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  • Italian Typhoon Jets Perform Supersonic Scramble to Escort Lebanese Airbus 320 [Bomb Threat]

    09/14/2014 5:11:24 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 21 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 9/14/2014 | David Cenciotti
    Two loud sonic booms were heard at around 1.45PM LT in Central Italy as two Italian Air Force Typhoons accelerated to supersonic speed to intercept Middle East Airlines 214 flight, an Airbus 320 from Geneva to Beirut. The two fighter planes, belonging to the 4° Stormo (Wing) from Grosseto, in QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) service round the clock together with those of the 36° Stormo from Gioia del Colle, were dispatched to intercept the Lebanese plane that, once flying over Bari, in southeastern Italy, radioed the Italian Air Traffic Control the request to land at Rome Fiumicino airport, because of...
  • Neil Patrick Harris gets married in Italy

    09/08/2014 1:31:19 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 52 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/8/14 | Mark Kennedy (AP)
    NEW YORK — Kim Kardashian and Kanye West aren't the only ones who tied the knot this year in Italy. So did Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. The "How I Met Your Mother" star and his actor-chef groom were married Saturday in Italy. They'd been dating for 10 years and are parents to 3-year-old twins, Gideon and Harper. The grooms wore custom Tom Ford tuxedos and Elton John performed at the reception.
  • Italian Bishop's Startling Words: If Muslims won't denounce Islamic brutality, move ...

    09/08/2014 8:56:56 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 26 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 7, 2014 | The bishop of Imola, Tommaso Ghirelli
    It's been all over the Italian media today - the bishop of Imola, Tommaso Ghirelli, writes an editorial for his diocesan paper in which the message is clear: "do-goodism" will bury Italy and Europe. Either Muslims in traditionally Christian countries in Europe behave as "honourable men" and publicly denounce Islamic "persecutions and acts of cruelty," or they should rather be "courageous" enough to own up to their beliefs "and leave our country," because "nobody wants enemies in their own home."
  • France and Friends: Merkel Increasingly Isolated on Austerity

    09/06/2014 4:20:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 03, 2014 – 04:41 PM | Nikolaus Blome, Ralf Neukirch, Christian Reiermann, Mathieu von Rohr and Christoph Schult
    The debate over Germany’s insistence on eurozone austerity has flared anew as an ailing France continues to demand economic stimulus. The European Central Bank may now be siding with Paris, leaving Merkel looking increasingly alone. […] Berlin is particularly alarmed by the stance taken by ECB head Mario Draghi. At the annual conference of top central bankers from around the world at Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August, Draghi surprised those present by saying “there is leeway to achieve a more growth-friendly composition of fiscal policies.” It was a comment that came close to the kind of debt-fueled growth stimulus measures...
  • No Obama at Clooney’s Wedding

    09/01/2014 5:11:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 1, 2014 | Richard Johnson
    Sorry Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon and Sandra Bullock, President Obama won’t be joining you in Italy for George Clooney’s wedding to Amal Alamuddin.
  • A portrait of Federica Mogherini, the EU's next foreign policy chief

    08/30/2014 3:29:53 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Guardian ^ | 30/8/14 | Lizzy Davies
    In late November 2012, while Matteo Renzi was making an ill-fated bid for leadership of the Italian centre-left, a young MP from his Democratic Party (PD) piped up on Twitter to remark: "OK, Renzi has quite a lot to learn about foreign policy … He won't make the pass mark, I fear #thirdgrade." When he won the PD primaries the following winter, Renzi – canny as ever – hired his sharp-tongued critic as the party's spokesperson on Europe and international affairs. Once prime minister, he ushered her into the top job at Italy's foreign office. Now, the shoe is firmly...
  • EU leaders pick Italian as bloc’s new top diplomat

    08/30/2014 12:13:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2014 3:06 PM EDT | Juergen Baetz
    European Union leaders on Saturday picked Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, to become the 28-nation bloc’s top diplomat for the next five years. The decision comes as the crisis at the EU’s eastern border pitting Ukraine against Russia poses one of the biggest foreign policy challenges for the bloc in decades. […] Mogherini, a 41-year-old center-left politician, has been Italy’s foreign minister only since February, drawing criticism that she lacks experience. A first attempt to secure Mogherini’s nomination in June failed amid resistance from eastern European leaders. …
  • ISIS Threatens Pope Francis – Italy On Alert

