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Re: Italian Politics

Postby deja vu on Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:49 pm

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Rome, demanding the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The No B (Berlusconi) Day march was organised by grassroots groups via the internet and social networking sites. Mr Berlusconi faces separate tax fraud and bribery trials after he lost his immunity from prosecution in October. He denies the charges against him, insisting he is the victim of magistrates with a political agenda.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8397381.stm


His cry of victim is falling on deaf ears. He didn't help himself by trying to pass the immunity law.
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:22 pm

The Italian newspaper didn't have this story on its English page but someone threw an object striking Bersculoni's face. Photos show blood and what appears to be missing lower front teeth. The online translation was not clear about reason for toss, but suspect was taken away. *NOTE*-Blood is visible in the image shown in the link.

http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/politica/2009/12/12/visualizza_new.html_1645409161.html?idPhoto=5

Italian story link http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/politica/2009/12/12/visualizza_new.html_1645409161.html

Story and video link from New York paper: http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/13/video-of-berlusconi-after-attack-in-milan/?ref=global-home
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby smitty on Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:27 pm

Seem the Italian Prime Minister with his likeing of younger women is starting to fall apart to where even people in Italy are not to pleased with him in a number of matters.

In a way I am surprised as so many Italians sort of like a PM of this form, but guess it is starting to fall apart.
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby pretzels on Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:56 pm

The photos from the European paper are almost able to indicate missing teeth. Broken nose, not so much.

He will have some marks on his face. The video-you can see him wince or exclaim after impact.
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:24 pm

Civil protection chief back on the job
Bertolaso to head up landslide relief amid corruption probe
17 February, 17:48
(ANSA) - Rome, February 17 - Civil Protection Chief Guido Bertolaso, who tendered his resignation last week over an investigation into corruption charges, headed to Calabria on Wednesday to supervise relief efforts in areas devastated by landslides.

"If the Chamber of Deputies will permit, I would like to leave for the areas affected by landslides at once, as it is my habit to oversee these operations personally," he said during a Lower House commission hearing.

The question arose as Bertolaso responded to queries about a bill to revamp the civil protection agency, when MPs suggested his time might be better spent in Sicily and Calabria where a rash of mudslides has forced thousands of people from their homes. Bertolaso, 59, offered to step down last week when he was listed among suspects in a graft probe into public tenders to build the original site of the 2009 Group of Eight summit on the Sardinian island of La Maddalena. The civil protection chief has denied taking bribes or striking sex-for-favours deals with businessmen involved in the construction of the venue, which was later moved to the quake-hit town of L'Aquila in central Italy.
http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2010/02/17/visualizza_new.html_1704511622.html

The civil protection chief's first destination was the Calabrian town of Maierato, where all 2,300 residents were evacuated on Tuesday after a portion of hillside broke off, flooding the town with mud and debris. He will later head to the northeastern Sicilian town of San Fratello, which is being slowly buried beneath a massive mudflow.

Some 1,500 people have already fled their homes in San Fratello, with the remaining residents holding their breath in anticipation of rain forecast through Thursday.

San Fratello is just across the northeastern tip of Sicily from communities around the city of Messina, where 37 people were killed in flash floods last October.


Mudslides! Seems that water is moving soil like nothing if there is enough water volume to propel it.
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby pysanky on Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:33 pm

L'Aquila region still being built, yes? Only some people got homes last fall. Mud is covering village-San Fratello? Picture:
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This picture taken on February 15, 2010 shows damages after a landslide the day before in the village of San Fratello, west of Messina on the Italian island of Sicily. A house was destroyed and most of the inhabitants moved away from their houses. Photo courtesy AFP.

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Thousands_evacuated_in_Italy_after_landslides_report_999.html


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Mudflows have cut off roads around the town of Catanzaro and it is estimated that there have been 200 landslides in Calabria since Sunday. The environmental protection organisation Legambiente says that the whole region is at risk and blames deforestation and poor urban planning.


http://www.italymag.co.uk/italy/calabria/landslides-calabria-and-sicily Video links in article. FIrst video-house surrounded by mud! :o
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:57 pm

The last four paragraphs about the electoral "mud" being slung in Italy yields interesting reading.

The premier's approval rating has slipped recently in the wake of a corruption probe which has involved Guido Bertolaso, the high-profile head of Italy's civil protection department, and Denis Verdini, national coordinator for his PdL party.

Separately, an arrest warrant was issued on Tuesday for PdL senator Nicola Di Girolamo on charges of money laundering.

Berlusconi told his supporters that transcripts of wiretapped conversations published recently involving Bertolaso - one of Italy's most popular figures - were just a "heap of mud" because there was "no certainty" that crimes had been committed.

"We're all being wiretapped. We're in a police state. It's barbarous," said the premier, whose government wants to restrict the use of wiretaps. According to a poll released at the end of January, Berlusconi's personal approval rating had slipped two percentage points to 48% while one published last week by the left-leaning daily La Repubblica showed it had dipped another two percentage points to 46%.
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Wiretapping, police state--doesn't Mr. Berlusconi have a legislative hand in remedying those issues? Given his own legal matters, keeping company with people who later get their own legal matters in the news is becoming a routine. Time to leave politics or time to actually change things in politics?
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby pysanky on Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:03 pm

Mr. Berlusconi, please rebuild L'Aquila. Have sense to know you have fortunate life. Throw no mud and leave politics.
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby fishandchips on Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:37 pm

http://www.nrc.nl/international/Features/article2492352.ece/Italy_is_sick_of_its_own_corruption

Title says it all. Could Italy be another Euro currency concern, behind Greece and company, due to its own corruption issues?

Victims protest

Berlusconi has declared a state of emergency around more and more events over the past years. The organisation of the swimming World Cup, the G8 and the 150th anniversary of Italy all became the responsibility of Bertolaso. This way his agency received more money without having to bear the burden of tendering for construction activities. Many of these contracts went to "a clique" that divided up the work and drove up prices, an investigative judge in Florence said last week.

Berlusconi and Bertolaso regularly appeared on television to show off the results of their efforts. They were taped walking through the clean streets of Napoli and they showed new homes in L'Aquila. But the people of Napoli still complain that their trash is not stored as it should, while thousands of people from L'Aquila are still staying in hotels. Money earmarked for the reconstruction efforts was used to organise the G8 summit and to build a couple of model homes.

Last Sunday, thousands of earthquake victims protested in the centre of L'Aquila. They set up a "wailing wall", where they hung the keys to their broken homes. They plan to come to their wall every Sunday. This week, they are bringing wheelbarrows to move the rubble from the city centre themselves.


Oh, that summit and the premier's style of governing are bearing these results? Yikes--take leadership and correct the results, pronto.
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby deja vu on Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:53 pm

The coalition of Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has made gains at the expense of the centre-left in regional elections, partial results suggest.

With most votes counted, the coalition has a lead in six of 13 regions where voting took place. It previously controlled only two. The gains came despite Mr Berlusconi's recent personal and political scandals. Officials said turnout had been low by Italy's standards - about 64%, eight percentage points down on last time.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8594104.stm


I'm a little surprised given all the scandals that have surrounded him. He shouldn't celebrate too much though, low voter turnout is not something he should take lightly. Question is will he and the other parties address that issue or just ignore it.
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