Italy’s Immigration Policy (2008)

Edited on May 22, 2008
Italy, at the southern edge of the European continent, faces a lot of illegal immigration.
People cross the Mediterranean Sea flowing in from Albania, North Africa and other confining countries. Others came from the Balkan area during the Balkan Wars in
Ex-Yugolslavia. Meanwhile refugees from the war afflicted Balkan States were mainly accepted by the Italian people, others like immigrants reaching the Italian southern
coastlines using boats or other departed from North Africa or Albania had mainly be refused. Shortly the new problem, on which also focused a session of the European
Parliament, is the inrush of Rom people. Roms are a minority of several nationalities, not only Romanians. They are gypsies. In times of standstill in the Italian economical growth,
raising tax pressure, stumbling politics many Italians are disappointed how things go on in their country.
Due to increased crimes committed by foreigners (as reported by Italian’s Interior Affairs Department) the Italian government passed a bill to ease the expulsion of EU
citizens as a large number of Rom people comes from Romania. Romania was admitted to the European Union in January 2007. The bill is applied to all EU citizen not able to maintain
themselves using legal sources (work, salary, etc) and could lead to expulsion if EU citizens are caught committing crimes or just having an illicit employment or if they lack
a residence in Italy.
Recently, media agencies, newspapers, TV news services and so on, are spotting on crimes committed by foreigners, especially Romanians. This behavior leads to an increasing
xenophobic position of the Italian people. If there is a rape committed by a foreigner you can see the headlines in first page with capitalized letters. If it happens vice-versa,
for instance a Romanian woman gets raped by an Italian, the only thing you can read (if you are willed to leaf through the newspaper) are few lines of it.
In the last decade, due to the increment of elder people (a trend going on in nearly all industrialized countries that has a huge impact on welfare costs) the request for domestic
assistance at home to care about them raised constantly as family members are not able to take care. A lack on qualified and willed personnel to do this job lead to hire immigrants
as caretaker for older people. Many Italians do not know that immigrants they dislike are the spine of a private domestic assistant market where many of them have a legal job and
without their assistance many older people might have been abandoned to themselves. These “immigrants” are the real complementary part of a non perfect Italian welfare system. A
system regularly hit by corruption, miss management and other reasons.
Crimes are committed either by Italians, either by immigrants. What we need to avoid is a generalization of immigrants tagging them all as “illegals” or “criminals”. The Italian
immigrant policy, passed as a “pre-bill” to deal with this emergency of crime, needs to be applied in a more specific way where every single individual should be screened if there
are conditions to kick him or her out. I do agree that immigrants filed with crimes need to be expelled no matter if they are EU citizens of Western countries like France or
Germany, or from Romania, Poland, North Africa, etc. The main threat is the tendency that pushes the Italian folks (and media is really nourishing that trend) to a more “xenophobic
position” against immigrants. The EU Parliament addressed a session to debate on Rome’s Immigrant Policy. And they do right when they “take an eyeball” on how Italy deals with

Internet and Vericity

Edited on Feb 2, 2010, 11:50 PM

Recently you can observe a more raising debate about the freedom of speech and the exspression of individuality on the web as never seen before. The core question discussed is: “How to preserve truth-realted contents from false ones?”. “How to direct individual spreading power over the word wide web, without cutting the space of free opinion and individuality, in save to truth?” Whether it is linked or to democracy or religion, or racism and extreme solutions to social problems. The instrument we have on our home desks no days is a powerfull Megaphone able to create and amplify and even to destroy (sometimes annihilate) structures (real ones or virtual ones!). Big companies are more and more dictating policy on how to “traffic” the web and how to direct it’s taffic based on their protocols and Software/Hardware solutions. Barely space for individual invention. Even the platforms to use are chosen by CEOs and staff of media conglomerates or big media companies rather than by the folks. The folks later are questioned if the new service might be remunerative to the creators by launching these new services often well or less accepted. Internet grew up too string and to fast so that proper mesaures to rule it falied to be approved and applied in time and, that’s more important than all I mentioned above, the place an appropriate education in how to use this new power in a reasonable way. What we now need is to divide true information and value adding contents to the web community from other contents like fake blog entries, tweets amd so on. Lately a new discussion stream started on NY Times and the Italian Economcial newspaper Il Sole 24 ore ( that reflects the serious concerns about the web’s future first of all in terms of fidelity and verity. Please let us have more true and competent content rather than google counter-linked websites seen by many users as the “answer” to their google “question”. I don’t mind to demonize Google, but even in the Google CEO floors they start thiking about new algorithms to authenticate contents and link them to their real Keywords in a more accurate way.