    08/29/2014 3:41:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Today there are reports that ISIS is targeting Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church. CBS Local reported: A new report claims that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is targeting Pope Francis — a report that the Vatican says is simply not true. According to Il Tempo, Israeli sources reportedly told the Italian newspaper that the pope is “in the crosshairs of ISIS.” The report stated that Francis is being targeted because he is “the greatest exponent of the Christian religions” and the “bearer of false truth.” The Vatican, though, denounced the report.
  • Pentagon: Arms flow to Kurds increases; 7 nations join effort

    08/26/2014 8:20:40 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — The international effort to help Iraqis fight Islamic militants is heating up, with seven additional countries agreeing to provide arms to the Kurdish peshmerga forces. Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy and the U.K. have committed to giving weapons and equipment to the embattled Kurds, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The announcement comes about two weeks after Hagel set up a working group to find ways to accelerate arms deliveries to the Kurds. The Defense Department said the materiel is “urgently needed” as the Kurds take on the militant group known as the Islamic State, which has taken over...
  • Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot Against The Pope

    08/28/2014 11:11:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.28.14 | Barbie Latza
    Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot Against The Pope Vatican scoffs at threats that Pope Francis is “in the cross hairs” of ISIS as Italy issues a terrorist threat and tightens security. VATICAN CITY — As Pope Francis continues to straddle the fine line between calling for the end of persecution of Christians in Iraq and blessing American airstrikes against the Islamic State (also known as the “Caliphate,” ISIS, or ISIL), there is increasing concern for the pontiff’s—and the public’s—safety. Earlier this week, the Roman newspaper Il Tempo published a disturbing report that Francis is “in the crosshairs” of...
  • Italians Are Getting Tired of Muslim Invasion

    08/24/2014 5:10:05 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 17 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 23 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    A small but significant story comes from Italy. Adel Smith, born in Alexandria, Egypt, son of an Italian father and Egyptian mother and living in Ofena, a little town in the central Italian region of Abruzzi, has just died at 54 from a serious illness. The reason why he is remembered is his constant attacks against Christianity, which this Muslim man probably believed to be an easy target in the current secularist climate. In 2003, his intolerance for Christian objects in public buildings prompted him to request the removal of all Christian symbols, including crosses, from the primary school...
  • Italy to Arm Peshmerga with Anti-Tank Weapons

    08/21/2014 8:08:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 21.08.2014 | Mewan Dolamari
    Italy to give anti-tank weapons to Kurds News / Kurdistan Italy to Arm Peshmerga with Anti-Tank Weapons 21.08.2014 Mewan Dolamari BasNews, Erbil   Italian Defense Minister announced that besides machine guns formerly used by Italy’s military, their government has decided to give anti-tank weapons to Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region.   Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti promised also that the arrival of the weapons would be monitored ’to control that the arms get where they are supposed to go.’   Italy’s decision falls in line with a number of other countries who have also sent dozens of tons...
  • Archbishop Negri: echoes of fascism in proposed Italian laws against homophobia

    08/19/2014 11:56:02 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/19/14 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    The Archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio, Luigi Negri, has likened the proposed Italian laws against “homophobia” to a reemergence of fascism and the "dark times of state ideology" in Italy. The archbishop warned that the bill which proposes to criminalize “homophobia,” will introduce "for the first time since the end of fascism 70 years ago, a crime of opinion that evokes the dark and troubled times, long subdued and always believed to be over, of state ideologies. "Times in which the State identified ideological positions which it forcibly imposed, and suppressed all those which did not match," he added. "In defending a...
  • A Surge from the Sea [immigrants flooding Europe]

    08/18/2014 9:42:50 PM PDT · by firebrand · 13 replies
    The Economist ^ | August 16, 2014 | The Economist
    ANOTHER weekend, another two thousand-odd immigrants rescued by Italian sailors and coastguards in the Mediterranean. On August 11th the San Giusto, an amphibious transport vessel, landed 1,698 people in Reggio Calabria, a city in southern Italy. The day before, a naval patrol vessel and a frigate disembarked 364 people at ports in eastern Sicily. The number of people arriving in Italy by sea this year may already exceed 100,000. By the end of July approximately 93,000 migrants had been rescued. The previous record for an entire year was set in 2011 when around 60,000 people reached Italian shores at the...
  • Outrage over gossip mag’s free gay joke book (Italy)

