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Steven Guarnaccia ‘The Three Little Pigs’

Published by Corraini –one of my favorite publishers of all times.

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Once upon a time there were three little pigs who lived in a big house in the forest…
The tale of The three little pigs is set by Steven Guarnaccia among houses by great architects of the XXth century. Frank Gehry, Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright are in fact the main protagonists of this contemporary tale with other renowned architects in their houses of scraps, of glass and of stone and mortar.
In their famous buildings they live among objects designed by some of the most internationally representative architects and designers. But one day the wolf pays a visit to them…

As for Goldilocks and the three bears, Steven Guarnaccia re-designs a classical among tales for children from an architect and designer’s point of view, by realizing mixed-media illustrations with precise strokes and clear and harmonious colours. Also, in endpapers one can find a useful list of the renowned design objects which appear in the story, in order to find and recognize them by glancing through the book.
… and they lived happily ever after.

Against the Reintroduction of Race Laws in Europe – To European democratic public opinion and the press that keeps it informed

Events in Italy have always – for better or worse – had an extraordinary influence on the whole of European society, from the Italian Renaissance to Fascism.
But, all too often, Europe has not become aware of these events in time.
There is currently a great deal of attention in major European newspapers on some aspects of the crisis that has engulfed our country. But we believe that it is our duty – the duty of all those living in Italy – to inform European public opinion on other alarming aspects that have not elicited such interest, such as the draft legislation proposed by the Italian Government, called the “Security Decree”. If it is not prevented, this legislation runs the risk of disfiguring the image of Europe and dealing a severe setback to human rights worldwide.
The Berlusconi Government, using security as a pretext, has imposed on our Parliament – over which it has total control – the adoption of laws discriminating against immigrants, laws the likes of which we had not seen in this country since the passing of the Fascist Race Laws.
The victim of the discrimination has changed: it is no longer the Jews but the undocumented migrant population, hundreds of thousands of people. But the discriminating measures have not changed: if passed, these new laws may, for example, forbid mixed marriages.
Such a prohibition would prevent a person from exercising a fundamental right, the right to marry without constraints of an ethnic or religious nature. The victims of discrimination would be denied this right simply on the basis of their nationality. Not to mention the fact that Italians would equally be denied their right to marry the person of their choice.
Another norm contained in the decree – even more abusive of human rights and dignity – is the prohibition for foreign women lacking permits (an administrative offence) to recognize their children at birth. Thus, the children born to “undocumented” foreign women, by virtue of a political decision by a temporary majority, shall be for their entire lives the children of unknown parents, they may be removed from their own mothers at birth and placed under the care of the State.
Not even Fascism had gone that far! The Race Laws introduced by the Regime in 1938 did not subtract children from their Jewish mothers, nor did they induce the mothers to abort rather than have their children confiscated by the State.
We would not be addressing European public opinion if the gravity of these measures were not such that it transcends national boundaries, calling for a reaction by all those who believe in our shared humanity. Europe cannot accept that one of its founding members regresses to primitive levels of social organization, contradicting international law and the very principles upon which the European political union is based.
It is in the interest of all of us that this not happen. It would dishonour us all.
European democratic public opinion must become aware of the disease ravaging Italy and act swiftly so that it does not spread further.
We are confident that each one of you will choose an effective way to demonstrate your opposition.

Roma, June, the 29th 2009

Andrea Camilleri, Antonio Tabucchi, Dacia Maraini, Dario Fo, Franca Rame, Moni Ovadia, Maurizio Scaparro, Gianni Amelio

(2 luglio 2009)

Italy as seen by the Italian blogosphere

Vittorio Zambardino writes today in La Repubblica about a recent research study carried out on the Italian blogosphere: what are Italian bloggers writing about? The article presents very interesting graphs, which show the top tags used in 2009 and the topics Italian bloggers write about.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top tag in 2009 was Silvio Berlusconi, which is followed by two current affairs related tags: the economic crisis and the Abruzzo earthquake – which are followed by Facebook in fourth place. In the top 15 most used tags we also find two football teams, Inter Milan and AC Milan, president Obama and the Pope.

The Perpetual GYPSY Pavilion officially launched at the VENICE BIENNALE 2009, Sunday 7 June, Hungarian Pavilion, Giardini, Venice.

* Against fingerprinting of the Roma community in Italy

Please sign the online petition:

Currently, they are working with several MEPs, particularly with Arlene McCarthy. They are awaiting a response to our letter to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and are awatiing a response from the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament, have sent out many press releases recently and are developing links with other groups helping the Roma in a bid for an even stronger and more prominent campaign.

See also: Roma Rights Network,

See also: – a non profit organisation – EveryOne, a group for International Cooperation on Human Right Culture – has a lot on the Roma as well.

‘International Roma Day, 10th April 2009′, MP3s on Roma History:

Saramago rejeté par son éditeursconi


Ce n’est pas ce conflit d’intérêts qui fera vaciller Papounet sur son trône. Mais l’affaire tombe bien et La Reppublica, en pointe dans l’offensive contre un Silvio Berlusconi empêtré dans des histoires de mœurs, serait bien inspirée de s’en emparer. L’écrivain portugais José Saramago, 86 ans, prix Nobel de littérature 1998, vient de se voir refuser par Einaudi, son fidèle éditeur en Italie depuis 20 ans, la publication de son prochain recueil de chroniques. Il est vrai que le président du Conseil italien y est traité de “délinquant” et que la maison fait partie du conglomérat du papier Mondadori, propriété d’un certain Silvio Berlusconi. Motif officiel du refus : le livre serait immédiatement poursuivi en justice et condamné. Comprenez : … tant il contient d’accusations diffamatoires.