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Talkin’ about Mafia

February 8, 2008

“my dad, my family, my country! I don’t give a fuck! I wanna write: Mafia is a pile of Shit! I wanna shout that my father is an asslicker! We must rebel against this shit! Before it’s too late, before we get used to their faces, before we won’t realize any more!” (Peppino Impastato)

Sicilian blood runs in my veins…

My dad was born and grown up in Paternò, a small Sicilian town, as the first son of a eight children family… he then moved to Potenza when he met my mom…

They say a lot of things about Sicilian people: most of these are true… Sicilians are passionate and generous, a population and a Country affected by a cultural and social disease called Mafia, deeply rooted in their own history…

In fact Mafia does not come from nothing: it’s a Sicily creature, and it comes out of its history made of subalternity, separateness, subjection… and Mafia is, most of all, a way of thinking, a cultural and mental attitude…

I usually don’t love movies on Mafia, but I really did love I Cento Passi (100 Steps), an extraordinary movie which gives the spectator a truth: the Mafia not as an external power which dominates and oppresses Sicily but as a monstrous creature de-generated from the very deep part of Sicily; Mafia as a private dimension, a tradition, a mental way… and for this, among all the Anti Mafia heroes, I have loved most of all Peppino Impastato for his being remained anonymous for years until the movie came out, for his having been “only” a Mafia victim, not celebrated, but later become a real symbol for many…

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A disease called corruption

February 6, 2008

Among the most important newspaper titles today is the statement made by the Italian National Auditing Authority (Corte dei Conti) which talks about Italy as a Country in which the public system is deeply affected by corruption.

As a matter of fact, this is a situation which every Italian citizen knows very well.

In Italy corruption takes several forms: bribing is just one kind.

As an example, every Italian knows well how hard is to win a public competition without having what is here called “raccomandazione” that means a politician acting to advantage you. This is probably the most widespread form of corruption in Italian society today: political parties have hands practically everywhere. A real occupation of society: there are few spaces and contexts in Italy in which politicians still don’t “have the last word”, this meaning for a common citizen to ask for their rights as if they were privileges.

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Permanent Crisis

February 4, 2008

It may be very probable that the ongoing attempts of Italian Senate Speaker Franco Marini of forming a new government to change the voting system will fail in short. This means we will soon vote, probably in spring.

A famous Italian opinonist, Ilvo Diamanti, writes today on La Repubblica about Italy situation defining the country as a “Transitory Republic”, meaning that Italy has been a nation in a permanent crisis for 15 years at least. Rubbish, Corruption, Mafia, Work Insecurity: Italy is a country always struggling to stabilize socially, economically and politically.

The big risk is that the protest attitude becomes a national habit which could finally lead to the birth of a destructive criticism based-culture; in a few words what we call: qualunquismo, meaning an attitude of indifference or lack of trust in politics.

As a matter of fact, this has already became a widespread way of thinking in Italy, mostly in the last years. We are talking about a crisis of democratic participation that has affected Italy in the last years and that shows up in a dramatic social fragmentation, a diffused lack of civic sense, a mistrusting in politicians and politics and the almost total absence of young persons in political parties.

Thus, what observers fear most is the crisis to become a permanent status.

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Crazy Drivers

January 12, 2008

One of the things I remember most vividly about my staying in the USA is the reputation of Italians as “crazy drivers”.

A well deserved reputation, of course, both for the Italian drivers’tendency to constantly break the Highway Code rules and for the definetely excessive speed we practise on our roads.

As an example, I remember my American friends yelling at me because I very nonchalantly seldom stopped at crossroads or because I ued to have the tendency to go over the frustrating 55 mph limit normally enforced on many highways. Beside all, the lack of discipline means thousands of dead and injured persons and that’s too high a price. In 2006, in Italy over 16 dead and 912 injured a day which means up to 5.700 cancelled lives in a year.

Recently, the Italian Minister of Transport Alessandro Bianchi made a revolutionary proposal: to install on cars a speed limit device also through law enforcement. As a matter of fact, it seems to have been demonstrated that in countries where the so called “Tutor” is in use the mortality rate has lowest up to 50%.

The question now is: will the Minister succeed in overtaking the obstacles he will sure find on this road?

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All we need is… a dump!

January 10, 2008

…tons of rubbish in the streets are not what we would call a “bella figura”; Italy and Italians are not properly appearing as “civilized” in front of the world looking at us…

the problem here is that problems are always hard to solve…

Trash emergiences are at least 14 years old, but no solution has ever been practised; probably the reasons is well explained by that popular saying that roughly goes like this: everybody is competent enough (to find a solution) but nobody is responsible (for actually carrying it out).

It’s like if Italians have an idea of themselves as funny, lifeloving, creative persons and are pleased with that and that’s it! without never seriously wondering on future.

As a famous Italian song says: “basta ca’ce’sta o’mare…” (all we need is sea and sun)

I remember once I read someone writing Italy is the place in a hyper-regulated Europe where people still debate with perfect intelligence what, really, the red in a stoplight might mean.

Probably, Italians should get rid – together with the trash – of their lack of civic sense that too often turns this wonderful land and its beautiful people looking like the land of non sense.

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Ciao a tutti!

January 9, 2008

Starting a Blog in English:

– to give myself the opportunity to be in touch with the world

– to give my web-friends the possibility to read about me and my stuff

– to blog about the things I like and see what you think about it

– to let you give a look on a southern Italian girl’s life in a southern Italian little town

– to tell you about my beautiful country and all the things I love about it: food, sea, mountains, people, art, culture, madness

Stay tuned, then. Work’s in progress 🙂