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Understanding power in Italian academia

September 24
2007: Sadi Marhaba provides an in-depth analysis of the concept of power within Italian academia.

Three Euroboos for Giuseppe Silvestri!
March 13 2007:
Giuseppe Silvestri, Chancellor of the University of Palermo and representative of the Italian Conference of University Chancellors (CRUI), was recently challenged at the Italian Embassy in London. Francesca Patanč comments on his booed reception.

This sick world
March 7 2007:
Francesca Patanč comments on soccer hooliganism in Italy.

Just how credible is the European Court of Justice?
February 3 2007: JUST Response invites the 13 members of the European Court of Justice's Grand Chamber of judges
to resign over their rejection of the European Commission's request for Italy to be fined for discriminating against foreign-language lecturers in Italian universities.

Family format in Italian university colleges
February 2 2007:
Francesca Patanč illustrates the principle of Italian academic family trees with two Sicilian examples from Palermo and Catania.

Conjugating plagiarism: io plagio, tu plagi ...
January 3 2007:
I plagiarize, you plagiarize, he plagiarizes, we plagiarize, you plagiarize, they plagiarize form the present indicative tense of the grammar most commonly used in Italian academia, says Francesca Patanč.

A mathematical exposition of rigged 'concorsi'
October 26
2005: Quirino Paris adduces formal mathematical proof to illustrate the rigging of teaching staff selection procedures, or concorsi, at Italian universities.

Doctrinal mind control in Italy and Roman Catholic brainwashing - Part 1
August 22
2005: Biagio Catalano interviews Domenico Pacitti.

Doctrinal mind control in Italy and Roman Catholic brainwashing - Part 2
August 22
2005: Biagio Catalano interviews Domenico Pacitti.

Doctrinal mind control in Italy and Roman Catholic brainwashing - Part 3
August 22
2005: Biagio Catalano interviews Domenico Pacitti.

Cut cash to Italy's universities
July
12 2005: A TV programme broadcast nationwide on one of Italy's 3 state networks has highlighted the continuing brain drain of young talent from Italy in search of honest recognition. But, says David Petrie, the programme didn't go nearly far enough.

Ten questions on Italian universities answered
December 24 2004: Domenico Pacitti replies to Jonathan Collins in Washington DC, USA.

Verona's answer to the brain drain: the case of Luca Benatti
December 24 2004: Domenico Pacitti replies to Luca Benatti in Leeds, England.

Doctored truths from Italian academic Disneyland
October 9 2004: Domenico Pacitti replies to David Aliaga in Calgary, Canada.

Apostles' greed: cupola control, cosmetic credibility and high-flying hypocrisy
September 29 2004: Domenico Pacitti replies to Robert J. Martini in Berkeley, USA.

Why is the Human Rights Watch Academic Freedom Committee not watching Italy?
August 28 2004: Domenico Pacitti replies to Giuseppe D. in Messina, Italy.

Why Italy's 50,000 university teachers should be sacked
July 23 2004: Domenico Pacitti replies to Katarina Björnstjerna in Göteborg, Sweden.

What Berlusconi has done for Italian culture
June 26 2004: Domenico Pacitti replies to Gillian Harper in Wellington, New Zealand.

Italian lessons in law breaking - an appeal to President Ciampi for Italy's foreign-language lettori
March 13 2004: JUST Response urgently invites Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, premier Silvio Berlusconi and other signatories of decree law 4696 to desist from discriminating immediately and to set a positive example for Italians by obeying the law.

Berlusconi's legal reforms: justice or vendetta?
February 24 2004: Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is continuing to press on with radical reforms to the Italian judiciary despite stiff opposition from the magistracy. Domenico Pacitti reports from Rome.

Hijacking truth: Telekom Serbia
September 23 2003:
In the second of a new series of JUST Response features with Domenico Pacitti, we look at Italy's latest corruption scandal, Telekom Serbia.

Economising on truth: The Economist and Berlusconi
September 17 2003:
In this first of a new series of JUST Response features with Domenico Pacitti, we look at The Economist's relentless campaign against Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi.

Italian earthquakes of corruption: an interview with Domenico Pacitti
August 30 2003: What is the connection between earthquakes and corruption in Italy and why do Italian earthquakes always come in twos? Domenico Pacitti explains.

Roman Catholic principles of corruption: an interview with Domenico Pacitti
August 26 2003: Domenico Pacitti traces the relationship between Roman Catholic doctrine and longrunning endemic corruption in Italian society. Unless urgent action is taken, he argues, other EU member states risk being similarly infected.

Berlusconi on balance: an interview with Domenico Pacitti
August 26 2003: Domenico Pacitti assesses Silvio Berlusconi's criminal and political record.