    08/18/2014 1:04:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal,it ^ | 18 Aug 2014 11:45 GMT+02:00
    An Italian gossip magazine has sparked outrage after its latest edition was released with a free book containing jokes about gay people. The controversial giveaway, entitled “The Best Gay Jokes”, was attached to the latest edition of the weekly Italian gossip magazine Visto, La Stampa reported. Published in 2012 and ordinarily priced at €4.99, the book is part of a joke book series which also includes sexist jokes and jokes about Jews by Jews, among other taboo subjects. …
  • Two female Italian aid workers who ignored their parents’ pleas and snuck into Syria..kidnapped

    08/14/2014 5:55:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 14, 2014 | John Hall
    Two female Italian aid workers have been kidnapped by Islamist militants in northern Syria. Greta Ramelli, 20, and Vanessa Marzullo, 21, were working on humanitarian projects in the embattled city of Aleppo the Italian foreign ministry said, admitting that contact with the women is 'impossible'. Today Salvatore Marzullo, the father of Vanessa, spoke of his 'sickening' fear for his daughter's safety, as Italy's deputy foreign minister said the country is working 'belly to the ground' to find them
  • Bill Gates vacations better than most aboard 450-foot luxury yacht near Italy

    08/09/2014 11:16:17 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 82 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 08/08/2014 | LEE MORAN
    Bill Gates doesn’t slum it when it comes to his vacations. The world's richest man has been photographed enjoying quality family time aboard an extravagant $330 million yacht. The Microsoft founder has been pictured on “The Serene,” a stunning 450-foot boat he’s renting from Stolichnaya vodka magnate Yuri Scheffler for a cool $5 million per week. Moored off the coast of Sardinia, it reportedly has 12 state rooms, a seawater swimming pool, a cinema, a nightclub, a climbing wall, a gym and two hot tubs.
  • Lancet: a Home for Evil's Useful Idiots

    08/05/2014 7:22:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    Two weeks ago, the British medical journal, Lancet, considered to be one of the world's leading medical publications, published "An open letter for the people in Gaza." Signed by four European doctors on behalf of 20 others (17 from Italy and three from the United Kingdom), the letter had virtually nothing to do with medicine. Rather, it was a grotesque attack on Israel. Some excerpts: "We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression." "Israel's behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts. We challenge the perversity...
  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    07/29/2014 8:33:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | July 27, 2014 | Dr. Afshine Emrani
    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext). The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community. The publication of an extremely biased one-sided analysis of such a complex situation is outrageous and full of lies. The authors (who deceitfully disclosed no conflict of interest) are members of biased pro-Palestinian groups who are hostile to Israel. And while individuals are definitely entitled to their opinions, hiding behind an MD degree does not entitle one to defame under the pretense of a publication in a...
  • The Poisoned Lancet: The once-respected medical journal harbors anti-Israel extremists.

    08/05/2014 5:22:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/05/2014 | Dennis Prager
    Two weeks ago, the British medical journal Lancet, considered to be one of the world’s leading medical publications, published “An open letter for the people in Gaza.” Signed by four European doctors on behalf of 20 others (17 from Italy and three from the UK), the letter had virtually nothing to do with medicine. Rather, it was a grotesque attack on Israel. Some excerpts: “We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression.” “Israel’s behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts.” “We challenge the perversity of a...
  • Prominent Brit medical journal will no longer publish letters from 'Israeli academics'

    08/05/2014 8:22:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/05/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Lancet was once one of the world’s premier medical journals, but it has been captured by anti-Israel extremists, who are now banning letters of rejoinder from Israeli academics.  This is part of an effort to isolate and ultimate strangle Israel through capture of world institutions of information, science, culture, finance, and trade. The general model used is the effort to topple the apartheid regime in South Africa.  But this time around, instead of support for the values of democracy, human equality, human rights, andn tolerance, the activists are supporting a murderous, intolerant, woman- and homosexual-hating regime that seeks to...
  • Famous Italian statue in thong and feather boa row

