THE ITALIAN CINEMA AND THE LEFT: On Rediscovering Roberto Rossellini-Filmmaker By Gaither Stewart

rossellini.jpg(Rome) The story of Roberto Rossellini is a very Italian story, encompassing Italy in change from the Fascist period and, reaching beyond his lived life, until 2009. Though Europe is not Europe without Italy, Rossellini’s story, in the strictest sense, is a very Italian story; not an European story. For Italy, separated from the rest of Europe by the Alps, is, and perhaps always has been, something apart, still today considered by North Europeans an exotic place to escape to. As is popularly said, Italy is a wonderful place to visit but hell to live in. The story of Roberto Rossellini deals with that paradox. Read Roberto Rossellini and think Italy of the past 75 years.

The Italian film director, Roberto Rossellini (1906-1977), known as 95% neo-realist, was highly successful in his film career. Yet—and here are two pieces of information that might be news for cinema buffs—after growing up in a bourgeois family near pre-Dolce Vita Via Veneto in Rome and then tinkering in insignificant cinema during the Fascist era, he later became a maker of Italy’s cinema of the Left. Late in his life, Rossellini then had a vision, a vision light years distant from European filmmaking: in the 1970s, far ahead of his time, he became enamoured of the East and dreamed of a rejoining of the Occident and Islam.

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Book Reviews: Immigration Past, Immigration Present: Confronting the Internal “Other” in Europe By Brian McCook

27 August, 2009 — MRZine – Monthly Review

Oliver Grant.  Migration and Inequality in Germany.  Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005.  416 pp.  $190.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-927656-1.

Leo Lucassen.  The Immigrant Threat: The Integration of Old and New Migrants in Western Europe since 1850.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005.  296 pp.  $25.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-252-07294-9.

Elia Morandi.  Italiener in Hamburg: Migration, Arbeit und Alltagsleben vom Kaiserreich bis zur Gegenwart.  Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2004.  398 pp. EUR 54.00 (paper), ISBN 978-3-631-52205-9.

Peter J. van Krieken.  The Consolidated Asylum and Migration Acquis: The EU Directives in an Expanded Europe.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.  350 pp.  $75.00 (paper), ISBN 978-90-6704-180-5.

Immigration is now generally acknowledged as a fact of life across the democratic political spectrum within Europe, and a vast array of policies and programs have been adopted over the past decade to integrate “newcomers” into the mainstream.  Nevertheless, immigration remains a highly contentious issue within the public consciousness, especially when stirred by a populist press, and a collective reticence to acknowledge the historical nature of migration both to and within Europe persists.  In Germany, sentiment that the country is “not a land of immigration” remains strong, while in Britain current debates over “Britishness” bizarrely neglect the multiculturalism implied in the term.  Meanwhile, the recent opening of a Museum of Immigration and the election of Nicolas Sarkozy in France have not necessarily dulled the collective amnesia of many to France’s long, if troubled, history as a destination for immigrants from across Europe, Africa, Asia, and beyond.  Fortunately, over the past thirty years the field of European migration studies has grown dramatically, with scholars making significant inroads into examining both historical and contemporary issues of immigration.1 The works under review are welcome additions to this ongoing effort to engage with and relate the history of immigration to a wider audience.

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Video Free Gaza – WE MADE IT TO GAZA

27 August 27, 2009

We will return. We will come back. We will never forget. A year ago, 23rd August 2008, 44 of us saw the coastline of Gaza in the distance, after 30 hours of traveling across the Mediterranean Sea….We will return. We will come back. We will never forget. We were jubilant. We had made it to Gaza. We had actually made it to Gaza. We had really, really made it to Gaza.


Thank you to all of you who made this possible, who worked on the land crew, who sent out the information to your lists, who covered the story while we were in Gaza.

44 of us made it to Gaza last year, but we were supported by HUNDREDS OF YOU. A special thanks to Ramattan News Agency and AKI Nation for footage upon arrival of our two boats: the Liberty and the Free GazaImages: Mohammed Omer and Sameh A. Habeeb

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Global Poverty and The Economic Crisis – Selected Articles 22-27 August, 2009

27 August, 2009 — Global Research

Award Winning Movie: “SUPERPOWER”:
Interview with Filmmaker on RBN this Thursday!
– by Barbara-Anne Steegmuller – 2009-09-08

America’s “War on Terrorism”
Book by Michel Chossudovsky
– 2009-09-07

Selected Articles

Financial Parasites Have Killed the American Economy
A Review of Economist Michael Hudson
– by Washington’s Blog – 2009-08-27

Europe’s Space Program: Will Vega Ever Take Off?
– by Maxim Rubakin – 2009-08-27

Living In A Culture of Delusion, Denial and Ignorance
– by Danny Schechter – 2009-08-27

Artificial Life will be created ‘Within Months’: Genome Experts claim Vital Breakthrough
– 2009-08-27

A Stock Market Rally Engineered by our Government
Stay as far away from it as possible
– by Bob Chapman – 2009-08-27

The Rising Tide of Unemployment in America
How Bad Will It Get, And What Can We Do?
– by Washington’s Blog – 2009-08-26

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CIA Involvement: Police chief: Lockerbie evidence was faked

28 August, 2009 — Global Research – (First published in the The Scotsman – 28 August, 2006)

CIA planted tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people

This report was published by the Scotsman exactly three years ago. ‘the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.’

A former Scottish police chief has given lawyers a signed statement claiming that key evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial was fabricated.

The retired officer – of assistant chief constable rank or higher – has testified that the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.

The police chief, whose identity has not yet been revealed, gave the statement to lawyers representing Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, currently serving a life sentence in Greenock Prison.

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