Posts Tagged ‘Italia’

Berlusconi: Guilty, Guilty, Guilty.

August 3, 2013

Berlusconi: Guilty, Guilty, Guilty.

Appearing on television after an appeals court upheld his conviction on abuse of office  sex offences  bribery tax fraud, one of his many convictions, billionaire septuagenarian, football team ownerBunga-Bunga Party host, one-time cruise ship crooner and disgraced former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi claimed he is being harassed by vengeful political enemies:

“Today’s sentence confirmed my belief that a part of the judicial authorities has become irresponsible”

“I have never been anyone’s silent partner, I have never devised any system of fiscal fraud, there have never been false invoices in the history of Mediaset, just like there are no hidden funds abroad that are linked to me or my family.”

“In exchange for the commitments I have made for my country over almost 20 years and now as I am coming to the end of my public life, I have been rewarded with accusations and a verdict that is founded on absolutely nothing, that takes away my personal freedom and my political rights.”

“Is this the Italy that we want? Is this the Italy that we love? Absolutely not.”

Uh huh.


Italians to Bomb Libya

May 10, 2011

Italians to Bomb Libya

Italy has announced that it will join NATO forces in bombing Libya. It’s done that before:

“Libya 1911: How an Italian pilot began the air war era,” Alan Johnston, BBC News

Image (“da Vinci Anticipates Aviation”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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Search for the Real Mona Lisa

May 1, 2011

Search for the Real Mona Lisa

Researchers are scanning the site of the Sant’ Orsola Convent in Florence with ground-penetrating radar. They’re looking for the remains of Lisa Gherardini ( 1479 –1542), wife of Francesco del Giocondo. You probably know her better as Mona Lisa. Her portrait, painted by neighbor Leonardo da Vinci, now hangs in the Louvre.