Italy

Federico Aldrovandi’s killers receive standing ovation from police union

Applause for police murderers.

Federico Aldrovandi’s parents and friends have become used to the noisy actions of the Coisp police union in defending the killers of the 18 year old boy, murdered in 2005 in Ferrara by four police officers. But on April 29 the ultimate provocation came from another union, SAP, during its conference in Rimini.

Selections from the prison notebooks - Antonio Gramsci

Almost five hundred pages of Gramsci's writings on history, culture, politics, and philosophy. From the study of philosophy to problems of Marx, Marxism, and Machiavelli, to the state and civil society. We have huge disagreements with Gramsci's (essentially Stalinist) politics, but reproduce this text for reference.

Narrow-minded? Bologna’s PD council tries to evict Atlantide social centre

Update on the situation of the Atlantide social centre in Bologna, which has been there for over 15 years and has been under threat from eviction by the local council for over a year.

Italy: Renzi government reforms jobs and cuts rights

Giuliano Poletti.

At first glance, Giuliano Poletti, Minister of Labour and Social Policy in the Renzi government, could look like an old-fashioned left-wing politician: born into a farming family in the “red” Emilia-Romagna region, raised in the Communist Party, president of Legacoop, the main national organisation of cooperatives. He could be someone to provide a contrast to the Prime Minister’s attitude towards jobs (modelled on the inspiring figures of Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair). But appearances can be deceptive.

Political turmoil inside CGIL

Susanna Camusso, General Secretary of CGIL.

The CGIL is Italy’s largest confederation of trade unions (secretary: Susanna Camusso) and includes as a member FIOM, the metalworkers’ federation (general secretary: Maurizio Landini; former president: Giorgio Cremaschi). Tension has been growing between CGIL and FIOM for some time and although there have been reassurances that all is well, it is obvious that all is far from harmonious.

Killer coal-burning plant switched off in Vado Ligure, Italy

A coal burning factory in northern Italy, which caused pollution linked to the deaths of hundreds of local residents and was owned by entrepreneurs close to the centre-left political party, has been closed down by police.

Errico Malatesta: his life and ideas

Malatesta: Life & Ideas

Italian anarchist-communist, militant, and critic of syndicalism, Errico Malatesta is one of the most influential figures in the history of anarchism. Now available online, Errico Malatesta: His Life & Ideas includes both a collection of his writings taken from various Italian periodicals, and a biographical sketch from the editor, Vernon Richards.

The social war in memory - Miguel Amorós

The Preface to the 1999 Spanish edition of Los Incontrolados: Manuscrito encontrado en Vitoria (“Los Incontrolados: Manuscript Found in Vitoria”), emphasizing, against the background of the tragic events of the Spanish “Transition” of the 1970s and their distortion and concealment by the mainstream media, the importance of historical memory for emancipatory change.

Bologna activists banished from the city

Police and protesters clash in Piazza Verdi, Bologna.

It sounds like news from a distant time, way back in Italian history, but it actually happened in 2014. On 6 March, 12 activists were forced to leave Bologna – their own city, where they live and have jobs and partners – as a “precautionary measure“ during investigations into an event more than 9 months ago.

Italy does not tolerate organised protest: students prosecuted

An update on on changes to higher education and student protests in Italy as well as the government's legal repression of them.