Global News Journal

Pizza delivers threat to Italian election

April 3, 2008

It sounds like a joke headline, but it’s not.

The Italian election could be delayed because of a man called Giuseppe Pizza.

With less than two weeks until polling day, he succeeded in getting a court to overturn a decision to ban his Christian Democrat (DC) party from running. He had initially been banned from the election because the symbol of his tiny party – which appears on ballot papers – looked too similar to that of the larger Union of Christian Democrat (UDC) party.
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The government hopes a higher court will overturn the appeal early next week. If it does not, the election could be delayed, Interior Minister Giuliano Amato has said. Both main contenders, Silvio Berlusconi and Walter Veltroni, want the vote to take place on schedule.

Anti-immigration party seeks rights for ‘native Italians’

April 2, 2008

If you believe the latest poster from the Northern League, Italians face the same fate as Native Americans if they do not keep illegal immigration in check.

Faccia dopo faccia: occasione persa, per i giornalisti

April 2, 2008

veltroni.jpg Il ‘faccia dopo faccia’ televisivo di Berlusconi e Veltroni nella serata di ieri era inevitabilmente, ancora prima di svolgersi, un’occasione perduta? La scelta del leader del Pdl, in vantaggio nei sondaggi, di non confrontarsi direttamente con il suo rivale ha inibito in partenza qualsiasi possibilità di rendere la trasmissione interessante per gli elettori?

A voting booth is not a phone booth, Italy rules

April 1, 2008

Italians can rarely be seen without their mobile phones, but the government has ruled they will not be allowed to take them into the polling stations on April 13-14.

Il comizio stanca

April 1, 2008

Non sono solo le foto di Oliviero Toscani a stupire. Talvolta lo sono anche le sue parole e quando, ieri sera a “Niente di personale” su La7, ha dichiarato che – lui, elettore radicale da sempre – non andrà a votare nello studio s’è creato un attimo di silenzio, poi è partito addirittura un applauso. Se qualcuno dice che queste elezioni non entusiasmano, che il dibattito fa sonnecchiare, scoppia l’applauso. A 40 anni dal “tutto è politica” gridato nelle strade dai manifestanti del ’68, la politica annoia, anche se in scena c’è uno scontro elettorale fuori ordinanza.

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Zimbabwe: Long wait for the people’s verdict

April 1, 2008

Why are we still waiting for Zimbabwe's election results? If you believe the opposition and President Robert Mugabe's Western foes then it is because there is rigging afoot.

from Africa News blog:

Zimbabwe: Long wait for the people’s verdict

April 1, 2008

Why are we still waiting for Zimbabwe's election results? If you believe the opposition and President Robert Mugabe's Western foes then it is because there is rigging afoot.