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Silvio plans Sardinian serenade for Blair

07 August 2004
SILVIO BERLUSCONI, the hard-right Italian prime minister, has revealed that his chum Tony Blair will be spending two days at his Sardinian villa later this month.

The best festival of socialist ideas starts this weekend

10 July 2004
Come to the opening rally LINDSEY GERMAN, convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, will be joined by Respect MP George Galloway, Walden Bello from Focus on the Global South, Brazilian socialist Luciana Genro, and Giuliano Giuliani, father of Carlo Giuliani who was killed by Italian police at the anti G8 summit protest in Genoa.

Police in the dock

03 July 2004
WE HAVE just returned from Genoa in Italy, visiting for the first time since attending the demonstration at the G8 summit three years ago.

Standing together against neo-liberalism and war

05 June 2004
ALFIO NICOTRA is heading the European Parliament list for Rifondazione Comunista in the central Italy constituency, which includes Rome.

Brian Manning 1927-2004

08 May 2004
History has always been a battlefield. With the tragic death of Brian Manning while on holiday in Italy, the left has lost its most formidable champion of a Marxist understanding of the English Revolution of 1640-1660.

Strikers fight for pension rights

03 April 2004
ITALY

Millions on the march

27 March 2004
ANTI-WAR campaigners around the globe protested on 20 March after a call went out at this year's World Social Forum in India. The example set by Spain's anti-war movement inspired marchers in Italy. Two million filled the streets of Rome chanting "Berlusconi's next!"

Challenge to Italy's pension slasher

13 December 2003
AROUND 1.5 million people took to the streets of Rome in Italy last Saturday against government plans to attack their pensions.

'We're not fascists really' say far right

06 December 2003
THE ITALIAN far right has been plunged into chaos after its leader attacked Mussolini, the dictator of the 1920s and 30s.

100,000 head for Paris Conference

08 November 2003
THE EUROPEAN Social Forum (ESF) next week will see at least 100,000 gather in Paris for an event that will concentrate the militant mood building up across the continent. The ESF is the body that met in Florence, Italy, last year.

L'Ordine Nuovo: paper of the Italian revolution

01 November 2003
"The workers loved L'Ordine Nuovo because in it they found something of themselves, the best part of themselves, because in it they sensed their own inner striving: how best can we be free? How can we become ourselves?" So wrote the 28 year old Italian revolutionary socialist Antonio Gramsci in August 1920.

Italy - Anger is growing

11 October 2003
THE THREE major trade union federations in Italy have organised a four-hour general strike for Friday 24 October.

Marching in London? Then head for Paris

27 September 2003
PEOPLE WILL be heading for the French capital in November to take part in the second European Social Forum (ESF). The first ESF was in the Italian city of Florence last November, when 60,000 people took part in three days of rallies, debates and forums. The Florence forum culminated in a million-strong demonstration against war. And it was out of meetings at Florence that activists from across Europe called for massive anti-war protests on 15 February this year.

War lies and cover-ups

26 July 2003
SINCE DAVID Kelly's death, I have been seeing everywhere the parallels with the Watergate scandal that brought down US president Richard Nixon in 1974. And it's not just me. Liberazione, the Italian daily, filled its front page with Blair, a Union Jack and one word, "Blairgate". Bush is in trouble over weapons of mass destruction too.

Judge calls Carlo's killing 'legitimate'

17 May 2003
AN ITALIAN court has dismissed a case against a policeman who shot dead Carlo Giuliani during protests against the G8 summit in Genoa two years ago. The judge ruled that the paramilitary police officer Mario Placanica had acted in "legitimate self defence".

The 'regime change' gang

11 January 2003
"TROOPS IN the Philippines have rescued a kidnapped Italian priest who had been held on the southern island of Mindanao for six months. He was kidnapped in October by a gang of bandits called the Pentagon Gang. The military says the group is mainly made up of former members of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Philippine President Arroyo said Father Pierantoni's rescue was a big step towards achieving peace in the troubled southern Philippines. " 'Give them no quarter. Annihilate these criminal gangs. I appeal to the people, to our Muslim brothers, to help us end this scourge of kidnapping,' she said."

Don't let them criminalise us

04 January 2003
THE ITALIAN state is clamping down on the anti-capitalist movement. That should concern every reader of Socialist Worker and every activist. Since the extraordinary success of the European Social Forum in Florence, the Italian government has arrested 42 leading activists and charged them with political crimes. Some of the charges carry five to ten year sentences.

Movement to defend Italian activists

21 December 2002
A NATIONAL campaign has been launched to protest against attempts to crush the anti-capitalist movement in Italy. Around 80 people demonstrated outside the Italian Embassy in London on Thursday of last week.

Argentina solidarity

21 December 2002
OVER 80 people came to a meeting organised by the Argentine Solidarity Campaign on Thursday of last week. They heard an inspiring talk from two workers from the one-year occupation at the Zanon ceramic factory in Neuquen, Argentina. The two workers, Natalio Navarrete and Mariano Pedrero, had attended the European Social Forum in Florence, and afterwards toured Italy addressing Fiat workers fighting job losses.

Defending activists against repression

14 December 2002
THE ITALIAN state has attempted to clamp down on the anti-capitalist movement since the success of the European Social Forum (ESF) in Florence in November. It arrested 20 activists in the south of Italy the week after the ESF. Socialist Worker spoke to Antonino Campenni, one of those arrested, about the campaign against the crackdown:

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