Electoral Crimes


Last week in Bologna a young woman was raped by a person from outside the European Union.
Last week in Biella a young woman was killed by 7 knife wounds and was run down with a car by an Italian man.
Last week in Chivasso, an Italian woman was killed by her Italian ex-husband in front of her young daughter with two pistol shots to the head.
The TV networks and the newspapers dedicated lots of space to the Bologna episode and just marginal space to the Biella and Chivasso episodes.
The rape of a person from outside the European Union makes more news than an Italian homicide.

Rape of a non-European is electoral.
An Italian homicide is not electoral.

People disembarking in Sicily is electoral.
The tens of murders since the beginning of the year involving mafia, ndrangheta, camorra are not electoral.
Robberies in villas by non-Europeans are electoral.
Protection money collected by a racket in three quarters of Italy, is not electoral.
Italian women kept under lock and key at home by a husband from North Africa are electoral.
The murder by their Italian ex-husbands of Italian separated women is not electoral.
The (potential) attacks by Islamic people in Italy is electoral.
The (real) mafia is not electoral. An honest candidate is electoral.
A candidate who has been “prescritto” (acquitted on grounds of expiration of statutory terms) or convicted of a crime is not electoral.

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Posted by: JOSEPH ILLOH NWAOJEI II | December 11, 2005 02:19 AM

I read from various posts here Beppe that many in Italy have the same problems we have here in America, I guess the world is beginning to understand that radicalism in any form is bad.
I wonder if Italy lives under the feeling of threat as much as many Americans say they do?
I find it ironic, that on Pearl Harbor Day we are addressed with a potential terrorist bombing issue. However, today a potential tragedy was averted by the actions of an alert U.S. Air Marshal’s. Regardless of how real the threat was, it was very reassuring to know that the air marshals were up to the task of protecting American airways. This is believed to be the first time a U.S. Air Marshal has fired his weapon in relation to a potential terrorist, or hostage, situation.
As America received its terrible 9-11 report card Tuesday, it is reassuring to know this unique program is in place an functioning as it was meant to do..
Raymond B

Posted by: Raymond B | December 8, 2005 12:06 AM

No kidding, Beppe. Locri is out of the control of the state. It's Baghdad down there. This should be a daily headline: Locri still remains under the control of 'Ndrangheta. Government in Rome helpless to stop the violence.

Posted by: Brigitte Quinn | December 4, 2005 01:56 AM

Lobotomized puppets? You had better start reading the Repubblica. I'v seen images of absolutely massive (close to a million people) anti-Berlusconi demonstrations. Don't forget the insane number of worker strikes, too. (Trains, trams, airlines...) Coming up on 12 December--a Central Bank of Italy strike. Berlusconi is toast. Italians are stuck with him until April/May 2006 with the next round of national legislative elections. I'm willing to wager that the vote will be 75% against El Berlusko.

Posted by: Brigitte Quinn | December 4, 2005 01:45 AM

I’m sorry folks, but I think many of didn't get the point!
Here we are not exactly talking about racism or discrimination but how media inform us about crimes!!
Well, I do think there are always electoral reasons behind the different way to say news; some try to put immigrants in a bad display and some (miss. Turco for ex.) say immigration in Italy is fine but just a few exceptions.
But these electoral struggle is bringing us to such a bleak atmosphere where criminals from the third world are not afraid of our justice (whatever you think about it that's the truth) and Italian citizen are afraid to stop their walk for helping a girl about to be raped, and maybe also because they think none will protect them from him.
Do you talk with ordinary people mr.Grillo? with helpless old people? behind a desk it's easy to forgive and feeling positive about everything but out there, who really cares about people really alone?
And mr.Berlusconi? The "communists", he says, are on illegal immigration's side but now he is the premier and not them....what is he doing against the crimes which keep our people in fear of living in their own house and cover of mud the picture of many honest immigrants? So, parties of the left should talk more about how to protect the honest people instead than acting often like tolerant-full of shit; the right parties should start solving problems instead than blaming communist for everything, but I know as Macchiavelli taught many years ago it's better to promise than to give.

