right-wing party candidates and left-wing independents, Letizia Moratti and Nicola Lettieri were roundly trounced. In Berlusconi's Milan stronghold, Moratti was roundly defeated by 55.1% to 44.9% by lawyer and former communist Gianluigi Pisapia. In Naples, former anti-corruption judge Luigi De Magistris gained 66% against a right-wing candidate whose political patron is being investigated for links to the most powerful Camorra clan, the Casalesi.

Berlusconi's Guilt

Berlusconi constantly says the accusations made against him in court are groundless, because he's never been found guilty. Not so fast - let's have a look at his most prominent trials so far:

1. Perjury in the 'P2 case': Accusation with foundation: the Court of Appeal says Berlusconi is guilty, but he is saved by an amnesty

Spaghetti Orientalism: From Tunis to Schengen

We have recently been treated to the unedifying spectacle of EU governments scrambling to 'revise Schengen': no sooner had France and Italy called for this, than Denmark put customs officers on its borders with Germany and Sweden. Thinly-veiled xenophobia has been lurking in the background throughout. As soon as refugees began arriving in Italy, Italian politicians began crying blue murder. Roberto Maroni, in particular, spoke of a "human tsunami".

Number Crushing

As the temperature heats up in the Northern hemisphere's spring, so does the political temperature. Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy have all seen various protest movements over the past few months (or, in Italy's case, years).

Re: Italy's unnoticed opposition

Not that much yet - although some demos are being organised using solidarity with Spain as a rallying motive. There is also evidence of inspiration across borders, particularly from the south Mediterranean to the north, but no direct links. This kind of opposition movement in Italy has been around for a good few years -- Girotondi, Purple People, Cinquestelle, etc. -- and have achieved often great support in numbers (e.g. the 1 million ca. who demonstrated in Rome on December 5th 2009), but have almost always gone unnoticed by the Anglophone press.

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