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Winning the working class to socialism

22 January 2008
In the first column in this series we looked at how the Marxist Antonio Gramsci used the concept of hegemony to explain the continuing domination of capitalist ideas in Italy in the early 20th century.

Left wing challenge to the Mafia hitmen

22 January 2008
The 1970s were known in Italy as the "years of lead". A huge upsurge in working class and student struggles began in 1968.

Does Rupert Murdoch control our minds?

15 January 2008
In last week’s column I introduced the concept of hegemony, or domination, and how it was developed by the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci.

Europe fights against war

04 December 2007
Delegates from Greece, Italy and Poland all reported that their governments were responding to the anti‑war movement with authoritarian measures.

Crackdown on immigrants in Italy sparks violent racist backlash

06 November 2007
Italian police forced homeless people in Rome to leave their makeshift houses on the banks of the Tiber river last week in the start of a racist crackdown.

Reports round-up

09 October 2007
Good sense at Gramsci school Over 90 people attended a dayschool on the revolutionary legacy of the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci in Edinburgh last Saturday.


09 October 2007
Luchino Visconti is best known for his film The Leopard, about Sicily amid the struggle for Italian unification.

Giovanni Pesce: leading Italian partisan, who kept fighting for freedom

08 August 2007
They buried a working class hero in Milan, Italy, last week. When Giovanni Pesce’s coffin was brought out, a thousand people had been waiting hours to greet it.

The legacy of Giuseppe Garibaldi - the 19th century's Che Guevara

31 July 2007
If you visit Italy, you will notice that, wherever you’re staying, the main street or square will almost invariably be named after Giuseppe Garibaldi. Garibaldi is the national hero who led the movement to unite Italy in the mid-19th century.

Golden Door | Blind Light

17 July 2007
Golden Doordirected by Emanuele Crialesefilm on general release This exquisite French Italian co-production is one of the best films this year.

Giuliana Sgrena: Giving a voice to people of Fallujah

20 June 2007
Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena was covering the destruction of the Iraqi city of Fallujah for the left wing newspaper Il Manifesto when she was kidnapped in 2005.

Anti-Bush demos in Italy and Poland

12 June 2007
Rome takes on Bush

Guernica: shock and awe in paint

24 April 2007
It was four in the afternoon. The Junkers, Heinkels and Italian Savoias flew straight over the main street of the town of Guernica dropping splinter bombs and incendiaries. Within three hours, the town was a skeleton and over 1,600 of its people were dead. It was 26 April 1937.

Hospital’s director held in Afghanistan

07 April 2007
The Afghan secret service has imprisoned Rahamtullah Hanafi, the director of the Italian NGO-funded Lashkar-gah hospital in Afghanistan.

Italian MEP points to more corruption in Afghanistan

31 March 2007
Italian MEP Vittorio Agnoletto has just returned from a fact finding mission to Afghanistan.

The Russian artists who drew Futurism to the left

31 March 2007
Socialists have often felt rather uncomfortable with Futurism. This Italian art movement, founded in 1909, sang the praises of new technology, aeroplanes and the mass media – but it also exalted war and colonialism.

Italian left facing critical challenge

03 March 2007
Romano Prodi resigned as the prime minister of Italy last week. Since taking power last year, his centre left government has sent troops to Afghanistan, supported a US military base in the northern city of Vicenza and passed a neoliberal budget.

Revolt in Vicenza, Italy at new US base

24 February 2007
More than 120,000 people crammed into the streets of Vicenza in the north of Italy on Saturday of last week to oppose a new US military base at the Dal Molin airfield.

Italian school students hold anti-US tomato protest

27 January 2007
School students in the northern Italian city of Vicenza walked out of class last Thursday and bombarded government buildings with tomatoes.

Gillo Pontecorvo, 1919-2006: A director committed to change

21 October 2006
Gillo Pontecorvo, the Italian director of The Battle of Algiers, died last week. Despite the fact his last film came out 27 years ago, the tributes paid have been enormous.

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