Sunday, December 07, 2008

US Terrorism: Interview to Noam Chomsky (Part 1)

Anyone who knows me a little also knows of my admiration for professor Noam Chomsky. I'm a journalist and after reading the analyses he has done with professor Edward Herman on the media world, I'm not sure if it's the case I thank them or regret I have ever read their work, as they opened my eyes on how men could violate the most beautiful profession.
Chomsky is one of the few scholars with the courage to publicly denounce the crimes carried out by the USA all over the world since the end of World War II.
Not only can Chomsky open our eyes on how world affairs are completely interest driven and Western powers are not even close to such a thing called democracy, but his work gives everybody the tools to carry out further research.
On the day of his 80th birthday, the only think we can say to Noam Chomsky is thanks for his great contribution in making the world a better place.

US terrorism: interview to Noam Chomsky (Part 2)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Desperate Catholic Church seeks help in Antonio Gramsci

Catholic bros are aware of the fact that their pulpits are losing grounds. And I would be surprised if that weren't the case. In an era in which is not possible to torture and burn eretics and scientists anymore, archbishop De Magistris' revelation reeks of desperation: Antonio Gramsci, according to the bishop, would have embraced the catholic faith before dying.

Obviously, the credit crunch has hit hard also Vatican City that, in the philosophy that today nothing is to be wasted, captures the option of smearing one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century, who, of course, happens to be dead for more than 70 years.

Not happy enough in brainwashing populace with fairy tales, the holy chaps breathe their last as they try to captivate educated people's interest. Their efforts, however, find me wondering: how carefully has De Magistris read Gramsci's Prison Notebooks? How carefully has De Magistris studied Gramsci's life?

Not carefully enough, I guess, if he doesn't know that the founder of Italian Communist Party preferred spending ten years in prison than giving up on his ideology and integrity. Not carefully enough if he doesn't know that one of the main battles that Gramsci carried out even from prison was against people's ignorance, which is, on the contrary, exactly what the church is based on.

If monsignore wants to look cool, he'd better denounce church crimes all over the world instead of wasting his time sullying Gramsci's memory.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Middle Age Church in 2008 Italy

The husband comes back from work, tired and hungry. He approaches his bedroom and instead of getting changed for dinner, he finds his wife in bed with "the other." Now, fate wanted that this "other" was a priest. So far so creepy.

What does "the husband" do? He stalks out the door and runs to the local church to disturb the high-ranking celestial spheres. If in the hope, at least, of a good telling-off for the naughty parish, our friend is soon disappointed.
Not only has he to face his wife's betrayal, but also a sullen bishop macking a mockery of him with a cheap lesson aptly chosen from his holy books: "Don't judge if you don't want to be judged."

This is not a sit-com, the unfortunate event happened in Chioggia, near Venice. If someone could be led to think of the bishop's reaction as an openness to modernity from the clerical world, the end of the lesson reassures them that, from the Middle Age to the present time, nothing has changed in the Catholic Church standpoints. Chioggia's bishop, in the diocesan magazine, warns the faithful: "Let's not forget that although in a community many support the priest, there are also people who, directly or indirectly, induce him into temptation."

We got it, it's the woman's fault. Of course it is. Is it not "the woman" a evil's object, after all? Our do-gooder has tried his best to resist, but sometimes it's just to hard. If I wasn't from Italy, I would have found this fact hard to believe, but since I know how arrogant clerical representatives can be, the only thing I can say is that, after all, priests are men and, as everybody else, sinners.

If Vatican City was ruled by more humble and coherent people, heinous criminals such as the paedophile priests, would be promptly stopped, instead of allowing them to keep ruining children's happiness.

But this is just a common place. How can people demand such a civic attitude from people I can define "mentally disturbed" at best? How can we expect some miserable bishop taking the responsibility for some miserable priest's ridiculous mistake, if the so-called "God's banker" Paul Marcinkus is accused to be involved the kidnapping and murder of fifteen-year-old Emanuela Orlandi, in 1983.

The same Marcinkus is also involved in what is considered "the strange death" of Pope John Paul I, Albino Luciani for the secular state, who lasted in power only a couple of months, too short to impose a radical change within the Catholic Church, but long enough to make people hope in such a transformation.
Too bad, money-suckers preferred the old way and apparently John Paul II met all requirements.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Literature and guns

It doesn't happen very often that something leaves me speechless but yes, this morning was one of those rare times.

An article on the Star Telegram left me astonished: teachers and staff in a school of Harrold, Texas, will be carrying guns during school hours. Honestly I don't know what horrified me the most, the fact that I really can't picture my former teachers (or my mother, teacher in high school!) with a gun in the class, or the fact that I can't myself make any suggestion after the Virginia Tech massacre and the Amish school shooting in Pennsylvania.

The headmasters of American schools must be frightened at the idea that something like this is a sad record in the United States educational system and that their biggest challenge is to prevent their school from being the next one.

But what if accidentally one of the gun remains out of the teacher's reach for a second and falls in the wrong hands? Is it not dysfunctional for kids to study in an environment where guns are accepted? Will this have consequences in their young minds? Will they think that having a gun it is not so big deal?

