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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Naples garbage crisis.

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Naples, while drowning in his own garbage waste, more than a San Gennaro needs a San Giuliani, for solving his woes.


These days, news are coming out from Italy regarding the Naples garbage crisis. After reviewing them, I thought there was not much to be proud of, as Italian. An Italy's third largest city such as Naples, been drowning under mountains of garbage, while Italian authorities badly managing this emergency, it really shocked me. Also these news been ironically commented by other European nations, that also angered me. Naples has been in a state of emergency over waste disposal, a business in which the Camorra (the local mafia) has been involved, for nearly 14 years. Tensions over garbage spreading through the all of Italy when, some regions has been asked to help solving the crisis by allowing the disposal of their landfills, in response they showed their unwillingness toward that request. Prodi (the prime minister of Italy) this week appointed a former national police chief as "trash tsar" and gave him four months to solve the crisis, to clean up waste disposal in the Naples region, and take it out of the hands of he local mafia. The prime minister has been criticized by some politicians, and citizens as like, because his proposals for solving the Naples' crisis.


Now, wtf it's wrong with the Italians, they should help each others instead of bickering on the matter. Regarding some politicians, and parties (in particular-the regionalist Northern League party said it was ready to put up roadblocks to stop rubbish coming north,) instead to criticized they should shut f... up, and work together in resolving the situation, not criticizing each other policies. The all leadership of Naples, and some of Italy as well, are a disgrace to the entire Italy, for not having handled the crisis in time. Fourteen years later, and about $3 billions of public money, Naples is still searching for the solutions. I have a sense of deep disgust for the all matter, which has greatly embarrassed me, and the entire worldwide Italian communities.



Naples' citizens, in time of crisis they invoke the help of their patron saint (Naples protector's Saint is San Gennaro). Today, in this crisis more than a San Gennaro the Napolitans need San Giuliani. San Giuliani, or better Rudi Giuliani the former mayor of New York.





Rudolph William Louis, (that's the complete name) during his administration, crime rates dropped in New York City. In his first term as mayor, Giuliani, adopted an aggressive enforcement-deterrent strategy. This involved crackdowns on relatively minor offenses such as graffiti, turnstile jumping, and aggressive "squeegee men", on the theory that this would send a message that order would be maintained. I must say I didn't like much Giuliani because his policies, I believe he was more like a dictator in the function of a mayor, his though politics versus a part of New York city residents had raised some concerns among many citizens. After he, finished his term another major was elected, that was Michael Bloomberg which tried to follow Giuliani footsteps, meaning though management while running New York City's affairs. I didn't like him either, but today my view on their performances has changed, these days I came to realize maybe these mayors had not much choices while running a city such as New York. A mayor has to be resolute in his decisions don't wave under exterior pressures, once made his decisions go for it. A mayor of a big city can't make anybody happy, he has to work for the good of the entire community, not for the singles one. You can criticize how a mayor runs a city while he's in charge, but not step in his final decision.


Like the Italian politicians, and in the particular the Naples' case, where they can't take, or won't take any decision, because they are afraid of some citizens' response. These politicians rather than acting, they are reacting to external pressure. Maybe a mayor such as Giuliani, with his though methods would had solved already the Naples' crisis, acting even as "trash tsar" if the situation was required. He was undeterred by any critics while he was running as mayor. He had to overcome obstructions from any party, organizations, or common citizens, to make the right/wrong decision, and latter finally, put in action his proposals for solving a crisis. His administration wasn't stopped in it's tracks, like the Napolitan's administration had while trying to solve the issue by other parties, or organizations as well. The aftermaths of their incapacity to act as politicians combined with personal interests, are today results of this garbage crisis. Till these days, their unfitness for action in the face of crisis, has been worst than not reacting (even badly) at all.

In conclusion:

I hope now some Saint, or for the mere fact any Saint put some decency, and common sense in those Italian politicians, and finally do their jobs the way that was suppose to be done already, with determination, and resolution by making the right decisions for the Napolitans', and Italians' good.

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Many Think Mafia Involved in Naples Trash Crisis.


Author Roberto Saviano says he thinks the Camorra, a mafia organization, is involved in creating the garbage crisis in Naples.

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From reuters.com:

Naples rubbish.

Jan. 08 - Italy vows "radical" fix to Naples garbage crisis

A tense standoff between Italian police and locals in Naples who were blocking access to a garbage dump ended peacefully on Monday when the government said it would announce a "radical" solution to a waste emergency.

Robin Pomeroy reports from Naples.



Naples residents under siege

Jan. 8 - Some Naples residents feel abandoned by the government after a night of clashes between protestors and police over waste disposal.

People in Naples have had no choice but to dump household waste on ever growing piles in the streets. Italian media reported that some 110,000 tonnes of garbage had accumulated in the Campania region, of which Naples is the capital. Prime Minister Romano Prodi has promised a radical solution to the crisis and is due to hold an emergency meeting with his ministers.

Stefanie McIntyre reports.
# Roberta Massi, Resident
# Giovanni Russi, Resident






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3 Comments:

Anonymous said...

My family and I lived in the area of Napoli for two years. You can see trash everywhere, there is a total lack of civic sense and fear permeates everything and everyone. I've never felt so vulnerable in my entire life, everyday living becomes a struggle, I wondered and still do why people in the region would not stand up to those thugs and chose to live like that and feel proud of it. Naples is not Europe is not even Africa or the Middle East. Naples is another level of Dante's Inferno.

Anonymous said...

My family and I lived in the area of Napoli for two years. You can see trash everywhere, there is a total lack of civic sense and fear permeates everything and everyone. I've never felt so vulnerable in my entire life, everyday living becomes a struggle, I wondered and still do why people in the region would not stand up to those thugs and chose to live like that and feel proud of it. Naples is not Europe is not even Africa or the Middle East. Naples is another level of Dante's Inferno.

Red.eVolution said...

I know that feeling, I was from from Sicily and, I know exactly what you mean. I personaly was in Naples a couple times, before I left for the States. The all Italian South, is run by inert and some time corrupted politicians, who don't really give a damn about citizens but, their real interest by running the public affair is, to make a personal profit! Citizens are subdue, by the local crime organization (Ndraghetta, Camorra, Mafia or whatever organization crime run a particular area). They are the real society scums, (besides, the local corrupted political system) which by the intimidation of the common citizen, impedes a city to function or, work properly. It's very hard to fight them and, dangerous too if, you are left by yourself. Most of the time the system which are suppose to defend you, are latitante (hiding). So that, you are left alone and, vunerable to these organization, that's why I always thought the all South of Italy needed a radical change of the entire system. A more strong system, to fight these organizations and, altogether those corrupted politicians that are running our misfortune but, so much loved native land...

Thanks for your comment, please remember next time to live a name, even a fictitious one will do. The "Anonymous said..." sound a little too mechanical, like there wasn't a real person behind it.
Thanks again.

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