mercoledì 23 marzo 2011

Generation War

Italian Constitution Art. 11

Italy rejects war as an instrument of aggression against the freedom of other people and as a means for settling international controversies; it agrees, on conditions of equality with other states, to the limitations of sovereignty necessary for an order that ensures peace and justice among Nations; it promotes and encourages international organizations having such ends in view.

Few days ago we declared war against Libia, namely in support of the revolts against Gaddafi. I don't have the knowledge nor the tools to analize a revolt/revolution that is still taking shape and is still partially obscure in its aims.
However entering into a conflict in a stage where the revolt is being suffocated is a bit suspicious to me: why waiting so long (and let so many people be killed)? If the aim is really to help the population in their quest for freedom, why this horrible delay?

Then Italy is as always the double looser of the situation. As Marco Travaglio said in his weekly editorial this week, Italy is allied with Gaddafi by a recent agreement of collaboration and not-aggression voted by the majority and the bigger opposition party (PD). Berlusconi, even in these last hours, is not hiding his sympathy for the dictator. And yet his government accepted to enter into war, with the Lega being strongly against it (not for a new sense of pacifism and diplomacy, but worried about the consequences in terms of immigration and rising prices of fuel).
On the other hand Italy is a part of Nato and this government has always been pro-Usa and it wouldn't have been strong enough to refuse acces to its military bases neither to the States, nor to the other European countries. As always, we choose the mid-way.

In our constitution is written that `Italy rejects war', yet the authors of this blog have seen their countries in at least four wars in less than fifteen years (and none of these countries was actually directing his hostility toward Italy).
Food for thoughts, I guess.

Work in progress

We didn't give up, we are just currently solving some mainteinance issues, but we will soon come back with new articles on what is going on in Italy.

domenica 13 febbraio 2011

Wake up Italy!

ENGLISH version:
Wake Up Italy! London gets moving again

"Wake up Italy!" is the slogan chosen by Italians in London who will take to the streets once again on Saturday and Sunday to protest not only against the Berlusconi government, but most importantly to encourage the people to take a stance against the state of moral, economic and political decline which concerns the whole country.

The two-day program includes: Saturday from 2pm, a “travelling flashmob” in the city (meeting point Chalk Farm tube station), in which we will distribute leaflets and attempt to involve as many people as possible to attend the main event that will take place on the following day. Sunday from 2pm the demonstration "Wake Up Italy" will see hundreds of Italians (and whoever wants to join us) gathered in Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street (Westminster).

"Wake Up Italy!" not only wants to remind the world that the Italians of London, researchers, students and professionals want to join in a common cry of protest, but it also wants to finally give them a voice, inviting them to talk and share concerns and experiences.
The event was born again to the commitment and ideas of the Popolo Viola London, a movement that, since its birth on December 5th, 2009, has promoted peaceful events and demonstrations aimed at informing and make people aware of the Italian situation.
The Italian Embassy, the Consulate and Downing Street are but a few places that have been dyed purple (viola) in recent months. Not only the Italian ambassador in the United Kingdom but also the former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown have received and considered the letters delivered to them during the events. Associations, movements and parties have now joined in and are not mentioned here only because the list grows by the hour and it would be unfair to forget someone. All Italian citizens (and whoever shares our cause) are invited to participate with their testimony and their contribution of ideas.

Saturday, February 12th, 2pm: “Travelling Flashmob” starting from Chalk Farm Tube Station.
Sunday, February 13th , 2pm demonstration "Wake Up Italy"- Richmond Terrace (Opposite Downing Street).

Check Richmond Terrace/Downing Street on Googlemaps: