By Annetta Reams and Enzo Ciscato, Vicenza, Italy
In these days, in Italy, we feel terribly far away from the possible achievement of demand n. 2 of Covid-19 Global Solidarity Manifesto
“We demand that every nation move at least half its military spending to provide health care.”
On Thursday 11 June 2020, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte with the approval of all the Ministers involved in the matter, agreed to sell to Egypt two new war ships built in Italy, originally planned for the Italian Navy’s modernization.
This kind of business should be subject to debate in the Parliament according to art. 11 of the Italian Constitution and law 185/1990 regulating the export of arms & weapons.
In the last decade Italy has been Egypt’s biggest trading partner in Europe with a massive business in oil drilling (ENI Italian national oil company), surveillance, weapons and more.
The relationship with Egypt has become a controversial and drammatic issue since Giuglio Regeni (15.01.1988) Phd student at Girton College, Cambridge University, disappeared in Cairo 25.01.2016 and his body discovered 03.02.2016 on a road in the outskirts of Cairo. Giulio Regeni was researching Egypt’s independent trade unions.
Useful links reporting the tragic kidnapping and murder of Giulio are here below.
Be prepared: what you are going to read is really strong. If you read the articles as we did, thinking that Giulio was a PhD student, traveling all over the world, as your daughter or son, it makes a very strong impact.
For 4 years, Giulio’s family, many local, national and international associations (led by Amnesty International), common citizens, political and religious authorities have been asking for the truth from the Egyptian Government of Al-Sisi, while the same and Egyptian Secret Services are still hiding the truth.
In this situation, the current Italian Government has decided to sell two war ships to Egypt plus other armaments stating (after immediate protests even from members of the political Parties in the government) that “trade and business” must be kept separated from “human rights” !!! Can you believe it ?
See the campaign #StopArmiEgitto
https://www.disarmo.org/ (also with articles in English)
We are aeons away from the goal of demand n. 2 of the Manifesto with a growing embarrassment of having such a Government.
The day we were writing these lines, Egyptian activist Sarah Hijazi (30 years old) refuged in Canada after one year of prison and torture, suicided. She was destroyed by the traumas suffered from her hellish time in the prisons of Al-Sisi.
People, victims like Giulio and Sarah are thousands, but apparently they don’t count enough against the priority of business and the power of money.
By Annetta Reams and Enzo Ciscato, Vicenza, Italy
ISLAND of SHAME: David’s amazing book that brought the tragedy of Chagossians to public knowledge with lots of important details.
ISLE of HOPE: in Savannah, GA, where l went to elementary school for 4 years before the de-segregation plan was enforced (1963-1964).
SHAME thinking about all the people killed by militarized police, about civilians of all ages killed in many neverending wars, people all over the world without food, shelter, medical assistance, education, about people still under slavery in many different forms …
HOPE believing that after the traumatic experience of Covid-19 pandemia, people must find the strength to start to change this planet in better with more power, feeling stronger in all countries, on all continents.
ISLE of HOPE (or AISLE OF HOPE or LAND of HOPE or WORLD of HOPE)
could this be a space in CGSC where ideas and positive (and not) news could find a space? We were thinking of a few lines of news that we all could propose/publish from our home continents.
U.S. disengagement from European bases:
Confirmed the withdrawal of 9,700 soldiers from Germany.
At first it sounded like one of the usual, irritated attacks of Donald Trump in reaction to Angela Merkel’s refusal to participate physically to the G7. But former U.S. ambassador in Berlin, Richard Grenell announced that US are intending to withdraw 9,700 of the about 35,000 soldiers actually stationed in Germany. Grenell has left his assignment last month to return to USA where he will be guiding the campaign for Tump’s re-election. In an interview with Bild Zeitung, the diplomat explained that Washington is “tired” to pay for the defense of other countries.“ It’s a hot matter in US and also a political goal of the President since a while. We want to bring home troops from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, Japan and even from Germany”. (Corriere della Sera, 20.06.2020)
Apart from the propaganda aspect, should we see a little bit of positivity in this possible small cut of US military forces in Europe ?
Vicenza: Airborne of the 173rd brigade arrested for terrorism.
They couldn’t believe it. They didn’t want to believe it. When the top officers of the 173rd Brigade stationed in Vicenza told what happened, the 3,500 air born soldiers (paratrooper) were stunned. The enemy they had been trained to fight against they had at home, he slept in their dormitory, joked and drank beer with them. Too bad that Ethan Melzer, 22 of Louisville, Kentucky, who arrived at Ederle barracks in early November 2019, was actually a member of a disturbing Satanist and Nazi organization “O9A”, an acronym for “Order of the Nine Angles” and he had planned to kill the largest possible number of his comrades with whom he spent his days. On June 10th the young soldier was arrested in Ederle base on charges of high treason and conspiracy against USA, among others. He is now in prison and will face trial in New York: he’s risking life in prison.
(free translation from “Il Giornale di Vicenza” 24.06.2020)
This evening we found more in the web while searching for “O9A”. See this article: