martedì 14 dicembre 2010

A day of doom and gloom

So, Berlusconi is still `alive and kicking'.
The government gained the majority in both branch of the Parliament (in the Lower room with just 314 MPs vs 311).
The government won thank's (technically) to the indecision of Fini's new party (right-wing), that, after splitting this summer with Berlusconi's party and having presented the motion against the government, was not able to have a coherent behavior (not all its members voted against Berlusconi).
Then the MPs' market that Mr B carried out in the last weeks made the rest (and I talk about market with good reason: our current electoral law allows MPs to legally change from one party to another, the only constraint being their own conscience (if they have one at all).
By the way, the Procure of Rome is now investigating because it seems, that beside a bad practice there have also been real bribery.
The case of two of them is exemplar.
Mr Razzi, from IDV (left wing) joined Berlusconi's side because Mr B offers him to be in the next election's list and xxx also claimed that di Pietro, leader of his former party, treated him badly (I am not kidding).
Mrs Polidori, one of the deputy who joined the new party of Fini, voted today for Berlusconi. This is more explicable, not because an affinity in the ideal, but because this lady is the owner of CEPU, the biggest private school/university organization, to which Mr B.'s government has given in the past months much of the money once destined to public education.

So this is it, now Mr B. has proved that he can do anything, he will escape his processes and destroy the remaining good things (?) of our poor country.
Sometimes I ask myself what country is this, that still appreciates a leader who shames his own country, who cares only for his personal affairs, who betray the Constitution and use his powers for his personal aims.
Is there something to still fight for?

Today is the day of doom and gloom, tomorrow will be the day of anger.

We will not stop fighting, even if we feel hopeless.
Keep on fighting, Intellectual Fighters!

domenica 12 dicembre 2010

12-12-1969 12-12-2010

Today is the anniversary of the massacre in Piazza Fontana, Milan.
Another massacre, probably carried out by fascist/right-wing forces, left without justice.

In memory of the victims:

Arnoldi Giovanni,
China Giulio,
Corsini Eugenio,
Dendena Pietro,
Gaiani Carlo,
Galatioto Calogero,
Garavaglia Carlo,
Gerli Paolo,
Mocchi Vittorio,
Papetti Gerolamo,
Pasi Mario,
Perego Carlo,
Sangalli Oreste,
Scaglia Angelo,
Silva Carlo,
Valè Attilio,
Pinelli Giuseppe.

giovedì 2 dicembre 2010

Italian Students-Protest

I will tell you a story about myself.

I am 25 years old and I left Italy in October 2009, after having been awarded (in February) my MA degree with honour grades.
During the last months of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 I was involved in the student protest against the new Education Reform: merging different kinds of high school, bigger classes (more than 35 students), less humanistic subjects, cut to the number of teachers, closure of the smallest primary schools (in a territory like Italy, where the links between big cities and little towns are not easy at all), no afternoon for primary school and in general cuts to the fundings for public school in favor of fundings to private (mostly catholic school), cuts and privatization of public Universities (no more scholarship for poor students, destruction of departments with less than 50 senior lecturers, limited contracts for young researchers that can not be renewed for more than 3 years, teaching-post at 0 euro/month).

We organized a massive protest throughout six months, occupying Universities all across Italy.
We marched in Rome -students of every level from the kids of primary school to the young researchers- we were about a million and other protests were held at the same time other big Italian cities.
One of the few information program of the Public tv, Annozero, dedicated an entire episode to the Protest.
They called us `the Wave".

The first part of the reform, concerning high-school and primary school, became law a few days later.

I left in October 2009, with few hopes for coming back.

Tonight the same informative program is dedicating again an episode to the students-protest.
We did not stop fighting and now, after some months of quiet organization, students and researchers have been striking for more than one month all across Italy.
They occupied the major Italian monuments, starting from the Leaning Tower in Pisa, then the Colisseum; they blocked railways, airports and highways.
All the universities are now occupied, the protest in Rome was bigger than last year's.
Still the second part of the reform passed in the Lower branch without problems.
Italian University is far from perfect, in some places professors comes all from the same family (!), there are faculties which offer far too specialized fields of study. It is all true.
On the other end, we are the country in Europe that spends less in research and education, where even the private sectors do not want to invest in; even if our researchers are highly productive and gladly welcomed all over the world (and therefore are producing richness!).

Now, my tiny hope for a better Italy has just gone.