From Matteotti to Di Matteo? #lanuovadittatura - the new dictatorship

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History never repeats itself in the same way, but if you look at the Italy of today and that of 1924, the year when Giacomo Matteotti was kidnapped and killed, there are many striking similarities. The outcomes could be the same: the end of the democracy, with fascism being brought in in its place, a system involving all the country’s organisations that want to protect their privileges and keep the will people at a safe distance: organised crime, P2-ists, corrupt institutions, and political parties. Since the victory of the M5S in the 2013 national elections we have been experiencing a Counter-Reformation without first having a Reformation or a Martin Luther. Not even Mussolini had the cheek of the trio NapolitanoRenzieBerlusconi. He created his dictatorship without hiding behind the word "reforms“, and the Acerbo fascist electoral law surely provided better representation to the electorate and showed more respect of democracy than the Italicum created by Renzie and the wellknownconvict. The words of Nino Di Matteo, who has the courage to say that the King is naked and democracy is also being stripped away, are perhaps a last ditch warning. He’s serious. “We cannot stay silent in the face of the overwhelming attempt to transform the investigative magistrates into simple bureaucrats constantly subject to the will of their boss, and of those official leaders that are unfortunately ever more frequently appointed by the magistrates’ governing body, the CSM, that is at risk of being squashed and influenced in its self-governing choices by the pressing needs of different factions and political groups and by the ever more exacting requirements of its president.
We cannot think of Paolo Borsellino and witness all the ongoing activities including the reform of the judiciary, and the reforms relating to the civil liability of judges, to the creation of a hierarchy among the different public prosecutor's offices and with the ever increasing and questionable pronouncements of the CSM. We cannot think of Paolo Borsellino and stay silent in the face of these attempts to limit the independence of the judges to a formal empty role with the aim of eliminating the autonomy of each individual prosecutor." These words echo the last speech on the floor of the House of Giacomo Matteotti, a leading member of the Italian Socialist Party. "Right here and now we are challenging the validity of the elections of the majority. [...] We believe that the election is not valid and we’d add that it’s not valid in all the constituencies. [...] Thus as you yourselves have confirmed (the fascist parliamentarians), no Italian voter was in a position to make a choice of their own free will ... [...] There is an armed militia, made up of citizens of a single party and its task has been stated as that of supporting a specific Government with force, even if there is no consent for that in the country“. 30 May 1924, Chamber of Deputies Times change .... From Matteotti to Matteo. Today to impose a dictatorship, force is no longer necessary. The so called “reforms...” are enough.

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Passaparola - Mothers in crisis

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We are the "Mothers in Crisis", about 100 healthcare and social workers that worked at Milan’s Mangiagalli Polyclinic for many years. We formed this group by attending a Healthcare and Social Workers course at our own expense. Then the Polyclinic held a public selection testing process to fill 29 posts. In the end they took around 90 people, but we were all left at home.
After having discarded us, they even expected us to train the new employees that had come through the selection process, in other words the ones who would be replacing us, forgetting however that you cannot train a person in just a week, nor in 15 days for that matter because it takes years to acquire all the skills that we had.
They had promised us a permanent employment contract through a temporary employment agency. We signed these contracts and were promised that once out of here, we would be given another job. Instead, all we received were letters of termination. It must be said that 33 other temporary workers like us were kept on at the Polyclinic, but we don’t understand what selection criteria were used and we would like to know this. At this point we are all sitting around at home and what we are asking at the very least is that we be rotated with these 33 others.
We have been on the roof of the Alfieri since the 30th June. All the Healthcare and social workers that were left out have been living here at the Polyclinic 24 hours a day and we have no intention whatsoever of coming down until they give us some sort of guarantee of re-deployment in the healthcare field. We have gained years and years of experience and it would be a sin to simply throw it all away. There are single-income women and mothers who simply cannot afford not to bring home a salary. We are asking for new jobs, after all, that’s what we were promised.
One of the many oddities of this affair is the fact that the temporary employment agency had no idea whatsoever that a selection testing process was being held. It came as a surprise to everyone. They held selection tests to fill 29 posts, but with a pre-selection based on a general culture quiz that many of the people did not manage to pass. What they’re saying is that after fifteen years of work, including working in the operating theatres and as nurses, now suddenly we are not suitable to be employed … but we are suitable to train up those that got through the tests! Obviously there is something very wrong indeed.
I don’t know whether it’s normal not to have any entitlement... because we went to work in the morning, they put us with those that came through the selection tests and we knew only too well that these were the people that were going to replace us yet we had to train them... but how do you train someone adequately in just a week or a fortnight? I mean, getting trained means, at least initially, learning how a department works, yes, however, experience is gained over a period of years... so here you have 100 new people who will need years, and I mean years, before being fully trained.
Yet we who have all those skills were just chucked out into the street!
In cases such as ours, these selection testing processes need to be reviewed. Otherwise it means that they kept us on for twenty years even though we were not suitable for the job? We provided assistance to women who had undergone operations, we assisted in the operating theatres and we assisted during births. But now, suddenly, we are no longer good enough?
We held 117 posts for 15 – 20 years and as the agencies and the cooperatives before them were getting awarded labour contracts, we continued to work there. This time as well, the current agency believed that things would continue as normal. However, this time the Polyclinic had other plans.
Then there is the matter of the 33 temporary workers who kept their jobs. What were the criteria used to make that choice? We were told that they would be looking at length of service and age and that they would give preference to single income people. Instead, those who were kept one did not meet these criteria. It wouldn’t perhaps have anything to do with union membership would it? Someone has to explain this to us. We are asking anyone who can give us some answers: the Region, the Municipality or the Hospital. Why not rotate us all, let’s have a mutual agreement and let’s all of us work.
We were promised that we would get 750 Euro per month, but some of the girls who have already been at home for a couple of months have only received letters of termination.
In recent weeks there have been some job offers made: they call you up in the late afternoon to go and cover a night shift in the emergency ward of the San Gerardo hospital in Monza, but everyone knows that you cannot simply go and work in an emergency ward for the first time without the necessary knowledge. This results in a refusal so they simply send you letter of termination.
Then, to add insult to injury, we cannot even claim unemployment benefits due to the nature of our employment contract. But we are not interested in unemployment benefits or any other type of welfare for that matter, all we want are the jobs that we were promised. They exploited us for many years in this hospital and we worked some pretty impossible shifts. We needed that work and we would even come to work when perhaps we had a fever. Particularly in recent years when we were employed on monthly contracts. Anyone who dared to get sick found that their contract was simply not renewed. And now they treat us like this?
We are temporary workers like many, many other temporary workers here in Italy. We want to retain our dignity and have a real job. All you temporary workers must join us because being a temporary worker means not having any rights and not being able to look forward to any kind of future.
We are here, battling on to have direct contact with the city’s residents. Many of them come here and support us and we are busy gathering signatures (we already have more than 2500 of them). We are also doing shifts to ensure that there is always someone here. We won’t give up, the battle goes on and we are going to stay here until we get some real answers.

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Honest Italy by Di Matteo

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What follows is part of the speech delivered by the prosecutor Nino Di Matteo yesterday in via D'Amelio, Palermo.

“We cannot stay silent in the face of the overwhelming attempt to transform the investigative magistrates into simple bureaucrats constantly subject to the will of their boss, and of those official leaders that are unfortunately ever more frequently appointed by the magistrates’ governing body, the CSM, that is at risk of being squashed and influenced in its self-governing choices by the pressing needs of different factions and political groups and by the ever more exacting requirements of its president [Napolitano editor].
We cannot think of Paolo Borsellino and witness all the ongoing activities including the reform of the judiciary, and the reforms relating to the civil liability of judges, to the creation of a hierarchy among the different public prosecutor's offices and with the ever increasing and questionable pronouncements of the CSM. We cannot think of Paolo Borsellino and stay silent in the face of these attempts to limit the independence of the judges to a formal empty role with the aim of eliminating the autonomy of each individual prosecutor.
I would like to thank all those citizens that put themselves forward as a shield against the many people, even in the world of politics, who continue to walk all over those values that Paolo Borsellino held dear, against the arrogance of the people who are overbearing and as yet unpunished. A commemoration only has meaning if it is backed up with the courage that we have to demonstrate from that moment on. When you think of the slaughter that happened in via D’Amelio, we have the ethical and moral duty to search for the truth, even though we acknowledge that that will cost us even more blood and tears. We must keep going in the search for the truth. Above all we need to have the intellectual honesty to respect the truth and never be afraid to proclaim it even though it might seem inconvenient.
Today we find ourselves facing a murky situation and institutional indifference. There’s the danger of a culture of de-legitimization that is nurtured by guilty silences, by obstacles and traps that are set to keep us from that urgency to search for the truth that still exists in a few individuals.
So many people are stating what is untrue when they keep on saying that the trials relating to the slaughters have ended with no results. They pretend they are not aware that 22 people have been definitively convicted for complicity in the slaughters. Some people are doing this because it’s in their own interests. There are many people within the establishment that have the knowledge but prefer to remain silent, as they are convinced that that “omertà” will be to their advantage and may lead to a fantastic career. The journey involved in being liberated from the mafia has stalled at the half-way point, but the thieves and those who are corrupt have made sure they are pretty much untouchable.
In a definitive judgment, the Court of Cassation stated that a political party that came to power in government in 1994, had a certain member that was one of its ideologues and founders. For a long time, this person had been colluding with the top brass of the mafia organisation called “Cosa nostra” and for many years he had been acting as an intermediary between them and the Milan entrepreneur who became the leader of that party. Today, this political leader [Silvio Berlusconi, editor], after having been definitively convicted of other serious crimes, is having discussions with the current President of the Council about reforming the electoral law and that very same Constitution that Paolo Borsellino had sworn to uphold and to which he remained faithful right up to his final breath. We mustn’t lose our ability to be outraged and we must all find the energy to react. We all have the duty to ensure that Paolo Borsellino’s dream of justice is not violated now that he is dead.”
Nino Di Matteo, Palermo 19 July 2014

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Elected and not appointed. #GrazieRenzi Thanks Renzi

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“In the end, the meeting with the PD took place and lasted an hour and a half. Sure. After a good 25 days of intense correspondence by letter we could have hoped that they would have come to the discussion with their ideas already sorted out, with greater clarity and a better level of preparedness. We can’t expect to get everything we want.
Even though people are saying that speed is important, in fact more time is being taken for this. Thus the negotiations have concluded but things are being put off to some date in the future in accordance with the many ups and downs of parliamentary business. Renzi’s talking about 15 days but it could even drift into September. The M5S was ready to conclude things yesterday. We’re sorry for the PD but there’s no time left. The M5S doesn’t feel like taking the Italians for a ride for a whole summer.
Anyway there’s great satisfaction in the fact that things have opened up and the positive opinions in relation to having preferences in the electoral laws that right now we consider confirmed and that we’ll vote on after the ratification of the proposal of electoral law agreed up until now with the signed up members online. The issue of preferences is fundamental for us. It’s a battle started back in 2007 with the first Vday and with the collection of 350,000 signatures for the “Clean Up Parliament” popular law initiative. Thus, at least on this issue, we’re thanking Renzi for having welcomed the proposal of having a Parliament made up of elected representatives and not of "appointees". Anyway Renzi himself has said in the past that he is definitely against having a Parliament made up of "appointees". It has to be said that, even though it’s been a bit late, he has kept his word and it is to be hoped that he can action this. In fact we believe that the Secretary of a party that got 41% of the vote at the recent European elections has to ask permission from someone in Forza Italia, the third political entity in the country that is destined to implode and that is led by a convicted criminal.

PS: During yesterday’s discussion, the possibility of having another possible meeting was mentioned. But right now it’s best to concentrate on the ratification of the points that the signed up members have negotiated. We’ll be ready to vote on the electoral law that includes preferences, directly in the Chamber"

The M5S delegation: Luigi Di Maio, Danilo Toninelli, Paola Carinelli, Vito Petrocelli

Thanks Renzi

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#BastaSoldiAiGiornali: No more money to the newspapers: the M5S proposal

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>>> Today, 17 July, at 3:00 pm in the Chamber of Deputies, there’ll be the meeting of the M5S and PD delegations to discuss the electoral law. The direct streaming will be broadcast on the blog and on La Cosa <<<<<<<<<<<<

"Today in the seventh Standing Committee dealing with “Culture, Science and Education”, there’ll be a discussion of the first law proposal written with the signed up members of the M5S concerning the abolition of public financing to the publishing sector. It’s important to start off by calling to mind that: “the most important duty of a journalist and an essential pillar of the right to broadcast news, is the duty of truth, considered in the law n. 69 of 1963 and also in the Constitution as a duty that is an "irrevocable obligation". The bodies providing information are the crucial link between what happens and the general public. They make it possible for the exercise of that sovereignty that according to article 1 of the Constitution "belongs to the people". Information provision that hides or distorts the reality of what’s happening prevents the general public from "exercising their sovereignty in an informed way”. The situation into which “traditional” publishing is tumbling is indeed dramatic and the world of politics must find a solution to bring about the necessary renewal of our country’s information system, So as to bring it into line on a qualitative level with other big countries (let’s remember that Italy is in 49th position in the 2014 freedom of the press ranking published by Reporters without Borders coming below countries like Estonia, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Namibia, Cape Verde, and Ghana), to encourage media pluralism, to promote appropriate procedures to facilitate the provision of jobs for the many young journalists that today are obliged to work for a few euros per article. Even in other European countries the State intervenes in the publishing industry but with the aim of providing incentives for new initiatives, to promote innovation, to help small enterprises to grow, basically to increase pluralism and the range of what’s on offer, thus encouraging the broadening of the market and of employment possibilities in the sector. In Italy, on the other hand, the system of public financing to the publishing industry has ended up as a tool used by the parties to encourage publishing activity that is either directly or indirectly connected to the parties and promoting the interests of the big publishing houses and protecting the famous names to the detriment of pluralism, the quality of information and the freedom of the press. If it’s true that the value of the support provided has gone down in the last few years, it’s still true that the amount of money flowing into the sector is still considerable. A few figures: for 2014, the Publishing Department of the Office of the President of the Council has an allowance of about 140 million euro. The same amount is allocated for 2015 and for 2016. And apart from the budget for the Department itself, the latest Stability law has allocated more resources for supporting the publishing sector: 50 million for 2014, 40 million for 2015 and 30 million for 2016. Thus, just in 2014, 190 million euro of public money will go to support the publishing sector. Of this money, most will be direct contributions, and will go to support party newspapers or to other publications like Avvenire (€ 4,355,324.42), Europe (€ 1,183,113.76), Il Foglio (€ 1,523,106.65), Italia Oggi (€ 3,904,773.62), Il Manifesto (€ 2,712,406.23), and L’Unità (€ 3,615,894.65) [2012 figures].

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The M5S has the ambitious intention of renewing information provision and liberating it from the stranglehold of the parties and of the handful of publishing companies that currently have control in our country. Paraphrasing Enzo Biagi: “I believe in the freedom of expression, that is with newspapers and TV channels that are free to criticise those in power.“ To achieve this objective, we believe that public financing to the publishing sector in its present form, must be abolished and replaced by a transition arrangement aimed at true innovation and real pluralism.
After today’s discussions I’ll keep you informed about the passage of our newly proposed law."
Giuseppe Brescia, M5S spokesperson in the Lower House

Paolo Becchi speaks in a personal capacity. He isn’t the ideologist of the M5S and he certainly doesn’t take part in the evaluation exercises. He is invited to ensure that his public statements are made in a personal capacity only.

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Dictatorship in accordance with the law

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"[...] I want to look at certain untruths as spoken by Signor Renzi and see what truth lies behind them. I’m talking about your Government, not about you, because I hope that you have a heart beating in your chest and that you are sensitive to these things. In fact, we are representatives of the nation, of all the citizens. We are not representatives of the armchairs that we occupy. The first untruth is that the Parliament must not be an obstacle to the Government. Signor Renzi said that. That already made my hair stand on end by at least one centimetre. Parliament is an obstacle? I’ve heard that said only in totalitarian regimes, and I’ve not even heard it said in authoritarian regimes.
The second untruth: the European Union has asked us for reforms. That’s a half-truth: in Newspeak, we could call that a voluntary disinformation campaign, rather than a lie. In fact, the European Union has told us to bring in reforms, but not these reforms: it’s told us to bring in economic reforms and reforms to the labour market. But even those, we have done badly.
This reform is worryingly like the 2006 reform and, in fact, all the speeches I’ve heard in the Chamber are going ever more in that direction. That makes sense when you think: who was it that wanted the 2006 reform? Signor Berlusconi. And you are doing this reform with him. Thus nothing has changed. Absolutely nothing. Even the famous supremacy clause that was pleasing to no one here, even that appears in exactly the same way. Even then, it was called the supremacy clause: you could at least have changed its name.
I’d like to talk about the pact that you’ve made with “uncle Silvio”.

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That’s how it happens, by pressing on innocuous buttons. We have to think about a new “light” dictatorship, one containing the democratic skeleton because this is key: keeping the democratic skeleton. With this reform project, we have one perfect chain of command. At the centre, there’s the President of the Council, and in that, this reform is the same as the 2006 reform that kept everything focussed on the President of the Council, but in a different way, by putting the two together: along with just nine senators, the President of the Council appoints the President of the Republic, the President of the Council controls the Constitutional Court and the Parliament is his slave (thus he has created a perfect chain of command) because there’s a majority-oriented electoral law.
The democratic framework is still formally in place. That framework requires a Parliament, elections, and a set of supervisory bodies. But, do you remember Argentina in the 1970s? There was a military dictatorship and yet there was a Parliament and elections were held. Watch some of the film clips. The people in Parliament were referred to as "alzamanos“ {hand-raisers}, because they voted by raising a hand. So what I’m asking is whether we too, want to be identified as "alzamanos"? [...]" Carlo Martelli, M5S Senate - Watch the whole video

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