Can Italy’s clown-led party run the cir­cus?

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

LIVORNO—Their leader has been dubbed the clown prince of Ital­ian pol­i­tics.

And now the Five Star Move­ment (M5S) looks­set to be given the chance to run the cir­cus by tak­ing con­trol of the coun­try’s cap­i­tal.

With Vir­ginia Raggi tipped to be­come Rome’s first fe­male mayor af­ter a run-off vote this weekend, the spot­light has turned to M5S’s per­for­mance in smaller cities where it al­ready holds power.

It is a record that is mixed in Parma (pop­u­la­tion: 200,000) and Livorno (160,000), both of which have had may­ors elected on an M5S slate since the last set of lo­cal polls in 2014.

“The im­pres­sion is that the ac­tions of th­ese may­ors have led to dis­ap­point­ment. They raised hopes so highly that they were im­pos­si­ble to be ful­fill and in­evitably a cer­tain disil­lu­sion­ment set in after­wards,” said Lorenzo De Sio, a pro­fes­sor of political so­ci­ol­ogy at the Luiss uni­ver­sity in Rome.

Founded by co­me­dian Beppe Grillo, Five Star has es­tab­lished it­self as the pri­mary op­po­si­tion force in Ital­ian pol­i­tics against a back­drop of deep di­vi­sions on the right be­tween cen­trist al­lies of fad­ing fig­ure­head Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni and a far right ten­dency led by the North­ern League.

Grillo’s move­ment in­sists it be­longs to nei­ther left nor right, bas­ing its ap­peal in­stead on a call for vot­ers to throw out an es­tab­lished political class it de­picts as chron­i­cally corrupt and in­ca­pable of change.—APP The venue for the dol­phins will be a pro­tected coastal habi­tat, where the an­i­mals will con­tinue to live un­der hu­man care.

“We now know more about dol­phins and their care, and we be­lieve that the Na­tional Aquar­ium is uniquely po­si­tioned to use that knowl­edge to im­ple­ment pos­i­tive change,” said John Ra­canelli, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Na­tional Aquar­ium.

“This is the right time to move for­ward with the dol­phin sanc­tu­ary.”

Man­age­ment and the board of di­rec­tors at the aquar­ium in Bal­ti­more, near Wash­ing­ton, started work­ing on a strat­egy for the dol­phins five years ago.

Many ideas were floated, in­clud­ing re­build­ing the ex­ist­ing ma­rine mam­mal fa­cil­ity, which is 25 years old, to cre­ate a more nat­u­ral-style set­ting.

Trans­fer­ring the dol­phins to other li­censed facilities was also con­sid­ered. But of­fi­cials ul­ti­mately de­cided to set up a coastal refuge with Na­tional Aquar­ium staff con­tin­u­ing to take care of the dol­phins and in­ter­act­ing with them.

“This is a spe­cial time in his­tory con­cern­ing evolv­ing at­ti­tudes about treat­ing all forms of life with dig­nity and re­spect—other hu­mans very much in­cluded,” said Sylvia Earle, a ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist, ex­plorer and au­thor.—APP

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