Letter to the Editor Chicago Tribune: Why I would endorse Obama

It’s been a long time I’m pondering on whether endorsing Obama or not. As a European citizen, German, living in Italy since 2000, I achieved a much larger view of problems inflicting not only European countries but also the United States. Progress in free market in based on competition, isn’t it? But political progress never got linked to the progression. In fact, politicians often ruled (and are still ruling) market success or failure.

Barak Obama is seen as a person not be able to sit on the US-President’s chair in the oval office. We know that he got launched from provincial or state politics to nation-wide and international issues when accepting to run for the white house. I’m not sure if he will fulfill all the expectations people have tagged on him. In addition he won’t be the “one-man” ruler to decide future American decisions. Congress, Senate and other institutions will advice, guide and guard him. He won’t never be in the position to initiate “ad personam”.

The key fact we have here is that Obama is “new”. And human nature (due to education or just by the way we live our existence) is always considered a threat to the “normal schedule” every one has to complete day by day (Society, Points of View, etc.).

If the US still believe to be the leader then a courageous decision must be taken. Europe and other Western-oriented countries still receive waves the “American-Way-Of-Live” is sending out. This opportunity might be the right way to guide the US back on it’s railway track to a more “American-Spirit” way, the spirit that spread democracy, equality and freedom to the Western world….

Missing this railway track could lead to a more hostile environment, not only for the US, but for all of us children of Democracy.
Source: Chicago Tribune Opinion

Andreas Ahlen
Email: mysay@inbox.ocm

The “Originate to Distribute” Basle Banking Model Created the Banking Crisis

Read this article:

By Christopher M. Quigley, B.Sc., M.M.I.I., M.A.

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My comment to his article:

Dear Sir,



I was thinking about all this “high-level” steering for a long time. And I know that the financial system is almost “unlinked” like the politicians to realize the real world. Liberalism on the markets were good as long as “shadow-moves” of credit exchanges work. What we see (just look out of your window) is a world focused on consumerism and egoism. To make money,no matter how.

Finally I’m really concerned about the next crisis. Today the financial sector, tomorrow maybe the raw materials and raw commodities (rice, corn, grain ) sector nowdays also under siege by speculative transactions in buying and selling. Commodity prices rose up to 40%. We will face a real threat if one day these basic products will be denied to people in emergent and poor countries. Then we won’t fear our savings, but our life, because when these billions decide to throw the ball, the real 3rd World War will gloom…

Andreas Ahlen

The Bail-Out or the Pump-Out

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What we’ve seen lately is an tremendous confirmation of what they say “The Big Ones Rule”. Despite the emergency Wall Street plunged in we cannot get friends of this Bail-Out plan under a “blanc cheque” aspect as we (the people) are and we will be the prey of the financial system. But financial need us to run the entire system (as shown on Situation Room at CNN). Ok, the whole system is more complex than shown in the transmission. It’s hard for me to understand why the “prey” of the financial system (the people) need to burn their tax money into the financial system to fix a mess the entire system did know about and shadows casted right since mid-2007?. Did Wall Street invite to share it’s earnings with the people their tax money they now urgently need? Why does the Senate approve not only the bill but also a $100bn tax reduction for financial sectors and businesses? Do the people always have to pay the mess of “bigger ones”? This Bail-Out Plan needs to be rewritten to focus not only on the emergency, but to rewrite the rules of market procedures, especially in the financial sector (transparency). The ones who need help (and earned loads of money on Wall Street, mainly those who contributed in mid/long-term to this dead end situation) must be forced to pay a solidarity tax (as in Germany) to contribute to the salvation of the system. If we fail to re-educate the financial system then future situations will always be charged on the tax payer and government. Without a clear re-regulation from the beginning we hand out “an all-time charge-me-up” card or “blanc cheque” to the business men

Administration lawmakers and their counterparts need to be very careful not to fire up the US citizens anger. The common people won’t easily understand why they have to be not only the “slaves” due to loans and mortgages, and therefore won’t accept why they have to run after the big financial firms to take them out of the mess.

An eventual Bail-Out plan should disburse money in a reasonable matter. I think a plural-step injection should be considered. Step after step after hitting certain conditions. $150bn immediately, with relevant focus on social subsidies to poor ones got stroked by the meltdown. Disbursing should be scrupulously monitored when given to financial firms in trouble. And 20% of the gains these companies would have should return as “Bail-Out”-Revenue tax. $200bn should be hold as a reserve and disbursed in a 2nd phase of the Bail-Out plans. I leave the details to more competent people. But remember: if ww sign to troubled companies to have the full $700bn dollars then they would think about it like a “gift”. But setting up clear points they have to meet to get the 2nd disbursement for their rescue and monitoring the reconstruction of troubled companies would have an additional point to make these CEOs work out real rescue plans.

Don’t make this Bail-Out seem to the people like a taxpayers Pump-Out…

Andreas Ahlen

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When subsidies and hide-and-forget reach the end

by Andreas Ahlen

Oil at record prices!“No U-turn on Malaysia fuel hike” (BBC), high oil prices rule the G8 meeting, US customers spend less on gas as the gallon price passes US$ 4.00. The whole wide world now seems to realize the global market interconnections that developed the last three decades are affecting us all. If globalization brought us almost only benefits (in cheap products Made in China) nowdays we need to learn that bad consequences are in effect as well. We all appear in the same play, and we all have to face the same problems. Costs of food and energy are on a hike and are going to raise further.

Governments have a sports they call “give them a piece of bread” and “hide-and-forget”. That means they know the real situation and they were updated about it continuously. But they lure their supporters (voters) with subsidies and “lock it up” strategies to make people know that the world is fine (What a wonderful World?) . A behavior applied by almost all governments, despite industrialized nations’ ones, emerging or poor countries.

The most striking signal the whole world realizes that something is not really on the track are news from US that customers struggle with raised food and fuel prices. A matter they never really dealt with. But the United States are also one of the primary indicators of global prosperity, wealthiness and consumption. If 300 Millions are struggling, what about the other industrialized nations and later the emerging and poor countries where price spikes really could lead to social unrest and even chaos?

In a time where petrocompanies report record earnings on oil the real question on the table should be? Is this all fault of GWB and his missteps in Iraq and the Middle-East. Or did he back a more profitable speculation on oil at stock exchanges? In any case speculation is a common habit of mankind not necessarily to charge on the Bush administration. The actual situation is concerning a lot as industrialized nations as well as poor nations have different layers. Starting from the poor,crossing the prosperously and ending up to the rich magnates that rule the global oil business.

Nevertheless people all over the world never waste a thought about the energy crisis predicted 2 decades ago and therefore no efforts were made to increase energy saving and lower environmental impact. Human beings are like human beings are: you will realize it when it is too late (or when your fuel gauge indicates L for a couple of weeks, but you will be really convinced to get gas when your guzzling van stops and the engine turns silent).

We could line up many more factors that would have lead to this situation but I think analysts and opinion makers are more instructed in doing it.

Andreas Ahlen

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A Letter to / Ein Brief an: Bangkok Post


Dear Editor,

as a friend to Thailand I cannot do more than admire your country. You got safe from colonialism the centuries ago, as afflicted to India and your Neighbors. I recently visited your country and I know that dealing with high level “bugs” and corruption is a hard thing to do. Neither Democracy put the thing right in place as requested by the folks. I think the sole medicine to bring ease might be a co-existence of Monarchy and Democracy like they have in Great Britain.

I visited your History Museum and I am convinced that persistent freedom can only be achieved if getting together Monarchy and Democracy supporters.

Another issue might be fight corruption and nepostism (the last reigns in Italy as well as I live in Italy since 2000).

To round off this letter, I am confident that the Thai people will choose the right way to do…


An den Redakteur,

als Freund Thailands kann ich nicht mehr machen als ihr Land zu bewundern. Ihr wurdet kein Opfer des Kolonialismus in den letzten Jahrhunderten so wie es Indien und anderen Nachbarstaaten ergangen ist. Ich bin kürzlich in Thailand gewesen und ich weiß das es hart ist mit hochrangigen Geschäftemachern und Korruption umzugehen. Nicht einmal Demokratie ist in der Lage die Sache in der Hinsicht zu lösen wie das Volk es sich wünscht. Ich glaube das die einzige Medizin um diese Situation zu meistern eine Koexistenz von Demokratie und Monarchie wäre wie sie in Großbritannien angewandt wird.

Ich habe eurer Geschichtsmuseum besucht und bin der Überzeugung das langfristige Stabilität nur dann Erfolg haben wird wenn das Zusammenspiel zwischen Monarchie und Demokratie Anhängern funktioniert.

Eine andere Sache sind Korruption und Vetternwirtschaft (letzteres regiert auch in Italien wo ich seit 2000 lebe).

Um die Sache zu Ende zu bringen; ich vertraue den Thailändischen Bürgern dass sie den richtigen Weg wählen.