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The declassified hearing of a mafia turncoat on waste traffic in Naples

2 Nov

Reading the words of Carmine Schiavone, the Casalesi mafia turncoat, you wonder why the Italian government to stop a so huge environmental disaster and why the various parliaments – that have come and gone – have secreted similar news. Why governments were waiting for 20 years.
But you have to wonder how that could happen that half of Europe was able to converge on Naples a enormous waste, just while North Italian racist slogans were chanting ‘Oh God,  wash their rubbish with the fire of Vesuvius ‘ and, anyway ,how was possibile evading controls , such as those Germans, who should be serious .

The question, inevitable , which is very simple: when the authors of this huge environmental disaster realized that they are the killers of monstrous genocide?
And then ,why they have continued ?

Hearing of the Camorra turncoat Carmine Schiavone by Italian Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry at its meeting on October 7, 1997 – p. 9 (declassified October 31, 2013)

  •     President Massimo Scalia : When the waste has become an ​​activity of the clan ?
  •     Carmine Schiavone : This situation immediately became operational and began to pour money into the coffers of the state …
  •     President Massimo Scalia : You mean in the coffers of the clan ?
  •     Carmine Schiavone : It ‘the same , more or less.
  •     President Massimo Scalia : Why do you say that is the same ?
  •     Carmine Schiavone : I am embarrassed. I was referring to the coffers of the clan as a clan of state …
  •     President Massimo Scalia : It is your state !
  •     Carmine Schiavone : The Mafia and the Camorra could not exist if it was not the state … If Institutions want not the existence of a clan, what possibility to exist?

Hearing of the Camorra turncoat Carmine Schiavone by Italian Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry at its meeting on October 7, 1997 – p. 28 (declassified October 31, 2013)

  •     President Massimo Scalia : How much money have entered into cash by pertita waste ?
  •     Carmine Schiavone : As far as I know, from 2-3000 millions (of lire) in 1990
  •     President Massimo Scalia : So little?
  •     Carmine Schiavone : But in the common fund , with which he was paying monthly , not in private funds . I did seize the state 2.200 billions (of lire) and I think there are still few , it does not add up . There are also properties that can not be seized abroad , for example in Brazil , Spain. There are properties in Germany , in France.

Hearing of the Camorra turncoat Carmine Schiavone by Italian Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry at its meeting on October 7, 1997 – p. 22 (declassified October 31, 2013)

  •     President Massimo Scalia : You spoke of radioactive sludge from Germany. Can tell us something more?
  •    Carmine Schiavone : No. I just know that this sludge coming in lead logs of 50 cm, a bit long . Someone told me.

Hearing of the Camorra turncoat Carmine Schiavone by Italian Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry at its meeting on October 7, 1997 – p. 32 (declassified October 31, 2013)

  •     President Massimo Scalia : You was involved into the construction of the expressway connecting Napoli- Caserta … there is a natural suspicion that, with respect to such large volumes of business , there were …
  •     Carmine Schiavone : This does not happen only in Italy and in Germany , one of our affiliates – who had 99 company – built the highway from Baden- Baden to Monaco with a renevue of 27 billion marks. So it’s no wonder , it’s not only in Italy , but unfortunately  we are accustomed to think that  Italians are all thieves , but this happens in France , in Europe , to not speak of South America.

Hearing of the Camorra turncoat Carmine Schiavone by Italian Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry at its meeting on October 7, 1997- p. 30 (declassified October 31, 2013)

  •     President Massimo Scalia : You alluded to the fact that some politicians were related in some way to Freemasonry …
  •     Carmine Schiavone : Why do not we leave aside the politicians?

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Naples is calling under an unbelievable enviromental disaster

8 Ott

Hurry for Naples! – (Andy Wahrol)

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In the town of Caivano (Italy) , cabbages are yellow and not white , as normal. ‘It was polluted everything: groundwater, wells , land and even the cabbage. We found , in particular, cadmium , arsenic and lead with parameters of 4-500 times that exceeded the maximum allowed’. (General Giovanni Costa , head of the Forest Guard of Naples and its province, interviewed by Corriere del Mezzogiorno) .

