All right, I’ll bite the bullet. Again. This post is about the current drama of the “Sea Watch 3”, with its payload of 47 migrants from Africa and the struggle with the Italian government. It will take a while, so get yourself comfortable.
You know, here in Italy we got a long and established relationship with the concept of corruption.
We could say that we set the whole stuff into a more organized machine back in the times of the Roman Empire and then carrying on such a damned tradition thru the Dark Ages and then to the modern world. I’m not exactly happy about that, let’s say that I’m trying to contain my rage in a box made of cynicism.
Politics are just wonderful. The more you know about it, the less it makes sense. Think about the current Italian situation, for instance. In the 80-plus days after the last round of political elections, we got every possible lecture from abroad, it looks like everybody wanted to put his or her finger in the pie.
It’s true that we got an unprecedented situation, with a party (the Five Stars Movement) that never had direct experience of nation-wide matters, partnered with another (the League, formerly known as The Northern League) that is known for its Euroscepticism. So far, nobody knows for sure what the new government will do. To put it bluntly, they have the democratic right to push their own agenda ( for better or worse).
Welcome back to Italy, the country where the distance between tragedy and farce is shorter every day. As for the title of this post, the 2018 political standoff goes on with more and more shades of political degradation with no end in sight.
Yesterday our president Sergio Mattarella refused, once for all, to greenlight the start of a new government. In our constitutional laws, he was authorized to do that, but it is the first time ever that the motivation of such denial was tied to the possible destabilization of the Euro currency and to the general connection between our national economic system and the EU financial system. That’s thin ice at best.
This will not be an easy post. It will also not be a fancy reading for those who aren’t unfamiliar with the recent Italian history, or for those who like to practice a “creative” approach to it. You see, this is Liberation Day in my country. The end of the Nazi occupation, the end of the fascist rule and the dawn of a new nation, ready to arise from the ashes of the WWII.
For those who will get a brief about this day, please check out Wikipedia (here). It’s a short piece, but you can use it as a start point following the links until you get a greater picture.
There is a peculiar story to be told about our latest general elections, a good way to show how it works in Italy today when it comes to sensitive issues.
There was a young man, born in Nigeria back in 1955. He got his first degree in the USA (Computer information science), then moved to Italy in 1976. In my country, he got a second degree in the same specialization, got married to an Italian girl and became an Italian citizen after 11 years. Not bad at all, it’s a successful integration story.
This guy became involved in politics. In 1993 he enrolled in a political party, then he has been elected from 1994 to 2014 in the city council of Spirano (a small town near Bergamo, Italy). A few days ago he has become the first Italian Senator of African descent.
So far, so good. This is one of the most inspirational integration stories in my country. The long road of a man who found a new home and personal success in a foreign land.
What’s the problem? It’s up to you to decide. This man, Mr. Toni Iwobi, has been elected for the League (former Northern League), a center-right political party whose leader has made many inflammatory remarks about non-Italians and Muslims in the last few years. It’s also the party that caused outrage during the campaign by saying that immigration to Italy threatened our civilization.
You see, the immigration theme has been front and center in the political scene in the last two years or so. Center-left parties were calling for a more easy way to become Italian citizens, not to mention a great number of proposals to accommodate the newcomers in our country (I will not talk about the Italian mainstream media, there are limits that even I don’t want to trespass). Center-left parties and far left parties have been quite vocal about the election of Mr. Iwobi, portraying him as a puppet of the League.
Well, I’m gonna lose a few friends right now.
In my humble opinion, Mr. Iwobi is not a puppet. I think is racist to depict him as a false flag or like some kind of traitor of the integration cause. When similar remarks come in the public view I see somebody wave the multi-colored banner of integration, as if it were the exclusive property of the left.
It seems to me racist to make it clear that only the left can do the interests of immigrants as if anyone else could not be anything other than fascist.
I don’t know what Mr. Iwobi will do in his new role, but I can wish him well and make a note of what will happen.