Sultan Berlusconi on Trial


In English, na srpskom

Silvio Berlusconi will be the first head of a G-7 state to be arraigned in court on charges of paid sex with a minor.

A few days ago, the court from Milan issued a subpoena for the Italian premiere, on a charge that could carry a penalty of 15 years of prison. This April 6, sugar daddy Silvio will face three adult female judges from Milan, the Italian women that the press here in Italy call his “Nemesis.”

A right wing commentator of the TG1, one of the TV channels controlled by Berlusconi himself, said: I believe in his innocence, but by the time he proves that, his reputation will be gone forever. And to tell the truth he worked hard on that himself! What on earth did he think he was doing when he meddled with minors and showgirls?

The Church as well as Catholic believers are divided. It’s not about sex, says one of the high ranked church officials: hardly any Italian anymore confesses those misdeeds as sins. It’s his way of doing it. Then there’s the hardcore of Italian machismo, who aspire to that level of misbehavior themselves, and frankly admire Berlusconi for his orgies.

“Ruby The Heartstealer,” the Moroccan illegal belly-dancing minor, was the last-known in the lengthy chain of Berlusconi’s sweethearts. Ruby may have triggered a final avalanche of shameful publicity that will crush the lascivious premiere… but, Ruby nevertheless just cheerily appeared in Italian television, in black lingerie, peddling a book. Italians have always adored sexy foreign girls: Belen Rodriguez, the Argentinian top model, is the star of the Sanremo music festival although she cannot sing, and also the spokesmodel for a wireless Internet service, though her appeal is by no means high-tech. Italy’s high-fashion business puts a premium on female beauty, not to mention a bald market price.

So what did Berlusconi do so wrong in his unfortunate dalliance with Ruby, and the numerous other girls that he invited to his home and paid generously? The court in Milan issued 27 pages of evidence. Ruby was a minor when she was partying “bunga bunga” style at his place, and he knew it. Ruby was caught stealing from friends, and he freed her from the police although the cops had her in custody as a minor. Ruby was an illegal immigrant, and he smilingly promised to forge her papers for her. Finally, he arranged to deceive the Italian police by absurdly claiming that Ruby was the niece of recently deposed president Hosni Mubarak, in order to set her free. In short, Berlusconi abused his political position and flouted the law so as to keep his harem running smoothly. This cost him hundreds of thousands of euros given away to girls as presents, cars, and lodgings. Ruby at a certain point asked for 5 million euros in hush money, and that didn’t seem to be a problem.

Berlusconi answered to the subpoena with a stonewalled denial and a large smile: he refuses to speak to press about sex scandals, he bluntly refuses the authority of the Milanese court, and has no fears of the consequences to the state or himself. He is trying however to move the case away from the court in Milan to a kinder jurisdiction that he can control, or possibly buy.

Last night, at the festival of Sanremo, the Oscar wining Italian author and actor Roberto Benigni, gave a long, emotional speech about the subject of a united Italy. March 17, 2011 is the sesquicentennial of the country’s unity, and San Remo was draped in tricolor Italian flags. 2011 is a symbolic year for Italian democracy and the Italian national way of life.

The new economic data are showing Italy as the slowest-growing EU country. The expectations of Italian young people are very low, if not nonexistent. The nation is torn by the anti-federalist demands of right-wing parties, which want to split the country into rich regions (theirs) and poor regions (everyone else). Long-standing cultural differences among Italian regions are being exaggerated and manipulated, as the power-brokers quarrel over the shares of a pie that grows smaller. Petty regional bosses are fighting for more autonomy and their own power centers.

Divide and reign, united we stand. We are stronger together, said Benigni in his moving speech. He analyzed word by word an idealistic poem written by a twenty-year-old Risorgimento martyr for Italian unity: the Italian anthem. We cannot give democracy away, we cannot squander it, Benigni appealed.

Today, Wikileaks on Italy is published by major dailies. These leaks from the American state department have become a kind of news agency that bluntly states truths about Italy that every Italian already knows. Americans are increasingly worried about Italian national stability, and not merely because of its leader’s reckless sex scandals. His relationship to the autocratic Putin, his prolonged overtures to the tyrant Moammar Gadhafi, his crooked money interests, organized corruption methods and mafia connections… His rude remarks to other heads of state and his sheer unpredictability all worry the American Big Brother. But he is still useful, they conclude.

Meanwhile, in a YouTube clip mentioned on the front pages of all the Italian press, Roberto Benigni is singing, with his quivering tender voice, the anthem to the tricolor flag inspired by the legendary Dante and his vision of beautiful Beatrice. Next to this glorious peak of Italian high culture, we have excerpts of the young Moroccan girl’s evidence, where she explains that: “Bungabunga” means an orgy of nude dancing girls. This jolly term was borrowed from Gadhafi by the premiere’s amazing seedy entourage of pimps and madames, most of them happily employed in Italian political life, when not busy catering to Berlusconi’s private amusements. Bungabunga participants get power and money in the all-too-blatant privacy of the sultan’ s castle, and in Italian public life as well; they fight the outside world to protect their cozy racket, and fight each other inside over their share of the spoils.

