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Mar 17, 2014

While the Crimean referendum tops world media headlines, an attempt at secession is going on in Veneto, Italy, with its major city Venice. But as it is being virtually ignored by media, people in Europe are hardly aware of what’s happening next door. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/7f5f3n

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[related: Venice votes in referendum on splitting from Rome]

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Dandelion Salad

Nov 15, 2012 by strugglevideomedia

Alan Akrivos explains the issues in the huge strikes by Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Latin American workers. Nov. 14, 2012 in New York City.

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About 3,000 unemployed demonstrators have clashed with riot police in Naples during a protest against rocketing youth unemployment. The violence erupted in the city after a visit by Labor Minister Elsa Fornero and left 23 people injured.

­Protesters donned masks of the unpopular Fornero and waved banners calling for Prime Minister Mario Monti to step down. Fornero and the German labor minister, Ursula von der Leyen, are in Naples for talks on Italy’s economic and unemployment problems.

A skirmish erupted when a breakaway group hurled stones and bottles at police, who returned fire with teargas, leaving 23 injured.

Fornero infuriated many Italians when she told them last month not to be “choosy” when looking for work.

Italy’s youth have borne the brunt of the economic crisis and government measures to tackle it do not appear to be working. Unemployment among 15-24-year-olds stood at 35.1 per cent in September, up 4.7 per cent on last year.

Italy is laden with debt and entered into recession at the end of last year. The economic gloom has been exasperated by reports of corruption and misuse of public funds by officials and politicians.

Italian prosecutors have filed charges of market manipulation against seven officials of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch ratings agencies the rating agencies for a number of downgrades of Italy last year.

An Italian expert said that firms like S&P and Fitch are meddling where they shouldn’t and creating hysteria in regard to Italian debt:
“These agencies came out with declarations when the markets would be open and therefore this created a big cult [panic] on the markets about Italian sovereign debt.” Paolo Raffone told RT.
S&P and Fitch say they are cooperating fully with the Italian inquiry.

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Violent clashes erupted between police and protesters in the northern Italian town of Riva del Garda as tens of thousands took to the streets of Italy in a nationwide anti-austerity demonstration dubbed ‘No Monti Day.’ – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/yg6nrw

In Rome police expected some 30,000 to take to the streets, but activists estimate that up to 100,000 showed up.

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The Extinction Protocol

August 7, 2012ITALYStrombolian activity continues at varying levels. Following a phase of weak activity during 4-6 Aug, an increase of activity was observed at the Bocca Nuova during the night 6-7 Aug. Also in Italy, the activity at Stromboli (Eolian Islands) has been at relatively high levels over the past days. The number and size of explosions from the summit vents has increased. Popocatépetl in Mexico: About 1 explosion occurs per hour, and strong glow is visible at night. A relatively powerful eruption late on 6 Aug sent ash to up to 30,000 ft (10 km) altitude.–Volcano Discovery

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The Extinction Protocol

August 4, 2012 ITALY – Across the bay of Naples from Pompeii, where thousands were incinerated by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, lies a hidden ‘super volcano’ that could kill millions in a catastrophe many times worse, scientists say. The boiling mud and sulphurous steam holes of the area west of Naples known as the Campi Flegrei or Phlegraean Fields, from the Greek word for burning, are a major tourist attraction. But the zone of intense seismic activity, which the ancients thought was the entrance to hell, also could pose a danger of global proportions with millions of people literally living on top of a potential future volcanic eruption. ‘These areas can give rise to the only eruptions that can have global catastrophic effects comparable to major meteorite impacts,’ said Giuseppe De Natale, head of a project to drill deep under the earth to monitor the molten ‘caldera.’…

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