Berlusconi in Tehran Slavoj Žižek


http://www.lrb.co.uk/v31/n14/slavoj-zizek/berlusconi-in-tehran

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Mister B. Zgia


was that?
Berluschitler
Berlustalin
Francusconi
Berluşescu
right hand in lapel
Berluscoleon
or some very Roman heritage
builder + imperium
the citizen a little more equal
a larger than life
Berluscolini

but then
is it not the little Silvio
in each of us
the fairy-tale “selva”
a forest
a jungle all to ourselves
where anything’s possible
where the whim of
the fortune-maker
rules every little world
Berlusconismo
that seeps
creeps
and corners
the last crevice
of every single day

was that
cuckoo in the nest
liar
shammer
card-sharper
fiddler
rigger
Berluscon man

(the word bears
no longer importance)

Silvio Berlusconi attacks press for defamation over unanswered questions. Richard Owen


Silvio Berlusconi has launched a fierce attack on La Repubblica, accusing the newspaper of defamation and denigration after it challenged him to explain his relationship with Noemi Letizia, the teenager who calls him Papi.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office said that there was a media campaign against Mr Berlusconi, 72, fuelled by “envy and hatred of a Prime Minister who has achieved historic levels of public trust”. Continue reading

Berlusconi’s Frighteningly Successful Racism. Adetola Lawal


Two days after the United States Presidential Election, Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, said to the President of Russia President-elect Barack Obama “has all the qualities to get along well with you: he’s young, handsome and suntanned, so I think you can develop a good working relationship.” This statement was harshly rebuked by Italian politicians as being racist. Berlusconi’s opponent in the last Italian election, Walter Veltroni, went far enough to say that his comments “seriously damage the image and dignity of our country on the international scene.” Unfortunately for Italy, this statement is insignificant compared to the racism rampant in the Italian government and population at large. The Roma (Gypsy) are an ethnic group that emigrated from South Asia to many countries primarily in Southern and Eastern Europe almost a millennium ago. For many centuries, Europeans have been at odds with the Roma community due to their cultural differences and physical appearances. The Roma have experienced injustices for centuries including losing their children, suffering discrimination, and even being forced into labor. Continue reading