Some years ago, David Freedberg opened a dusty cupboard at Windsor Castle and discovered hundreds of vividly colored, masterfully precise drawings of all sorts of plants and animals from the Old and New Worlds. Coming upon thousands more drawings like them across Europe, Freedberg finally traced them all back to a little-known scientific organization from seventeenth-century Italy called the Academy of Linceans (or Lynxes).
Founded by Prince Federico Cesi in 1603, the Linceans took as their task nothing less than the documentation and classification of all of nature in pictorial form. In this first book-length study of the Linceans to appear in English, Freedberg focuses especially on their unprecedented use of drawings based on microscopic observation and other new techniques of visualization. Where previous thinkers had classified objects based mainly on similarities of external appearance, the Linceans instead turned increasingly to sectioning, dissection, and observation of internal structures. They applied their new research techniques to an incredible variety of subjects, from the objects in the heavens studied by their most famous (and infamous) member Galileo Galilei—whom they supported at the most critical moments of his career—to the flora and fauna of Mexico, bees, fossils, and the reproduction of plants and fungi. But by demonstrating the inadequacy of surface structures for ordering the world, the Linceans unwittingly planted the seeds for the demise of their own favorite method—visual description-as a mode of scientific classification.
Profusely illustrated and engagingly written, Eye of the Lynx uncovers a crucial episode in the development of visual representation and natural history. And perhaps as important, it offers readers a dazzling array of early modern drawings, from magnificently depicted birds and flowers to frogs in amber, monstrously misshapen citrus fruits, and more.
Meet Lady Bird, a massive machine digging out a solution to D.C. wastewater woes
A massive machine — longer than a football field — is munching away beneath Washington like a giant earthworm. Before it’s done, it will devour about 2 million cubic yards of soil that has been sitting under the city since the days of the dinosaurs.
It is the most amazing and expensive construction project that no one ever will see.
Cars race from Italy to France through a famous tunnel under the Alps. Bullet trains rocket through a tunnel under the English Channel. One day, raw sewage will roar through Washington’s tunnel.
Not so romantic, perhaps, but vital to a city that now pumps 2 billion gallons a year from its sewers and toilets directly into the Potomac, the Anacostia and Rock Creek.
With a little help from upstream neighbors, those three tributaries may one day run closer to pure. But for now, there is only that dream and a hungry machine.
The machine itself is a marvel of technology, an underground factory 443 feet long and almost six times the weight of the Statue of Liberty. It does about a dozen things at once, and it moves.
Matteo Renzi: the limits of doing, by Chris J Bickerton and Carlo Accetti Invernizzi
English edition blogs, 17 February 2014
Elected leader of Italy’s Democratic Party at the end of last year, Matteo Renzi has now been nominated prime minister, in place of his colleague and former political ally, Enrico Letta. This means Italy will have had three prime ministers nominated without popular mandate in as many years (Monti in 2011, Letta in 2013 and now Renzi in 2014).
The reaction to Letta’s resignation has been mixed. Though his government had lost much of its steam, there has been wide criticism of the manner in which Renzi has taken power.
How Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ boosted #Silicon_Valley
When the Hart-Cellar Act  was debated in Congress, politicians treated it simply as a logical extension of civil rights legislation. They expected little demographic change, with most additional migration coming from Italy, which had a backlog of 250,000 visa applications. Dean Rusk, then secretary of state, estimated 8,000 Indians would enter in the next five years. The number turned out to be 27,859. Arrivals from Europe were soon dwarfed by those from Latin America and Asia. Today the nation has 18m US and foreign-born Asian-Americans, including 4m Chinese-Americans and 3m Indian-Americans.
The act started a demographic revolution that intensified with further liberalisation of immigration laws. Until the 20th century, immigration comprised overwhelmingly North Europeans, along with enslaved Africans. But after Hart-Cellar, non-whites and Hispanics soon began to dominate immigration. The outcome is that the historically dominant white, non-Hispanic majority in the US will become a minority by 2040. This has already happened in California.
’Death sentence to Italian marines will be an act of war’ - The Economic Times
Rome wants the marines to be tried in Italy, claiming the incident took place in international waters. However, India said it has the right to try the Italian personnel as the victims were Indians on board an Indian fishing boat.
Denmark / Limiting arrivals of undocumented migrants
Since December 2013, Denmark has stationed a border control official at the Malpensa airport in Milan, Italy to check the travel documents of migrants who are on their way to Denmark. So far, 60 people have reportedly been denied boarding while 39 were detained in Italy for using false travel documents. The EU does not allow permanent deployment of foreign border control. However, after Danish minister of justice, Karen Hækkerup, considered the deployment of control a success, a debate started on how to stop undocumented migrants from reaching the Danish borders in various ways circumventing EU restrictions.
