Italian colonial war in Libya, yet again?


This video is called Lion of the Desert (1981) Trailer. That film is about Italian dictator Mussolini’s colonial war in Libya.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Italy ready for military intervention in Libya

Today, 14:58

Italy wants to intervene militarily in Libya soon. Premier Renzi is just waiting for a UN resolution that allows him to send troops. Italians who are still in Libya are asked to leave the country. …

Developments in Libya are traditionally followed closely in Italy. In the first part of the 19th century, Libya was an Italian colony.

NOS TV does not seem to know Italian colonial history well. Libya was an Italian colony, not in ‘the first part of the 19th century’, but in the first part of the 20th century. It became a colony after bloody colonial war by the fascist generals of Italy’s ‘Duce’ Mussolini. About one third of Libyans were massacred.

Mr Renzi also does not seem to know Italian colonial history well. During the second world war, Italy lost Libya as a colony, and then World War II, as not even Adolf Hitler sending general Rommel to Libya was able to keep that African country under Italian colonial rule.

Mr Renzi also does not seem to know recent Italian neo-colonial history well. In 2011, Renzi’s predecessor Silvio Berlusconi along with his NATO allies fought a neo-colonial war, officially ‘about human rights’, in practice about oil, for regime change in Libya. That war led to the present bloody war in Libya, in which half of NATO’s 2011 Libyan allies are now allies of NATO allies Saudi Arabia and Egypt; and the other half are now allies of NATO allies Qatar and Turkey. The two sides kill each other, and mostly civilians. Before the NATO military intervention in Libya, there was no Al Qaeda there. Today, Al Qaeda and similar violent groups are spreading out from Libya to other countries. ISIS terrorists, even worse than Al Qaeda, have a strong presence in the ‘new’ Libya.

Is Mr Renzi really under the illusion that another neo-colonial war would have any better results than previous colonial and neo-colonial wars?

German army association demands massive armaments increase: here.

German President Gauck’s human rights imperialism: here.

Michelangelo bronze sculpture discovery in England


This video from Cambridge University in England says about itself:

Michelangelo bronzes discovered

2 February 2015

It was thought that no bronzes by Michelangelo had survived – now experts believe they have found not one, but two – with a tiny detail in a 500-year-old drawing providing vital evidence. – See more here.

They are naked, beautiful, muscular and ride triumphantly on two ferocious panthers. And now the secret of who created these magnificent metre-high bronze male nudes could well be solved. A team of international experts led by the University of Cambridge and Fitzwilliam Museum has gathered compelling evidence that argues that these masterpieces, which have spent over a century in relative obscurity, are early works by Michelangelo, made just after he completed the marble David and as he was about to embark on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

If the attribution is correct, they are the only surviving Michelangelo bronzes in the world.

Actress Anita Ekberg, RIP


This video shows a scene from the film La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini, with Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni at the Trevi fountain in Rome.

From the BBC:

11 January 2015 Last updated at 12:57 GMT

La Dolce Vita star Anita Ekberg dies

Anita Ekberg, star of La Dolce Vita, has died aged 83.

A former Miss Sweden, she was branded a “sex goddess” for her performance in Federico Fellini’s 1960 movie.

The moment where she wades through Rome’s Trevi Fountain in a strapless dress is considered one of cinema’s most iconic scenes.

Ekberg died in Rome on Sunday morning, her lawyer confirmed. She had been in hospital since Christmas following a series of illnesses.

The actress had been in a wheelchair for several years after being knocked down by one of her pet Great Danes, breaking a hip.

Born in Malmo, Sweden, in 1931, Ekberg was the sixth of eight children.

She said her father, a harbour master and a strict Protestant, was “the apple of my eye”, although she later fell out with all but one of her siblings.

After winning the Miss Sweden title at the age of 20, she travelled to America where she took part in the Miss Universe contest.

Although she didn’t win and spoke very little English, she was immediately signed to a contract by Universal Pictures.

The studio sent her to work in Italy, where she played Henry Fonda’s unfaithful wife in King Vidor‘s War and Peace (1956).

It was in Rome that she met director Frederico Fellini, who cast her in La Dolce Vita as Sylvia Rank – “the most wonderful woman created since the beginning of time” – an actress pursued by news photographers.

The famous scene in the Trevi Fountain saw Ekberg and her co-star Marcello Mastroianni wading through the chilled waters in sensual abandon.

The sight of the water caressing her impossibly voluptuous body was shocking for audiences in the 1950s.

The Vatican condemned it, but the famously sharp-tongued actress was unrepentant.

“I’m very proud of my breasts, as every woman should be,” she once said.

“It’s not cellular obesity, it’s womanliness.”

The fountain scene was shot on a chilly March morning in central Rome.

“I was freezing,” said Ekberg. “They had to lift me out of the water because I couldn’t feel my legs anymore.”

Her co-star, Marcello Mastroianni, found the scene even more difficult, despite the luxury of a wetsuit under his clothes. He needed his acting resolve stiffened by an entire bottle of vodka, Fellini claimed. More than once, he fell over drunk in the freezing water.

“I have seen that scene a few times. Maybe too many times,” Ekberg told Swedish radio in 2005.

“I can’t stand watching it anymore, but it was beautiful at the time.”

Considering that La Dolce Vita gave rise to the term paparazzo, it was ironic that the movie resulted in Ekberg being hounded by the press herself. …

Her lawyer Patrizia Ubaldi said that, in her last days. Ekberg was saddened by her illnesses and her advancing age.

“She had hoped to get better, something that didn’t happen,” she said.

But in an earlier interview, Ekberg had said she was not afraid of death.

“I don’t know if paradise or hell exist,” she told Sweden’s Aftonbladet, “but I’m sure hell is more groovy.”

See also here.

Fascist murder plot in Italy


This video says about itself:

Neo-fascists train to fight Ukraine’s rebels

9 June 2014

One special forces group, fighting separatists in Eastern Ukraine, is bringing together many self-declared neo-fascists.

The volunteers joining the so-called Azov battalion, raised by Ukraine’s interior ministry, includes men from Russia, Sweden and Italy who believe in national socialism.

Al Jazeera’s David Chater reports from Mariupol.

From AFP news agency:

Italy foils neo-fascist plot, arrests 14

Rome, December 22, 2014

Last Updated at 19:05 IST

Italian police arrested 14 neo-fascists and placed 44 others under investigation on today after uncovering a plot to assassinate politicians and attack police stations over the Christmas period.

Police swooped after wiretaps revealed the gang, an offshoot of the banned far right organisation Ordine Nuovo [New Order], had begun stockpiling arms and planned to carry out attacks over the holiday period.

Italy’s Repubblica daily said the suspects had discussed killing politicians, “10, 11 at a time…”, as well as blowing up the Equitalia tax collection agency and launching attacks on police stations.

Head investigator Mario Parente told journalists that the group, which for the past two years had been infiltrated by an undercover policeman, had also discussed attacking the state railway.

Members of the gang had been on the hunt for arms and had planned to raid the home of a weapons collector, Repubblica said.

The Ordine Nuovo organisation, founded in 1956 in a bid to reform the Fascist party, was accused of being behind several bombings in the early 1970s. It was officially dissolved by the Italian government in 1973.

According to Dutch NOS TV, the Ordine Nuovo plot included murdering immigrants as well.

See also here.