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More about Silvio Berlusconi’s Mafia Ties

Comment: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Mafia ties are becoming more visible. A member of the fascist P-2 lodge, Berlusconi has “more connections than a switchboard.” Successor to Mussolini’s fascisti, the P-2 has been a major focal point of these broadcasts for decades. (Berlusconi is pictured at right.)

Berlusconi and his Italian fascist milieu also have intimate ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Al Taqwa complex. Youssef Nada’s lawyer Pier Felici Barchihandled the Swiss investments for Berlusconi.

“Silvio Berlusconi in ‘Protection Deal’ with Mafia” by Mark Franchetti; Times Online; 3/14/2010.

HE billionaire Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, once met a leading mafia godfather to ask for protection, according to testimony gathered over several years by crime prosecutors.

Mafia informants claim the meeting took place in Milan in 1974, when Berlusconi was already a wealthy entrepreneur, at the offices of his property company. The informers say Berlusconi met Stefano Bontade, then one of the mafia’s most powerful bosses, because he feared for his family’s safety at a time when Italy was plagued by a wave of high-profile kidnappings.

Francesco Di Carlo, one of Bontade’s henchmen who is now in jail, told prosecutors that he was at the meeting. He claims Berlusconi asked for help to ensure that neither he nor his children would be abducted by other mafia clans.

According to the henchman’s testimony, Bontade gave his word that he would personally ensure Berlusconi’s safety. In return Berlusconi told the mafia godfather that he was “at his disposal, for anything”.

According to anti-mafia prosecutors, the meeting was arranged by Marcello Dell’Utri, a close friend and business partner of Berlusconi. Dell’Utri later played an important role in founding the tycoon’s first political party, Forza Italia, which won the 1994 election and took Berlusconi to power. . . .

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  1. Berlusconi coalition is actually polling within 5% of the leading center-left coalition. Yep:

    Berlusconi defends Mussolini at Holocaust event
    Italy’s former prime minister, who is campaigning to return to politics, also defends the fascist dictator’s decision to ally with Adolf Hitler
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    January 27, 2013|By Tom Kington, Los Angeles Times

    ROME — Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been condemned by Jewish groups after he defended fascist dictator Benito Mussolini at an event commemorating victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

    Speaking on Sunday on the sidelines of an event in Milan marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Berlusconi also defended the Italian wartime dictator’s decision to ally with Adolf Hitler.

    “It’s difficult now to put yourself in the shoes of people who were making decisions at that time,” said Berlusconi, 76, who is campaigning ahead of elections in February.

    “Obviously the government of that time, out of fear that German power might lead to complete victory, preferred to ally itself with Hitler’s Germany rather than opposing it,” he said. “As part of this alliance, there were impositions, including combating and exterminating Jews. The racial laws were the worst fault of Mussolini as a leader, who in so many other ways did well.”

    In 1938, Mussolini passed laws barring Jews from academia and many professions. After 1943, when Germany occupied parts of the country, more than 7,000 Jews were deported to Nazi concentration camps, with many perishing at Auschwitz.

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said Saturday that Germany had an “everlasting responsibility” for Nazi crimes, but Berlusconi said Italy “did not have the same responsibility,” adding that the country’s collusion in the Holocaust was initially “partly unwitting.”

    But his comments call attention to the number of politicians in his coalition with far-right backgrounds, not least the dictator’s granddaughter, Alessandra Mussolini.

    His defense of Mussolini may also have been aimed at the many Italians today who defend the dictator’s record on infrastructure programs and overlook his racial laws.

    Note that Allessandra Mussolini may not be the only granddaughter of Musolini elected to office:

    Another Mussolini granddaughter runs for seat in Parliament; like Berlusconi, defends granddad

    By Associated Press, Published: January 30

    ROME — A granddaughter of Benito Mussolini is running for Italy’s Parliament and defending the late fascist leader much like Silvio Berlusconi recently did.

    Edda Negri Mussolini said in comments in Corriere della Sera Wednesday she is running on a ticket headed by Gianfranco Fini, a former neofascist ally of Berlusconi who is now a moderate backing Premier Mario Monti in February elections.

    Negri Mussolini says she is proud of her grandfather for his doing “many good things,” including cleaning up malaria-plagued swamps near Rome. But she denounced as “monstrous errors” her grandfather’s anti-Jewish laws, dictatorship and violence. Berlusconi on Sunday provoked outrage when, attending a Holocaust commemoration, he said Benito Mussolini did much good despite the crackdown on Italy’s Jews.

    Another granddaughter of the dictator, Alessandra Mussolini, already serves in Parliament

    Yes, former neo-fascist Gianfranco Fini is no longer allied with Belusconi and is now backing former troika-installed technocrat Mario Monti. There’s been no shortage of shifting alliances:

    Business Recorder
    Berlusconi gives up on mafia-tainted vote-getter
    January 24, 2013
    ALVISE ARMELLIN

    Engaged in a uphill struggle to close the gap on front-running centre-left rivals ahead of next month’s elections, former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has sacrificed a powerful but scandal-prone ally to court a disaffected electorate.

    The February 24-25 vote comes against the backdrop of a deep recession, soaring unemployment and a string of corruption and mafia-collusion scandals, which have fuelled anger against the so-called “caste” of professional politicians.

    Sensing the public mood, Berlusconi excluded from the list of candidates that his People of Freedom (PDL) party submitted late on Monday Nicola Cosentino, a man accused of being in cahoots with the Camorra, the Neapolitan branch of the Italian mafia.

    “It was a very painful decision,” Berlusconi told one of his TV channels on Tuesday.

    Cosentino, known as “Nick o’mericano” (Nick the American), was said to be worth 30,000 votes in Campania, one of the swing regions that the PDL is targeting in the hope of at least denying rivals the chance of an overall majority in the Senate.

    Earlier this year, parliament rejected a judicial request for his arrest. But Cosentino – who was first elected for Berlusconi’s party in 1996 and was one of his junior ministers in 2008-2010 – risks going to jail as soon as his parliamentary immunity expires.

    Monti’s list, Civic Choice, is supposed to be free of politicians or scandal-tainted candidates. But among stars like fencing gold medallist Valentina Vezzali and a string of businessmen and journalists, it includes some defectors from the PDL and the PD.

    The outgoing premier has also sided with two old-hand politicians and former Berlusconi allies like Pier Ferdinando Casini, a Christian Democrat, and Gianfranco Fini, a conservative who used to be a neo-fascist.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 31, 2013, 11:26 am

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