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La Stampa - Italy | 12/09/2012

For Gianni Riotta fear of the crisis has replaced fear of terrorism

At the ceremony marking the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York on Wednesday speeches by politicians were entirely absent from the agenda. The press, too, didn't give 9/11 its usual front-page coverage because today people feel more threatened by the economic crisis than by terrorism, author Gianni Riotta comments in the liberal daily La Stampa: "Today a different anniversary provokes more terror: September 15, the fourth anniversary of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. According to many experts this was the date when the biggest economic crisis since the Great Crash of 1929 commenced. Terrorism is still dangerous, the Americans know this. ... But Homo sapiens has extraordinary genes that cause it to perceive the closest threat as the most real. … In the US, as in Europe and Italy, the fear generated by 9/11 is less than the fear generated by September 15. ... The impact of the crisis features in our nightmares far more frequently than Salafist terrorists sitting around in caves with Kalashnikovs."

La Stampa - Italy | 14/12/2011

Debt crisis to blame for immigrant murders

An alleged right-wing extremist shot down two Senegalese street vendors on Tuesday in Florence then killed himself. The crime is connected to Europe's debt crisis, writes the author Gianni Riotta in the liberal daily La Stampa: "The connection may not be obvious at first glance. But beyond the elegant diagrams of the economists and the grimy leaflets of right-wing extremist groups we can see how the poison of our history during the recession is resurfacing from our unconscious. In the few months of the euro debate the shabbiest clichés about our dark past have re-emerged. The recession is generating anger, the Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugmann wrote, warning that the hostilities of the pre-war period could return. ... I don't believe that history will repeat itself. But I do fear that in the difficult economic times that lie ahead the blame will be shifted onto the weak and people cutting themselves off from everything that is alien to them will be a widespread evil."

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 31/01/2010

Save Internet freedom

Manipulation and censorship are advancing on the Internet and endangering freedom in cyberspace, warns the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore: "We know only too well what we can do for the Internet: We can liberate it from those who are trying to get rich on the ideas of others, who try to kill off debate and who cannot tolerate differences of opinion. … If we don't manage to win the battle, if might makes right, this will not merely mean the defeat of a particular profession or a newspaper but rather the end of free debate and the free exchange of ideas. This would entail a populism in which governments of post-modern democracies and authoritarian regimes alike would learn to manipulate search engines to their own advantage, to ignore or censor microblogs and to extinguish public opinion. Ominous signs of such developments may already be observed in the US and in Europe, as well as in China and in Russia."

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 31/07/2006

After the Cana tragedy

Deploring the death of children in Cana, editorialist Gianni Riotta nonetheless believes that the ultimate responsibility lies with Hizbullah, which is seeking to draw Israel into a trap. "Confused leaders, impotent diplomats, candid observers, anyone who has any illusions about a speedy peace between Israel and Lebanon's Hizbullah group is now confronted in Cana with what the Russian writer Vasily Grossman has called 'the cruel reality of war' ... The cruel reality of war is that Hizbullah wants to draw Israel into 10, 100, 1000 Canas, according to the teachings of Guevara, the master of guerrilla warfare. ... In July 2006, the cruel reality of war consists of death to Lebanese children, terror for Israel's cities and an end to the precarious balance in the Middle East."

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 21/12/2005

Italy in troubled times

"On September 8, 2001, at a meeting between the the governor of the European bank, Wim Duisenberg, and the Bank of Italy, Fazio, the former expressed concern at the decline in growth in Europe while the latter, euphoric, described what he saw as Italy's economic miracle. Today, Fazio is the one to whom we are bidding farewell, while events have proven Duisenberg right," observes the editorial writer Gianni Rota. "Antonio Fazio's hoary little world has been overturned by the force of the present. Beneath a veneer of omnipotence (...) the Fazio formula was ingenuous, naive and parochial. This giant juggernaut of a world swept that all aside and will do the same to all who are deluded and believe they can operate the 'Italian' way. (...) Europe, the world, the global economy - these are not our enemies. They are the road to follow if we do not want to be overtaken, after China, by other countries as well."

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