Climate change and preserving life on the earth: the M5S in Bolivia


Mirko Busto, M5S spokesperson in the Lower House

The M5S is the only Italian parliamentary entity to participate in the “World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Defense of Life“ that will be held at Cochabamba in Bolivia from 10 - to 12 October. I am greatly honoured to be able to represent our hope of building a society that is more just, more equal and finally more able to live in harmony with our only home: Mother Earth.

We need to act. Climate Change is a priority among the emergencies affecting our world. The most recent estimates portray a bleak future with a planet that is warmer and more arid (more than 4 degrees warmer by the end of the century) with a higher number of more extreme events like flooding, storms and typhoons. More droughts, less water and soils that are less fertile. In other words, a less hospitable planet. A planet that is less able to feed the life that inhabits it.
But also a planet that is yet more unjust. Climate Change increases the disparities at a world level, because its effects are already having a bigger impact on the poorer countries in the south of the world, the more vulnerable ones and those with fewer financial resources to tackle the effects. Fundamental resources like food and water are the new petroleum oil. Their scarcity or unjust distribution will always be the cause of wars and mass migrations.
We have to act immediately and decisively.

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The only thing that counts in relation to the limitation of temperature rises is the total quantity of greenhouse gases that we are allowed to emit, our “budget” and if we continue at the present rate, we’ll use up this allowance very rapidly. According to The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this will be used up in just 21 years if we go on emitting at the current rate. Ths is the massive challenge that we are summoned to address. It’s a challenge that falls above all on the more developed countries, those that have been responsible over many years - those that have been the major contributors to this problem.
What’s before us is a period of great change. We need to rethink how we live, how we move around, what we are eating and how we produce our food, how we keep warm and how we produce energy. This is a period that can see us full of enthusiasm, like a new Renaissance, or it could be traumatic if we are not able to manage the transformation.
We can do it - and the change is already under way. We do have the technologies for this transition and the experiences of change from the grass roots are growing very fast.
The question we need to ask ourselves is another one. Is this political system able to facilitate this change - or make it possible? The answer is definitely not. To come out of the climate crisis we need a political system that is free - one that doesn't have to answer to any “master”, or lobby or multinational. One that answers just to the citizens and to the common good.
The M5S is the first experiment on a national scale that attempts to bring about this new paradigm and ever since its first steps inside parliament, it has been putting forward draft laws encapsulating its vision for the future.
We have the solution to transform the failing Italian policies of waste disposal that are financing incineration and poisoning citizens and destroying million of jobs. We are drawing up an energy plan to take a system that is completely dependent - addicted - to fossil fuels, and transforming it into a system that is totally based on renewable fuels.
We are working towards a system of agriculture thatt guarantees healthy food that is sustainable and local. We have to safeguard our food sovereignty. We need a basis of respect for biodiversity and the protection of soil fertility. But we also need to have the strength to promote food choices that are more sustainable.
Every day we are fighting to reduce military spending, especially that aimed at the participation in wars that are camouflaged as peace missions that contribute, not just to the most pitiful annihilation of human life, to the destruction of natural resources, and the mass exodus of peoples and to an infernal military-industrial vicious cycle that increases the climate costs.
So - it’s true. Time is short. Timeframes are very short. The old system, with its monstrous network of interests and both human and political corruption, still seems strong and able to keep us in a straitjacket - petrified - making choices that offer no future. But the elements to resolve this puzzle are already available and change is already happening under the surface, starting from the ground upwards and it is growing thanks to initiatives coming from the citizens and from the communities. What’s necessary is just to remove the obstacles and perhaps to give the right impetus.
We have the freedom and the will to do this. They simply cannot do it.
This is why the President of Bolivia Evo Morales invited us to come to Cochabamba. In the next few weeks, everyone will be talking about the Climate Change Conference in Paris - COP21. Leaders of nations and governments from countries that are developed and those that are not developed will try to negotiate for the umpteenth time - - they’ll be attempting interventions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the aim of limiting temperature rises to a maximum of two degrees centigrade. The powerful people of the world have been having useless meetings for years now. Enough. “there’s no time to spare“. This was the warning of Pope Francis in October 2014 when he met Evo Morales in Rome. It’s time to have a reaction from the grassroots by mobilising the peoples and the campaign groups to establish change. It’s time to set off for Cochabamba.


