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Switzerland, Invasion of the giant minarets

Stories and News No.72 The Story: After the huge box office success in Switzerland, despite the negative opinion of critics, it is coming out on all Italian screens a film that promises to be the most terrifying in movies history: Invasion of the giant minarets . As already mentioned, the critics have unnecessarily rejected the film, accusing it of proposing an incredibly obvious plot, a true cliché. However, the public response proves that people are not yet tired of movies that tell of invasions by ugly and bad aliens, determined to win our cities and eat our brains, but not before abusing our women. Fantasy, after all, is good for this: it helps to exorcise not overcome fears and anxieties. People who write and tell stories can not disregard it, furthermore who sell it to public… The News: Minaret result seen as "turning point". Swiss voters' clear decision on Sunday to ban the construction of minarets has generated a wide range of emotions, from stunned

Sexual abuse: church now needs money…

The international timeline, from Irish Times : 1984 – The first case of clerical child sex abuse to go public – Fr Gilbert Gauthé in Louisiana , USA, is revealed as a serial paedophile. 1985 – Fr Tom Doyle, a US canon law expert, warns of dire consequences if scandal is not dealt with openly and effectively. He is ignored and removed from his position in the Vatican embassy in Washington. 1993 – Pope writes to US bishops – “I share your sadness and disappointment” – but points out that the child sex abuse problem concerns only a small group of priests. His spokesman, Dr Navarro-Valls, sums up the Vatican attitude: “One would have to ask if the real culprit is not a society that is irresponsibly permissive, hyperinflated with sexuality and capable of creating circumstances that induce even people who have received a sound moral formation to commit grave immoral acts.” 1993 – Canadian bishop Hubert O’Connor resigns after being convicted of molesting teenagers at a boarding s

Couple crashes Obama State dinner: not a couple, just one…

Stories and News No. 71 The Story: American intelligence services have finally revealed the identity of the couple who crashes Obama State dinner. It is not a couple, but ever the same person, a man who is very adept at changing the face depending on the context, a master of transformation. In fact it was not easy to the experts find him in the available pictures. As I said, we are talking about a true qualified guy, able to hide in unexpected places… Replacing unexpected guests... A person able to do a thousand jobs, by the workman to the photographer… However, his relentless passion for women betrayed him. Yet he had to guess that a cook who makes advances to the First Lady would have been suspect... The News: Couple crashes White House state dinner. WASHINGTON — The US Secret Service is investigating how two White House gatecrashers beat several layers of security to attend a state dinner with President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Female violence against women…

Today, 25 November, we celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women . It was established exactly ten years ago, in December 1999 by the United Nations, urging governments and organizations to promote the initiative. This date was suggested by some activists at the UN in 1981, after the Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Encounter in Bogotá, which commemorates the day when Mirabal sisters were killed (1960), three women that were engaged against Rafael Leónidas Trujillo’s regime, a dictator in the Dominican Republic. In Italy this important anniversary is celebrated only since 2005. Being a woman has never been easy in our country. None better than a woman can tell, explain and motivate it. This was true in 1999 as ten years later, today. I read that Italian initiatives to commemorate the day will be all into a national manifestation on Saturday 28 November. I went on the official website of the event and I read a slogan that made me think:

No Berlusconi day and Democratic Party’s manifestation: what is the real alternative?

The 5th and the 11/12 two days of December there will be two Italian manifestations. Both are critical of Silvio Berlusconi . Now, I am a citizen who has never voted for the prime minister and at the same time I want to have an entirely different premier. So, I desire to go once again on the streets to express my antagonistic ideas to our actual government. Which one should I choose? Which of the two events is really alternative to Berlusconi? The first thing I have to consider is this: the bloggers that organized 5 event calls for Silvio’s resignation , while 11 / 12 demonstration represents a desire / commitment of the Democratic Party to speak about the country's problems and not those of the premier, with the motto "Always his problems, never our problems" . The call of the No Berlusconi day says that the promoters do not care what happens after Silvio’s quit and consider that the false “fair play” of some of our opponents simply demonstrates a coward’s

