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Man kann ja viel über die EU schimpfen, wenn man will. Aber was mittlerweile richtig gut funktioniert, ist die Zusammenarbeit der Strafverfolgungsbehörden. Heute bekam ich einen Schrieb, weitergeleitet vom Landesverwaltungsamt Berlin. Eine italienische Polizeidienststelle war der Absender des Schreibens. Es war auf deutsch übersetzt. Die Überschrift lautete:

FESTSTELLUNG DES VERSTOSSES NUMMER 2047/P/2008 – PROT.268/2008

Darunter folgte ein Abschnitt in dem der Verstoss näher definiert wurde:

Art des Verstoßen: 157-6B in die geregelt Fläche von parcometro “GRATTA E SOSTA”, ohne den dispositiven appsito von Zahlung bestätigen, Strass/Platz: ROMA 2 – LATO MARE

Und da erinnerte ich mich: Ich hatte im Mai dieses Jahres in Ligurien einen Strafzettel für Falschparken bekommen! Europa wächst zusammen.

Wer noch mehr über Berlusconi-Italien wissen will, sei auf diesen sehr guten Artikel verwiesen: http://mymarilyn.blogspot.com/2008/11/watch-it-italy.html

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For those of you who are as confused about the speculations on who’s responsible for the Mumbai terror as I am and like to learn more about terrorism in India:

Council on Foreign Relations has a great backgrounder on history of terrorism and counterterrorism in India, on the different terrorist groups operating in India and their aims.

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Beginning of October I came back from Cuba and today I finally managed to put some of my photos online… Enjoy! (Just cklick on my flickr account underneath the blogroll)

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Today’s soundtrack

THAT FRESH FEELING – THE EELS

animation by Will

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If you travel with DEUTSCHE BAHN, especially if you travel with kids, you should be very well organized and make reservations before. That’s what we did. But when we got on the train packed with people – Anna screaming because she realized that she had forgotten Isabella (the cuddly rabbit) – our seats were already taken. A lovely Scottish couple was sitting there and above their heads the signs were saying: ggf. reserviert (ggf=gegebenenfalls is translated best by: should the occasion arise). I told the lovely Scottish couple I was terribly sorry but the seats were reserved. They laughed and told me that somebody had explained to them ten minutes ago that the sign ggf. reserviert would mean that the seats were probably not reserved. It would be no problem for them to look for other seats, they told me, but there was one thing, they really wanted to know: WHAT DOES ggf. reserviert MEAN?

Did you ever try to explain to a lovely Scottish couple the meaning of ggf. reserviert? (with your reservation in one and your screaming daughter on the other hand)

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According to STERN magazine which in it’s edition of June 2008 had a ranking of German zoos (DER GROSSE ZOO-TEST) Tierpark Berlin is number 2! (after Zoologischer Garten Berlin West.) I was there with Anna and I immediately understood why this is a great zoo.

Look at this:

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When trial was over in July 2008 out of 45 persons accused of having brutally mistreated detainees after the 2001 G8 riots in Genoa only fifteen Italian police officers and doctors were sentenced to jail. But soon it became clear that none of them would actually serve prison terms.

Defendants in Italy do not go to jail for most offences until they have exhausted all the appeals to which they are entitled – normally, at least two. And in this case, it emerged, the convictions and sentences alike would be wiped out by a statute of limitations next year.

Time to remember what actually happened in Genoa seven years ago.

British Guardian article of July, 17 “The bloody battle of Genoa” gives detailed survey about the facts.

A very good WDR television-documentary in German: “Gipfelstürmer – Die blutigen Tage von Genua” (2002)

This is what Mark Covell british journalist and victim says about the trial:

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mo2tm6IpLY

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8wgUhguFtY

More witnesses and victims here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL-6WBs7BEI

Great site in Italian, English and German: supportolegale.org

The testimonies of most of the Bolzaneto victims you find here (in Italian)

And finally: “La Canzone del maggio” of great Genoese songwriter Fabrizio De André:

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