    08/05/2014 4:12:13 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 14 replies
    A row has broken out in Italy after a photographer dressed up a famous 2,500-year-old statue in a leopard-skin thong and pink feather boa. The Riace Bronzes, of Greek warriors, are two of the nation's greatest archaeological treasures. Photographer Gerald Bruneau was given permission to shoot the warriors at their museum in Reggio Calabria. However, work was halted when he was discovered dressing the statues. The museum called the images "terrible". A local politician has now demanded a judicial inquiry. The images were published on Italy's Dagospia website.
  • Ebola: 'All African Migrants Should Be Quarantined ' Says Italian Councillor

    08/05/2014 8:44:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 5, 2014 | Umberto Bacchi
    An Italian politician has suggested migrants who reach the Mediterranean country from northern Africa should be put under quarantine over the risk of Ebola contagion. Fabio Rolfi, a councillor with the xenophobic, anti-immigration Northern League party, urged health authorities in Milan's Lombardy region to apply the preventive measure to the thousands of migrants who travel to the industrialised north of Italy after arriving in the south via boat. The suggestion sparked widespread criticism and was labelled as "racist" and "useless" by other councillors. Alessandro Alfieri, the regional secretary for the centre-left Democratic Party said the proposal was "a scaremongering proclaim...
  • Italy Expels Muslim Cleric Who Called to 'Kill Jews'

    08/05/2014 4:02:22 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-5-14 | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    Italy said Tuesday it is expelling a Moroccan imam caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel's offensive against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, as reported by Arutz Sheva Monday. The cleric was filmed during a Friday sermon in a mosque near Venice last month calling for Jews to be killed "one by one", according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which published the video on its website. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said he had ordered the expulsion of Raoudi Aldelbar "for seriously disturbing public order, being a danger to national security and for religious discrimination," after experts...
  • Mich. (Illegal) couple charged with murder after dogs fatally maul jogger

    08/01/2014 8:51:28 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 1, 2014
    A couple whose two dogs mauled a jogger on a rural Michigan road have been charged with murder, reports CBS Detroit....In addition to the murder charges, federal authorities said Quagliata and Lucaj are Albanians living in the U.S. illegally. A report in the Detroit Free Press stated they were facing imminent deportation at the time of the attack. It is unclear if their citizenship status will affect their trial.Authorities said it was the third attack by the dogs in the past two years. The couple was apparently breeding dogs at their property, officials said.
  • Owners of Dogs that Killed Livonia Jogger In the Country Illegally

    07/31/2014 4:46:13 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 35 replies
    Patch.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Beth Dalbey
    The owners of two dogs that mauled and killed jogger from Livonia last week are in the country illegally and have been fighting deportation proceedings for several years, according to media reports. Now, Albania national Valbona Lacaj, 44, and her Italian husband, Sebastiano Quagliata, 45, may face involuntary manslaughter charges, the Detroit Free Press reports. Their Cane Corso dogs attacked and killed Craig Sytsma, 46, as he jogged past the couple’s Metamora home on July 23. It was the third attack by the large Italian dogs – mastiff-type dogs the American Kennel Club describes as “noble, majestic and powerful in...
  • Italian Reporter Reveals Hamas Cover-Up Over Misfired Rockets

    07/30/2014 1:30:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 7/30/2014, 10:01 AM | Ari Soffer
    An Italian journalist who until Tuesday was embedded in Gaza has backed the IDF’s account of a rocket strike on a school playground in central Gaza’s Shati refugee camp on Monday. At least 10 people were killed in the attack—most of them children—and some sources claimed the death toll was as high as 30. Palestinian sources were quick to blame Israel, claiming that an Israeli fighter jet fired missiles directly at the playground and nearby hospital. Israel denied the accusations, saying that Hamas rockets aimed at Israel from the area misfired, and struck both the school and the hospital. Verifying...
  • How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy

    07/29/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Eli Lake
    The Tea Party favorite loves to needle Team Obama. But in an interview, Cruz also reveals a new kind of conservative foreign policy: American exceptionalism without the nation building.One way to understand Ted Cruz’s foreign policy, particularly if you are a Democrat, is through the prism of the social media phenomenon known as trolling. The best trolls are provocateurs. Their language is meant to expose a fallacy or weakness in the opponent’s position as opposed to offering a constructive alternative. In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling. Of Obama’s recent attempt...
  • ‘Jews, the End is Near’, Says Graffiti in Rome

    07/29/2014 5:24:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 7/30/2014, 3:12 AM | Elad Benari
    Rome’s mayor has denounced anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas that have appeared across the city, The Associated Press (AP) reported on Tuesday. Some of the graffiti referred to the escalating violence in Gaza and included taunts such as “Jews, the end is near.” […] The head of Rome’s Jewish Community, Riccardo Pacifici, was quoted by AP as having said, “Rome cannot become like Paris where Jews are assaulted, synagogues are surrounded and where wearing the yarmulke is a concrete danger.” …
  • Meeting 200 Pentecostals, Pope Francis renews friendship, talks unity

    07/28/2014 2:52:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    The Boston Pilot ^ | July 28, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis walks onstage with Giovanni Traettino, a Protestant pastor and his friend, in Caserta, Italy, July 28. Pope Francis said he knew people would be shocked that he would make such a trip outside of Rome to visit a group of Pentecostals, "but I went to visit my friends." (CNS photo/ L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- His voice breaking with emotion, Giovanni Traettino, a Pentecostal pastor in southern Italy and longtime friend of Pope Francis, welcomed the pope, "my beloved brother," to his partially built church in Caserta. Pope Francis said he knows some people were...
  • Rome’s Jewish Quarter plastered with pro-fascist posters: “Each Palestinian is a comrade.

    07/28/2014 8:59:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/28/14 | Robert Spencer
    Actually, the word camerata means comrade, but specifically refers to Mussolini’s fascists: “Other posters depicting a Palestinian throwing a rock towards an Israeli tank were attached on walls in Cola di Rienzo street, in the leafy Prati neighbourhood. The latter was accompanied with a Celtic cross and the slogan ‘Each Palestinian is a camerata [the Italian word for members of Mussolini's fascist movement] Same enemy, same barricade.’” In the West, Leftists and Islamic supremacists like to smear opponents of jihad terror as fascists, but this shows yet again that the real fascists are on their side. “Gaza Crisis: Rome’s Historic...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Beretta: Gun Law Forcing Move Out Of Maryland

    07/22/2014 8:55:22 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    AP ^ | July 22, 2014 | N/A
    Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee. The well-known gun maker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015. Beretta general manager Jeff Cooper said that a sweeping gun-control measure that was passed last year initially contained provisions that would have prohibited the Italian gun maker from being able to produce, store or even import into Maryland the...
  • Ukraine tragedy hits Mogherini's EU hopes

    07/19/2014 7:02:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    thelocal.it ^ | July 18, 2014 | Angela Giuffrida
    As world leaders demand answers on the alleged shooting down of a jet plane over eastern Ukraine, commentators examine how the tragedy could affect foreign minister Federica Mogherini’s already fragile path to becoming EU foreign policy chief. The disaster, which left 298 people dead, is going to “put a huge amount of pressure, not only on Russia, but on people who have been soft on Russia,” Edward Lucas, a British journalist and author, told The Local. He was referring to Federica Mogherini, whose chances of getting the EU foreign policy job already took a battering this week when she was...
  • Berlusconi acquitted in Ruby sex case trial

    07/19/2014 12:20:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/18/14 | Giuseppe Aresu with Dario Thuburn - afp
    Milan (AFP) - An Italian appeals court on Friday cleared Silvio Berlusconi of having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power in a surprise ruling that will strengthen the former prime minister on the political scene. "The defendant is acquitted," presiding judge Enrico Tranfa said, requesting silence after gasps from the courtroom. The effectively scraps Berlusconi's seven-year sentence and lifelong ban from holding public office. The judge said there was "no crime" on the abuse of power charge and that Berlusconi's actions "did not constitute a crime" on the prostitution one, promising to publish a detailed explanation within...
  • 'Italy's Ginger Gene Spread From Sicily'

