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Le barbarie di una nuova shoa

Le barbarie di una nuova shoa
Negli ultimi anni sono morti nel Mediterraneo almeno 15.000 migranti. E continuano a morire, anche se, allontanate le ONG, cade il silenzio su una strage continua, atroce, senza pietà neppure per i bambini. Il ministro della malavita però non si accontenta delle vite spezzate e del successo dei suoi slogan feroci. Vorrebbe di più. Per ogni vita strappata alla morte 5.000 euro di multa comminata ai salvatori. In un paese che alza muri, in città che si chiudono ai diversi, trattandoli come scarti dell’umanità, occorre ribellarsi prima che la barbarie di una nuova shoa diventi la specificità intollerabile di questi tempi feroci. (m.c.g)

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lunedì 30 gennaio 2017

Building a wall of ignorance

«Costruire un muro di ignoranza: un titolo appropriato a commento di una delle iniziative improvvisate e irresponsabili del neopresidente americano». NYT, The opinion, 30 gennaio 2017 (m.c.g.)



We’re just over a week into the Trump-Putin regime, and it’s already getting hard to keep track of the disasters. Remember the president’s temper tantrum over his embarrassingly small inauguration crowd? It already seems like ancient history.

But I want to hold on, just for a minute, to the story that dominated the news on Thursday, before it was, er, trumped by the uproar over the refugee ban. As you may recall — or maybe you don’t, with the crazy coming so thick and fast — the White House first seemed to say that it would impose a 20 percent tariff on Mexico, but may have been talking about a tax plan, proposed by Republicans in the House, that would do no such thing; then said that it was just an idea; then dropped the subject, at least for now.

For sheer viciousness, loose talk about tariffs isn’t going to match slamming the door on refugees, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, no less. But the tariff tale nonetheless epitomizes the pattern we’re already seeing in this shambolic administration — a pattern of dysfunction, ignorance, incompetence, and betrayal of trust.

The story seems, like so much that’s happened lately, to have started with President Trump’s insecure ego: People were making fun of him because Mexico will not, as he promised during the campaign, pay for that useless wall along the border. So his spokesman, Sean Spicer, went out and declared that a border tax on Mexican products would, in fact, pay for the wall. So there!



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