Asshole who says that Italians are all equal…

Stories and News No.70 The Story: Italian citizens, like those of the rest of the world, are not all equal. Some have lost their lives for the country... And others have lost the country to save it... Someone was dismissed for his integrity... And others were employed for the same reason... Some people used the film to give viewers a trip... And others uses viewers to travel himself... Some found death for the sake of truth... Others kills truth for the sake of tv share... Some people attacked the immigrants to gain voters... And now they defend them because soon they will vote too... PS: Many years ago, a person who was often victim of discrimination told me: "I do not need that people defend me. I wish not to need it..." The News: Gianfranco Fini : "Asshole who says that foreigners are different". Stories and news : “invented” Stories, fruit of my imagination, inspired by “true” media News. Share the p

All children rights in a story…

Stories and News No. 70 The Story: Your rights My son Luca comes home with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that the new government has decided to distribute to students of all schools. Luca is nine years old; he read it but did not understand much what it means. So, he asked me to explain. All thirty articles… The job is not easy, but maybe I have not so many alternatives besides telling it basing on his world… "So, Luca, are you ready?" "Yes Daddy." "I recommend. Every time I say a word or a phrase you do not understand tell me, okay? " "Yes." "Article one: All children are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood .'" "What does to be equal in dignity mean?" "It means that every child has a value. And none is more important than others. " "And what does to be endowed wit

Webby Awards and Lobby Awards…

Stories and News No. 69 The Story: In response to the Webby Awards , exclusively for the blog, here is the top ten of the most important lobbies in the world. As you all know, the word lobby is used to indicate a set of groups, organizations or individuals, joined together by a common purpose: influencing legislative decisions. So, here are the Lobby Awards : At number 10 you may find the faith lobby , always near the power, thanks to God. At number 9 there is the war lobby , with the usual motto: the customer is always right, especially if he exterminates opponents . At number 8 , perfectly stable, there is the media lobby . Everyday less people read their news, yet they always manage to find the needful money. Clearly rising, at number 7 , here is the pharmaceutical lobby , blessed swine fever. At sixth position another growing group: the water lobby . In Italy we saw evidence in recent days. At fifth place , you can find who is now a regular presence in this

Stolen water: the end of story

Stories and News No. 68 The Story: This is not just a story. This is not the beginning. It is only one possible end. It is the end of story of Man and Nature. Man robbed. Man robbed Nature. Man robbed Nature, but he called such action in many other ways, except the true one. However, Nature was not as stupid as it seemed. Nature waited. Nature watched Man robbing her and waited. The fact is that Nature could not understand why Man robbed her. Nature did not see the reason why Man steals what she already gave him as a gift. The earth… The air… The animals… The plants… The dreams… A day came when Man stole the only thing that Nature wanted for her. The water… Also this time Nature did not say anything. Nature did not cry, did not scream and stayed silent. Nature simply turned off the light. And she went to sleep. Forever… The News: Privatized water: green light to the privatization of water in Italy .

Raped by the crowd: wanted minors?

Stories and News No. 67 The Story: Next day the air is very tense. In Foggia, after the rape of a fourteen girl, people continue to demand justice . Citizens are ready to obtain their justice , so that now the politicians are calling for calm and asked to increase the police’s presence. The situation is very nervous near the homes of the crime’s authors, which is the symptom of an apparent quiet, ready to erupt into violence again. On Facebook many groups has arisen in support of the victim of abuse. In the last hours, many members signed in. The reading board gives us the thermometer of the situation. You can find there insults, incitement to violence and justice . Friends of the girl, her acquaintances, but also ordinary citizens are seeking justice , refusing the usual rules on minors, which make them released in a few time after the arrests. The politicians are ready to do something. “It’s not enough,” citizens say, “the opportunities given to minors should be rem