Source: Jyllands-Posten, 13 January 2014.
Israeli envoys in Europe summoned over new settlement construction
By Barak Ravid | Jan. 16, 2014
Israeli ambassadors in four key European states were reprimanded by their hosts Thursday over the government’s recent announcement of new construction tenders in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
A senior European diplomat said the move was coordinated among the governments of the European Union’s five largest countries – Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Germany. Consequently, the ambassadors to the first four were summoned by those countries’ foreign ministries Thursday.
The ambassador to Germany wasn’t, but only because German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is in Israel this week and therefore delivered the message personally to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
The senior European diplomat said that in each of Thursday’s meetings, European officials voiced deep concern about the impact the tenders might have on Israeli-Palestinian talks.
“We made it clear that statements like this are liable to be destructive and undermine attempts to create a positive atmosphere for negotiations,” he said. The European Union, he added, believes that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts have created a real opportunity to advance the negotiations.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the news on Thursday, telling the foreign press corps that “the EU should end its hypocrisy over condemning Israeli settlements. When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors to complain about incitement that calls for Israel’s destruction?”
At Thursday’s meetings, European officials also reiterated the EU offer of an unprecedented incentive package if Israel signs a peace agreement with the Palestinians, the diplomat said. The package, which includes upgrading Israel’s status with the European Union to that of a “privileged partnership,” was unveiled a month ago, but Israel has yet to offer an official response to either the EU or any of its member states.
Over the last two weeks, Germany, Britain and France have sent messages to Jerusalem voicing disappointment over this lack of an Israeli response and offering to launch negotiations over the details of the package.
Last Friday, the Housing Ministry announced tenders for the construction of 800 housing units in West Bank settlements and another 600 units in East Jerusalem’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood. The tenders were issued two weeks after Israel released another group of Palestinian prisoners, the third of four batches it has promised to release over the nine months of talks.
When the first two groups were released, Israel announced new construction tenders almost simultaneously. But this time the announcement was postponed, in part because Kerry was in Israel at the time.
The Senseless Deaths Behind India-Italy Diplomatic Clash - All News Is Global
n Feb. 2012, two Italian marines aboard the Enrica Lexie tanker opened fire on a fishing trawler, killing two Indian fishermen and sparking a major diplomatic standoff between India and Italy that has yet to subside. The lawyers for the marines say their clients mistook the fishermen for pirates and fired warning shots into the water, denying that they were aiming for the boat at all.
Italy was forced to hand over the men to Indian authorities, and last week it was reported that they could face the death penalty based on a strict 2002 anti-terrorist law. Italy has vowed “counter-measurements” if these reports are confirmed. The trial is set to open Jan. 30.
La Stampa visited the southern Indian hometown of the fisherman killed in the incident two years ago.
Journalist born in Spain and educated at the Density Design Lab of Politecnico of Milan in Italy, I work now as the head of print infographics at “La Nación” (the second largest news company in Argentina) supervising a team of six graphics editors and represent the department within the newsroom. I also regularly collaborate with “Il Corriere della Sera” in Italy, “Courrier International,” in France, and “Mongolia” in Spain among others. Previously I worked for Público (Spain) and El Mundo (Spain) as a graphic editor for print and online respectively.
Sur le site, quelques unes de ses réalisations.
• Durée du mariage par génération
Pas forcément évident, mais vraiment intéressant : considérer ces courbes cumulatives comme des courbes de survie. Du coup, j’aurais présenté le graphique inversé et pivoté
• Visualisation de la densité de population
Une application en ligne (en lien) permet de la visualiser pour tous les pays du monde.
• Cartogramme en Lego, pour visualiser émigration et immigration aux Amériques
• et pour terminer, quelques pages de son carnet de voyage…
Infographics as “Cuadernos de viaje”. Published in “Público”,
Spain, in the summer of 2010. I designed the image below during a bicycle trip crossing morocco. About the problem of borders in the south of Spain
Cities & Desire 3
From Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino
Comme il le dit (presque) à propos d’une autre de ces créations
The sample [above] is an example that makes us reflect on how thin is the line between numbers and people in statistics visualization.
Series of paintings discovered in an abandon mental asylum in Italy.
Italian coastguard rescues 120 Syrian refugees from stranded #boat
Italian coastguards on Monday rescued around 120 mostly Syrian refugees from a packed fishing boat adrift off the coast of southern #Italy in gale-force conditions. Coastguards exploited a brief lull in the weather to rescue the #migrants, including some 20 children exhausted after a night on the stormy seas around 70 nautical miles southeast of Crotone. The refugees were transferred onto two launches. read more
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on December 1, 2013 at the Great Synagogue of Rome. (Photo: AFP - Tiziana Fabi)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran during a visit to Rome in which he was set to meet Pope Francis and Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Monday, saying the Islamic republic poses a threat to Italy and the world. “It is very easy to receive a pat on the shoulder from the international community, to bow one’s head,” Netanyahu said on Sunday at a candle-lighting ceremony in Rome’s main synagogue which he visited with Letta. read (...)
