Three Monkeys Online

A Curious, Alternative Magazine


Andrew Lawless is the founding editor and a regular contributor to Three Monkeys Online magazine.

Beppe Grillo’s V-day

Monday, September 10th, 2007

The disjuncture between what goes on and what is reported has rarely been so apparent. On Saturday, with little-to-no advance television publicity, an initiative got under way in Piazzas throughout Italy. The initiative was to collect signatures to propose a new law with three main clauses: 1) No-one fully convicted of a crime should be […]

They’d do better to remain silent

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Global 24hr news stations, well-resourced and able to bring us in-depth, live coverage of epoch defining moments. Italy, like many other countries, has had its news media shaken ever so slightly over the last couple of years with the introduction of 24hr news channels. Rai 24, the news flag-ship of state broadcaster specialises in developing […]

Reza Aslan on Uncle Sam’s efforts to integrate Europe

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

I stumbled upon an interesting dialogue on between Bruce Feiler and Reza Aslan, author of No God But God (and, apparently, the Brad Pitt of young Muslim commentators…). It’s a lengthy interview, throwing up some interesting points as the two talk about the Iranian community in America, and the political state of play in […]

The Madonna Cries Sperm – Public Culture & Offense

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

An art exhibit, entitled the Madonna Cries Sperm, is causing political representatives on a local and national level to get hot under the collar. The exhibit, originally organised by the Yurta association as part of the S.Vitale neighbourhood summer festival, has been cancelled after various local and national politicians deemed it ‘unacceptable’ and ‘offensive’. It’s […]

Mario Monicelli’s Le Rose nel Deserto

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Last night I managed to get around to seeing Le Rose nel Deserto, the latest film directed by Mario Monicelli. Monicelli’s career spans the history of Italian cinema, having made his first film back in 1934. Monicelli directed Le Rose nel Deserto, on location in the Libyan desert in 2005, an admirable feat in itself, […]

Today’s mapmakers

Monday, June 11th, 2007

It seems that no news bulletin is complete, these days, without some reference to how wicked the internet can be. We’re consistently shown on lunch time news bulletins videos, of students behaving poorly, that have been posted on YouTube. TV journalists in Italy have yet to devote any time to a website that is proving […]

Asymmetric information – the three i’s

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

Further to our last post, the documentary on Sex Crimes and the Vatican was shown on RAI due’s Anno Zero programme – albeit a week late, after the programme’s presenter took the opportunity to double check the documentary’s accuracy in the face of heavy criticism from the Vatican and various politicians. Despite the heavy insinuations, […]

Serving Mom’s Apple pie to the Italian blogosphere – the Wales O’Reilly code of conduct

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

The proposed code of conduct for Blogs, outlined by wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Internet 2.0 guru Tim O’Reilly has generated little interest in the media here in Italy thus far. This strikes me as strange, given the general preoccupation with privacy, and the tendency of the news here to jump on every possible scandalous […]

The writing’s on the wall – Police escort for Archbishop Bagnasco

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

On the 2nd of April a very public message was delivered to the new President of the Italian Bishops Conference, Archbishop Bagnasco. Daubed on the doors of Genoa’s San Lorenzo cathedral were the words ‘Shame on you Bagnasco’1 The message was, presumably, a reaction to the controversy generated by the newly appointed succesor to Cardinal […]

Prodi’s Government Falls – Mediaset Share Prices Rise

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Romano Prodi’s government has fallen, having lost a vote in the senate on a proposed renewal of Italy’s mission in Afghanistan. It’s unclear exactly what will happen – as consulatations start tomorrow to see whether the numbers can be found to form a new government, or whether new elections will be held. Mediaset shares, in […]