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#DeutscheBank full of holes


“Two days ago, Deutsche Bank, a bank with assets worth more than Italy’s GDP, has declared the need to adjust the results for the third quarter of 2015 to reflect losses of almost 6 billion euro.

70 thousand billion in derivatives
Details of the reasons for these losses are not yet available but it is well known that the bank has an anomalous concentration of derivatives in its portfolio: 75 thousand billion dollars (about 65 thousand billion euro!), equivalent to 20 times Germany’s GDP. It seems that Deutsche Bank has really not learned much from the 2008 crisis, even though America’s Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) in May of this year, penalised its structured finance dating back to the time of Lehman Brothers, with a fine of 55 million dollars.

And yet Deutsche Bank passed the European Banking Authority’s stress tests without any particular censuring. However, the US stress tests carried out by the Federal Reserve before the summer, definitely found the German bank to have done badly and classed it among those that would not survive another financial crisis.
So perhaps those that said the European stress tests put too much emphasis on the spread of the yield of government bonds among the various member countries, were not wrong. It’s a phenomenon that has become dangerously familiar to us, to such an extent that now, very few are aiming to tackle the root causes of the problems.

VIDEO Beppe Grillo at the meeting of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank

MPS and Deutsche Bank
Even with us, derivatives continue to wreak havoc on the commercial banks (example: MPS) and on the coffers of the State. But let’s take things one at a time, starting with the commercial banks and then the public sector. MPS has recently concluded a transaction with Nomura after having concluded another one last year with Deutsche Bank to put an end to the episode involving Alexandria and Santorini derivatives. Regardless of the details of the transaction, it’s difficult not to connect these losses with the “Monti Bonds” and the various capital increases that pulverized the share values and impoverished the small-scale shareholders to the extent of billions of euro, as well as destroying the country’s third largest bank. We know that the government has pulled out of the game; it has already implemented (in an excess of virtue!) the new European regulations regarding bank bail-ins that will come into force next year and thanks to which losses will be offloaded directly onto the poor current-account holders, as well as others, including the minority shareholders.
We know that the Milan Prosecutors Office has started a number of indictments on this issue and it is also investigating matters arising form the time of Alessandro Profumo and Fabrizio Viola, but we know that even for the Italian Securities and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) and the Bank of Italy, up until now, everything has been basically OK. As usual, accounting issues come to the notice of “Supervisory bodies“ when the prosecutors decide to take action. It’s a shame that bodies like the Bank of Italy and CONSOB exist to prevent mismanagement and not to pretend to intervene when the prosecutors arrive.

What’s happening in Italy
160 billion in derivatives and more than 40 billion in potential losses. One thing is clear that we learned from this year’s investigation. These measures were not aimed at providing cover but they were purely speculation at the expense of the citizens! And that’s how they generate profits or losses. Unfortunately for us - since we bet on the wrong side - they turned out to be losses. And as though that were not enough, as well as saddling us with the disastrous losses that these contracts can generate, they even deny us access.
In fact we have used all possible methods and in all possible places, and we have asked to be able to see THE CONTRACTS that are underlying these figures so that we can have them analysed by people that understand these things. The Movement has so many quality resources that it can access independently.
What was the reaction? What response was given by the State and by the government to our transparency operation? They have in fact imposed “State Secrecy”.

