JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME – When FAO director general José Graziano da Silva first took office he made a big stink about his predecessor Jacques Diouf appointing high-ranking figures at the UN agency just a few months before the new DG was elected.

 Graziano therefore changed the rules so that this could not, in theory, happen again. Unsurprisingly as the bearded Brazilian agronomist enjoys his own swan song at the end of his second term, he has evidently gone against his own rule by appointing a new ADG for Corporate Services, a Turkish female lawyer previously with the EBRD, from June 1.

23 Aug 2018
Caitlin Bodfish

ROME - A total of 200 British professors have written to the Guardian protesting against the planned collaboration between universities in Great Britain and Cairo, quoting the tragic unresolved murder of Cambridge student Giulio Regeni two years ago, officials said on Thursday.

 “They have put profit before human rights. Employees and managers seem to have forgotten that only two years ago a Cambridge Student was kidnapped, tortured and killed whilst doing research there,” the professors wrote in response to the plan to pursue academic activity and open campuses in Egypt.

23 Aug 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – Residents of Kruščica have once again prevented the development of two planned hydropower plants after around 200 villagers blocked the passage to the bridge, local sources said on Thursday.

 This new attempt by the investor to start construction works comes almost exactly one year after after the women were subjected to considerable violence by the police; on Aug. 24, 2017, Bosnian riot police forces forcibly cleared the bridge driveway and many women, peacefully standing guard, were injured, arrested and fined.

23 Aug 2018
Lily Begg

ROME - Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, has fired two heads of Italian secret services in one fell swoop, leaving the question of leadership of Italy's intelligence community unanswered.

 Alessandro Pansa, the general director of the DIS (Department of Information Security) and Alberto Manenti, who led the AISE (Italian Foreign Intelligence Service) have been let go unexpectedly by Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini.

23 Aug 2018
Caitlin Bodfish

ROME – These are the stories of the victims killed in the tragic flash floods in Raganello in the southern region of Calabria; 23 others were saved and 11 have been injured.

 Antonio Santopaolo and his wife Camela Tammaro have died; both from Naples, they are the parents of Chiara, an 8-year-old girl who was saved by the rescue team and is currently recovering in hospital. The photo of Chiara’s hand on the back of a rescuer has become the symbol of this tragedy.

22 Aug 2018
Caitlin Bodfish

ROME - Asia Argento has said to be ‘shocked and hurt’ by the New York Times’ ‘fake news’ which accuses her of having a sexual relationship with underage actor Jimmy Bennett; the Italian ‘#MeToo’ campaigner describes how she was ‘persecuted’, however confirms that Bennett was paid, celebrity sources said on Wednesday.

22 Aug 2018
Caitlin Bodfish
ROME – The suggestion that the front seats in the Olympic North Curve Football Stadium in Rome are no place for ‘women, wives or girlfriends’ has provoked outrage by male and female fans alike, sports officials said on Wednesday.
22 Aug 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

NEW YORK - Inner City Press journalist Matthew Lee has been “banned for life” from the U.N. after over a decade of reporting on corruption inside the organisation, Mr. Lee said in a letter to the Italian Insider.

 Last month, Mr. Lee was roughed up by U.N. security guards and banned temporarily from attending press conferences (http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/7005). After a 45 day “review” of the ban, U.N. official Alison Smale issued a life ban for the New York journalist.

21 Aug 2018
Caitlin Bodfish

ROME – Half a million visitors are drawn every year to the natural beauty in the Raganello Valley in Calabria which claimed the lives of several young hikers during the flash-flood tragedy on Monday.

 The Raganello canyon is located in a nature reserve in Calabria in southern Italy, protected since 1987, boasting a surface area of around 1600 hectares inside the national park in Pollino. The area is a tourist hot-spot and every year the gorge is overtaken by hikers attracted by the beautiful pathways and rafters that love to row through the scenic landscape.

21 Aug 2018

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