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I have always been fascinated by the colors of the bright summer days in old Italy.
It first struck me in Venice, during my high school years; I have hundreds of memory snapshots that made me awe in silence, often not even stopping because of the fast pace that we are often forced to keep in order to even out the slowness of other occasions (a hit to the slow Italy stereotype: you want some moments to be slow, you need to accept to rush in others).
This morning I was supposed to be at work at 8, but find out just today that the alarm clock app I downloaded for my new Android phone apparently doesn’t work if the phone is off. Pretty useless. I opened my eyes at 7.40, sleepy as never, and got myself going.
As I rushed to work through the usual backdoor alley, my sleepy brain urged me to share the moment.
Enjoy my rush to work.

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I am going to try to explain my point of view over a very complex situation.

Our prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, Italian tycoon and professed self-made-man, is also the founder and owner of Mediaset, half of Italy’s nationally broadcasted antenna tv channels (there is satellite, Sky, but still not as widespread as in other countries).

Berlusconi always used his channels as a way to convey political messages, as it is technically (I don’t agree, but I won’t get it this right now) in it’s right. Public tv, RAI, paid by Italian taxpayers was to be the other half of the tv offer, guaranteeing pluralism and freedom of information and speech.

To make a long story short, many people among whom myself, claim and believe that ever since Berlusconi became prime minister (therefore gaining power over public RAI), he tried restlessly to shut up the last few voices that dared “opposing” him, simply doing their job as journalists and telling stories as they were.

His first successfull attempt was the Editto Bulgaro. Now, with the occasion of the coming regional elections in Italy, he tried the trick again, and even got caught on wiretapping.

One of his first and main targets, Michele Santoro, that used to regularly host the show Annozero (particularly disliked by our prime minister) was forced to shut the show down to respect the par condicio period before the elections, together with all the rest of the political talkshow.

Many saw this as another attempt to shut the “dissidents” up.

The satellite tv channel Current decided to host a special night, Rai per una notte (Rai for one night), to give a chance to these journalists to keep on doing their job.

It’s tonight at 9pm, Italian time. It can also be watched in streaming over the internet here.

P.s.- I will later embedd the code to watch it from here as well, as soon as they make it available.

P.p.s.- I wrote this post right before class, managing to arrive late for it. In the middle of it I got a mail on my phone pointing out this article of The Economist from yesterday. So this is actually an update.

More points of view are always welcome. If you find something and send it to me I’ll share it.

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