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Leo Goretti: The last days of the Berlusconi empire

Leo Goretti: The last days of the Berlusconi empire

By Leo Goretti: On Tuesday evening, at the end of another day of petty parliamentary bargaining, the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced that he will resign once the Italian budget is approved by the Parliament. This step has allegedly been made to comply with the requests “of the European Commission” (this should probably read the BCE, the IMF, and the financial markets). After almost twenty years, it seems that the political trajectory of Berlusconi is about … Read entire article »

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Leo Goretti: Italy and the global neoliberal assault on democracy

Leo Goretti: Italy and the global neoliberal assault on democracy

By Leo Goretti On Friday, at the end of the G20 meeting in Cannes, the President of the EU Commission Josè Barroso announced that “Italy has asked on its initiative to the IMF to monitor its commitment to fiscal and economic reforms.”  This monitoring process will start immediately – next week, Barroso will fly to Rome with a group of IMF inspectors – and will be repeated every three months, in order “to verify” that the Italian … Read entire article »

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Kash Mansori: Italy’s Future

Kash Mansori: Italy’s Future

By Kash Mansori Italy’s Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is apparently going to propose some “shocking measures” in an attempt to get control of the downward spiral that the market for Italian government debt is currently experiencing. Most likely (thanks to the urging of Germany and France) these shocking measures will be composed primarily of sharp cuts in government spending. This will fail to help. The market is not worried about Italian debt dynamics because of excessive government spending. … Read entire article »

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Shift Magazine: More Work! Less Pay! Rebellion And Repression In Italy

Shift Magazine: More Work! Less Pay! Rebellion And Repression In Italy

By Shift Magazine Phil Edwards ‘More Work! Less Pay! Rebellion and Repression in Italy, 1972 – 1977’, Manchester University Press, 2010 Interest in the political experiments and struggles which engulfed Italy in the 1960s and 1970s are becoming fashionable again within parts of the anti-authoritarian left. Thinkers and texts from the Italian political laboratory of the time are being studied and discussed on blogs, radio shows and reading groups whilst the influence of contemporary participants in Autonomia … Read entire article »

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Ed Emery: Toni Negri & Mass Outrage

Ed Emery: Toni Negri & Mass Outrage

By Ed Emery Toni Negri was professor at the University of Padua, until he was jailed, charged with being leader of Italy’s Red Brigades. He hasn’t lost his sense of humour. When Toni Negri, now 78, writes and speaks, there is something Latinate in his linguistics, yet the discourse is clear, disciplined, lucid, and playful. His bearhug greeting is muscular and powerful, as are the workings of his formidable intellect. We need his kind of thinking, because … Read entire article »

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Carlo Ungaro: Is Italy On The Brink Of Debacle?

Carlo Ungaro: Is Italy On The Brink Of Debacle?

By Carlo Ungaro Source: openDemocracy The austerity measures will be felt primarily by a lower middle-class, already tested by the ever-growing divide between rich and poor in Italy. But a bleak political prospect goes well beyond the sense of panic caused by the economic and financial problems which beset the country. In the course of the past few weeks there has been growing, ever more insistent speculation both in Italy and abroad as to whether the ‘Greek contagion’ would … Read entire article »

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Federico Campagna: Autonomia And Lessons From The Italian Left

Federico Campagna: Autonomia And Lessons From The Italian Left

Autonomia and Lessons from the Italian Left; What can 2011 learn from Italy in the 1970s – with Federico Campagna from Zed Books. Listen: … Read entire article »

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Anna Marchi: The Worse Part Of Italy – A Post PC Story

Anna Marchi: The Worse Part Of Italy –  A Post PC Story

By Anna Marchi: This is a post PC story. It’s not a post Personal Computer story, it’s not a post Italian Communist Party story (though it may well be), it is a post Political Correctness story. Post implicates an ante, which is probably a misleading concept in the Italian context, but in the global world please allow the idea that we can be post PC, without having ever been there. On June 14th the web on this shore … Read entire article »

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Tremlett & Hooper: Protest in the Med – Rallies Against Cuts And Corruption Spread

Tremlett & Hooper: Protest in the Med – Rallies Against Cuts And Corruption Spread

By Giles Tremlett in Madrid and John Hooper in Rome: Sit-ins planned at parks and squares across Madrid, Rome, Barcelona, Milan, and Florence. A youth-led rebellion is spreading across southern Europe brought into focus by a new generation of protesters taking possession of squares and parks in cities around Spain, united by a rejection of mainstream politicians and fury over spending cuts. Protests are also planned in Italy, where the tag #italianrevolution is a trend on Twitter. Plans have been … Read entire article »

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Salma Shukrallah: Convoy Of Italian Activists Arrives In Cairo En Route To Gaza For Nakba Day

Salma Shukrallah: Convoy Of Italian Activists Arrives In Cairo En Route To Gaza For Nakba Day

By Salma Shukrallah: Carrying on the work of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni and stepping up calls for the right of Palestinians to return home, Italian and Egyptian activists to mark the Nakba with marches to Gaza. About eighty Italian activists arrived in Cairo on Wednesday as part of the “Stay Human” convoy heading to Gaza to participate in Nakba Day, the day that commemorates the creation of the state of Israel and the expulsion of Palestinians from … Read entire article »

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