Politics is dead and the news medium is not in good health

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Antonio Di Pietro has handed over the signatures against the Lodo Alfano to the Court of Cassation. That’s the law that makes 4 citizens more equal than the others before the law. From the balcony Corrado Carnevale was watching him. Kriptonite who unloaded the boxes reminded him of his old friends Falcone and Borsellino. A million citizens have signed against Veltrusconi. Now the signatures will be counted and examined one by one in the search for some formal error. This is what the Court of Cassation is useful for: to count and to break.
Last year I handed over your signatures for the three referenda on the freedom of information. For each one, five hundred thousand signatures were needed. An enormous number for a grassroots movement, without financing, without media coverage, but in fact with the parties, the rags and their editors ferociously against us. I believed and I still believe that the number was sufficient. The Court of Cassation had objections relating to the number of signatures and to their validity. Perhaps they lost a box on the way, perhaps the recording and the verification of the signatures had some kind of hitch. It’s still true that hundreds of thousands of citizens have asked for change in the direction of freedom of information. The end of the obscene and antidemocratic closeness between Mediaset and PDL. Newspapers used as tools of mass disinformation. No response from Veltrusconi. The signatures for the referenda and for the popular laws have become a bureaucratic fact not a political fact. Politics is dead if citizens have to sign for a referendum in order to be heard. And if not even the signatures are enough, what is left? The people “appointed” by Veltrusconi (not elected) in Parliament should ask themselves this question. If the citizens’ attempts to be heard are ignored and derided, what do they expect will happen? What will happen to them? They cannot truly believe that this “status quo” can keep going for long...
Since Kriptonite Di Pietro gained 15% in Abruzzo and since he collected the signatures to get the psycho-dwarf put on trial together with Mills, the family newspapers have devoted a front cover a day to him. Gaza city has been bombed? Let’s talks of Tonino‘s buildings. Obama presents the world plan to fight the recession? Let’s talk about Di Pietro’s slush funds. They did the same in the past with Bossi, with Fini, and with Casini to get them to get back into line. It’s the moment for weaklings as newspaper editors.
I don’t know whether I will do another referendum in a blocked party-ocracy like we have now. If I do, it’ll be for the abolition of the Gasparri law and the next time we will photocopy the forms and put them online before handing them over to the Court of Cassation.
PS: the helicopters have turned on their engines. I repeat: the helicopters have turned on their engines.

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Should anyone wish to know the reason Italian papers didn't attract more readers than they attracted, they should read Bremo Menzietti's comment he got from repubblica.it.

Posted by: louis pacella | January 11, 2009 07:47 PM


"Da Repubblica.it"

Trasferimento di sede e di funzione per sei magistrati di Salerno e Catanzaro, stop anche allo stipendio per il procuratore di Salerno, Luigi Apicella, di cui la Cassazione ha già chiesto il trasferimento cautelare. E' la richiesta, in via d'urgenza, che il ministro della Giustizia, Angelino Alfano, ha firmato nella tarda serata di ieri e che sarà inviata alla sezione disciplinare del Csm, già convocata per domani, sabato 10 gennaio. La decisione del ministro della Giustizia è stata presa alla luce degli accertamenti svolti dagli ispettori di via Arenula e dei documenti inviati da Palazzo dei Marescialli in merito allo scontro sulle due procure.
L'atto di incolpazione più deciso è quello nei confronti di Apicella, che ha reagito con una mossa a sorpresa, decidendo di ricusare la sezione disciplinare del Csm perché - sostiene - "diversi suoi componenti hanno partecipato alle sedute nelle quali si è affrontato il caso De Magistris".
Gli altri magistrati di Salerno di cui Alfano chiede il trasferimento cautelare d'ufficio sono i sostituti Gabriella Nuzzi e Dionigio Verasani, che hanno messo sotto inchiesta i colleghi di Catanzaro e che hanno firmato il sequestro del fascicolo "Why not" dopo le denunce di Luigi De Magistris (l'ex pm di Catanzaro titolare di quell'inchiesta fintanto che non gli è stata avocata).
Secondo Alfano, Apicella, Verasani e Nuzzi hanno dimostrato "un'assoluta spregiudicatezza" nell'esercizio delle loro funzioni, "un'assenza del senso delle istituzioni e del rispetto dell'ordine giudiziario", e "un'eccezionale mancanza di equilibrio". Nell'atto di incolpazione il ministro definisce "abnormi" le azioni compiute dai pm di Salerno. "Non per cercare prove - dice - ma nell'ottica di una acritica difesa di Luigi De Magistris e con l'intento di ricelebrare i processi che gli erano stati avocati".
I magistrati di Catanzaro colpiti dal provvedimento del Guardasigilli sono invece il procuratore generale Enzo Jannelli, i sostituti Alfredo Garbati, Domenico De Lorenzo e Salvatore Curcio: si tratta delle toghe che hanno firmato il provvedimento di controsequestro del fascicolo "Why not" e che hanno a loro volta messo sotto inchiesta i colleghi salernitani.
In questo modo, al termine di un'istruttoria avviata dal suo ispettorato, il ministro Alfano ha esercitato con pugno di ferro l'azione disciplinare, potere che condivide con il procuratore generale della Cassazione Vitaliano Esposito. Se però per quest'ultimo l'azione disciplinare è un obbligo di legge, per il Guardasigilli è una facoltà. Che Alfano ha voluto esercitare appieno, andando anche oltre la misura cautelare chiesta dal Pg della Cassazione soltanto per Apicella. La procedura di trasferimento d'ufficio per incompatibilità aperta dalla prima commissione nei confronti di Iannelli, Garbati, De Lorenzo, Curcio, Nuzzi, Apicella e Verasani, sarà chiaramente messa da parte se la sezione disciplinare del Csm accoglierà la richiesta del ministro Alfano (e del pg di Cassazione per quanto riguarda Apicella) di trasferire i suddetti magistrati.

Posted by: Bremo Menzietti | January 11, 2009 04:33 PM


When billionaires shoot themselves or walk in front of speeding trains people don't need economists to tell them that hard times are here again. Of course if you lived in Italy you could still go on spending, be joyful and optimistic as politicians and Italian media are exhorting Italians to do. Sure, the rest of the world may be praying for the ailing American economy to get better but then the rest of the world has no Berlusconi serenading " Don't worry, be happy!" as he does to Italians. To be fair, the Italian Prime Minister is not only singing to his people, he nickels-and-dimes them. Should you ever be in "dire straits" he guarantees you one euro for each day of your life. His generosity knows no bounds! OK, the euro may not be redeemeble in stores but it's forever yours! Save them, and with a little optimism, you too might be the richest man in Italy. Never underestimate the power of optimism and a little greed. Have you ever seen generosity and pessimism accomplish anything? Keep the faith, friend! Who knows, maybe one day you'll find a job.

Posted by: louis pacella | January 11, 2009 12:23 AM


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