Emma Bonino
Italian politician
Emma Bonino
Emma Bonino is an Italian politician, former Member of the European Parliament and current Member of the Italian Senate. She is a leading member of the Italian Radicals, a political party that supports economic and social libertarianism, and human rights. She graduated in modern languages and literature from Bocconi University in Milan in 1972.
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Italy slams India's move to invoke anti-piracy law on marines - Times of India
Google News - about 3 years
Times of India Italy slams India's move to invoke anti-piracy law on marines Times of India ROME: Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino has said India's move to try two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fisherman under an anti-piracy act has left her "dumbfounded and outraged", saying Rome will challenge it in the "strongest terms." Apex court to decide the fate of Italian marines tomorrowHindu Business Line Italy scorns Indian decision to try marines with anti-piracy lawReuters all 166 news articles »
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Iran eyes nuclear deal but accuses Israel of sabotage
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Iran on Tuesday voiced optimism on a nuclear deal ahead of talks in Geneva but accused Israel of trying to sabotage them and of stoking Mideast tensions, following bomb attacks on its embassy in Beirut. "I think there is every possibility for success," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is Iran's top nuclear negotiator, said after meeting his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino in Rome. "I go to Geneva with the determination to come out with an agreement at the end of this round," Zarif said. But he said that Israel was trying to undermine the talks, after an Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Tel Aviv of being behind the attacks on Iran's embassy -- a charge immediately denied by Israel.
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Al Qaeda members may be among migrants: Italy
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Al Qaeda members may be among thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean by boat from Africa to Europe, posing a potential security risk for the European Union, Italy's Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said on Monday. Italy is seeking more help from its EU partners to tackle a crisis that has seen thousands of African migrants arrive in Sicily this year and hundreds of deaths en route. "We ... have suspicions that among the immigrants there are jihadist elements and members of al Qaeda," Bonino told a news conference during an EU foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels which discussed the issue. Italy wants the EU to launch a mission against human trafficking and organized crime in the Mediterranean under the bloc's common security policy.
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Pope Leads Prayer Vigil For Peace In Syria
NPR - over 3 years
Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has openly opposed a U.S. punitive strike against Syria and has joined other government ministers and leading personalities adhering to Pope Francis's call for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. On Saturday, the pope lead a long mass and peace vigil in St. Peter's Square. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Saudi Arabia Backs Syria Strikes
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WASHINGTON -- Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal called on the international community Sunday to take action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, giving a boost to President Barack Obama's goal of assembling a multinational coalition to intervene in the conflict. Al-Faisal said Saudi Arabia would back a U.S. strike on Syrian government targets, provided the military intervention was "the will of the Syrian people." The comments, first reported by Al Jazeera, were made during a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo, convened in order to discuss how the 22-member league should respond to the escalating violence in Syria. The meeting came less than two weeks after a sarin gas attack outside Damascus killed more than 1,400 people -- widely believed to be the work of Assad's government. In Washington, Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry spent the weekend making a forceful case to members of Congress that the U.S. should respo ...
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Momentum grows for military action against Syria
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Momentum appeared to build Tuesday for Western military action against Syria, with the U.S. and France saying they are in position for a strike, while the government in Damascus vowed to use all possible measures to repel it. The prospect of a dramatic U.S.-led intervention into Syria's civil war stemmed from the West's assertion — still not endorsed by U.N. inspectors — that President Bashar Assad's government was responsible for an alleged chemical attack on civilians outside Damascus on Aug. 21 that the group Doctors Without Borders says killed 355 people. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said U.S. military forces stand ready to strike Syria at once if President Barack Obama gives the order, and French President Francois Hollande said France was "ready to punish those who took the heinous decision to gas innocents." Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday the West should be under no illusion that bombing Syrian military targets would help end t ...
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EU likely to hold meeting on Egypt next week: Italy
Yahoo News - over 3 years
ROME (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers are likely to meet next week to discuss Egypt after security forces raided two protest camps in Cairo on Wednesday, killing hundreds of people, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said on Thursday. "We tried to mediate together with the United States, but it failed because the military accepted no compromises," Bonino said in comments to website Affaritaliani.it. "A meeting of EU foreign ministers is foreseen for Monday or Tuesday. ...
