Foreign relations / Security and defence / Sport

Italy at odds with Libya and Israel

The Mediterranean basin is proving unfriendly to Italy, with Libya and Israel both having complaints against Rome. The Libyan Government in Tobruk has accused the Italian Navy of violating “its” territorial waters with “three warships”. The Italian Ministry of Defense flatly denied the claim, but in the meantime an Italian cemetery in Tripoli was ransacked. … Continue reading

History of Italy / Security and defence

War on terror, is the Italian Air Force up to the task?

On the Italian edition of the Huffington Post, journalist and researcher Roberto Colella wonders whether the Italian Air Force can really give a meaningful contribution to the international air campaign against the Islamic State. Such a contribution has been proposed by the Government, reportedly under pressure by the United States, and will be debated by the Parliament. … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Security and defence

Immigration, Italy gets first taste of European solidarity

Nineteen Eritrean asylum seekers were moved from Italy to Sweden under the new European rules on “immigration quotas”. The transfer was voluntary and involved nineteen immigrants who accepted to let themselves be identified. The Italian Government lobbied hard in Brussels for the enactment of the responsibility-sharing rules, and the Minister of the Interior Angelino Alfano … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Security and defence

Italy could bomb Islamic State in Iraq

The Italian Government has announced that the Italian Parliament will debate whether to use the Italian Air Force to bomb the Islamic State in Iraq. The military operations would in no case extend to Syria, where the fight against the Islamic State is made more controversial by the rivalry between Russia and the United States, as … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Security and defence

Did the Italian intelligence assassinate the boss of human trafficking in Libya?

Salah Al-Maskhout, a former officer in Gadafi’s army, is a mysterious ghost in the eye of the giant black hole called Libya. Three days ago he was supposed to be the man behind the industry of human trafficking across the Sicily Channel, and to have been killed by a commando on the payroll of the … Continue reading

Crime and Court news / Foreign relations / Security and defence

Italy to establish “hotspots” for immigrants

Under strong pressure from the European Union and Germany, the Italian Minister of the Interior Angelino Alfano announced that Italy will establish its “hotspots”, id est centers where Italian and EU officials will be able to quickly separate the asylum seekers from ordinary immigrants. However, the latter will not be immediately sent back to their … Continue reading

Crime and Court news / Foreign relations / Security and defence

The “migrant Republic” in Sicily

In the last year’s of WWII, Northern Italy had its “partisan Republics”, portions of territory under the control of the Resistance. Today near Mineo, Sicily, there is a Reception Center for Asylum Seekers. Surrounded by a fence guarded by the military, it can look like a ghetto, but the reality is different. Indeed it is … Continue reading

Culture / Politics / Security and defence / Society

Can the Florence flooding reconcile Italy with its immigrants?

Let’s face it, the Italians have grown sick and tired of the immigration across the Sicily Channel, right or wrong. In a country with little colonial history, racism is always lurking in the shadows, and the moderate political parties are being unable to compete with the incendiary rhetoric of the rightist ones. Now, Florence was hit by … Continue reading

Foreign relations / History of Italy / Security and defence

Italy and the Middle East

During his official visit to Israel, the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tried to maintain a balanced position between his host and the Powers which had just concluded the nuclear deal with Iran. The agreement, which is anathema to the Israeli Government, was signed also by the European Union after having being negotiated by its … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Security and defence

Marines case, Italy gets international arbitration

Italy won its first battle in the long-standing dispute with India over the Enrica Lexie case as the New Delhi authorities recognized that the Italian request to submit the controversy to an international arbitration is based on the UN Convention on the Law of Sea, also known as the Montego Bay Convention. Pursuant to international … Continue reading