Di Pietro, corruption and Clean Hands: an interview with Domenico Pacitti
August 26 2003:
Domenico Pacitti talks to JUST Response about former Italian magistrate Antonio Di Pietro and Operation Clean Hands, explaining why it eventually failed.

Italy plagued by Mafia-style universities
August
18 2003: Italy's corrupt university system has infected the whole country and is now stone dead, according to Marcello Pera. That was back in 1995 and Pera, himself a university professor, has since become president of the Italian Senate.

Appeal for David Aliaga
July 25 2003: Domenico Pacitti urges the Human Rights Watch Academic Freedom Committee to intervene in the Aliaga case and help change a university system that Italians have for centuries shown themselves unable or unwilling to reform.

Corruption in Italy: Church, politics & universities - Part 3
July 23 2003: Part 3 of transcript of Domenico Pacitti's interview with Indro Montanelli on 17 May 1997.

An Indro Montanelli bibliography
July 22 2003: A bibliography of major works by Indro Montanelli to commemorate his death on 22 July 2001.

Corruption in Italy: Church, politics & universities - Part 2
July 22 2003: Part 2 of transcript of Domenico Pacitti's interview with Indro Montanelli on 17 May 1997.

Corruption in Italy: Church, politics & universities - Part 1
July 17 2003: Part 1 of transcript of Domenico Pacitti's interview with Indro Montanelli on 17 May 1997.

Doctoral torture: an interview with David Aliaga
December 21 2002:
Bureaucracy, inefficiency and corruption in Italian academia shattered a Canadian’s dream of a doctoral degree in his ancestral country. David Aliaga relates the bitter experience that has changed his life.

Pursuing Goliath: an interview with David Petrie
December 3 2002: Notwithstanding over two decades of proven job discrimination and four Euro-Court decisions, some 1,500 foreign-language lecturers, or lettori, who teach in Italy's 63 state universities still await a final solution. David Petrie recounts his long battle to obtain justice for the category.

Mussolini's enduring grip on Italian media freedom
November 27 2002: An Italian senator and former journalist has fallen victim to Fascist laws which continue to limit freedom of speech in Italy. Torquil Dick-Erikson considers the implications of such cases for the European Arrest Warrant.

Bridge over troubled water
September 16 2002: The Italian government wants to span the 2-mile Messina Strait separating Sicily from Calabria with the world’s longest suspension bridge of its kind. Antonio Mazzeo explains why he opposes the project.

Conflicting interests
August 20 2002: Silvio Berlusconi is Italy's richest man, with a manifesto little short of revolutionary, but his opponents see him as a threat to democracy. Domenico Pacitti reports from Rome.

The face of revolution
August 18 2002: As Italy prepares for spring elections, Antonio Di Pietro, a man who has become a national symbol, talks to Domenico Pacitti about his plans to carry through the revolution he began as a magistrate.

Italy's numismatic Mr Prodi - guru or godfather?
August 15 2002: Domenico Pacitti asks whether Romano Prodi was the right choice for European Commission president given his controversial cultural background.

A handbook for visiting academics in Italy
July 14 2002:  'Paese che vai, usanza che trovi' and other well-known sayings. Domenico Pacitti puts foreign academics wise to the Italian university mentality. 

Bolognese flavoured corruption
July 12 2002:
Reforms in Italy's system of allocating university posts have already been condemned as a step back in time. Domenico Pacitti tells what happened to him.

Firm grip of corruption
June 28 2002: Domenico Pacitti on the mafia menace in Italian universities.

Alien nations
June 20 2002: Italy's treatment of foreign lettori has once more brought it to the European Court of Justice. If found guilty of discrimination for a third time, will it change? Domenico Pacitti reports.

Dead souls
June 10 2002: Grotesque mafia-style corruption by Italy's university professors surpasses the imagination of Gogol. Domenico Pacitti explains why the soul of Italian academia is dead.

Clan mentality rules in Italian universities
June 6 2002: Indro Montanelli tells Domenico Pacitti that history is the key to understanding the Italian academic mentality.

Deterring democracy in Italy
May 20 2002: Noam Chomsky tells Domenico Pacitti that criminal accusations against Silvio Berlusconi are trivial by US standards and explains how Italy has been the main target of US efforts to undermine democracy since the Second World war.

Truth to tell
May 20 2002: Noam Chomsky talks to Domenico Pacitti about the pressures on academic freedom and the advances in our knowledge of language.

A new twist in an old turn of phrase
May 20 2002: Noam Chomsky is taking linguistics in yet another direction. Domenico Pacitti reports.

Chomsky offers advice to teachers on the use of science
May 20 2002: Domenico Pacitti interviews Noam Chomsky.

Evolution of revolution
May 20 2002: Domenico Pacitti interviews Noam Chomsky.

See also: JUST Response Letters

 

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