The mafia has won - thanks to Renzusconi #GrassoDimettiti Grasso resign


"Renzi and Berlusconi have eliminated the crime of exchanging political favours with the mafia. According to the Court of Cassation, based on the “416ter” {article 416 comma 3}, something that Renzi and Berlusconi really wanted and that we vehemently opposed, to make a vote-buying arrangement with a Mafioso is no longer a crime if there’s no use of the mafia method in gathering votes. Thus unless the voters are forced to go to the urns at gunpoint, then there’s no crime and any politician making an agreement with a Mafioso is guilty of no crime. This is the meaning of a statement published yesterday afternoon by the Court of Cassation. So here we have the battle against the mafia according to Renzi and Berlusconi. What a fuss they made of the new formulation of “416ter”. How they praised the government (with disgusting expressions like "the wording is really beautiful“). Anyone holding important positions in the structures fighting the mafia, is invited to resign since they have amply demonstrated their incompetence and thus they are not fit to hold such a position. We had already foreseen all this and we expressed our opposition to this regulation, and we put forward an alternative that was very different and very effective.


Thus It’s not a matter of an "error" but of an intentional action, with the aim of facilitating links between mafia guys and politicians. In a similar situation, any other citizen would be put on trial for aiding and abetting or for external complicity with the mafia. But in the case of our disgraceful parliamentarians they have the benefit of impunity because people voted for them and thus they can show favour to the mafia without any worries. Shame and endless ignominy on those who have favoured the mafia and their collaborators in parliament." Mario Giarrusso, M5S in the Senate

Grasso resign

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 05:41 PM in | Post a comment | ListenListen
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#Italia5Stelle at the Circus Maximus


“Italia a 5 Stelle” {5 Star Italy}: an event lasting three days from Friday 10 October to Sunday 12 October when we can come together for a series of meetings with the two thousand M5S elected representatives throughout Italy and in Europe as well as with citizens and supporters. It’s an ambitious event, but it’ll be neither the first nor the last one in our history. Anyway we are used to throwing our hearts beyond the obstacles and thus we began in good time, on 1 July, to collect the series of permissions needed for Rome’s Circus Maximus following each bureaucrat step with great respect for the procedures and rules.

It’s a shame that between speaking and taking action there’s something in the way. That’s the authorities of the city of Rome and the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities, and specifically the "director for the «promotion, strategic planning and implementation of special projects, for the development and the enhancement of the city of Rome and of its resources»", the chameleon-like Maurizio Pucci, formerly in charge of Music for Rome, and formerly a superintendent of the great public works like the opening of Renzo Piano’s Auditorium, and formerly a director of the construction sites for the Jubilee projects and he’s now returng to that with a signing fee of 115 thousand euro. He’s a man who’s cost lots of money - paid for by Rome’s citizens (and the people of Italy each time they’re obliged to put their hands in their pockets to cover up gaps in the funding for the “Rome the Capital” project) and his name has already appeared in two dossiers of investigation, one for the Court of Accounts and one for the Prosecutors of the Republic. There’s also the architect Federica Galloni, who is in charge of the region of Lazio’s department of landscape and cultural resources, the woman whose signature can do everything.


They referred to an unknown area where permission is granted, and to an unknown technical document that sets out a maximum of 15 gazebos that can be placed in the whole of the Circus Maximus. Just imagine our surprise when a quick Internet search enabled us to find images like the following:

The Circus Maximus during the Rolling Stones concert

The Circus Maximus after the Rolling Stones concert littered with rubbish

“Race for the cure” event

Stand of the “Casa di Carità” {House of Charity}

Armed Forces day

Food from Italy event

In response to our request for an explanation of the reason for the negative decision and especially to the reference to laws, decrees, regulations, minutes of meetings etc. that have given rise to the decision on whether the choice of allowing an orgnaisation to use Circus Maximus is discretional and depends on the political hue or the size of the bank balance of the ones making the request - we created panic in the Town Hall, and they swiftly invited us in to reassure us that with a few tiny modifications (that were promptly made) they would have given us permission to use the area.
Another month has gone by and the definitive response is put off day after day, always packaged with some lovely reassuring words. Basically it’s “no”. To get authorisation a few days before the event wouldn’t allow us to get it organised and they know that. First it was the last week of August, then 26 August, then 27 August. Now the next date they’ve given us is Monday 1 September. Do you know what? We will do “Italia 5 Stelle”. With the permission of the Rome authorities as we had planned it in the Circus Maximus or without permission in a peaceful gathering of free citizens. Peaceful but slightly annoyed. Because we are followers of Gandhi but we’re not stupid.

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Kick the party puppets out of the RAI


“For 18 months, the M5S has been battling to eliminate the activity of the parties that act in such a way as to parcel out segments of the RAI, and we’ve been fighting to end the evil influence of politics. You just have go to the website of the Parliamentary Supervisory Committee for the RAI to see some of our speeches and you will understand this, straight away. The issue of the politicisation of the RAI certainly does not relate to the M5S given that it is coherent and it has not asked for any appointment to positions like the directors of the TV News programmes, or online programmes, or to the Board of Directors. These are positions that have been political appointments for more than 30 years: the PD is the prime party and then you have the clique of the berlusconians and the former members of the Christian Democrats.


Ask yourselves why the person who is the inspiration behind the imminent reform of the national broadcaster (RAI), signor De Siervo, the president of the association of the directors of the RAI, (acronym: ADRAI), is one of Renzi’s personal friends and his colleague.
Perhaps because there’s an oligarchy of directors and a plethora of journalists (obviously not all of them) who are willing to serve the political power of the PD and of the government of broad agreements?
That’s a rhetorical question. Those of us in the M5S are certainly not the cause. Quite the opposite. To hear a puppet like Orfeo, a person who has been appointed by the parties, talk about the “Bulgarian Edict” that the M5S has issued against him, isn’t just ridiculous, but it’s an insult to the intelligence of the Italian people. For years, I worked as a cameraman for the TV News programmes and I know what I’m talking about. Like you I watch the TV and for the last 18 months I’ve been spitting blood. I’d love to see a worthwhile public news service. What about this phrase “RAI like the BBC” that is being repeated by this bunch of politicians? For the last 18 months, I’ve been going home each evening and hearing the national TV News that is vomiting shit all over the M5S. I’m not just outraged, I’m furious about the misinformation that is so blatant and indecent, the misinformation that exists in this country. I’m furious that people continue to lap up all the lies put out by these ruffians. We no longer believe these TV News programmes. We no longer listen to the stories coming from the TV News programmes - like those coming from Orfeo or Maggioni (Rainews) - sufficiently incompetent with 200 journalists but with just 0.4% of the listeners listening. We will NEVER give up and this riff raff will pay eventually, perhaps not today but surely tomorrow.
If someone still dares to say that we are indiscriminately attacking all journalists, let them find all the discussion with the director genral, Gubitosi (another accomplice) in which I’m difending the “precarious workers” of the sector, the freelancers who are barely scraping by - so different from the directors and those getting more than €200,000 a year. And now come and discuss this and we’ll see who’s right." Alberto Airola – M5S lead on the Parliamentary Supervisory Committee for the RAI

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Orlando, minister without dignity


The M5S will not participate in any discussion on the so-called reform of the justice system that is what is wanted by a convicted criminal with the objectives that are the separation between the careers of prosecutors and judges, the abolition of the principle of mandatory prosecution, the direct accountability of the judiciary, the prohibition on the publication of transcriptions of telephonic interceptions, and the reduction of the time period before the Statute of Limitations blocks proceedings. This is a reform that is tailor-made for thieves and it was preceded by Berlusconi’s despicable laws during his time in government. If Renzie wants to talk to us that’s up to him. It’s not our problem. This still applies in spite of continuous sirens and appeals from institutions in the last few days, that have seen private telephone calls to our senators. Sirens stop! We are not for sale. Nor are we a “Help the P2” call centre. Sitting down at a table with Orlando-the-mannequin would mean acknowledging his dignity, but he lost that the moment he chose to negotiate justice with one who has been definitively convicted for tax fraud. What sort of credibility can that sort of minister possibly have? From whom does he take orders and, above all, what has that to do with justice?

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Passaparola - The Non-profit Welfare Community

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alatha.jpg is a Non-profit Social Cooperative that has been working to make the lives of people with physical and motor disabilities easier for almost twenty years. was born of a man’s dream to turn himself from pure businessman into a welfare entrepreneur …, that man is Donato Troiano, founder of and today we are posting his Passaparola.

"Hello and welcome to Alatha. Here at Alatha our aim is to create many job opportunities for both normal and disabled people, in other words total, general integration and provide the simplicity and normality of that which should be for everyone.
Everything that we have, such as physiotherapy kits and vehicles that transport the disabled, has been obtained thanks to the support provided by sponsors: we have never received any funding from anyone except for private donations from the public that has stood behind Alatha and its activities for the past twenty years now.
We have a gym where the elderly, the handicapped and normal people come to us for treatment.
We also run a welfare dentistry centre. Here there is a medical clinic where a doctor comes in once a week to treat patients. It was set up in collaboration with the dental academy, an association of dentists. We called it welfare dentistry because it was designed to provide people who cannot otherwise afford dental care, in other words the disadvantaged and the poor, to receive the dental care they need. We are also talking to the council in order to provide a top quality service. They have done it all at their own expense and it did not cost us a cent, all we did was provide a chair. All of this was born because one of the dentists, Dr. Acciarini, a very caring person, has always been one of our greatest supporters and has always remained very close to Alatha and to welfare dentistry.
In recent years The Via Amoretti community has hosted people who have major physical disabilities but whose cognitive abilities are perfectly normal. We have tried to set up our centre to duplicate a family atmosphere as closely as possible even though it is in fact a community staffed by shift workers (in other words not quite like a true family) and we try to allow our guests to enjoy as much independence as possible. As a matter of fact we only host 5 people, so it is indeed a very small community. We have three single rooms and every guest is able to furnish their room with items that they like, to have a private telephone line installed and therefore to lead a life that is as independent as possible. Furthermore, our guests are involved in a variety of very serious activities outside of the community as well. We have two girls who are involved in the Italian disabled athletics championships, we have guests that are involved in theatre and others that frequent associations outside of Alatha, outside of the community and the community aims to act somewhat like a springboard towards a normal independent life wherever this is possible. So much so, in fact, that we have one guest who has been with us for the past 10 years and was the kind of founding member of the community since he was the first individual to move in, the very first in fact, and is now about to leave us to go and live independently, in other words on his own, in his own home. This success is as much his own as that of our Mountain Community project and we are very happy indeed!
Alatha was born of my desire and I’m not sure whether it is a calling or whether I was simply destined to work with disadvantaged people that need to live well. Almost twenty years ago now I closed down all my businesses and I created Alatha to provide a service to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged people.
It may seem like a cliché but you can tell what a country is like by the way the weaker members of its society live. I think that we will increasingly carry on doing what we have been doing so far, in other words we will continue along the same path that we have chosen to tread because it is helping and it is really taking care of people in need.
We do it quite naturally and perhaps, as I said earlier, we don’t even realise it but I believe that success or the positive outcome of all of this, call it what you will, lies in the simplicity of what we are doing. Respect for the individual, nothing more and nothing less, that’s what makes us get up in the morning, do our jobs and continue along this path. In thanking Beppe Grillo and his Blog I wanted to make a point regarding Alatha. Alatha is a public asset, a territorial asset and something that does not belong only to the disabled, not only to the disadvantaged, but an asset that benefits the entire community." Donato Troiano, founder of Alatha.

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The MoVement and metropolitan cities


“The Single Party has shown that it wants to keep on decreasing the popular sovereignty and the use of tools that facilitate popular participation in democratic life (referenda and popular initiative laws). The constitutional reforms under discussion would have the members of the Senate appointed by the regional councillors. The reform of the provinces and of the metropolitan cities sets out that the councillors are to be appointed by the very same town councillors previously elected to the provinces. Elected representatives that appoint elected representatives, this is in contravention of the principles of the“European Charter of Local Self-Government” that Italy signed in 1985 and that was ratified with the law 439/1989. Article 3 of this law says that councils and assemblies of local government bodies must be “... made up of members who are elected by free, secret, equal, direct and universal suffrage ...”
With this system, in future councils (and in the Senate) we’ll just have the big parties, thanks to fact that they will elect themselves without having to consult the people. They will keep on making decisions about schools, transport, the environment and land use: all these people who have definitely not been elected.
The 5 Star MoVement has always been opposed to any form of institution in between town councils and regional councils. It doesn’t matter whether such bodies are directly or indirectly elected. We believe that it should always be the citizens that elect their own legislative and administrative bodies.
However via online voting, it has decided to take part in elections for the metropolitan cities, so those local councillors elected in the M5S lists in towns that are to be part of the metropolitan cities will organize lists.


4. Territorial planning. End the thoughtless exploitation of territory. Give priority to the reconversion of areas previously used for industry and the restructuring of exist built environments. Identify agricultural areas, woodland and parks and defend them from urban sprawl."
Vito Crimi, M5S spokesperson in the Senate

PS. Candidate lists should be sent to the email address: The name of the person leading the list (together with their basic details) needs to be sent first so that they can be vetted and given permission to use the M5S symbol. Guidelines and notes about the election procedure can be found here.

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