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A tradition of unity that can take on the bosses

03 February 2009
The Italian workers live in barges on the Grimsby docks. They are allegedly paid the national rate for the job – although deductions are taken for "bed and board".

Gomorrah

03 February 2009
Gomorrah is a film that gives a fictional portrayal of the Camorra, the Mafia-like organisation based in Naples and nearby Caserta in southern Italy.

Students and revolt

23 January 2009
Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland. The last two months have seen a new upsurge of student struggles, leading French president Nicolas Sarkozy to recall the student uprising in Paris in May 1968. He warned his fellow rulers of a "European 1968".

Italian general strike rocks right

15 December 2008
A general strike by millions of workers in the CGIL union federation against Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s right wing government on Friday of last week was a big success.

Italian protests spread

25 November 2008
The huge wave of protests by students, teachers, lecturers and school students continues to send shock waves across Italy. The demonstrations are against the Berlusconi government’s assault on secondary and higher education.

Genoa trials are a brutal injustice

18 November 2008
Sixteen top police officers responsible for a vicious raid and the illegal detention and torture of scores of anti-G8 campaigners in Genoa eight years ago walked free from an Italian court last week.

Education protests grow across Italy

11 November 2008
A growing wave of protests and occupations continues to sweep Italy in opposition to the government’s programme of savage education cuts.

Mass strikes and protests across Italy

31 October 2008
Up to a million students, teachers, lecturers, school students and their supporters demonstrated through Rome on Thursday 30 October, as parliament approved laws introduced by Silvio Berlusconi’s government to slash education funding and to axe thousands of teaching posts. Over 90 percent of the country’s schools were shut.

Mass protests in Italy to stop cuts

21 October 2008
Cries of "Berlusconi, now you know what people think of you!" rang through the streets of Rome last Friday as half a million people demonstrated against the right wing government. Milan and Turin each saw marches of 50,000 too.

Thousands protest against Berlusconi in Italy

14 October 2008
Last week Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi told people how they could stave off financial disaster – buy shares in two national energy companies – yet by the end of that day’s trading they had lost 7 percent and 8 percent in value.

Jess Hurd's pictures of Roma Gypsies in Italy

26 August 2008

Italy’s communists shift left after defeat

29 July 2008
The largest party of the European radical left, Rifondazione Comunista of Italy, held its national congress last weekend and made a decisive shift to the left.

Genoa protester: ‘I’m still angry at Blair’s support for the police’

22 July 2008
Campaigners who faced violence and illegal detention at the hands of the Italian police in Genoa seven years ago have welcomed the conviction of some of those involved.

Genoa trials prove state’s violence

22 July 2008
The protests against the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, in 2001 were one of the biggest and most important mobilisations in the European anti-capitalist movement.

Work And Dignity - Ned Ludd

16 July 2008
Work And Dignity (Lavoro e Dignita) is the debut album from Italian band Ned Ludd and is now available in this country. It fuses radical politics with folk traditions and punk rock attitude.

Genoa trials: Italian state is guilty

16 July 2008
Prisoners forced to run between lines of baton waving police and chant in praise of Italy’s former fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

Plan to close mosque highlights anti-immigrant bias of Italian government

08 July 2008
The Italian home affairs minister, Roberto Maroni, a member of the hardline, anti-immigrant Northern League, has ordered the closure of Milan’s largest mosque. The Jenner mosque attracts 4,000 worshippers each week.

Radical Light: Italy’s Divisionist Painters

01 July 2008
Many Socialist Worker readers will be familiar with The Fourth Estate, the masterpiece by the Italian socialist painter Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo.

Anti-fascism revives in Italy

17 June 2008
Fascist violence has spread since the election of Italy’s new right wing government in April. However this has led to an impressive response from anti-fascists.

Aldo Moro killing: a miscalculation that almost destroyed the Italian left

03 June 2008
There’s an old saying that power corrupts, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Thirty years ago in Italy a political drama played out that justified such a saying – the kidnapping and killing of Christian Democrat leader Aldo Moro.

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