Minister Frattini against Obama China axis

Despite of today complaint of internet censorship , before flying to China, Obama made a statement that has worried many powerful men in the old continent: the United States does not want to stem the rapid Chinese development because a strong and prosperous China is good for everyone . Come on, let us be disillusioned. Although today the FAO World Food Summit on food security has opened in Rome, where we will see a parade of leaders from around the world, spread out enlightened discourse, full of words like solidarity, understanding and heartfelt respect to the billions of hungry people on the earth, we perfectly know what our politicians’ priorities are. Moreover, in Italy we have today a government that is always first to show what problems are primary in their thoughts. Yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Franco Frattini has released an interview with the Times stating that the European Union must absolutely respond to the nascent United States China axis. How? It is simp

Berlusconi short process: premature ejaculation?

Stories and News No. 66 The Story: A recent controversial bill about the short process , currently discussed buy Italian Senate, has been in the last days at the centre of political debate. Like any issue able to catalyze the general attention, everyone in our country feel entitled to express an opinion. So, I am very proud to host on my blog the opinion of Professor Willy Phallus , a world expert on medical sexology: "First of all, I would like to thank Berlusconi’s government that has finally decided to deal with a problem that haunts many, too many men in our country. Malicious people accuse the majority in parliament of having proposed another law for the exclusive Silvio Berlusconi‘s benefit. I have never hidden my sympathy for the Italian prime minister; however, without considering the merits of the above, I would publicly state that never before they have dealt with a more popular measure, which is important for a large part of the male population. I'm talki

Berlusconi and Veronica Lario: she is not the only one…

Stories and News No.65 The Story: My name does not count. I am Maria, Francesca or Paola, it makes no difference. What matters is that I am a woman, a woman that in the last fifteen years has married to Silvio Berlusconi’s cause, a woman that gave him her vote and her trust, exactly what was stolen to Veronica Lario. Maybe Berlusconi's wife will ask a legal divorce, bringing the discussion behind a court, claiming a charge to her husband for the seriousness of his behaviour outside marriage. Well, if this will happen, I demand that justice be done, because I have to receive the same treatment. I deserve compensation too. I was also offended as a wife, as mother and as a woman, every time that in these shameful years the Italian Prime Minister appeared on the screens and in newspapers around the world spreading a humiliating and degrading picture of myself. The vote is an important obligation as marriage is. They both require responsibility and decorum. They both des

The prison suicide

Stories and News No. 64 The Story: Forgive me. No… try to understand me. I could not longer live like this. Then, live is a big word, a huge, unbelievably huge word. Survive too would be inappropriate. Life means time and where I am there is no idea of time, despite what they say on television. How many stories they told you about me, how many lies they showed you, disguising them as half-truths… They convinced you that my main problem is the space that is never enough, that the nature of my conviction is anyway right, because the punishment that was imposed on me is part of a destiny which I chose by myself. They have also persuaded you that my isolation is essential for your safety. In other words, once again they have sold you the illusion that this time too everything has been done for your wellness. Obviously, they omitted a small but very significant aspect: any of you at any time, could be at my place. Then maybe you would see things in a different light, until

Ischia 2006 and 2009: same landslides and identical civil protection…

April 2006 : Ischia, landslide invests homes: 4 dead Guido Bertolaso said: " We pay inertia of decades, years in which we have maltreated the land. We must intervene with the maintenance of the most at risk areas, to avoid future tragedies like this." Three years later: November 2009 : Landslide in Ischia, a 15 years old girl died. A dozen wounded, a child is seriously injured Guido Bertolaso says : "The landslide in Ischia makes me very angry and very sad. It means that all the work done till now has clearly not been enough". Guido Bertolaso is the Director of the Italian Department of Civil Defence. Among its activities there are forecasting and prevention of these tragedies. Sorry, but I do not understand a thing: what should happen for a person in charge resigns? Share the post: