Three Monkeys Online

A Curious, Alternative Magazine


Singing from the same hymn sheet – the signing of the European Constitution.

Friday, October 29th, 2004

The signing of the European Constitution by 25 heads of state, amidst plomp and splendour, in Rome today, was a historic occasion. If this Monkey were in any doubt of that fact Italian TV put him to rights. The blitzkrieg started in earnest last night with all news channels and Bruno Vespa’s fawning current affairs […]

Fighting Fundamentalism. The sad case of Rocco Buttiglione.

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

“Fight the Taliban in Brussels” the giant poster urged, in the grounds of the Catholic University of Milan, in reaction to the Rocco Buttiglione case that dominated the headlines this week. The poster was put up, in support of Mr Buttiglione, by the Comunione e Liberazione movement (CL), which advocates active participation in politics on […]

The Patron Saint of a defensive pre-emptive war? St. Francis and Fini.

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

The words of The Intelligent Face of Fascism (Gianfranco Fini), have sent this secular Monkey, not without a certain amount of indignation, scrambling towards the Catholic Encylopedia. TIFOF, speaking at the annual celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, in Assisi, the city of Peace, took the opportunity to take back the symbol […]

Italian Hostages, Simona Toretta and Simona Pari, Freed – Ransom paid?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

The two Italian aid workers, Simona Toretta and Simona Pari, along with their two Iraqi colleagues have been freed. Journalists on the Italian State television RAI have openly spoken of a ransom payment, and while officially the Government have denied this, various senior figures from both the Government and Opposition have suggested that it was […]

Italy bans the Burqa

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

While France implements its ban on the wearing of the hijab in schools, an Italian Mayor in the North of the country has fined an Italian Muslim woman, twice, for leaving her house wearing the Burqa [A veil that covers the face and entire head but with a place cut out for the eyes]. Cristian […]

Fighting for Peace – against the Pacifists

Monday, September 20th, 2004

Gianfranco Fini, Italian deputy prime minister and leader of the right wing party Alleanza Nazionale, has pinpointed a new enemy in the never ending ‘war on terror’: pacifists. At the annual meeting of AN’s youth brigade, Fini urged his members to be the “”vanguard of a great battle for peace against pacifism”. He continued, “Pacifism […]

Makeshift Patriot – Sage Francis in interview.

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

Sage Francis is full of contradictions – the introspective hip-hop artist (as shown on his album Personal Journals) coupled with off beat sense of humour, and outspoken politics. He's won Poetry competitions, and hip-hop slams. He's toured America independently, and sold records by the bucketload without any major label support. He's played with live bands, […]

A hearty welcome to the land of Dracula – a journey in the depth of Eastern Europe: a business trip to Romania.

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

So I went to Romania, to attend a conference. I didn’t see one single vampire or the House of the People. I didn’t go to the centre of Bucharest either, to hide from reality in a modern hotel room. Instead, I was whisked away over the bleak Wallachian plains up to the Transylvanian mountains. What […]