Andrea Soldi was killed

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“Andrea Soldi was a psychiatric patient in Turin. He was well known in his neighbourhood - he was a big man aged 45, weighing 120 kilos. For years he had been suffering from schizophrenia and he used to sit on the benches in Turin’s open spaces without bothering anyone. People called him the "good giant". At the beginning of August, the family asked for him to be admitted to the psychiatric hospital, as Andrea was no longer taking his prescribed medication and he was no longer under the supervision of the local psychiatric practitioners. On 5 August, a group of local police, specialised in taking psychiatric patients to hospital, went to where he was together with the psychiatrist, Carlo Della Porta. According to the procedures established in the city, this sort of intervention must always be done very gently by persuading the patient to cooperate, unless of course they become violent. Any coercive methods must only be used to allow the psychiatrist to administer sedatives. However, statements taken from witnesses who were present when this was happening, spoke of an invasive intervention, in relation to a non-violent patient: a stranglehold round his neck, then he was picked up and handcuffed and loaded onto a stretcher face down, while Andrea had difficult breathing and first became “grey” and had his tongue hanging out, then his legs started to judder, he urinated on himself and then he stopped moving (source information here).
It seems that Andrea Soldi died in the ambulance on the way to the nearest hospital (10 minutes away) and nobody came to his aid. The psychiatrist responsible for the procedure, (who says he is “saddened” by what happened) stayed in his own car. The fast response team responding to the emergency telephone number 118, were worried about the situation and tried to intervene but they were prevented from doing so, and they lodged a complaint with the central operations team.
In the days following that, the prosecutor Guariniello started his investigation and recorded the names of the psychiatrist, Della Porta, as well as the three local police officers in the list of those under investigation. There was an autopsy and it confirmed the cause of death was strangulation and suffocation, even though it’s obvious that the defence claims that’s wrong and they talk about a phantom “excess of adrenalin in a very sensitive patient”. Obviously, we are calling for justice in response to this murder: it’s not possible to die like that now, in 2015, in Italy with no one getting punished. By analyzing the political side of things, it’s astounding to see the reaction of the regional cabinet member with responsibility for health, Saitta, who seems to have been very surprised to have learned about the mechanisms operating in the region of Piedmont in relation to the obligatory detention of a psychiatric patient. As usually happens in Italy, action is taken only after the tragedy has happened. A ministerial inspection is being carried out and they are talking about serious failures in the region, and only limited training of personnel. How can we avoid immediately thinking of the massive cuts brought about by the PD - cuts to the health service in general and in a special way to the “residential” psychiatric service, while the help needed in the area is in these conditions? The pair of them - Saitta and Chiamparino - instead of consenting to the cuts being called for by the unelected premier, (the latest being a cut of 2.3 billion euro for the health service), they should be speaking out and calling for more resources to take on more personnel and do more training for those who are managing the most important of all the public services: the health service. And it’s a service to which everyone - whether they are politicians or “subjects” - all have to make use of in the end. Even those that think they would like to use the private services.
M5S Piedmont

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The Chinese Bubble

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“What’s happening in China? Many people are asking this question, given the sequence of happenings in the Far East. In brief, what’s happening now is what I have been predicting for some time now: the bursting of a financial and property bubble that will have an impact on the whole world by the end of the year 2015. These are the effects of "laissez-faire" capitalism with a fictitious economy based on finance, with a development model that has been prevalent throughout the 20th century and in the first part of the 21st century. This is what has dragged us into the abyss. China has not understood its error. This is the same mistake made by Italy at the end of the 1970s. It’s the same mistake made by Gorbachev in the middle of the 1980s. If you open your borders to foreign capital and you liberalise finance, this is the result: you will no longer have control over the macroeconomic, economic and financial variables of your own country and of your financial system. These things will no longer be guided by choices relating to the growth in the living standards of the population, in its wealth and in the real economy, but they will be guided by speculation by the few to the detriment of all the others. And China’s response to this error seems to be going in the direction of “more reliance on the free market and “more liberlisation”, a choice that will drag them into the abyss along with the rest of the world.
But coming back to what’s happening here today, the biggest crisis is not in the Eurozone, with the situation in Greece still fresh in the inside pages of the newspapers, but it’s what’s happening in China, with the collapse of the Stock Market in Shanghai and the bursting of the financial bubble. The events in China have set off a global wave of share market collapses, and these will surely be the cause of a further worsening of the conditions in the Eurozone. And what’s the cause? The cause is the model underlying the single European currency, as I’ll explain. As we’ve been taught (or has this just been imposed on us?) by Merkel, Draghi, Juncker and the like, the growth strategy for the Euro and the Eurozone is based on a downward adjustment of costs (mainly labour costs) and prices, that’s the well-loved internal devaluation, to increase competitiveness and thus making European products more attractive abroad. But the obvious error in this strategy, that the knowing and criminal short-sightedness of the European leaders didn’t want to see in 2009, is that this strategy depends exclusively on external demand, because it’s a growth strategy based solely on exports. By now, the failure of this approach is clear to everyone, whether they are technically qualified or just lay people, but the criminals in Brussels are going ahead unperturbed. Even a child would understand that in a world affected by crises, a world in which China with a market of 1.5 million consumers, is collapsing under the blows resulting from the explosion of the financial and real estate bubble, it’s just foolish to base one’s growth on internal devaluation and external demand. A startling example of this failure is surely seen in Finland, a country that is perceived to be one of the virtuous ones in the Eurozone. It is falling to pieces with each useless internal devaluation. The touch paper has been lit. We must prepare for the worst. And perhaps in September the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates thus definitively causing the explosion of another running sore: the debt in Emerging Markets.”
Marco Zanni, M5S in Europe

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Undocumented Italian government

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“Yesterday, those in command in Europe gave our President of the Council a resounding slap in the face to remind him of his duties: The German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the French President Francoise Hollande, spoke out at the end of a bilateral meeting discussing immigration and they asked the Italian government to apply “the EU law in relation to asylum.” Thus they were pointing out that the current government is just not doing that. In fact the premier has shown himself to be completely incapable of managing the immigration phenomenon. Merkel and Hollande are asking Italy to “open up new registration centres for immigrants so that it will then be possible to take precise decisions” as regards requests for political asylum. Whereas, right now, a great number of people arriving in Italy are not being registered and identified, and this is creating an unmanageable situation as well as a really serious danger for internal security. A reprimand that sounds like the Italian government is getting its knuckles rapped, a humiliating gesture that reminds us of those famous little smiles from Ms. Merkel and Mr. Sarkozy in 2011 in relation to the permier at that time, Silvio Berlusconi, and for an Italy that, because of him, was not considered to be a credible interlocutor.
Now, as then, Italy is not considered to be up to the challenge and the premier, just like Berlusconi before him, is being humiliated by France and Germany in press conferences. On the other hand, the failure of the Italian government is visible to everyone: the management of immigrants has been shown to be a rich business opportunity for the Mafias, as heard in the telephone intercepts of conversations with Salvatore Buzzi and the investigation into “Cara di Mineo”, the biggest immigrant reception centre in the whole of Europe, and even though the M5S has made many requests on this issue, the government has still not given any responses. Thanks to the premier, we find we have another immigration emergency that is uncontrolled to such an extent that it brings shame on the country, and just as at the time of the Berlusconi government, it is berated by the good and the great in Europe. How long does Italy have to go on being subjected to this sort of humiliation? And when will it finally get the Dublin Regulation re-discussed? Because it’s clear that anyone arriving in Italy needs to be identified, but it’s equally clear that there should then be a quota system to allocate people to different countries in Europe - and this has been forcefully requested by the M5S.”
M5S Senate

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The 5 Star MoVement is denouncing Alfano and Marino

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After Vittorio Casamonica’s funeral, the 5 Star MoVement will denounce Angelino Alfano, and the mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, and will ask them to pay compensation for the damage done to Rome’s image, dignity and reputation at a national and international level.

“With Vittorio Casamonica’s “funeral show”, the image of Rome and the image of Italy are irreparably compromised, scarred and humiliated by the umpteenth blatant and arrogant demonstration of the presence of the Mafia in the capital. Everyone knew about the presence of the Mafia in Rome, especially after all the disgusting information was revealed in the investigation called “Mafia Capitale”. Everyone knew, except it seems the mayor of Rome, Marino, and the Minister, Alfano, who should have known - in the light of everything that has been discovered in the last few months - and they should be the ones watching out and paying attention. And yet none of that was happening and their superficiality, incompetence and inertia have made it possible for Rome to be downtrodden once more, and become the land of no one, and a laughing stock for foreign newspapers who look at us with incredulity and disgust.
Ignazio Marino, the mayor of a capital that he has never governed, doesn’t know, doesn’t hear, doesn’t talk, and ignores what has been happening in his city. The only thing he knows how to do is to blow up like a time bomb when it is too late, when everything has already happened in spite of the Police, the Prefecture and the unprepared and absent institutions. And yet everyone knew. There were the cars of the local police following the funeral procession, the security forces had given notification of the permission given to members of the Casamonica family under house arrest, to take part in the funeral.
Thus the funeral procession, including carriages and a helicopter, could have been halted. Now the people of Rome and the people of Italy are not only suffering the humiliation, but there are also having to put up with the joke of the different folk who are now saying “oh - I didn’t know!”. However, the responsibilities are clear. Mayor Marino and Minister Alfano are responsible. They should have contributed to getting the Mafia out of Rome and guaranteeing the security of the city. But they have not even been able to prevent a freak show like Vittorio Casamonica’s funeral. And the President of the Council is also responsible because he has refused to dissolve the cabinet governing Rome due to mafia involvement. Let us remember that he is a President of the Council who is also the secretary of a party that was literally overwhelmed by the “Mafia Capitale” investigation and whose president - Matteo Orfini - is setting himself up as a defender of the rule of law even though for a long time he was defending the president of the town of Ostia, Andrea Tassone, who then ended up under house arrest as a result of this investigation. We have a President of the Council whose Minister of Labour, Poletti, who at that time was the head of the cooperative called Legacoop, was immortalised during that famous dinner with a member of the Casamonica family and with Salvatore Buzzi.
The damage to the capital and to the people of Rome is massive: this is why we are in discussion with our lawyers to see whether to present a denunciation against Alfano and Marino to ask that they pay compensation for the damage done to the image, dignity and reputation at a national and international level. We will use the millions of euro in compensation that should result from this action, to renew the roads in Rome that are in the worst state and to fill in the holes that the mayor has not been able to repair.”
M5S parliament

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Prayer of the Alpini Corps

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"On the bare rocks, on the everlasting glaciers,
on every peak of the Alps where providence
has positioned us as a faithful defence of our
parishes, we, who are purified by our duty
carried out amidst the utmost danger,
we lift up our hearts to Thee, O Lord, asking you to protect
our mothers, our wives,
our children and our brothers who are far away
help us to be worthy of the glorious deeds
of our forefathers.
Omnipotent God governing all the elements,
save us, armed as we are with faith and love.
Save us from the implacable ice, from the swirling of the
storm, from the power of the avalanche,
guide our feet to safe footholds
on steep mountain-tops, on vertical cliff-faces,
across the insidious crevasses,
make our weapons strong against anyone
that threatens our country, our Flag,
and our thousand-year old Christian civilisation.
And Thou, Mother of God, whiter than snow,
Thou that hast recognised and gathered up
every type of suffering and every sacrifice
of all the Alpini that have fallen,
you who recognise and gather up every yearning
and every hope
of all the Alpini living and in arms.
Bless and look kindly on our Battalions
and our Groups.
Amen."

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The colony of Italy

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“From Crete to Santorini, from Mykonos to Thessaloniki - it’s official: 14 of the Greek airports making the most money, will be handed over to Germany until 2055. Before now, things were conquered with wars. Now it’s done with the Euro. In Italy, companies called Lamborghini, Ducati, Italcementi and other giants have been in German hands for more than a year. Parmalat, Galbani, Eridania, Bulgari, Gucci, Buitoni, Sanpellegrino, Perugina, and Motta have landed up in French hands.
Between 2008 and 2013, 437 of the most famous Italian brands have ended up in foreign hands. They’ve converted us into an outlet, where they come “shopping” from all over the world and the government doesn’t even notice. Recently, English and South Africans have bought Peroni beer and Gancia sparkling wine. And that’s not considering Ansaldo that’s gone to the Japanese, Terna and Pirelli to the Chinese, and the Valentino brand to the Arabs. And how much longer before the Colosseum gets purchased?
Greece was first strangled by the conditions to get their budget balanced for the Euro, those same constraints that Germany and France allowed themselves not to respect on so many occasions. Now that the country is totally dependent on the transfer of funds from the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, they are being obliged to give up the family jewels in exchange for a bit of small change. In these new wars of conquest, Germany and France are acting like their masters. In Greece, they are buying up the services that make the most money: last year Greece had a record number of 23 million tourists and it’s obvious that the airports are a gold-mine. This is why they want them. And in exchange the banks can open their doors. In Italy, on the other hand, they have bought up the “Made in Italy” companies, with a quasi-military strategy. First, the governments led by the PD, Forza Italia and Lega, strangled them by increasing taxes, because “it’s what Europe asked us to do”. Then, that same “Europe” (in actual fact the Franco-German alliance) bought them up from owners who found their backs to the wall. A bit like what happens in war-time when cities are razed to the ground and then the reconstruction business starts. Europe needs to experience once more the joy of having sovereign states, states that don’t accept being bought out while saying “thank you”. If you want to give us the possibility of governing, our idea of Italy is clear: we want to bring back home many of the excellent companies that are Made in Italy. We could do this by using the Italian Strategic Fund of the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti that will be able to buy them.
By buying back these “family jewels” we are creating an opportunity to relaunch top quality employment in Italy. Profits from “Made in Italy” will stay in Italy and will make Italy rich. We must also have discussions about thie “Euro” that cannot be a weapon used to colonise other States. The 5 Star MoVement wants to show Europe what it means to have people in government who are free to make decisions.”
M5S Lower House

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