The Italian women of all ages and views, who held a one-million demonstration a few days ago all over Italy, protested that the sultan of the nation has no right to transform Italy into a bordello. It’s a democratic state and a major Western power, not a brothel for an ultra-wealthy mogul. But to say that and to prove it are two different things. Is Italy just a “geographical expression,” as the foreign diplomats used to say before the Risorgimento?

Jasmina Tešanović

(Read this and other texts by me on BoingBoing)

SULTAN NA SUDU

Silvio Berluskoni biće prvi premijer jedne G20 države kome će biti suđeno zbog prostitucije sa maloletnicom.

Pre nekoliko dana, sud u Milanu je uručio poziv italijanskom premijeru da se pojavi šestog aprila 2011. u sudu, a u slučaju da bude dokazana njegova krivica rizikuje do 15 godina zatvora. Njegov slučaj vode tri žene sudije koje ovdašnja štampa nazive Belruskonijeve Nemezis.

Desničarski komentator na prvom kanalu RAI, strogo kontrolisanom nacionalnom teve programu od strane premijera rekao je: ja verujem da je on ipak nevin ali dok on to dokaže ode njegova reputacija, i to zauvek. Istinu govoreći sam je to sebi navukao na vrat. Šta je uopste zamišljao kad je pravio žurke za maloletnicama i šougerlama?!

Katolička crkva je jednostavno pocepana na dva dela, ali vrlo neobično. Nije rec o seksu, kaže jedan visoki funkcionar crkve: ko se još danas ispoveda o tome kao grehu! U pitanju je njegov stil. Dok i dalje tvrdokorni italijanski mačisti koji zavide premiejru na svemu tome, otvoreno brane njega i njegove orgije čak i onda kada nisu njegovi glasači.

Rubi, srcelomkinja, marokanska klandestinka, trbušna plesačica i maloletnica u vreme grešnih dela, je samo poslednja u nizu njegovih miljenica. Ali ona je baš ta koja je pokrenula lavinu koja može da bude fatalna po lascivnog premijera… iako se upravo pojavio spot sa Rubi u crnom donjem vešu kako mrtva ladna reklamira neku knjigu o bilo čemu. Italijani su uvek obožavali seksi stankinje: Belen Rodrigez, Argentinka top model bila je zvezda poslednjeg festivala u Sanremu iako ne ume ni da peva ni da igra. Pre toga bila je simbol italijanskog vajarlesa iako uopste ne izgleda haj tek, naprotiv. Italija je zemlja visoke mode i zenska lepota ovde je vrhunska vrednost sa vrhunskom cenom.

I šta je onda Belruskoni uradio u toj nesrećnoj vezi sa Rubi da će na kraju da završi pred sudom? Sa njom ili sa mnogim drugim devojkama koje su bile u njegovom domu i koje je baš velikodušno plaćao. Sud iz Milana objavio je 27 stranica dokaza. Rubi je bila maloletna kad je bila na bunga bunga zabavama u njegovoj vili i on je to vrlo dobro znao. Rubi su uhvatili kako potkrada svoje prijatelje a on ju je izvukao iz policije iako su je drzali u pritvoru kao maloletnicu. Rubi je nelegalna imigrantkinja bez dokumenata a on joj je obećao sa velikom lakoćom sve papire. I na kraju, lagao je svojoj policija kad ju je vadio iz pritvora, da je rođaka Hosni Mubaraka, tadašnjeg egipatskog predsednika. Sve u svemu Berluskoni je zloupotrebio svoju političku moć, izvrdao zakon da bi njegov harem funkcionisao kako treba. Sve to ga je koštalo na stotine hiljade evra koje je davao devojkama u vidu poklona, autombila, stanova i keša. Rubi je u jednom trenutku tražila pet miliona evra za svoje zlatno ćutanje, što uopste nije za njega predstavljalo problem.

Na poziv suda Belruskoni je odgovorio podsmehom: odbija da o tome govori javno, i ne priznaje milanski sud: ne plaši se ničega kaže, ni za sebe ni za državu. Pokušava međutim da predmet premesti iz krivičnog suda u Milanu na njemu bezbedniju sudsku instancu ( Corte di assazione) gde može da vrši pritisak il kontrolu.