The boundaries do not fare better : Qualiano, Villaricca and Giugliano towns are the industrial triangle of illegal dumping of toxic waste , which is managed by the Mallardo  clan, while Casalesi Clan control the territories of Caserta . ” (Italia24ore)

But the Land of Fires (this is the nickname of that territory of Campania by the hundreds of illegal fires of industrial garbage done by Camorra) is not limited to these populous towns or to the ‘triangle of death’ of Acerra , Nola and Marigliano , where in last years an exponential increase of tumors , especially in children , and mortality is growing.
47 municipalities are officially ‘ contaminated ‘ , including Afragola, Arzano, Aversa, Caivano, Calvizzano, Cardito, Carinaro, Casal di principe, Casaluce, Casandrino, Casapesenna, Casavatore, Casoria, Cesa, Crispano, Frattamaggiore, Frattaminore, Frignano, Giugliano, Gricignano di Aversa, Grumo Nevano, Lusciano, Marano, Melito, Mugnano, Orta di Atella, Parete, Qualiano, San Cipriano d’Aversa, San Marcellino, Sant’Antimo, Sant’Arpino, Succivo, Teverola, Trentola-Ducenta, Villa di Briano, Villa Literno, Villaricca.

To these towns three districts of Naples have to be added: Bagnoli and Cavalleggeri, where the dismantling of the former Eternit factory has turned into a huge pile of asbestos few meters far from the houses , and Pianura, where is a landfill hotly contested by the population.

Eternit Bagnoli Process: Some relatives of the more than 500 victims – so far proven.

At a guess we are talking about two million people daily exposed to industrial products or their smogs that are toxic, mutagenic, harmful to health.

Not for particular sins of the people that lives there, but for the gangs acting in plain sight, for a local political class selected elsewhere and for an Italian Republic which intervenes little and badly , unless it is distracted and busy in a completely different .
Needless to say, the costs of health are becoming increasingly unsustainable for the Campania Region and one of the richest agricultural production in Europe will be thrown away for years and years, relegating those territories to subsidiaryty.

Map of the Land of Fires for hazard index of the buried/ burned waste

The causes of an environmental disaster of so large and so dramatic consequences are few: the Camorra, the Italian Republic, the Italian Parliament.

In fact, the root of all evils is the traffic of hazardous wastes, which began in 1982 , thanks to an Italian law that deregulated the treatment of industrial waste, without – as tragically proved – adequate controls on the sites and on the certifiers .
In the 80s , long ago, we report the first investigation, ‘Adelphi’,  for international traffic of industrial bins and sewage buried in the quarries of Caserta and in the plains of Terra di Lavoro (today Land of Fires).
Only then (it was 1991 ) Italian Republic established an observatory and a parliamentary commission of inquiry , but not a comprehensive inspectorate and not a stricter rule on sites and certifications .

Today, it is a fact that the legislation and control systems were inadequate, as demonstrated by the process of Eternit Bagnoli which ended in the first instance with the sentencing to 16 years of the Swiss tycoon Stephan Schmidheiny and the Belgian Baron Louis De Cartier, former leaders of the multinational, (con)damned for environmental disaster and malicious willful default of safety precautions , but … the sentences are gone in prescription and asbestos is still there, in open air not so far from houses.

A sieve, which benefits – imposing it as dominant thanks to a billion- euro business – the Casalesi Clan, legal dealers for the construction of fish tanks from Lago Patria up to Mondragone, used for the extraction of sand and … the burying more of everything .

Burial of toxic waste in a quarry

Still, the principal dealer of the Casalesi Clan, Carmine Schiavone – already during the interrogation of ’93 , ’94 and ’96 – had described the whole illegal chain for the spillage of waste, stemming in large part ‘outputs’ from North Italy companies,  on time untouched by all the investigations .

