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The rich and street thugs: a warning from Italian history

16 March 2010
The idea that the far right thugs of the English Defence League (EDL) might gain friends, allies and even adherents in the upper classes would be scoffed at in polite society.

Riots in Italy after racist shootings

12 January 2010
"Racial cleansing" returned to western Europe last weekend.

The ’Hot Autumn‘ of 1969: when Italy erupted

06 October 2009
Italy’s "Hot Autumn" of 1969 triggered a decade-long battle between the working and ruling classes. It saw migrant, unorganised workers and women take the lead in challenging the old order.

Il Divo

11 August 2009
Seven times prime minister and 22 times a government minister, Giulio Andreotti remains a senator in the Italian parliament.

The Salati Case

28 July 2009
Meet Castagnetti, Casta to his friends, who operates as a private investigator in the rather prosperous Italian city of Parma.

G8 fail people and planet

14 July 2009
The G8 summit of world leaders held in L’Aquila in Italy committed itself to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

Win Paolo Pasolini football T-shirt

14 July 2009
Paolo Pasolini was a dissident communist, expelled from the Italian Communist Party because of his sexuality.

The ‘Devil’ who helped drive Nazis out of Italy

30 June 2009
For somebody who was born just after the First World War, Luigi Fiori is an amazingly busy person.

Lessons of Italy’s corruption scandal

09 June 2009
17 February 1992 was a busy day for Mario Chiesa, the manager of a old people’s hospice in Milan. His second appointment that day was with a cleaning company boss who wanted to win the hospice contract.

Gramsci and the phases of war

19 May 2009
In November 1930 the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci wrote from his prison cell on the effects of the unfolding economic depression and the possibilities for revolutionary advance.

Fascism in Ruins: Uncovering the overgrown ruins of fascist Italy

19 May 2009
Artist Dan Dubowitz and architect Patrick Duerden have been tracking down abandoned fascist buildings in northern Italy since 2005.

Italian student protest batoned by riot police

19 March 2009
Police blocked and attacked students at Rome’s La Sapienza university preventing them from leaving the campus in order to join a trade union rally in the city on Wednesday.

General strike in Italy

17 February 2009
Millions of workers in Italy last week joined a general strike against attempts by the government and the bosses to make them pay for the economic crisis.

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".


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.

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