Elementari, dal 2010 stop ai libri gratis

Il Governo ha soppresso con la Finanziaria lo stanziamento di 103 milioni di euro per la fornitura gratuita dei libri di testo nella scuola dell’obbligo, «l’ultimo scippo del Governo alle famiglie, alla scuola e agli enti locali». Lo rende noto Manuela Ghizzoni, capogruppo del Pd in commissione Cultura alla Camera, chiedendo l’immediato intervento del ministro Gelmini.

«Il ministro Gelmini intervenga immediatamente per porre rimedio a questo ennesimo scippo. La gratuità dei libri nella scuola elementare – ricorda la parlamentare – è prevista per legge dal 1964. Dal 1998 e con le successive leggi finanziarie, fino a quella del 2007 del governo Prodi, la gratuità è stata estesa alle scuole secondarie in forme legate al reddito. Di segno opposto la politica del governo Berlusconi che ha completamente cancellato queste risorse”.

Ci sono poi due aspetti gravi di questo ennesimo colpo di mano. Da un lato – osserva Ghizzoni -. “Il governo taglia ancora una volta risorse fondamentali per la scuola e il diritto allo studio e non ha nemmeno il coraggio di Continue reading


Why the Berlin Wall came tumbling down


BERLIN 1989-2009-

East Berliners Crossing the wall - 9/11/1989

Twenty years after the opening of the borders between East and West Germany, Charles S. Maier recalls how a bloodless revolution came about.

All states have frontiers. East Germany, aka the German Democratic Republic, became a frontier that had a state. When the frontier dissolved, the state followed less than a year later.

The Berlin Wall, which was breached 20 years ago on Monday, was only the most notorious segment of that frontier.

On August 13, 1961, after consultation with their Soviet patrons, the GDR authorities laid down 97 miles of barbed wire around West Berlin – an island of western Allied sovereignty and West German constitutional liberty 110 miles within East Germany – to sever it from the Communist-controlled territory that surrounded it. Continue reading

Quando l’Europa si ritrovò unita

GermanyLe celebrazioni per il ventennale della caduta del Muro di berlino. In programma mostre, performance e spettacoli per evocare la fine della Guerra Fredda e dei “blocchi” Un’immagine simbolo delle Germanie divise

Milano si prepara a celebrare i vent’anni dalla caduta del Muro di Berlino. Oggi, 9 novembre l’intera città rende omaggio allo smantellamento del muro simbolo della Cortina di Continue reading

50 things that are being killed by the internet

The internet has wrought huge changes on our lives – both positive and negative – in the fifteen years since its use became widespread.

By Matthew Moore
Published: 7:00AM BST 04 Sep 2009

The web is changing the way we work, play and think

Tasks that once took days can be completed in seconds, while traditions and skills that emerged over centuries have been made all but redundant.

The internet is no respecter of reputations: innocent people have seen their lives ruined by viral clips distributed on the same World Wide Web used by activists to highlight injustices and bring down oppressive regimes Continue reading

Ένα ταχυδρομικό περιστέρι νίκησε την τηλεφωνική εταιρεία

PIGEON Στη Νότιο Αφρική είναι πιο γρήγορο να μεταφέρεις δεδομένα με ένα ταχυδρομικό περιστέρι παρά μέσω μιας “γρήγορης” διαδικτυακής σύνδεσης. Δεν πρόκειται για αστείο αλλά για ένα πείραμα που έγινε και απέδειξε ότι ακόμη υπάρχουν φορές που τα παλιά, παραδοσιακά μέσα “νικούν” τη σημερινή τεχνολογία. Continue reading

Greece Seeks its Role in the World

Greece in the world

Greece’s relationship with the rest of the world is something of a see-saw oscillation between self-absorption and extroversion, between navel-gazing and punching above its weight in the international arena. On the one hand, this is the result of the intense local politics in which all Greeks are involved and, on the other, of the demands placed on the country by its responsibilities as a member of international organizations. Greece’s current presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), like its presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2003, is purely the result of chance. The fact that the country finds itself handling major crises during these rotating presidencies is merely a consequence of these chance developments. And Greece rises to the challenge, just as it did when – after tough lobbying – it gained a temporary seat on the UN Security Council. Continue reading

Acropolis – The Museum


March 2002
Bernard Tschumi presents a model of his Acropolis museum in his New York Office. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin)


April 1, 2005 –A bulldozer demolishes buildings next to the Parthenon temple.

Several buildings had to be cleared to make room for the new museum square. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)


March 21, 2006 –A builder in action on the roof of the new Acropolis museum in Athens. (Reuters/John Kolesidis)

MUSEUM ACROPOL 13 July 12, 2007 – Statue of a young man from the 5th century B.C. stands ready to be relocated. (AFP/Aris Messinis)

MUSEUM ACROPOL 14December 8, 2007 – The first of five famous female statues is moved by crane from the old to the new museum. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)

MUSEUM ACROPOL 18December 8, 2008 – A woman stands on the glass floor of the new Acropolis museum. (AP Photo/ Thanassis Stavrakis)

MUSEUM ACROPOL 20 June 16, 2009 – The Parthenon temple reflects off the glass covering the southern side of the new Acropolis museum.

(EPA/ Orestis Panagiotou)

Acropolis now! A museum for the Elgin Marbles

From “The Indipendent”                          By Claire Soares in Athens

The battle to recover the Elgin Marbles has been long and fruitless. Now Greece has built a museum in the hope it will one day house them.

From a distance, you could almost mistake it for a designer multi-storey car park. The grey concrete and angular lines are certainly a contrast to the classical marble edifice in whose shadow it stands. Yet the Parthenon seems to look down on the architectural upstart not with disapproval but pride, affection, and most of all hope. Hope that the new offspring can finally bring the ancestral treasures home. Continue reading