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The phenomenon Berlusconi and the illiberal democracies             

An inside in Italian politics with the American journalist and best seller writer Alexander Stille     

                      

The rift within the Freedom People party between the PM Silvio Berlusconi and his historical ally Gianfranco Fini brings new election in sight for Italian politics.

A scandal involving Mr Fini published in a newspaper owned by the Premier has increased the tension among the sides and raises suspects on Italian Intelligence. The American author and journalist Alexander Stille comments: “ The most powerful Italian man is used to use his means of communication to hit his political rivals.”

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events                                                                                                                                        

Cycling Naked against oil dependence

Almost 1,500 people joined yesterday the seventh London World Naked Bike Ride in Hyde Park, the provocative protest organised against oil dependency and the car culture. The number of protesters has increased constantly each year, touching its peak yesterday

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Are you keen to join London 2012 Olympics?

You may think it’s too late to get ready for participating as athlete at the Olympics as probably it is but if you’re passionate about sport there are still chances to join London Olympics.

Since London Olympics in 1948 volunteers are an important component of the games how LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said at London 2012 official website: “ Games Makers will help us to deliver a great Olympic Games, London 2012 relies on them.”

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journalism                                                                                                                   

Weapons of Mass Deception- Can we trust media?

The day of 9/11 attacks is one of those dates which is sadly unforgettable. A sensation of fear invaded the houses, the streets and the minds of people in US but also in all other West democratic countries.  Soon the fear turned in a desire of revenge and I remember starting to believe the war in Iraq was necessary.

In Weapons of Mass Deception Danny Schechter the American media critic and former ABC News and CNN producer, documents how millions of people and I were victims of a campaign of misinformation.

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travel                                                                                                                       

Spitafields: a bridge between history and modernity of London

Walking along the streets of Spitalfields the alternation of old and decrepit buildings with the modernity of the skyline seems to put the whole city in prospective, showing as much the history of London as its modern face. In this sense nowadays this district is probably one of the most suggestive in London.

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reviews                                                                                                                                             

 La Dolve Vita lands in Islington

London’s sixth annual  Italian festival of La Dolce Vita took place at a new venue in Islington on   March 11-14.

The Business Design Center has been strongly wanted by the organizers, the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Brand Events, for its class and contemporaneity, which perfectly fit with the types of products exposed.

Melba Allocati, Brand Events sales executive, admitted that probably this year the event won’t reach the 20,000 visitors who attended last year fair, saying: “Looking at the general enthusiastic athmosphere, common to exhibitors and customers, however the fair can be considered a success and next year it will take place again in Islington.”

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Magnificent Maps at the British Library

You think of a map as something dimensional and useful only to get directions, at its most expression with the latest 3D edition of google map, strongly connected with the concept of travel.

These maps rather offer a trip over the space through different epochs conveying messages of power, dominance, eternity and beauty.

The creators of the technological tool would pale beside the maps exposed at the British Library. Only partially they were thought as instruments for navigation as our modern conception would suggest.

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events                                                                                                                                    

Raw poetry and open mic in Kings Cross

The first Monday of every month at the Central Station, or alternatively at the Zenith Bar, in Kings Cross a free open poetry workshop and pre-booked open mic is held.

Raw is far from being a school of poetry or a meeting for intellectuals, it’s rather a networking community which is born as collaboration between the spoken and sung word.

CT, how she is known and wants to be called, which stands for Camtan, is the 44 year old woman who leads the workshop. She is a poet and a performer and first came to London from Sweden in 1986 with little money and a strong passion for writing.

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stories                                                                                                                 

I was a broker, I’ve turned my life selling parma ham and salami        

 of Marco Vineis

I worked for several years as broker among banking giants that don’t exist any more. When a good bonus was offered me I thought about my first dream and I started my entrepreneurial career selling Parma ham and salami at the Borough Market. My previous colleagues looked at me astonished.

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football                                                                                                                                           

MAD MARIO OR SUPER MARIO?

Many nicknames have been spent to identify Mario Balotelli. In Italy he is simply Super Mario for his own fans and Mad Mario for the rivals.

Two names that explains perfectly this extremely talented 20 years old player, who has already achieved what for big stars spent an entire career: fame and damnation.

Football talking Balotelli is such a talent. Mario has a strong physic structure 190 cm per 89 kg, technical ability, great dribbling, pace, sense of goal, and strong and precise set piece. These qualities allow he to play anywhere in the front line.

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football                                                                                                                               

AC Milan display new talents at Emirates Cup

Football supporters used to be attracted to summer games eager to see the new players.

With no money for huge transfers organisers need to find new formula to fill stadiums. The Emirates Cup 2010 offered the chance of watching two games for £ 31, the price you use to pay for a single match.

AC Milan against Lyon didn’t show any new stars and with some of the best players still recovering from the World Cup, out Pirlo, Thiago Silva and Ronaldinho, who didn’t play in South Africa but suffered a muscle injured, it was a good occasion to watch some of the younger players.

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