Then, at the beginning of the second millennium, while the Italian Republic and its Parliament  were managing a disaster with unexplainable ease, the Campania Felix was wasted also by the vainglory of the Policy.
So it happened that the national news, in those years – rather than to make pressure on the Casalesi Camorra and the regional misrule, all twisted the question like ‘ incinerator yes-no ‘ as suggested by Minister Pecoraro Scanio and flashed the general attention on popular uprisings against legal landfills ( there have been convictions ) but not against those abusive …
Meanwhile , our companies of the North Italy continued to send their industrial wastes at unbeatable prices … why would they suspect of those who offered them it without problems?
Meanwhile, while tons of harmful waste are coming from northern Italy to Naples and Caserta, the same Italy refused to place in its landfills  the relatively few tons of garbage that invaded the city of Naples (without legal landfills) and created a global healthcare alarm even to WHO in New York.

Since then it goes on with a dozen fires per day, organized by small gangs employed by the Camorra around the provinces of Naples and Casert , to burn waste, solvents, tires, harmful products come from everywhere. And now even the wind is the enemy , in Terra di Lavoro aka Land of Fires , because it takes anywhere dioxins , heavy metals, toxic or mutagenic compounds.
Who  can is leaving  fine owned homes or work activities to take refuge in the few ‘safe’ areas. A silent, desperate exodus with no return.

Burning of toxic materials – Photo from Giornalettismo.it

The Italian Republic, its Parliament, its national Media? Absent or at least silent.

Not seen if , until 31 December 2007, the Province of Caserta – with an  international alarm for environmental disaster in progress – legislated to certify every wells with any statement provided by its owner and only from that date it was needed certain checks to be allowed to create and use a pit. Actually, ’60-70% of the wells used to irrigate the land is outlawed ” (CampaniaNotizie.com)

An Italy that stalls, sipping resources and responsibilities, if ” the third largest city in Campania, one of the most populous regions of Italy, is the ‘capital of poisons’. In Giugliano town is taking place in plain sight and in the general silence, one of the the most serious disasters in Europe.
In the almost ninety-five km square area – that extends from Marano to Aversa  stretching up into the Domitian coast, three of the four elements of nature are – in some cases – irreparably compromised : the dioxin breathed by the air, the leachates gone in many agricultural wells as the the (in)famous ponds where the Camorra has spilled the impossible, the industrial poisons filling the earth.

Photo by Il Mattino di Napoli

The Giugliano ecosystem  is so devastated that – few months ago – Prosecutor Alessandro Milita, author of a complex investigation into the Resit landfill (note: as big as 2,600 football fields ), told the parliamentary committee on waste cycle that exponential growth of pollution ‘can only be compared to AIDS , because in the coming years it will be extended again. Among forty years will inevitably come to terms. According to the expertise of the geologist Giovanni Balestri, in 2064 the aquifer under the Resit will be compromised by thousands of tons of poisons leached through the tuff’.
In Resit – by the initiative of the clan but behind a facade of legality represented by false claims – 341,000 tonnes of hazardous waste have been downloaded over the years, including 30,600 tons of all kinds of waste from chemical factory Acna Cengio, actually found less than twelve feet below ground. The landfill in Scafarea is the head of the monster that has already polluted twelve exploration wells in the surrounding countryside planted with vegetables and fruit and spits out , day after day, streams of toxic leachate.’ ( Il Corriere del Mezzogiorno)

Photo by Today.it

A distracted Parliament while invoking the fight against tax evasion and undeclared work, if the prefectural Commission found that the  city of Giugliano in Campania denotes a ‘lack of control and serious administrative problems at the vegetable market’, which is the second in Italy after Milan with a movement of one million tons per year of fruit and vegetables.

Even plans to introduce tougher sentencing, mandatory arrest for environmental crimes, summary trials on the basis of biochemical tests of the police.
No notice on the evidence that it is thanks to his laws and his (deficient) controls that Camorra has been able to achieve a kolossal environmental disaster, which otherwise continues unabated .
Not even wonders how it can still be fully asserted its jurisdiction in so abandoned lands in hands of  Camorra Clan, where citizens, rather than conspiratorial, are quite intimidated and deeply disheartened .

