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Paolo Gentiloni Picked to Replace Matteo Renzi as Italian PM

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Paolo Gentiloni, Italy’s foreign minister, has been chosen to replace Matteo Renzi as prime minister amid signs of a quick solution to the political crisis that has convulsed the eurozone’s third-largest economy during the past week.

After three days of consultations with parliamentary leaders of all stripes, Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president, on Sunday summoned Gentiloni to the presidential palace in central Rome and asked him to form a government.

“I consider this a high honor, which I will carry out with dignity and responsibility,” Gentiloni said, according to the Financial Times.

Mining for Red Gold

Workers in Italy’s tomato industry are organising against exploitation and poor working conditions in one of the country’s most important sectors. Migrant workers find themselves at the sharp end of industry abuses, which local government has continually failed to tackle and anti-slavery legislation proves wildly insufficient to prevent.

On 25th August, some 400 migrant farm workers totally blockaded two of the largest tomato processing factories in Europe, located in the industrial hub in the outskirts of the city of Foggia, in Puglia, southern Italy. They brought processing and logistics operations to a halt for more than six hours, The strike was the culmination of a year’s cycle of struggles, and was directed against the processing plants of Futuragri S.C.A. and Princes Industrie Alimentari S.r.L. The latter is a subsidiary of the multinational food giant Princes Ltd., owned since 1989 by the Mitsubishi Group and based in Liverpool, UK. Many of the 300 lorry drivers affected by the blockade also joined the farm workers in protesting against their employers, who force them to wait unpaid outside the factory for up to 24 hours.

Economic Growth in Italy an ‘Impossible Task’ Unless Euro is Abandoned

An Italian decision to leave the eurozone could help keep the country’s economy afloat, Claudio Borghi, a member of the Italian political party Lega Nord, told Sputnik.
In an interview with Sputnik, Claudio Borghi, an economics expert affiliated with the Italian political party Lega Nord (Northern League), said that by leaving the Eurozone, Italy could boost its economy considerably.

The interview came as many politicians in Europe have voiced support for the idea of leaving the Eurozone to regain economic sovereignty, something that does not necessarily imply withdrawal from the EU.

Dispatches: Mom, I’m Alive

Lone Children Who Survived Mediterranean Crossing Need to Call Home

Yodit cupped her hands in prayer as we dialed. Those hands flew to her mouth as she realized that the phone – and her prayers – had been answered. It was the first time she had spoken to her mother since being rescued at sea and taken to Italy two weeks before.

I met Yodit, a 16-year-old Eritrean girl with short hair and a bright smile, in the Pozzallo registration center in Sicily last week. I had gone to talk to people about what they had experienced while traveling through Libya en route to Europe. But I ended up spending most of my time giving my mobile phone to children as young as 12 so they could call their parents in Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt and elsewhere and tell them that they were alive. The center gives out pre-paid calling cards with five euros on them, but the only phone there was broken.

Ex-CIA Spy Faces Prison in Italy for Role in US Ordered Abductions, Torture

A 60-year-old former CIA officer who was on vacation at the time the US spy agency abducted an innocent man in Italy may be the only person to face prison time for the American torture regime.

On Wednesday, former CIA spy Sabrina De Sousa will be handed over to Italian authorities to serve a prison sentence for her role in helping to seize a terror suspect 13 years ago.

In February 2003, Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Abu Omar was abducted from the streets of Milan as part of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program. On the day in question, De Sousa was on vacation with her son on the ski slopes of Northern Italy over 185 miles (300 kilometers) away.