    07/18/2014 1:53:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Over the centuries, they’ve been scorned, persecuted and marginalized. But it was an example of modern-day disdain towards redheads that prompted an Italian photographer’s mission to safeguard their diversity, The Local has learned. Let’s face it, redheads get a tough time, especially in the early years of their life. I should know, because I am one. But more on that later. Marina Rosso, a 29-year-old fine art photographer and researcher from Udine, is not a redhead as the English translation of her surname might suggest. But after hearing in 2011 that flame-haired men were being rejected from the world’s largest...
  • Why Doctors in Italy Refuse to Give Abortions

    07/18/2014 1:56:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Abortion may be legal in Catholic Italy but more and more doctors are refusing to terminate pregnancies, with many women now having to resort to procedures carried out in secret, The Local's Angela Giuffrida discovers. Ever since a Benito Mussolini-era ban on abortions as a “crime against the purity of the Italian race” was wiped out in 1978, thanks to a group of determined women, including the former foreign minister Emma Bonino, women in Italy are, by law, entitled to terminate a pregnancy within the first three months. After 90 days, abortions are only allowed if the foetus is badly...
  • Pope Francis to visit Pentecostal church in Italy

    07/11/2014 5:57:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 11, 2014 | CINDY WOODEN
    The Pope's visit to the church is likely to be 'extremely quick' (CNS) Pope Francis will pay a brief “private visit” to the Italian church of a Pentecostal pastor he knew from Argentina, a Vatican spokesman has said.The visit to the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in Caserta, about 130 miles south of Rome, “is under study and likely would take place July 26″, said Fr Federico Lombardi.Fr Lombardi said the Pope knew the church’s pastor, Giovanni Traettino, from Buenos Aires, where the Pentecostal pastor participated in ecumenical events with Catholics, especially Catholics belonging to the charismatic renewal movement. The then-Cardinal...
  • EU states promote settler boycott amid Israel crisis

    07/04/2014 6:16:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07/04/2014 @ 09:27 | Andrew Rettman
    Twelve EU countries have warned investors not to do business with Israeli settler entities, amid a security crisis in Israel and Palestine. The group includes: Austria; Belgium; Croatia; Denmark; Finland; Greece; Ireland; Luxembourg; Malta; Portugal; Slovakia; and Slovenia. Portugal published its statement on Wednesday (2 July) and the others came out on Thursday. France, Italy, and Spain put out similar communiques earlier this week. Germany and the UK already did it months ago. Poland is expected to publish a warning shortly. The Irish foreign ministry said the action “has been coordinated at EU level”. …
  • Bulgaria hosts NATO manoeuvres in Black Sea

    07/05/2014 6:13:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 4, 2014
    SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria launched naval manoeuvres in the Black Sea on Friday with six other NATO countries including the United States, in the latest demonstration of the alliance's resolve to support its eastern European members in light of the Ukraine crisis. Bulgaria's defence ministry said the 10-day war games, dubbed BREEZE 2014, were designed to boost NATO solidarity and regional readiness, though it added they had been scheduled before Russia annexed Ukraine's Black Sea region of Crimea in March. Vessels from Bulgaria and its Black Sea neighbours Romania and Turkey and also from Greece, Italy, Britain and the United...
  • Euro, Technocrats and Media Role in the Undoing of Italy

    07/04/2014 12:23:18 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 1 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 27 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is the fourth and final part of the article by Italian journalist Alessandra Nucci. Here are the first three parts: The Looting of ItalyHow the EU and the Left Ruined ItalyEU-Imposed Immigration Is Destroying Italy's EconomyAlso read Italy Invented Banks by Enza Ferreri ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Attack Begins In Earnest2011 is when they began in earnest to train their guns on us, with the military aggression that started with the Nato attack on Libya culminating in half-truths calculated to stampede investors away from Italy in the direction of presumably safe bonds. And what bonds can be safer than Germany’s?...
  • EU-Imposed Immigration Is Destroying Italy's Economy