Derivatives: State omertà = State secrecy
In fact, just 2 days ago the two-chamber committee for access to government documents DENIED us the possibility to view the contracts. This latest slap in the face of transparency seems to us to be in revenge for our denunciation to the Rome Prosecutors Office for omission of official actions in relation to our access to the official documentation relating to the derivative contracts of the Ministry of the Economy and Finances (MEF) presented about 10 days ago. Thus, in this case, the government is involved but it is not acting to aid transparency but to make things more murky, even though only a few months ago, Renzi himself declared that the derivative contracts would be published on the Internet - on the Ministry’s website.

What are they hiding from the citizens?
Even more early closures that we are not allowed to get information about until they happen and that will perhaps generate losses to be offloaded in the forthcoming Stability Law, as happened at the end of 2011 when there were losses of more than 2 billion euro (as well as the stunning new council tax - called IMU and also the FORNERO LAW).
Obviously we hope that we’re wrong. Anyway, the highest common denominator in these stories is the LACK OF CLARITY. No one knows how it is that Deutsche Bank can suddenly have losses of 6 billion, just as it’s not yet known today whether the MPS accounts are or are not being honestly presented and nor is it known how much of that potential loss of 40 billion in derivatives is actually happening.
Stay tuned. We’ll keep on going with this issue.” Carla Ruocco, M5S spokesperson in the Lower House


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ISIS is a creation of the West, by Monsignor George Abou-Khazen

Monsignor George Abou-Khazenm. a Franciscan of the Custody of the Holy Land, is bishop of the Syrian city of Aleppo. For the last 11 years he’s been living in Syria and he has personal experience  of one of the bloodiest wars of this century. “We are well aware of this. Everyone knows it and everyone is aware but everyone pretends not to know: ISIS was created by western powers.” Monisgnor George Abou-Khazen

Blog - What’s Syria like?

Mons. George – The situation is very difficult, as everyone knows, and unfortunately, this dramatic situation is making people flee and escape elsewhere. There are a few reasons why these people are escaping, like suffering and the danger of death. There are many areas [in Syria, editor] where’s it’s impossible to live because of this civil war and we are sorry about this. Unfortunately, Syria is becoming empty. It is losing its population. And who’s leaving? The young people. And a nation without young people is also a nation without a future. The ones leaving are the ones with education and qualifications.

Blog - What’s Europe doing?

Mons. George – We thank Europe for its humanity and for the welcome it’s giving to these refugees. However, this is what we think: instead of dealing with the effects, why not go straight away to the roots, to the cause? By resolving the root causes, the refugee issue is solved. Instead of arming the various groups, training them and giving them incentives to fight each other, why not make them sit down together and talk about things and make peace? To be sure, it’s difficult, but it’s not impossible.

Blog - Many analysts are saying the war in Syria is a “proxy war” ...

Mons. George – We too think it’s a proxy war, unfortunately. Each of these armed groups is related to an external country that’s providing weapons and finance. Thus if there’s the will, this war could be stopped.

Blog - The USA is calling for Assad to step down. Moscow wants him to stay in power so as to start a peaceful transition. Which of the two is right?

Mons. George – The Americans say that to resolve everything, Assad has to leave, but leave what? And who would fill the vacuum? On the other hand, the Russians say that Assad is the President of a free and independent nation, re-elected by the people and thus it should be up to the people to decide whether he should stay or go. And I believe that this point of view is more just.

Blog - Do you think that a NATO-led military intervention could be the solution?

Mons. George – We are against any military intervention. War has never resolved issues. We are 100% convinced that what they think can be achieved with a military intervention can be done in a peaceful way. You just have to turn the tap off and things will be OK.

Blog - Germany announced that it wanted to welcome the Syrian refugees, then it had second thoughts. Even the USA is opening its doors. Why do you think this is?

Mons. George – Northern Europe and the United States have said they are ready to welcome these people from Syria, that’s true, but I think they’ve done that as a way of making amends for a guilty conscience.

Blog - What are you referring to?

Mons. George – You see, the international community is in difficulty because it wants to create peace, but it’s continuing to sell arms and these arms are mixed up with the blood of innocent people. Thus, this is my message, please do not sell any more arms. Anyway, we even know that ISIS is now in possession of petroleum and gas deposits and that it’s selling these. But who is buying?

Blog - Turkey?

Mons. George – Yes - Turkey and a few other countries via Turkey. However, what’s even more dangerous is that they are selling the artistic and archeological treasures of Iraq and Syria. And what they cannot sell, they are destroying. We are talking about billions for these art treasures.

Blog - And yet, even though there are setbacks, negotiations for Ankara to come into the EU are still ongoing ...

Mons. George – The European Community had started a process that we thought was logical: anyone wanting to be a member or to have a relationship with the European Union had to accept certain rules, like human rights, religious freedom etc. And let’s hope that Europe continues in this direction, because what we are seeing, even in Turkey for example, is that there’s a religious radicalism that is slowly developing. Before, it was a secular country, whereas now the people governing it are no longer secular but Islamic. And then, we have had an unhappy experience [with Turkey, editor], because many of these foreign combatants come from there. Basically, I think it’s never a bad thing to open people’s eyes.

Blog - What is ISIS?

Mons. George – There’s this organization of Islamic State that is occupying a large part of Syria, it’s said to be more than 50% of the territory, the part where there’s wealth underground, and, obviously, where there are very few people. The point is that we know this very well. Everyone knows it and everyone is aware but everyone pretends not to know. This is how we see it: ISIS was created by Western powers and today it’s also supported by other countries, like the Gulf States.

Blog - Going back to the issue of refugees: how can the boats be stopped?

Mons. George – I’m wondering why Europe and the West, that are exploiting Africa to find gold and petroleum, why are they not thinking up a development plan for these poor people? That is, create job opportunities, factories, education and knowledge in their countries. This can be done and it gives economic advantages for any exporting country as well as for the importing country, where these development plans are brought to fruition. There are a lot of Christian communities and minority groups from Syria that are leaving their lands, they are peoples like the Chaldeans, Assyrians, and the Syriacs that have thousands of years of history, language and traditions and they lose these when they are obliged to leave their cities. This is sad and it impoverishes everyone. Why are they not helped with development so that these people can stay in their own lands? It would cost Europe and the West a lot less than to receive and welcome the migrants.


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Compassion is dead


Milan - a morning at the beginning of autumn - a day like any other. At 07:40 - a symbolic time of the morning - a time made famous by Lucio Battisti’s song ("mi sono informato c'e' un treno che parte alle 7 e 40/ non hai molto tempo il traffico e' lento nell'ora di punta...“ {I’ve been told there’s a train leaving at 07:40 / you’ve not got much time the traffic moves slowly in rush hour ...} ) a 19 year old Italian woman originating from Nepal threw herself under the metro train at Lanza station. The woman has serous injuries but they are not life threatening. Trains on the green line were blocked for 80 minutes and that had an affect on the other lines as well. Above ground the traffic got in a frenzy. At that time in the morning the travellers are mainly commuters and they have no time to spare as they have to get to work. Many of them come into Milan from outside the city. News about the attempted suicide immediately appeared in online newspapers and the comments are nearly all atrocious. There were those that got angry with immigrants that have to stay in their own countries and commit suicide there. There were others that want to get her to pay Equitalia to cover the costs of the upset, as though anyone who wants to die first has to do a few calculations to see what it would cost if they stayed alive (if they die it’s up to the relatives). Theyre were others that suggested establishing a "suicide point" in Milan where you can commit suicide without disturbing other people. Some suggested the Darsena (the city’s harbour), others suggested the Idroscalo (artificial lake in Milan, Italy that was a seaplane airport) or the Shooting range with a pistol offered by the municipality.

There were those offering to "finish the job" given that the young woman survived. Sure, these were empty words, but there was not a single comment asking why this young woman wanted to die at 19 years old. Nor did anyone ask which hospital she’d been taken to so they could go and visit or send her some flowers. In London and in Paris there are barriers in the metro stations to prevent suicide attempts. In Milan, the city of EXPO 201, there are barriers in just a few stations but they should be installed in all stations. Compassion is dead and not just in Milan.

VIDEO a 47 second appeal by José Mujica


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Is it just Volkswagen that’s polluting by trickery? #controlliamoletutte


“The 5 Star MoVement says “yes” to Germanic rigour. We are calling for the same inflexibility imposed by Germany on the whole of Europe with austerity and the artificial limit of 3%, to be applied to anyone who has willfully poisoned European citizens. We are talking about Volkswagen. The most important German car manufacturer has manipulated the software in its diesel cars to rig the data on exhaust gas emissions. Here’s how and why Volkswagen has been poisoning us and what the European Union should do immediately so as to avoid accusations of complicity.

Declaring that a vehicle has low emissions helps to position that brand in the lucrative eco-friendly market. It’s called awareness marketing and more and more companies are using it to improve their so called “brand image”. A customer that is aware he’s purchasing an eco-friendly product (that doesn’t pollute, isn’t damaging to health, has intrinsic ethical values) is happier and more motivated and tends to buy the same product again. Furthermore, to declare that a car consumes less, is a well-used sales strategy, because it makes the consumer feel the product is giving them long-time value. If a car has a lower consumption over a long time-frame, then the customer is spending less on fuel. Volkswagen managers have been scientifically lying so as to sell more.



Car users have been tricked, and citizens poisoned. Smog produced by cars is responsible for the premature death of 65 thousand people every year in ltaly, according to the EU report on air Quality 2013. The estimated health care costs are about 150 billion.

VIDEO Volkswagen: car users tricked, citizens poisoned

The 5 Star MoVement set to work immediately. Two urgent formal questions have been presented to the European Commission by the spokespersons Piernicola Pedicini and Marco Affronte calling for immediate action. Eleonora Evi has called for all cars currently on European roads to be subjected to checking that is independent and public.
We need to change the rules for automotive homologation and bring in “Real Driving Emissions (RDE) tests“: Tests on vehicles have to be carried out when they are travelling on the road so as to get a real value for emissions and they must be carried out by an independent agency and not by the vehicle manufacturers: it’s like asking the bar-tender if the wine is good.

If the European Union were truly impartial and neutral it would ask ALL the car manufacturers that have been causing illegal pollution to pay 150 billion euro to offset the healthcare costs If it doesn’t intervene (or if it just pretends to intervene with the usual “window dressing” to reassure the general public) it is showing that it is protecting the automobile lobbies and German economic interests (among other things) that are enormously important in this market.” M5S Europe


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The Parliamentarian that serves you #Italia5Stelle


The 5 Star MoVement has turned down 42 million euro of public financing and in the last two years, with its spokespersons, in Parliament it has given back more than 14 million euro to the public purse. The 5 Star MoVement has always been self-financing and it will keep that up for the #Italia5Stelle festival taking place 17-18 October in Imola.

VIDEO The only parliamentarians in the world that serve you a pizza. 5 STELLE

This is why we’re bringing back “The member of Parliament is serving you“: deputies, senators and local spokespersons will be waiters and waitresses for a day. They will bring the pizza to your table to collect donations in preparation for #Italia5Stelle. First - in Bologna on Friday 25 September at the restaurant “Il Capriccio” in San Lazzaro di Savena, starting at 8.30 pm. Then it’ll be Rome on 1 October and Brescia on 2 October. After that parliamentarians will be serving pizza all over Italy right up to 10 October in Viterbo. You can spend a convivial evening and make a contribution with a donation to an event that is totally self-financed.

VIDEO Beppe Grillo - waiter for one night - serving citizens at their table

Serving pizza - deputies and senators who are representing nine million Italians in Parliament, including Luigi Di Maio, Roberto Fico, Alessandro Di Battista and Paola Taverna, together with many many others." M5S in Parliament


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