By MICHAEL LEONARDI
Italy hosts the central command for NATO’s war on Libya in the Gulf of Naples with US and NATO military bases dotting the landscape from North to South. There is almost constant traffic of U.S. nuclear submarines and nuclear armed aircraft carriers in and out of Italy’s waters. Sardinia especially suffers from the weight of US military presence. The town of Quirra located near Europe and NATO’s largest weapons testing facility in the southeastern part of Sardinia is plagued by cancerous tumors and leukemia that have recently been linked to the military testing at the facility. A growing number of Italians have had enough of this colonial like presence that threatens the health of the citizens and these treasured ecosystems…”
The Communist and Green Left in Italy has won a resounding victory against the politics as usual of the Berlusconi government and the center-left in Italy sweeping the Mayoral races in Naples, Milan and Cagliari. This coupled with the Supreme court’s decision to allow the vote on the referendum to ban nuclear power from Italy overriding the Berlusconi government’s attempt to eliminate it, has had people celebrating in the streets and singing the Communist Partisan’s anthem Bella Ciao! in piazzas up and down the peninsula this week.