    07/02/2014 12:41:44 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 25 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is the third part of the article by Italian journalist Alessandra Nucci. Here are the first two parts: The Looting of ItalyHow the EU and the Left Ruined Italy ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Never-ending Flow of Illegal Immigrants Overburdens Italian WelfareVery little is ever said about the immigration load, which together with bureaucracy is largely responsible for the burgeoning debt. It is routinely downplayed, while Italy gets lectured to for supposedly not living up to impossible standards that are provably not expected of any other country. The Italian Coastguard and Carabinieri have saved countless lives and generous Italian welfare, including...
  • Church Desecration: Tabernacle Broken Into and Consecrated Hosts Smeared with Excrement

    07/02/2014 12:28:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | June 5, 2014 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Milan - Again the Catholic Church has been a target of sacrilege. The scene of the crime was the Holy Cross Church of San Giorgio su Legnano, in Lombardy. Unknown vandals broke the tabernacle and threw the consecrated Hosts on the floor and smeared it with human excrement, with which they also defiled the altar. The statue of Our Lady of Sorrows they blackened with the soot of candles and hot wax was poured over her head. The face of suffering Jesus and the large cross was blackened, which is venerated in the church, and gave it its name. The...
  • Rome will be conquered next, says leader of 'Islamic State'

    07/02/2014 3:26:04 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/2/2014 | The Telegraph
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the 'Islamic State' stretching across Iraq and Syria, has vowed to lead the conquest of Rome as he called on Muslims to immigrate to his new land to fight under its banner around the globe.
  • How the EU and the Left Ruined Italy

    07/01/2014 12:43:38 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 24 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is the second part of the article "The Looting of Italy" by Italian journalist Alessandra Nucci. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How the Looting WorksI will venture to suggest that there must be a blue-print out there on how to manage a country after a revolutionary takeover, such as what has been done to Italy (and to Venezuela? Cuba? China? Russia?) I would say that basically, after A) overwhelming the system (the Cloward-Piven strategy), the revolutionary leader will aim at B) impoverishing the middle class in order to prevent its every chance of rebelling. This can be done in various ways, which...
  • The Looting of Italy

    06/30/2014 12:05:45 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 10 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 23 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is an article that was written and sent to me by Alessandra Nucci, an Italian journalist and friend. It describes what the European Union has done to Italy. Since it's a very long article, I've broken it down in 4 parts. Here is the first part. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How would you feel if for years you had been picking up shipwrecked penniless migrants from Africa, dumped by criminal agents all over the Mediterranean, ferrying them to your shores and taking them in by the thousands, only to see yourself made the butt of sarcasm, reproaches and even pecuniary fines...
  • Italian Court Bans Miniskirts and Flip-Flops

    The president of a court in southern Italy has become so aghast at people parading around the palace of justice "dressed indecently" that he has banned skimpy summer wear. In an official letter sent to the security team at the Brindisi court, President Francesco Giardino laments the “unpleasant situations” that have arisen as high temperatures has given way to plunging necklines and rising hems. “To avoid a repeat of unpleasant situations at the entrance of the court, we inform you that entrance will not be permitted to people dressed indecently,” Giardino wrote in the letter, published on Monday by Ansa....
  • Italians Fall Out of Love With Marriage

    06/30/2014 10:44:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    There were fewer than 200,000 weddings in Italy last year, the lowest level since records began, national statistics agency Istat said on Thursday. There were 197,091 marriages in Italy last year, amounting to 3.3 per thousand and “the lowest ever documented in Italian history”m according to Istat. The figure fell by around 10,000 on the previous year - to 207,138 - and was far from the 246,611 happy couples tying the knot in 2008. Marriage was still, however, proving popular in southern Italy, with a rate of 3.9 per thousand compared to 2.9 in the north. Wedding vows were at...
  • First Gay Marriage to Be Registered in Naples

    06/30/2014 10:31:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Local ^ | 25 Jun 2014
    The first gay marriage will be registered in Naples on Monday after the city’s mayor made it obligatory for his administration to record the marriages of same-sex couples who wed abroad. Roberto, from Naples, and Manuel, a Spaniard, will register their marriage at the city council on Monday after attending Naples Gay Pride this weekend, La Repubblica reported. Two other couples are preparing to register their marriages after the controversial measure was introduced by mayor Luigi De Magistris earlier this month. De Magistris said the move not only had a symbolic value, but also a legal one, and that it...