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  1. Archives suing over iPhone Mussolini app

    Il Duce compilation a top seller on Apple’s online store

    03 February, 18:58

    (ANSA) – Rome, February 3 – Italy’s state-owned film company on Wednesday said it would file suit over a top-selling Apple iPhone application that plays film clips and speeches by Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

    Cinecitta’ Luce, which manages the historic Italian studio’s film archive, alleged the material on the user-made mobile phone application had been copied off a DVD without permission for sale on Apple’s online store ”with flagrant disregard for international copyright laws”.

    iMussolini, a ”greatest hits” compilation of over a 100 audio and film clips starring il Duce, was taken off the iTunes store on Wednesday amid calls of outrage from Jewish groups and iPhone users.

    But a Cinecitta’ Luce spokesman said it was too little too late, and that the studio was going to court.

    ”That material is the exclusive property of Cinecitta’ Luce, whose media archives constitute its one and only source of revenue,” said Luciano Sovena.

    ”It also happens to represent this country’s memories, which here have been plucked out of context and put up for sale”.

    Selling for 1.50 euros, iMussolini was the Italian Apple store’s top-selling mobile phone application, totalling over 60,000 downloads by the time it was removed on Wednesday.

    The several hours worth of recorded speeches and video were compiled by a 25-year-old amateur software developer from Naples, Luigi Marino, who denied that they were pirated.

    ”All of those files are available for free on the internet,” said Marino.

    ”I didn’t do anything but put them together”.

    Marino added that he was ”surprised” by controversy surrounding the application, which he hadn’t meant to exalt the Italian strongman.

    ”I was really just trying to make a sort of documentary about a very delicate time in our history,” he explained.

    As anger welled over iMussolini last week, an unidentified Apple spokesman interviewed by Germany daily Deutschland Financial Times confessed disbelief that the application had been cleared for sale in the first place.

    But Marino said that he had no problem gaining approval for his application, which went on sale ten days after he submitted it in mid-January.

    The stir over iMussolini last week quickly spread to the United States where the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors decried it as ”an insult to the memory of the victims of Nazism and Fascism”.

    After removing the application on Wednesday, Apple had still not commented on it.


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  3. 100 years ago: Gunning down of protesters sparks mass upheavals in Italy

    Police confront demostrators in Ancona

    On June 7, 1914, police killed three demonstrators at an antiwar protest in the Adriatic port city of Ancona, in Italy. The police attack precipitated a semi-insurrectionary strike and protest movement of workers throughout Italy, dubbed “Red week.”

    Socialists, republicans and anarchists had called the rally in Ancona in opposition to the growth of European militarism, and the imprisonment of two young soldiers for their antiwar convictions. Italy was heavily involved in the deepening geopolitical tensions, having seized control of modern-day Libya from the ailing Ottoman Empire in 1911-12. In March, the liberal cabinet of Giovanni Giolitti had fallen, and been replaced by a government led by Antonio Salandra, a conservative and enthusiastic militarist.

    The Italian Socialist Party (PSI), and the major trade unions called a general strike on June 8 in response to the police shootings. In the following days, clashes pitting police and soldiers against striking workers and peasants erupted throughout Italy.

    Mass demonstrations were held in cities around the country. In the province of Romagna, churches and official buildings were attacked by strikers and set on fire, while telegraph poles were felled in an attempt to cut the military’s lines of communication. The cities of Ancona and Ravenna were effectively taken over by workers and peasants.

    In Rome, troops charged strikers who had erected barricades in the street, and shots were exchanged, killing three strikers and eight troopers. Workers were also fired upon by troops in Naples and Florence.

    Tens of thousands of troops were mobilized to regain control of towns and cities across the country. In response, the major unions, fearful of further revolutionary upheaval and with various connections to the state, called the strike movement off.

    Antonio Gramsci, the great Italian Marxist, later explained that the defeat of the movement was a product of an absence of political leadership. This was typified by the role of Benito Mussolini, at the time one of the main leaders of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI). While occasionally given to ultra-radical rhetoric, Mussolini and the other leaders of the PSI did not provide a revolutionary perspective for the working class.

    Their national-opportunism was most sharply expressed by the fact that with the outbreak of World War I, Mussolini would abandon his socialist pretensions, and become a nationalist demagogue in the service of Italy’s war effort, before going on to found the Italian fascist movement.



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