Posted by: Fabio | December 2, 2005 11:55 AM

I agree with the last writer. Sometimes it's very hard to live among people that discriminate you for everything. And the worst thing is that they are not only old people but e huge number of young people, students, ecc. This is so sad!
best wishes

Posted by: Claudio | December 2, 2005 09:32 AM

Hi Beppe
I do agree with the article and with many of your ideas Beppe!! Every Italian which have travelled a bit knows how much Italy is monoculturalist. We have serious problems of isolation of ethnic minorities, ROMs and a large number of Ghettos, which can create problems such as those France had at the beginning of November. In Italy minor ethnicity are stigmatised and undervalued. I recently spoke with a North African guy able to speak Italian, French and English and still unable to find a job. I look forward for the creation of a multiculturalist Italian society because this process of immigration is happening everywhere and it is unstoppable. Hence, it is better to comply with it before it becomes a serious problem. At the same time there are many other issues we have to resolve such as mafia, corruption, unemployment and the sinking economy situation. Very incongruent ideas if we take in consideration the static Italian economy and its socialist bases. As I have observed from outside Italy is a very ‘socialist country’ and it is quite unlikely it will move toward a more liberal (at list in the short term). I am not saying Italy should become liberal such as the USA but it should find an alternative by relaying on what it has (wonderful places, magnificent art and sublime food) in order to save and revive the economy. This process is very unlikely it will happen from below, so good and uncorrupted governors are fundamental. The only thing Italy needs at the moment is a holly wizard!!

Posted by: Diego Canciani | November 30, 2005 03:54 PM

Antonella will have noticed by now that B. Grillo's English blog is the English VERSION of the Italian blog.....
As far as Italia's provincialism is concerned, if not writing in English means you are "provincial" then the rest of the non-English speaking world is provincial too. It is true however if you live in the UK (for example) there is little or no information in the papers about what is going on in il bel Paese. Nobody really cares....
Grillo's blog is great for another reason...that my students get some up-to-date info in English about what is going on in their own backyard; it is a constant source of interesting course content and students can practice writing English about subjects they are interested in.
This means I don't have to make them buy old-fashioned text books without out of date news any more...e.g. the other day I did a lesson on genetically modifided vegetables inspired by Grillo's mouse with lung infection (see Australian peas).

Posted by: Maureen Lister | November 30, 2005 03:09 PM

Dear all,

I agree with Mr. Grillo's decision to choose the English language for his blog.

First of all, it is time for Italy to overcome its provincialism; secondly, it is very important that not-Italian surfers can get informed about the wrongdoings of Italian policy.

Good luck!
With my best regards
Francesca Yardenit Albertini

Posted by: Francesca Yardenit Albertini | November 30, 2005 01:19 PM

Hi all,
this is not the 1st time I'm here in this blog,
but truly the 1st i see it completly in english...I was just wondering if this choice won't prevent people who does not speak or understand english to read what you write, Beppe, and you surely know how important is this blog and its messages in Italian mass-medias contest.
anyway, best wishes for your glorious mission, Beppe, and thanks for it


Posted by: antonella allegretti | November 30, 2005 12:36 PM

Hello Everybody....I found this homepage by surfing in Internet....Beppe thanks for this space you created and for your courage.
I don`t live in Italy, I have been living in switzerland since my birth. My Italian is quite good. I don`t know much about politics, sometimes I ask me if Berlusconi would fit better as an actor rather than a politician.

Posted by: mary72 | November 30, 2005 11:34 AM

i am very much concerned with the situation in italy. i am an university student, i am 21 years old and i admit i still have many things to learn about the past and the present. but i remain astounded when i see what is going on in this nation: fazio, the laws in parliament, the terrible way in which some politicians (see calderoli or borghezio) express themselves (i am refering not only to their pseudo-italian language but even to the things they say). and i remain puzzled when i see that italians don't react:they seem like a bunch of lobotomized puppets. when will we wake up? thank you beppe grillo for this space you opened, i am young and i have not many means to find for myself good information. luckily there are a couple of valid newspapers in italy and luckily i know english very well so i can read newspapers from other countries....it is incredible:to read real information on my country i have to search elsewhere!! sorry if i wrote too much.

Posted by: sara gentilucci | November 30, 2005 10:52 AM

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