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Terrorismo Yemen, Usa ordinano ai cittadini americani di lasciare il Paese (FOTO, VIDEO)
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tensione alle stelle nello Yemen, dove il Dipartimento di Stato americano ha ordinato a tutti i cittadini Usa di lasciare immediatamente il Paese. L'ordine di Washington è perentorio: evacuare al più presto l'ambasciata statunitense nello Yemen a causa delle minacce. Un comunicato del Dipartimento di Stato ha ordinato la partenza del personale governativo non di emergenza dallo Yemen, "a causa della continua possibilità di attacchi terroristici". Il comunicato afferma anche che i cittadini statunitensi che si trovano nel Paese dovrebbero partire il prima possibile e definisce il livello di minaccia alla sicurezza nel Paese "molto alto". Anche l'Italia ha "chiuso al pubblico" la sua ambasciata nel Paese arabo. "In Yemen l'ambasciata l'abbiamo chiusa al pubblico ma con assistenza telefonica", ha annunciato stamattina il ministro degli Esteri, Emma Bonino, prima che il dipartimento di Stato americano ordinasse a tutti gli americani di lasciare il Paese. La titolare della Farnesina, pur c ...
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Italy, France deny asylum for Snowden
Inquirer Business - over 3 years
Italy and France both rejected on Thursday the requests for asylum from fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.   Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said Thursday that Italy could not accept an asylum request from the former US intelligence analyst because there were no legal or political conditions to do so.   "The request for political asylum was lodged two days ago via a fax sent to the Italian embassy," Bonino said in an address to parliament.   "The rules require that the asylum-seeker needs to present himself personally" either to the embassy or on Italian territory, she said.   "The conditions are not there to accept it, no... Keep on reading: Italy, France deny asylum for Snowden
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Syrian troops push forward against rebels, capture Damascus suburb
Fox News - over 3 years
Syrian troops pushed forward with their offensive against rebels Saturday, capturing a suburb near the Damascus international airport as the U.S. warned that the alleged use of chemical weapons by President Bashar Assad's forces and the involvement of the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah in the civil war threaten to put a proposed political settlement out of reach. The U.S. and Russia have been pressing for a peace conference to end Syria's civil war in Geneva, but prospects for that have been dampened after a series of regime battlefield victories and hardened positions by both sides as the death toll from the more than 2-year-old conflict has surged to nearly 93,000. President Barack Obama's decision this week to send lethal aid to Syrian rebels and the deepening involvement of trained Shiite fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah group also has raised the stakes, setting up a proxy fight between Iran and the West that threatens to engulf more of the Middle East. The U.S. ...
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Italy can't change its 2013 deficit commitment: foreign minister
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
ROME (Reuters) - Italy cannot change the fiscal commitments made with its European partners for this year, Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said on Tuesday, adding to a range of views on public finance pledges expressed by Enrico Letta's new government.
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2 police officers reportedly shot outside Italian premier's office amid swearing-in
Fox News - almost 4 years
Two Italian paramilitary policemen were shot and wounded Sunday in a crowded square outside the premier's office in Rome as Italy's new leader was being sworn in elsewhere in the city. The shooting took place shortly after 11:30 a.m., just as Premier Enrico Letta and his Cabinet were taking their oaths at the Quirinal presidential office. Reporters inside the Chigi Palace press office, about a half-mile away, heard the shots and raced outside. An AP television producer saw the two wounded Carabinieri officers in the square outside the palace. One of them lay on the pavement with blood pouring out of his neck. About 10 bullets littered the square next to the palace, which houses the offices of the premier and other government officials. Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno said a third person, a woman who was passing by, was also injured. It was unclear how, but the shooting produced panic in the square as people tried to flee. It was not immediately clear if there was any connection ...