Not even a prominent politician in the sit ins as in the events promoted by parish priests and bishops , the ones remained in the forefront among the people.
Not a national front-page for a carnage – if unintended – is a massacre , and an ethnic cleansing – if still tolerated.

Event by Football Team S.S.C. Naples – Photo by La Repubblica

So, in this unfunny game, it happened that – few weeks ago – a well-known Italian newspaper  asked why the Neapolitan people does not rebel. A quite paradoxical question: against the Camorra or against the State – that claims taxes and does not guarantee safety and health – or both?

Do not blow on the embers which may be fire, if anyone does not recall the facts and/or forgets our history, after having spoken and written with contempt – and with impunity for decades – ‘on the Neapolitan people’ , starting from the stands of stadiums, as if racism could be everything else than racism.
Rather, we should ask whether the state exists in the provinces of Naples and Caserta or whether, as seems just , something has failed.

Meanwhile, hurry.
To save those who are still alive and help those who have nothing … to believe .

Read also The declassified hearing of a mafia turncoat on waste traffic, envitomental disaster and political connections


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The day of (rare) sicks

28 Feb

Today is the World Day of Rare Diseases. This year’s theme is “Rare Diseases Without Borders.” In many countries there are no possibilities or knowledge for the correct diagnosis or treatments. According to experts, international cooperation is the only way that you can get to wherever a high level of access to care and medications.

What’s about Italy?

According to a recent report by the National Bioethics Committee rare diseases involve situations very burdensome for one million Italians who is officially affected, with perhaps two million people that are still waiting for a diagnosis.
All this happens not because of the disease itself, but for the decay of Italian NHS, fragmented in our Regional Health System, and the profound disinterest of politicians, institutions and medical associations.

According to the report, in fact, the problems of individuals and families of patients mainly concern:

1. difficulty or impossibility to access the correct diagnosis – due to the failure to identify a clinical reference center specialized in the disease in question – with the worsening state of health of the patient;
2. delay in diagnosis that adversely affects prognosis;
3. lack of scientific knowledge and information about both the disease, both on existing laws and rights;
4. lack of adequate medical care and rehabilitative or psychological therapy if necessary, taking into account the nature of most chronic and disabling of rare diseases and the disruption and destabilization that the experience of the disease involves the patient and family;
5. difficulty of access to treatment and care, which affects both the availability of new drug-availability, of high or very high cost, specific to a particular rare disease already on the market in Europe and, when there are no specific aetiological therapies , access to other possible treatments;
6. strong inequalities – at regional and local level – to access to diagnosis, treatment and innovative, more generally, health care and social services;
7. high costs of treatment, overall, and the lack of support measures that meet the needs of daily supervision and continuous determined by pathology, the contents of which falls almost entirely on the family, causing impoverishment and often expulsion from the world of work;
8. precarious conditions, often perceived as serious or very serious people with, even after getting the diagnosis;
9. heavy social consequences for the patient (stigmatization, isolation in school and in work activities, difficulties to build a network of social relations).

With all the money that Italy spent for rare diseases, this ‘bulletin of horrors’ ‘should ‘attract’ the attention, by time, of the Court of Auditors and the Order of Physicians, as well as civil society as a whole.
If we look to politial responsabilities, the game is won easily, because Rosy Bindi, actual president of the Democratic Party and former Minister of Health, was the one person that issued the disastrous laws we have on mental health, the health service, disability, disease rare. A planetary goal.

But it does not end now, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

In fact, the report of the National Bioethics Committee does not tell that:

1. rare diseases included in the list of disabling diseases are only five, compared with more than 3,000 classified. It is crazy and uncorrect;
2. Italian State has accepted just formally the guidelines set by the World Health Organization, issued in 1992, about work and disability, which are based on the principle of the functional limitations and not on the classification of the diseases or the irreversible biological damages;
3. a lot of regional centers for rare diseases have not been established or have been outsourced on private facilities, usually Catholic;
4. orphan drugs are available only in some hospitals and are forbidden in private clinics;
5. coordination for biological samples or networking is non-existent but it was heavy financed;
6. management of any other disease does not occur as a function of the rare disease that the primary pathology and the law do not previde a coordination function for the centers;
7. a lot od patient, maybe all, have to undergo continuous therapy and routinely travels dozens of miles just for an infusion.

