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Monday, 18 February 2013

Good Ol’ Silvio Rides Again… “Bribes are Necessary”

silvio_berlusconi

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi shocked the Italian media with his views on bribery and its necessity in doing business in Third World markets. A series of corruption scandals has rocked the Italian political scene, whilst the current election campaign added to the intensity of the media inquiries into the unsavoury business practises of Berlusconi’s former allies. Amongst the targets of the latest anti-corruption campaign are the CEOs of Finmeccanica S.p.A. and Eni S.p.A.. It seems that Berlusconi felt the need to defend them, telling a Financial Times correspondent, “Bribes are a phenomenon that exists, and it’s useless to deny the existence of these necessary situations when you’re negotiating with Third World countries and régimes”.

The former Italian Prime Minister also tried to explain that bribing government officials is basically an unavoidable part of doing business, and that Giuseppe Orsi (former head of Finemeccanica) and Paolo Scaroni (former head of Eni) were actually paying “commissions”. Finmeccanica and Eni are Italian companies where the Italian government has significant stakes; therefore, the media often links the bribes paid by those companies to the corrupt practices of government officials. Both former CEOs denied any wrongdoing, but it’s unknown whether they appreciate such a form of public defence from Berlusconi, a politician who’s been heavily-involved in corruption scandals. Berlusconi’s political enemies used this opening to criticise him for “supporting corruption”, whilst current Prime Minister Mario Monti emphasised that his government has taken unprecedented measures to root out corruption. Given the fact that Mario Monti is a former employee of Goldman Sachs (a bank that often faced charges of corrupting government officials across the world), it’s safe to assume that both sides of the Italian political spectrum lack anti-corruption credentials.

18 February 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_02_18/Bribes-are-necessary-Berlusconi/

Editor’s Note:

Like it or lump it, Good Ol’ Silvio speaks the God-honest truth. You don’t have to agree with or like someone to acknowledge that. If you want to do business outside Western Europe or the Anglosphere, it’s best to include a hefty allowance for… ahem… “extraordinary expenses”. If one was dealing with Mobutu’s Zaïre or Batista’s Cuba (or any Good Ol’ Boy state in the Southeastern USA or some local “machines” in the Northeast (our local boss, Jerry Jennings, is smarter than that… he knows that a modest “return” ensures “repeat business”))… well, that “margin” could be very dear, indeed.

BMD

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Correa Celebrates Presidential Victory in Ecuador… Left Whips Banksters GOOD

00 Correa. Ecuador. 18.02.13

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Ecuadorean President Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado celebrated his election to a third term, singing and dancing at a meeting with his supporters. Appearing at a stage in central Quito, where thousands of his supporters gathered, Correa sang his campaign song along with the crowd and danced. Correa said that he’d dedicated his victory to his friend, Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, who’s undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba. He wished “Commander Hugo Chávez” the swiftest recovery, calling him “a great leader who’d changed Venezuela”. Correa already received congratulations on his election victory from the governments of Cuba and Venezuela. Correa enjoys an approval rating of nearly 85 percent, mostly due to his social and economic policies. According to the National Electoral Council, Correa won 57 percent of the vote with almost 50 percent of ballots counted. His main election rival, former banker Guillermo Alberto Santiago Lasso Mendoza, trailed in second place with 24 percent, he’s already conceded that he’d lost the election. 11.6 million eligible voters cast their ballots in Sunday’s vote.

18 February 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20130218/179536259.html

Editor’s Note:

Every election so far worldwide is a turn leftwards. That’s because people are getting hip to the Right’s lies and obfuscations. They’re nothing but thieves who want to steal from people of modest means to enrich the fat-cat oligarchs. That is, “steal from the poor to give to the rich”. That’s why I detest and reject the so-called “Pro-Life” movement. It’s nothing but a stalking horse for the Far Right… with a support of war, promiscuous imprisonment, and wholesale use of the death penalty, all that on top of an anti-life agenda that makes it impossible for people of modest means to live lives of dignity and respectability. That’s what the Right wants… that’s why they’re losing elections.

BMD

18 February 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Berlusconi Says He’ll Get Drunk If Monti Loses Election

Berlusconi tames the court

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On Sunday, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said that he was about to prepare sparkling wine to celebrate the electoral loss of caretaker premier Mario Monti and his allies. Parliamentary elections in Italyare due on 24-25 February. Speaking at a campaign event in Torino, Berlusconi said, “If Monti, Fini, and Casini don’t get into the Chamber of Deputies, I’ll get drunk. I guess it’s time to put some sparkling wine into my fridge. There’s a possibility that I’ll get drunk within the next few days”. Chamber of Deputies Speaker Gianfranco Fini responded by saying, “Berlusconi’s already drunk with all that nonsense he’s been saying”. Electoral rhetoric in austerity-hit Italy intensified as parliamentary campaign nears its end. Earlier, Berlusconi described Monti as “a person who knows nothing about economy”, whilst Monti, in his turn, called Berlusconi a “scoundrel” in his recent TV speech.

18 February 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20130218/179534564/Berlusconi-Says-Will-Get-Drunk-If-Monti-Loses-Polls——–.html

Editor’s Note:

Ya gotta hand it to Ol’ Silvio… he’s a character, he knows it, and he capitalises on it. If nothing else, he’s NOT boring or staid, that’s for sure! Save me a snort, Silvio… I’ll join you… life’s a bitch, ain’t it?

BMD

 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

12 June 2012. We Gotta Protect the World From Those Nasty Ol’ Byelorussians! We Gotta Put SANCTIONS On ‘Em!

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The above image is from a recent parade in Vitebsk in Byelorussia. It certainly looks rather normal and innocent to me. It doesn’t seem to pose a threat to anything… except for the local pols being on the far side of bad taste… but they share that trait with most of their Western counterparts, so, what’s the big deal? In fact, you could swap out the Byelorussian local pols and the Western local pols, and you’d see no difference at all. They’d be equally self-important, jealous of their small prerequisites, and small-minded… no one would notice the difference. As I told my daughter when she was small, “That’s City Hall… it’s where the crooks live”.

Lighten up and pass the jug. Byelorussia’s an achingly NORMAL place… don’t fall into the trap that the propaganda spinmeisters set… it’s SO obvious…

BMD

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