Italy

Italy’s search for a new Libyan savior

Libya

MILAN — Italy is pulling out all the stops to secure stability in Libya to protect its business interests and ward off another potential migration crisis on its southern shores.

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Italy may soon have civil unions

 

Brides kiss near the Colosseum during the Gay Pride Parade (LGBT) on June 13, 2015 in Rome.  AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Brides kiss near the Colosseum during the Gay Pride Parade (LGBT) on June 13, 2015 in Rome. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

ROME — Civil unions could soon become a reality in Italy, where the Senate will begin debating a bill Thursday to give same-sex couples similar rights as people in heterosexual marriages, delivering on a long-standing promise by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.“When it comes to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights, Italy is far behind other EU member states. It is the only country in Western Europe that does not recognize same-sex relationships,” said Judith Sunderland, Europe and Central Asia associate director at Human Rights Watch. (altro…)

Twenty years fighting the Mafia

Don Ciotti in Sicily in May 2013

Don Ciotti in Sicily in May 2013

Milan, Italy – Trezzano sul Naviglio is just a short drive southwest of Milan, an industrial town home to hundreds of small and medium-sized enterprises.It is also a hub for mafia groups that have grown more influential from the mid-1970s and expanded into Italy’s rich north, a natural destination for money-laundering operations and shady business expansion.

 

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This Naples restaurant is fighting the local Mafia

The cooks of Nuova Cucina Organizzata inside the restaurant in Casal di Principe, Caserta

The cooks of Nuova Cucina Organizzata inside the restaurant in Casal di Principe, Caserta (photo by Mauro Pagnani)

Casal di Principe is infamous in Italy because it’s been ravaged by the Camorra, the local mafia in the Campania region. Nearly abandoned by authorities, it’s an area that several industries from Italy’s rich north have selected to become an illegal landfill of toxic waste. (altro…)

How the ‘Ndrangheta became more powerful than Cosa Nostra

The arrest of Pasquale Condello (photo via @www.badische-zeitung.de)

The arrest of Pasquale Condello, on of the ‘Ndrangheta’s bosses, in 2008 (photo via @www.badische-zeitung.de)

Milan, Italy – The ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate – based in Italy’s southern Calabria region – is not nearly as well-known as Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia. But the ‘Ndrangheta organisation is wealthier and more powerful – with interests spanning the globe from Calabria to Colombia, and as far away as Australia. (altro…)