Even worse if we look at the situation of the Italian non-profit organization.
A reality estremely fragmented, often loyal just to a medical or research center, so that gets donations and means regardless of the effective qualitaty, but only on the basis of visibility that the association is able to obtain. Just get a sick who is a celebrity or influent member of the community to exalt a mediocre center and vice versa.
In addition, some of these associations absorb most of the donations to exist and the rest ends up ‘for search’ or ‘health center’ or ‘departments’. Excepted certain types of diseases for which is expected to accompany by public contribution, many organizations normally do not provide direct services to the sick: you are alone in the hospital, at home, in taxis or ambulances.
Indeed, some spread incorrect health informations, even among those ‘validate’ or publicized by the principal Italian Health Organizations.

Italy spent millions of euro for the information through physicians, associations and charities, but will perhaps thousands, at least, those spent to count the sicks and whether and why are not met.
Really inexplicable why this happens, if you do not want to count that we are in the Italian Cleptocracy.

A problem confirmed by the ‘Dossier on the subject of rare diseases of 2008-2010, edited by Cittadinanzattiva Tribunal for Patients’ Rights, National Coordination associations chronically ill, which indicates:
1. ‘difficulties’ to enjoy the benefits provided by law
2. strong differences that exist from region to region,
3. more than 40% of patients do not often have access to essential drugs.

A Dossier, by Cittadinanzattiva and the Court for the rights of the Sick, that forgets to tell us how many cases of medical malpractice are happened or the number of disputes initiated by patients. As it does not explain why these powerful associations do not give legal assistance to victims of medical malpractice nor protest for laws and in the courts, which take decades to sentence and repair the damage suffered by the patient, if alive …

Class Actions, allowed by law, not even to hear about it, while medical malpractice cases – registered by the companies that provide doctors and hospitals – would amount to one hundred thousand a year, let alone how many are those, minimum or glamorous, so there is resignation and they are not complaint.

According to Sole 24 ore “Health Focus” of 11 to 17 November 2008, inadequate health care and lack of access to rights, or ‘cost and inconvenience, would lead to the abandonment of care by 1 patient 4 to which must be added a 37% who abandons for bureaucratic obstacles’, which obviously are posed by different hospitals and local health authorities.

Other studies have found that:

1. 57.9% of patients are forced to bear the costs of personal care at an annual cost ranging from a minimum of 800 to a maximum of € 7,000 (2008 study of the Court of patients’ rights);
2. for many parents to meet the care needs means worse off work, if you do not stop (Pilot Study ISFOL13)
3. among families participating in the study many live in conditions very low income and almost 20% have been forced to resort to loans, to deal with the management of the disease.

Important to know that in Italy we all are obliged to the ‘right to compulsory the NHS’ – words used by the Ministry of Health, which does not specify how much it costs to each of us this ‘obligatory right’ and why, payed taxes for social security, workers can not contract insurances with the money that remains them. Supplementary insurances exist, but in private clinics orphan drugs are not allowed by the state. In a nutshell a sick rare Italian is forced to go to a public hospital. He has no choice.
It is therefore a euphemism about Medical malpractice when it has to do with a sick rare Italian. Should we talk about martyrs.

Questions those add other questions. As a pair, addressed to our physicians:

1. how can the Order of Doctors do not expect a clean sweep and when will do justice for the sicks, if 370,000 of the rare patients (37% of those known) does not want cares, owed for free, but unobtainable, because of the rules are inconclusive, inappropriate, inadequate? How can the Judiciary and the National Institute of Health not to intervent?
2. which is the degree of awareness of rare diseases, procedures and laws regarding health, by our doctors? Because they do not arise in defense of their patients because the Machine will make adequate laws and procedures? Are they the Machine?

As for the rest, it is useless to ask how much money we’ve thrown in the past ten years and in which pockets are finished.

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