"Sorry for not drowning". The 11th October shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea (video, october 2013)
On the 11 of October some 500 migrants set sail from Zwara in Libya, to reach Europe.
They are followed by Libyan guards that shoot at them. They manage to approach to Italy but the boat is damaged. Help arrives late and about 250 drown. Many children. The survivors are rescued and distributed between Sicily, Lampedusa and Malta. Families are separated during the rescue mission. After their arrival in Italy, in the detention centre, Syrians claim to have news on their fellow migrants and relatives. That’s when they understand the proportion of the tragedy. They are taken fingerprints by deceit. So, once they head towards Europe, because of restrictive asylum laws (Dublin 2) they are bounced back in Italy. They demand to know the whereabouts of the people they were with during the shipwreck and the right to reach the countries where family and friends are waiting for them.
On the 23rd of October we met some of them and the day after we interviewed them. The person who speaks in the video is “Said”, a name invented due to the fear of retaliation against the relatives who are still in Libya or in Syria.
In the meanwhile, it has been published an interview taken by Fabrizio Gatti in Malta with Mohanad Jammo, the Syrian doctor who from the same boat sent out many SOS calls to the Italian authorities since 11 am. If the rescues had left immediately, the shipwreck which happened at 5 pm would have been avoided, as well as the death of more than 250 people , among which there were many children.
Interview taken by Leventicinqueundici group
#Frontex chief warns about failure to reduce migration
Laitinen worried about ‘continuous pressure’; huge increase in arrivals in Italy and Malta.
Increased EU patrols of the Mediterranean and Aegean are failing to prevent an “alarming” increase in clandestine migrants reaching Italy, Malta and Greece by sea, according to the head of Frontex, the EU’s border management agency.
#Film: EU 013 L’ULTIMA FRONTIERA (EU 013 THE LAST FRONTIER) - OFFICIAL TRAILER
–-> la dernière
directed by Alessio Genovese, realized with Raffaella Cosentino
supported by Open Society Foundations
Every year, in Italy, thousands of foreign citizens are kept inside the identification and expulsion centers because they lack a regular residency permit.
They may be kept there up to a year and a half without being guilty of a crime and without being convicted by a judge. Administrative detention in Europe is the extreme consequence of the operation of the borders inside the Schengen area. For the very first time in Italy, the Home office has authorized the access of a film crew to the Identification and Expulsion Centers. Finally, the wall of silence surrounding these centers and the people kept inside, has opened up, for our short visit, as an exception. But it was soon after closed in its daily indifference.
Syrian Refugees Illegally Pushed Back
ATHENS, Nov 20 2013 (IPS) - Human rights groups have circulated evidence in the last few days indicating that Greece, Italy and Egypt illegally detain and push back Syrian refugees.
Out of Limbo: Promoting the right of stateless Roma people to a legal status in Italy
A significant proportion of Roma people originating from the Balkans and living in Italy are stateless or at risk of statelessness. In most cases they lack a residence permit or other identity documents. As undocumented persons, they have no or limited access to social services, health care, education, employment and housing as well as no political rights. They also risk receiving expulsion orders and being detained in a detention centre.
Giant Cruise Ships to be Banned from Venice Beginning Next Year | Italy Magazine
Large cruise ships passing through the Venice lagoon are to be banned effective November 2014, and a limit on smaller cruise vessels will kick in January, government officials in Rome ordered on Tuesday.
The order came following a meeting between Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta, his transport and culture ministers and Venice city officials and regional authorities, discussing how to implement in Venice a law that bans large ships from passing near Italian shores. The law was enacted nationwide following the crash of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in early 2012, which killed 32 people off the coast of Tuscany, but was not applied in Venice where the cruise industry plays a key role in the local economy.
As of January, the traffic volume of cruise ships weighing between 40,000 and 96,000 tonnes must be reduced to no more than five ships per day. The outright ban starting November 2014 only applies to those over 96,000 tonnes (similar to the Costa Concordia).
According to the order, cruise traffic will eventually be rerouted through the Contorta Sant’Angelo Canal. Environmentalists warn that the lagoon surrounding Venice, itself a UNESCO heritage site, is at great risk due to its fragile ecosystem and Venice residents have staged many protests over the invasion of the cruise ships. Currently, cruise ships pass within 300 metres (1,000 feet) of St Mark’s Square. Over the past 15 years, Venice has become one of the world’s most important cruise destinations, with more than 650 cruise ships passing through the city annually.