Dealing with children is always difficult and handling such matters is a considerable responsibility. All we can do for now is see what will be the experiment's outcome.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympic Games and war times

I've tried, but nothing, I can't force myself to enjoy this edition of the Olympic Games. I've always followed sport competitions where entire nations feel involved and support their favourite basketball player or swimmer.

But this year it's different. Only few days after the beginning of the games, the umpteenth war erupted. The very moment presidents and kings from all over the world were in the meet and greet mood, Georgian soldiers were planning to attack the Russian-backed region of South Ossetia, and last Friday they broke in.

Fears of a war between Georgia and Russia make what should be the carefree atmosphere of the games, hypocrite and grotesque.

The former superpower seems not to be able to live in a post-cold war world, where its senseless pride is anachronistic and sadly inappropriate. In a world where the war has become the easiest and sole answer, the parameters to measure emotions and priorities are constantly violated.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Smiley Berlusconi is back

October 1922, March on Rome by Benito Mussolini. April 2008, Berlusconi is elected Prime Minister for the third time. What's the difference? Mussolini was less rich. As dictatorship I would say we are nearly there. Of course, Berlusconi's one is much more subtle, you know, we are in modern times after all, we don't need physical violence to direct votes, Mediaset is more than enough to convince a couple of millions of idiots.

Anyway, Mr Berlusconi now controls the 90% of the Italian television and a good percentage of the press, which he directly owns. Now the star of Italian tv, a part from some naked showgirls as stupid as ducks, will be Emilio Fede who, no offence, makes me sick.

But the breakthrough of these last elections has been the pathetic Northern League, yes Bossi's henchmen, ready with smoking guns to protect Italian interests. They've been threatening an armed revolution for months and they haven't stopped yet, now it's becoming a bit old and nobody's scared anymore.

I honestly thought that after the scandal of few months ago, in which Mr Berlusconi asked the Director of Rai Antonio Saccà to introduce (read, impose) some nice girl in some tv show, more people would have understood how dangerous is a new Berlusconi regime. Actually the tape of the friendly Berlusconi-Saccà phone call has been published on the online version of the newspaper La Repubblica so everybody had the opportunity to listen to them. In an élan of patriotism I listened to them and I had the picture very clear: in a third world country business is run this way, I do a favour to you, you do a favour to me. I'm just wondering what kind of favour three girls will be able to do to Mr Berlusconi. With the high level of unemployment I'm happy that at least three more people now can bring home a salary, I'm sure well deserved.

And the left? What about Italian left? Well, everybody witnessed its funeral, it actually committed a suicide. First of all not doing the law against the conflict of interest that would have prevented Berlusconi from coming back to power. But maybe it was not convenient to the left parliamentarians either. So what do we expect, Mr Prodi?

We have what we deserve, the regime is back.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The show must go on

I thought nothing could surprise me anymore about Italy. Well, I was wrong.

What I’m about to tell you happened in Trento, main city of the region Trentino, close to the Alpi Mountains, beautiful churches and breathtaking landscapes.
It’s 8 am and the daily morning Holy Mass has just kicked off. The small crowd of believers is listening carefully to Father Peron’s advices to gain another 5% of Heaven when Mr. Pio Leita, 86, suddenly collapses and dies from heart attack.
Panic among the faithful, a doctor is called, he confirms the death but the body can’t be removed before the judge’s authorisation.

What now? Father Peron thinks it’s appropriate to keep on with the celebration, advices and holy songs. Why? To be correct with the other people, it wouldn’t be fair to transform the fact into a “case”.
Of course father, people die every day. To who, amazed, believes that at least for respect the priest should have stopped the celebration, the holy man replies: “Only who doesn’t know how the Mass works doesn’t understand my choice. We couldn’t stop, we’ve prayed for him”.

Ok, does this mean that the poor man got two funerals? Or that a Mass must go on no matter what?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Rotten Banana Republic

Here we are again. Italian government faces defeat at the second chamber's vote.

I'm not a fan of Italian politics, but today I read the news amazed and, since I don't live in Italy anymore, also a bit amused.

Italian political "trasformismo" is as famous as Italian pizza and these last events are showing that this bad habit didn't stop with Giolitti.

In a nutshell, today's government was defeated because Mr Prodi denied his support to Udeur's leader Clemente Mastella, former minister of justice, corrupt and under investigation. Not alone, however. To keep him good company his wife and half of his party.

It's quite unbelievable that a government denies its support to corruption, we are still talking about Italy, but yes, it happened. And the result is that this administration lost confidence at the Senate.

Who's crowing? Who's proud of Mastella's turns? Who likes entertaining among corrupt friends? Mr. Berlusconi, of course.

He's already claiming new elections and his best friend Bossi threatening an armed revolution: they don't have the arms yet, but they will find them. We trust you Umberto. We understand, we know you don't live in a civilized country, where you will be at least kicked out of the Parliament right now.

And while BBC's Christian Fraser suggests that something rotten is in Italy, I wonder: Are we sure that the mountains of rubbish are in Naples and not in Rome?
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