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Who Will Save These Dying Italian Towns? - The New York Times
BUT THE FARTHER ONE gets from major cities like Florence or Rome, the more difficult it is to attract weekend tourists. Deep in Sicily, off a terrible road whose signs resignedly warn of potholes, lies the isolated town of Sutera, built around the base of a steep mountain. In 2013, at the behest of its mayor, the town opened its doors — and its empty houses — to survivors of the catastrophic Lampedusa shipwreck, which killed more than 360 refugees. Sutera’s population had dwindled from 5,000 in 1970 to just 1,500, and the mayor recognized the humanitarian and economic opportunity the migrants could provide for his moribund town. To help the refugees, most of whom are from sub-Saharan Africa, integrate into the community, they are paired with local families, and required to take Italian lessons, given to them by the town’s citizens. (The European Union provides funding for food, clothing and housing, which can spur the creation of jobs for both migrants and locals.) Initially, there was some resistance, but that has disappeared with the energy these newcomers have brought to the area. Today, one can find young Nigerians taking their morning espresso alongside the old men, and local childre
italy  migrant  immigration  economics  rural 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
One person, one click: is this how to save democracy? | Paolo Gerbaudo | World news | The Guardian
The pioneers of digital democracies were the pirate parties of northern Europe who first broke through in Sweden, Germany and Iceland about a decade ago, using an online decision-making platform called LiquidFeedback. One of its founders, Andreas Nitsche, said the idea was that “empowering the ordinary members would make these parties more responsive to the demands of society”.

More recently, the fiercely anti-establishment M5S and the Spanish leftwing populist party Podemos have led the way. “Ordinary citizens will become protagonists, abandoning the current system of delegate democracy in the hands of politicians,” said the late Gianroberto Casaleggio, who masterminded the M5S digital strategy. Given the discredited status of Italy’s political class, this narrative appealed to many citizens.
politics  italy  spain  internet  socialnetworking 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
'Italians first': how the populist right became Italy's dominant force | World news | The Guardian
“To understand what has happened in Italy this year,” says Gianfranco Baldini of the University of Bologna, “you have to go back to 2011. That’s when western governments decided to bring down [Muammar] Gaddafi. Libya was of course a dictatorship, but you had someone to deal with. It was inconceivable that Gaddafi would ever have allowed huge numbers of people to travel through Libya to cross to Italy as a means to get to Europe from Africa and the Middle East. So the immigration crisis began there.”

In the same year, Baldini says, the eurozone sovereign debt crisis that followed the 2008 crash was leading to ferocious speculation against Italian government bonds. Italy’s national debt was huge. But as the third-largest economy using the euro, it was too big to fail. Under pressure from Brussels and other European governments, the then prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, resigned and the president, Giorgio Napolitano, a former communist, appointed an unelected “government of experts” headed by the former European commissioner Mario Monti. His brief was to raise taxes, slash public spending and reassure the financial markets. A recession and soaring youth unemployment was the inevitable result of what one critic described as Monti’s “austeritarian” approach.

The technocratic gamble – in effect a suspension of the normal democratic process – had far-reaching consequences. “Both the big parties on the centre left and centre right [Forza Italia and the Democratic party] willingly stepped aside,” says Baldini, “to allow Monti to form this unelected government. That meant that the only real opposition parties left were the Northern League and Five Star. Put together the need to cope with the huge rise in the numbers of migrants and the imposition of austerity in this way and you had a perfect storm in the making.”
italy  politics 
december 2018 by juliusbeezer
Contre la pollution, la ZTL, solution des villes italiennes | L'interconnexion n'est plus assurée
La ZTL italienne, injustement méconnue. Il existe un autre outil, beaucoup trop méconnu en France, qui permet de sélectionner les automobiles non pas en fonction de leur niveau de pollution, mais de leur usage. Ce sont les zones à trafic limité (ZTL), instaurées dans pratiquement toutes les villes d’Italie, des plus grandes aux plus petites. Si chaque pays dispose de son organisation ad hoc, dont l’Ademe a établi un inventaire, celle qui prévaut en Italie présente de nombreux avantages.
driving  transport  urban  italy 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
Italy Proposes Astonishingly Sensible Rules To Regulate Government Hacking Using Trojans | Techdirt
A Telephone Wiretapping Warrant is required to listen a Whatsapp call.

A Remote Search and Seizure Warrant is required to acquire files on remote devices.

An Internet Wiretapping Warrant is required to record web browsing sessions.

The same kind of warrant that would be required for planting a physical audio surveillance bug is required to listen to the surrounding environment with the device’s microphone.

Those kinds of legal safeguards are welcome,
security  surveillance  law  italy 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Can Matteo Renzi Save Europe from Austerity?
The prime minister’s optimism, though infectious, is not altogether convincing. French President Hollande came into office with solid majorities in both the National Assembly and Senate, his party in control of the lion’s share of French regional governments, and Article 49-3 of the French constitution, which usually allows a president to have his way with parliament whenever he dares to invoke it. Hollande’s reform efforts have nevertheless been timid and halting. A Renzi in firm control of his majority might well prove a less hesitant leader than Hollande, but Hollande has been stymied not simply by want of boldness but also by the balance of power in a Europe dominated by Germany and subject to intimidation by foreign investors.
france  politics  eu  germany  italy  economics 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
The preschool services of Reggio Emilia
Reggio Emilia is a small city in northern Italy. After the second world war citizens of Reggio began to construct their own preschools and educational approach for young children. The schools were built on the premise to teach children to think for themselves and with an image of the child as rich in potential, strong, powerful and competent. The schools embraced creativity, listening to children, community involvement, democratic citizenship, professional dialogue and documentation of learning processes. There are now 78 municipal preschools and infant toddler centres in Reggio Emilia, and their approach is an inspiration to educators around the world.
education  italy 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Top Italian Universities Close Doors To Students Who Don't Speak English - All News Is Global |
But Ca’ Foscari President Carlo Carraro says knowing English is a priority "in all fields, all professions. If you don’t know English you’re out. It’s also a question of culture: English is a language of connection.”
education  english  italy 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer

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