Italy - Seychelles

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Italy and the Seychelles are in joint 55th place worldwide as regards corruption in the public sector. Our Country has dropped 14 positions down the list since 2007, thanks to an increase in "abuse of public office for personal benefit".
I would like to suggest to Seychelles President James Michel that his country should consider twinning with Italy. A large country such as ours could turn that tiny earthly paradise into a very significant international cesspit.
A few incinerators, two recycled nuclear power stations formerly belonging to Enel, a bit of drug trafficking on the Indian Ocean routes, some hazardous materials with which to build some schools and as many convicted criminal Parliamentarians as they want.
Italy could even provide a legal consultancy service on how to resolve the problems resulting from corruption. Our Parliamentary attorneys, namely Alfano, Ghedini and Consolo are amongst the very best that you will find anywhere. Should any parliamentarian encounter any legal problems, these three will always be able to find the perfect arbitration award for his needs, allowing him to get away scot-free and avoid the inconvenience of having to go to prison. The Alfano Arbitration Award effectively placed the incumbents in the top four government posts beyond the reach of the law. The Consolo arbitration award is aimed at providing the same protection to all government ministers, starting from Matteoli who, unsurprisingly, is one of attorney Consolo’s clients. In Italy, the laws are being made to measure by Ghedini, who holds down two jobs and also just happens to be the psychodwarf’s personal defence attorney. He defends his employer both in court and in Parliament. Today, in Italy, every self-respecting politician appoints his personal attorney to the post of either Deputy or Senator. This in order to make sure that he doesn’t land up in jail.
In exchange, the Seychelles could host the mafia members of the 41 bis and, in the event of a guilty finding in the Mills court case, Tar Head as well. In the opinion of public prosecutor Fabio De Pasquale, the Alfano arbitration award is unconstitutional. All of Italy agrees with him on this point, except for Alfano, Ghedini and Consolo (the new attack trio against the Constitution, the “Al-Ghe-Co”) and State President Morpheus Napolitano.

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The cleverness in the Details!
I am not sorry at all Italy is in such a pitiful conditions, clearly demonstrated by any Ranking on any field, especially the one related to Government Agencies.
You all know it, the Political Establishment know it, up at the European Community know it, although World class News and Newspapers are constantly and consistently writing about it, in Italy itself they are feeding you only the things that keeps your confidence in them high while paying through the nose their incompetence and lavish life style.
The Economist won a suit brought by Mr. Berlusconi against the magazine, for the infamous article “Unfit to rule Italy”, and while they give you all the soccer news and pictures of the latest pin-up bimbo you just have no clue.
I am not sorry at all, it’s a rite of passage, you have to realize how corrupt and screwed up the system is before you can discriminate and demand and pretend better.
They have all the monopolies in the Country: Telecommunication? You have seen the results of Telecom Italy! Transport? Freeway to Benetton, Rail System Bankrupt, Ports worthless! Energy? Eni, Enel, Gas profit to them and you pay the highest in EU! Tourism? Is dead people go elsewhere even communist China is better! Salaries? The lowest in EU except Portugal!
This is just a sample to demonstrate they got you by the uevos, and when they ask you to jump, the only thing you will do is ask how hi should I jump.
As for the current events, your dear Mr. Berlusconi stated verbatim “Italy is not a financial place” meaning Financial Institutions in Italy are not involved in the latest mortgages melt down, he definitely knows this field because his money is elsewhere, like those fiscal paradise, while yours dooh??
Don’t pay attention at their ramblings, pay attention to what they carefully avoid to mention, Mr. W. in 8 year has managed a disaster, Mr. B in 5 years came very close and now in 3 year will equal his good buddy Mr. W.
The future looks bright wear shades

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | September 29, 2008 05:46 PM

As an American living in Italy, I have enjoyed reading your comments, observations, and civic involvement in trying to bring needed change to Italy. Living in Italy I have seen daily examples of the dangers of having political appointees assigned to government positions. Some of the more acute examples of this are watching trains pull into a train station completely covered in graffiti, lack of access control mechanisms to prevent non-paying riders, to the overall casual work ethic of some Italians.

From an American perspective, the 55th ranking of Italy in regards to corruption is not surprising due to the influence and control the Americans have had in your country since the end of the Second World War. America itself is ranked now higher than 20th and in a direct correlation between good governance and democracy, the top five countries in the world that are considered the most democratic, are also the least corrupt countries in the world.

While I admire your tenacity and commitment to challenge the caste system here in Italy and bring the attention of these important matters to the Italian people, at least your corruption in Italy is at least benefiting your own country.

As an American living in Italy, I am constantly seeing the comfortable lifestyles Italians live off because of my American tax dollars. Some of the more prominent examples are the billions of dollars the American military industrial complex (MIC) dumps into military bases scattered throughout Italy to the United Nations organizations in Rome, Torino, and Trieste just to name a few, in which it is the largest contributor.

Similar to Italy, my patriot voice in raising these issues to my elected leaders would not get past the person answering the phone. Not until I contributed 5,000 dollars to my Congressman’s “election” would I even get a phone call back or at least five minutes with my representative. Obama’s call for Change, will not change anything in Washington DC until all K street lobbyists are banned from influencing our congressional leaders. McCain will never be able to put the Country First, until he stands up to the Military Industrial Complex and reduces the defense budget. Of coarse Obama or McCain cannot do any of that unless Congress also supports these same policies.

While I apologize for my fellow Americans who have subverted and undermined your countries own democracy in the name of fighting communism and now the war of terror, a large part of this stems from the presence of a foreign military presence in your country. While the Italians have accepted this presence and sacrificed a part of their freedom, the Italian is still able to enjoy free medical care, a generous welfare system, and a three-week holiday each year. In contrast, the average American not connected or a part of the American caste system, has less than 10 days vacation a year, no free medical care, and pays taxes to bail out the wealthy financial executive on Wall Street.

As a third generation Italian American whose great grand father emigrated from Genavo, I would change your problems in Italy with mine in America any day.

Posted by: Paul Scaglia | September 29, 2008 09:29 AM

55th place hu? Well, what's to say? Except we're doing better than other Third World countries.

And please, don't call the "new" airline CAI. Sounds as corny as Forza Italia Party.

Posted by: lou pacella | September 29, 2008 07:27 AM

Sorry for the OT folks but I would really like to comment on the poor choice of name for the new Alitalia. I am Italian by birth but live in an English-speaking country. With all the fuss that was made about keeping Alitalia Italian, surely they could at least have insisted that it be called something like Italia Air or Italia Airlines?

I don't know about other parts of the world but CAI in South-East Asia has Chinese connotations and worst of all, it leaves itself open to jokes like "CAI = Corrupt Airlines Italy" ...

Posted by: Gianna Mian | September 27, 2008 10:46 PM

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