Pre nekolio dana na legendarnom muzickom festivalu u Sanremu pojavio se još legendarniji autor oskarovac Roberto Beninji bukvalno na belom konju i održao dug veoma emotivan govor na temu sjedinjene Italije. Sedamnaestog marta biće tacno 150 godina ujedinjene Italije a Sanremo je sav bio u tom znaku, obavijen trobojkom sa italijanske zastave. Ovo je presudna godina za italijansku demokratiju i italijanski nacionalni stil života.

Najnovija ekonomska istraživanja pokazuju Italiju kao poslednju zemlju Ujedinjene Evrope, sa najnižom stopom rasta. Mladi ljudi u Italiji gotovo da nemaju nikakvu budućnost niti iščekivanja. Zemlju cepaju desničari koji žele da je i legalno rasparčaju na svoje bogate provincije, i na siromašne koje priadaju svima ostalima. Kulturne jezičke razlike koje vekovima postoje između delova Italije sada se iznose kao nepremostive i ogromne, i predmet su manipulacije i nacionalizma. Sitni autonomni političari gladni moći i plena otimaju se za autonomiju i svoje parče prćije.

Podeliti i zavladati, divide et impera. Zajedno ćemo se odupreti. Zajedno smo jači, rekao je Beninji u svom potrestnom govoru. Analizirao je reč po reč romantičnu pesmu koju je napisao tada dvadesetogodišnji revolucionar i pesnik, martir italijanskog jedinstva, koja je danas italijanska himna. Ne smemo da izgubimo demokratiju zbog koje su mladi ljudi pali, ne smemo da je pustimo tek tako da ode u paramparčad, Beninji je apelovao. Ljudi pre nas su ginuli za demokratiju da bismo mi živeli za nju.

Vikiliks izveštaj je takođe objavljen u celokupnoj italijanskoj štampi. Ovi izveštaji američkog Stejt departmenta su postali kao neka novinarska agencija koja otvoreno kaže ono što svi zapravo misle i već znaju. Amerikanci se tu vide veoma zabrinuti zbog Berluskonijevog ponašanja, nacionalne stablinosti zemlje zbog njegovih besprizornih seks skandala. Zatim brine i njegov lični odnos a Gadafijem i Putinom, korupcija i mafijaške veze premijera. Veliki brat je zabrinut ali i dalje misli da im je Berluskoni kao takav koristan. Tipično.

Ali i jutjub sa Benijijem je na prvim stranicama italijanske dnevne štampe. Roberto Beninji peva tanušnim nežnim glasom himnu trobojke inspirisanu legendarnim Danteovim opisom boja u prvoj viziji krasne Beatriće. A odmah pored ovog vrha italijnske vekovne kulture objavljeni su delovi svedočenja mlade Marokanke. Objašnjava da bunga bunga znači orgija gde su devojke gole, igraju i moraju da zadovlje jednog muskarca , premijera Berluskonija. Reč dolazi iz Gadafijevog harema i srećno se implementira u mračnom okruženju makroa i madama italijanskog sultana. On svoje podanike zauvrat zapošljava u vladi, administraciji na vrlo visokim položajima. Zajedno se svi bore protiv sveta da bi sačuvali svoje privilegije unutar sultanovog zamka ali međusobno se krve oko privilegija i novca.

Žene Italije svih godina klasa i rasa i političkih pogleda pre nedelju dana bile su na ulicama trgovima širom Italije da demonstriraju protiv Berluskonija koji pretvara Italiju u javnu kuću. Italija je demokratska država i svetska sila a ne prćija milijardera sultana. Ali to reći jedna je stvar. Pokrenuti promenu i dokazati je nešto sasvim drugo. Predsednik Napolitano je ponovio da veruje da će Berluskoni imati zasluženo i pravedno suđenje. Videćemo tek da li je Italija tek reč za geografsku regiju, kako su je nekad nazivali diplomati pre sjedinjenja odnosno Risorgimento-a.

About jasminatesanovic

Jasmina Tešanović (Serbian: Јасмина Тешановић) (born March 7, 1954) is a feminist, political activist (Women in Black, Code Pink), translator, publisher and filmmaker. She was one of the organizers of the first Feminist conference in Eastern Europe "Drug-ca Zena" in 1978, in Belgrade. With Slavica Stojanovic, she ran the first feminist publishing house in the Balkans "Feminist 94" for 10 years. She is the author of Diary of a Political Idiot, a war diary written during the 1999 Kosovo War and widely distributed on the Internet. Ever since then she has been publishing all her work, diaries, stories and films on blogs and other Internet media.
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2 Responses to Sultan Berlusconi on Trial

  1. Luca Boschi says:

    Cara Jasmina, complimenti.
    Spero che ti faccia piacer se ti ho citata qui:
    http://lucaboschi.nova100.ilsole24ore.com/2011/02/jasmina-tesanovic-osserva-litalia.html

    Buona scrittura!

    Luca

  2. Grazie Luca, una gran bella citazione!

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