“Finally the trend towards gigantic ships in the lagoon has been turned around,” the mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, said in a statement on Tuesday. “We’ve had enough of these mega cruise ships just meters away from San Marco; from now on there will be clear limits on the size of ships that can enter Venice.”
Dans le @mdiplo anglais du mois :
Since June activists have been mobilising to prevent huge visiting cruise ships from entering the canals of Venice, disrupting the much-loved Unesco world heritage site and damaging its ecology.
The Strypes – Live At Abbey Road, November 9th 2012 (unofficial release 2013)
our singer arrived from Italy last weekbrought his beautiful wife and familyeveryone stayed at our housejoyful mayhemspent Friday recording in the studiowasn’t as good as it could have beeneveryone trying to hardjack daniels to the rescuemanaged eight songshaven’t heard the results yeta gig would have been good toosometimes things are harder than they seemhave quit working [...]
The Marisa Giorgetti international prize intends to give visibility and value to the works and actions of many people in Italy, the EU or other areas of the world, which have remained little known, or even unknown, for reasons of privacy or due to geographical, political or social limitations but who have nevertheless produced works of literary distinction (in various forms, from novels to short stories and reportage) in the specific fields of migration and culture of dialogue, or who have worked in social and cultural sectors promoting fundamental human rights, especially the profound changes in society determined by destination society rather than origin society.
Il y a deux prix : un prix pour un livre (qui doit avoir été publié aussi en italien) et un prix pour une personne/association qui a été active dans les droits humains...
Les candidatures pour 2014 sont ouvertes, si vous avez des idées...
#Livres vainqueurs 2013 :
Le Poète de #Gaza de #Yishaï_Sarid : un #polar au coeur du #conflit_israélo-palestinien
Vallorch – Neverfade (Lossless, 2013)
Исполнитель : Vallorch Альбом : Neverfade Дата выхода : 2013 Страна : Italy Категория(и) : Folk Metal Дата выхода : 2013 Продолжительность : 00:54:28 Формат : FLAC, Lossless Source : ▻http://sound-park.ru/album/torrent-46378-vallorch-neverfade-lossless-2013
The Business of America Is War : Disaster Capitalism on the Battlefield and in the Boardroom
There is a new normal in America: our government may shut down, but our wars continue. Congress may not be able to pass a budget, but the U.S. military can still launch commando raids in Libya and Somalia, the Afghan War can still be prosecuted, Italy can be garrisoned by American troops (putting the “empire” back in Rome), Africa can be used as an imperial playground (as in the late nineteenth century “scramble for Africa,” but with the U.S. and China doing the scrambling this time around), and the military-industrial complex can still dominate the world’s arms trade.
If war is combat and commerce, calamity and commodity, it cannot be left to our political leaders alone — and certainly not to our generals. When it comes to war, however far from it we may seem to be, we’re all in our own ways customers and consumers. Some pay a high price. Many pay a little. A few gain a lot. Keep an eye on those few and you’ll end up with a keener appreciation of what war is actually all about.
je repense tout à coup à cet article lu ce matin en regardant ce reportage sur l’affaire Karachi (où l’on apprend que Conseil constitutionnel ne sert à rien)
L’argent, le sang et la démocratie
Many pay a little. A few gain a lot. Keep an eye on those few and you’ll end up with a keener appreciation of what war is actually all about.
C’est la chose qui manquait à l’article de Tom Engelhardt ▻http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175763/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_what_planet_are_we_on
US Inflating Threats in Africa to Justify Expansion
The U.S. has deployed “200 Marines to a naval base in Sicily for possible operations in Libya,” according to UPI, the latest in the establishment of “a network of bases in Italy as launch pads for military interventions in Africa and the Mideast.”
The UPI report adds: “U.S. operations in Africa are growing as the Islamist threat expands.” Not quite. U.S. operations are indeed growing in Africa, but it isn’t being driven by an “Islamist threat” to America.
This has been a long time coming. The Obama administration has been slowly – and very quietly – getting America militarily involved throughout Africa. While extreme poverty and governance problems still plague Africa, many countries have been improving infrastructure and developing their economies like never before. And this has grabbed the attention of more advanced economies, especially given several areas of untapped oil and gas.
“China-Africa trade grew 1000% from $10 billion in 2000 to $107 billion in 2008,” according to Zbigniew Brzezinski’s recent book Strategic Vision. Uncle Sam would be damned if he let that competition slide without a response. Since 2007, when #AFRICOM was established, the U.S. has been trying to up its game, except that usually means militarily. Washington has been increasing its support for African regimes, many with records of human rights violations, and boosting efforts to train African militaries to keep them dependent on the Pentagon.
Syrian refugees camp out in #Milan train station
(Reuters) - About 200 refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war are camping out in Milan’s central railway station after many were stopped from leaving Italy as they tried to reach northern Europe.