The view from Bologna, a blog on Italian culture,society, history and politics

The View from Bologna

The View from Bologna is TMO's blog dedicated to Italian culture, history, society and politics - all from the viewpoint of a straniero

Freedom of the Press under Prodi

Saturday, September 9th, 2006

The word

The Fate of ex-Dictators?

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

And so, as sure as the Seasons change, the centre-left government has started talking about reforming Italy

Offending the Magistrates

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Italy

Inciting Hatred?

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Our last post discussed the furore caused by the publication, on the part of the Italian Union of Islamic Communities and Organisations (UCOII), of an

Comparing the Incomparable – Nazi and Israeli Massacres

Friday, August 25th, 2006

The Union of Islamic Communities and Organisations in Italy, a non-governmental association, paid to publish a full page notice in a number of newspapers five days ago under the heading “Yesterday Nazi Massacres, Today Israeli Massacres”. The notice was prompted, according to the association, due to the widespread indifference to civilian deaths caused by Israel’s […]

A joke is a joke, even during wartime

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Proof, if it were needed, that police forces in Western Europe and America are not heavy-handed when it comes to policing the ‘war on terror’. On the 13th of August a 34 year old Italian businessman sent an email, from the computer of his cousin, to the F.B.I. The email was a threat against George […]

Saint Marcello, absolve us from our sins

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

In the early evening of the 26th of January, the streets of bologna erupted in a noisy celebration. Cars and mopeds sped up and down the main thoroughfares for a couple of hours hooting and flag waving. The reason? Not, as this proud new father ambitiously expected, to celebrate the birth of my daughter, but […]

How do you translate 'ah now Ted'?

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

‘Sweet Sufferin Jayzus!’ as this Monkey is prone to utter at moments of wide-eyed disbelief. A tense Quiz show studio holds its breath. The question is asked – “What rite would one use to expel demons?”. Furrowed brows from the two contestants, chemicals firing blindly across brain synapses, until Fr. Giorgio* surges for the buzzer […]

Well Said

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

The Court of Appeals has over-ruled a judgement that meted out a fine of 500 euros to Piero Ricca for allegedly insulting Silvio Berlusconi back in May of 2003. The occasion was one of Berlusconi’s rare appearances in court – rare not because Italy’s ex-Prime Minister has rarely fallen foul of the law, but because […]

Offensive Rhetoric

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

“Another attack in Nassiriya has refocussed the attention of the media, of politicians, and thus of public opinion on our military missions abroad. In these sad and difficult occasions there are set patterns of communication and reaction that have become rituals: bombastic, emotional and participatory, but in the end self-serving. Arid and sterile, from which […]