Last minute Italy, going nowhere?

What do Igor, Alitalia and Fitch’s downgrading of Italy have in common? Apparently nothing, nevertheless they all are reminders that Italy’s leadership takes little seriously and is quick to do nothing. Igor is still at large and reportedly hiding in the Ferrara marshlands where the biggest manhunt in Italian history has been unable to flush out this armed and dangerous killer after almost one month, … Continue reading Last minute Italy, going nowhere?

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Alitalia’s Preliminary Agreement

After round-the-clock negotiations and last-minute maneuvers to shove Luigi Gubitosi down the throats of Alitalia’s minority shareholder (Etihad) in efforts to please Lenders (Unicredito Banca and Banca Intesa San Paolo), the Italian majority shareholders have apparently brokered a last-minute deal between Alitalia and the Unions, which, however, needs to be ratified by Alitalia employees before going into effect. Hardly more than a letter of intent! … Continue reading Alitalia’s Preliminary Agreement

Alitalia, pollice su o giù?

Con il conto alla rovescia da tempo innescato e con le trattative di salvataggio in corso tra Alitalia e sindacati, pare che il Top Management dell’Azienda abbia deciso di silurare il CEO Cramer Ball a favore del “presidente designato” Luigi Gubitosi. Il giorno prima che la linea aerea Cenerentola “Alitalia” si trasformi – come nella omonima favola – in zucca e tutti i suoi dipendenti … Continue reading Alitalia, pollice su o giù?

Alitalia, Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

With the clock running out and negotiations well under way between Alitalia and the labor unions, it would appear that the airline’s Top Management has decided to pull the plug on Alitalia’s CEO, Cramer Ball in favor of “president-elect” Luigi Gubitosi. On the day before Cinderella airline “Alitalia” turns into a pumpkin and all of its employees into unemployed mice for lack of prince Moola, the … Continue reading Alitalia, Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Eight Hundred Man dragnet and still no Igor!

If you have been following this drama as it unfolds, you know that all available resources have been invested in making sure Igor is caught, tried and convicted for 1st degree murder. The Ministry of the Interior has flooded the Ferrara area where Igor is suspected to be holed up with some eight hundred policemen, Carabinieri, including Swat teams. You also know that, with the … Continue reading Eight Hundred Man dragnet and still no Igor!

Ancora sulla legittima difesa

Recenti sparatorie nel corso di rapine a mano armata  in giro per l’Italia (e gli Stati Uniti) continuano ad alimentare il dibattito mai sopito e sempre attuale circa il diritto di difendersi da aggressori con ogni mezzo soprattutto in Italia dove prevale nei più la sensazione che la scriminante sia fortemente sbilanciata a favore di chi delinque. Niente però sembra aver turbato di più il … Continue reading Ancora sulla legittima difesa

More on self-defense in Italy

Recent shootings during the course of armed robberies in Italy (and America) have added unnecessary fuel to the fire of the forever ongoing debate over Italy’s rules of self-defense judged to be heavily slanted against honest citizens. Nothing however, has stirred the public more than the recent shooting of the unarmed proprietor of a small bar in a little town on the outskirts of Bologna … Continue reading More on self-defense in Italy

“Igor”, still on the loose!

If you are in a 50 km radius of Budrio beware of “Igor”!  The cold-blooded killer of the Budrio barman who tried to disarm him a few days ago and died trying, is  presumed to be an ex-Russian special forces guy, whose real name may be Ivan Vaclavic according to Italian Police.  Notwithstanding the “Cacciatori di Calabria“, an elite Swat team of the Carabinieri experienced … Continue reading “Igor”, still on the loose!

Attacks against unarmed Italian civilians are on the rise, as self-defense continues to be a risky and costly affair!

In recent days, the Italian daily “il Giornale” published an article by retired judge, Carlo Nordio (a former District Attorney from Venice) on Italy’s self-defense law(s). In that article Nordio attributes the inadequacies of Italian rules of “justification” on the “fascist” philosophy (what else!) that underpinned Italy’s rules of self-defense as contained in art. 52 of the Criminal Code. Naturally, the judge makes many a … Continue reading Attacks against unarmed Italian civilians are on the rise, as self-defense continues to be a risky and costly affair!

I cittadini sotto attacco sono liberi di difendersi, a loro rischio e pericolo!

“Il Giornale” di recente ha pubblicato un articolo del giudice Carlo Nordio sulla legittima difesa che spiega l’inadeguatezza della norma italiana con la filosofia (“fascista”, e ti pareva!) che sottende alla scriminante italiana dell’art. 52 cp. Il giudice in pensione per raggiunti limiti di età da anni ricopriva il ruolo di pubblico ministero a Venezia. Naturalmente, dice molte cose giuste il nostro giudice e ci … Continue reading I cittadini sotto attacco sono liberi di difendersi, a loro rischio e pericolo!