JAN FILIPOWICZ

  ROME – FAO conference services director Raqesh Muthoo has axed a key elections officer at the UN agency and appointed a reputed acolyte to the sensitive post at the UN agency amid jockeying for position ahead of the election of a new director general next month, FAO sources say.

 Indian national Muthoo arranged for Gabriella Piacentini, a dual South African and Italian national, to be stripped of her electoral functions, while she was away on a short vacation. She was replaced by Ilja Betlem, a lawyer close to the fun-loving conference service director.

22 May 2019
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – Leonardo, a defence-contractor which is partly government owned, paid 171 million euros in 2017 to unidentified intermediaries while selling Eurofighter jets to Kuwait, reported Il Fatto Quotidiano. Law 185 in Italy, which governs the sale of arms to foreign powers, allows the company to say nothing further on the identity or activity of the supposed brokers.

18 May 2019
Isabella Ferrari

ROME – With the arrival of the newly revised Fiscal Decree and the Legge di Bilancio 2019, several fiscal aspects have been reviewed by the Italian government, creating special tax benefits and opportunities for individual Italian taxpayers and expats if they apply before the May 31 deadline.

21 Mar 2019
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ROME – The rangers of the Circeo National Park were left mysterious and threatening signals, including petrol canisters and a letter, in what appears to be a targeted warning, reports La Repubblica,

 The admonitory assemblage was left outside the park carabinieri headquarters on Sunday, but it is not yet known who was responsible.

25 Jun 2019
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has blamed the dean of La Sapienza University for the death of one of its students at an illegal rave. “Why did the dean of Sapienza allow illegal behaviour and not do anything?” asked Salvini, according to Il Messaggero.

 “The responsibility for this death is with those who have allowed this illegality for too long, from classroom occupations to unauthorised parties with the use and abuse of alcohol and other substances,” he went on.

25 Jun 2019
Mariana Somensi

ROME - Sharp critics against the Trump administration’s ‘Deal of the Century’, an economic plan expected to be officially unveiled during the US-led international economic conference in Bahrain on June 25-26, echoed Friday at the Foreign Press Association as representatives of the Palestinian community in Italy discussed the plan and denounced what they called an “extermination of the Palestinian people’s rights”.

22 Jun 2019
JAN FILIPOWICZ
 ROME -- The United States will consider withdrawing funding from the FAO if  China emerges as official winner Sunday in the election for a new director general of the troubled UN agency, American diplomatic sources said Saturday.
22 Jun 2019
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – A 35-year-old man who has been arrested by local police sheds revealing light on a prostitution racket just outside the capital. In his testimony, he reported that  prostitutes who work on the Via Salaria must give half their earnings to a “pimp,” while the cost of “renting” a place on the road is a round 100 euros per week, reported Roma Today.

 The prostitutes are all from Eastern Europe, and suffer beatings, death threats and insults if they refuse to comply with the set-up. Their families abroad may also be targeted.

21 Jun 2019
INSIDER NEWSDESK

MILAN – The Order of Architects will commemorate fellow Jewish architects whose names were struck from professional registers in 1939. An evening of remembrance, and warning, will be held on June 27, some 80 years after the event.

 Jewish architects were frequently forbidden from working under the fascist regime, as in Milan. Following correspondence between the president of the Civil and Penal Tribunal of Milan and the Fascist union of Milanese Architects, some 12 Jewish colleagues had their right to practice taken away.

21 Jun 2019

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