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Italy Forms New Government
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
ROME — Center-left leader Enrico Letta forged a new Italian government Saturday in a coalition with former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives, an unusual alliance of bitter rivals that broke a two-month political stalemate from inconclusive elections in the recession-mired country. The daunting achievement was pulled off by Letta, who will be sworn in as premier along with the new Cabinet at the presidential Quirinal Palace on Sunday. Letta, 46, is a moderate with a reputation as a political bridge-builder. He is also the nephew Berlusconi's longtime adviser, Gianni Letta, a relationship seen as smoothing over often nasty interaction between the two main coalition partners. Serving as deputy premier and interior minister will be Berlusconi's top political aide, Angelino Alfano. He is a former justice minister who was the architect of legislation that critics say was tailor-made to help media mogul Berlusconi in his many judicial woes. The creation of ...
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Katherine Marshall: Ban Female Genital Mutilation
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The United Nations General Assembly last December 20 passed, by consensus, a resolution whose final section "calls upon States, the United Nations system, civil society and all stakeholders to continue to observe 6 February as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and to use the day to enhance awareness raising campaigns and to take concrete actions against female genital mutilations." This resolution was a hard won victory after years of advocacy by an international coalition, the Ban FGM Campaign. Their target? A persistent practice that happens every day; the World Health Organization estimates that 140 million women have been cut and three million girls undergo the procedure each year. How it's done varies: from a "symbolic nick" to slicing off the full genitalia and sewing the opening shut; razor blades and knives are the instrument. The girl's age also varies but most often the children who are cut are very young. There is a powerful i ...
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Emendamento radicale contro l'esenzione Ici per la Chiesa - AgoraVox Italia
Google News - over 5 years
La proposta del partito di Marco Pannella e Emma Bonino punta a sgombrare il campo da fraintendimenti e interpretazioni divergenti: “l'esercizio a qualsiasi titolo di una attività commerciale, anche nel caso in cui abbia carattere accessorio rispetto
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L'Europa ibrida non ha futuro - Libero News
Google News - over 5 years
Proprio come dice Emma Bonino, ovvero con un ministro dell'Economia dell'Unione, aliquote uguali da Berlino ad Atene e regole sul mercato del lavoro armonizzate e non a macchia di leopardo. Non è più il momento di tergiversare. Serve un nuovo brio,
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  • 2016
    Age 67
    In 2016, she was appointed by Erik Solheim, the Chairman of the Development Assistance Committee, to serve on the High Level Panel on the Future of the Development Assistance Committee under the leadership of Mary Robinson.
    More Details Hide Details Taking her background, one can infer she is a fervent pro-European, she reaffirmed it recently by signing the Soros letter ('As concerned Europeans') and calling for a stronger European integration. Bonino is a godmother of Countess Luana, elder daughter of Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau. In 1999 Bonino was one of the two winners of the North-South Prize, an award that honors individuals with accomplishment in the protection of human rights, pluralistic democracy, and improvement of North-South relations.
  • 2013
    Age 64
    She received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2013.
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    On 28 April 2013, she was sworn in as foreign minister in the government led by Enrico Letta. Bonino was elected to the European Parliament in 1979 and re-elected in 1984 and 1999.
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  • 2008
    Age 59
    In 2008, at the elections of 13 and 14 April, she was elected to a seat in the Senate, the second parliamentary chamber, on the list of the Democratic Party for the Piedmont constituency.
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    She resigned from office on 7 May 2008 when she had been elected vice president of the Senate the previous day.
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    A veteran legislator in Italian politics and an activist for various reform policies, she was elected as one of four vice presidents of the Senate on 6 May 2008.
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  • 2004
    Age 55
    For her battles and engagements with controversial issues, her engagement in the promotion of human rights and civil rights in the world, she received the "Open Society Prize 2004" and "Prix Femmes d'Europe 2004" for Italy.
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    In January 2004, she organized the "Regional Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the role of the International Penal Court, the first for an Arabic country.
    More Details Hide Details She is currently a board member of the Arab Democracy Foundation. Bonino was a board member of DARA (international organization) until December 2012.
  • 2003
    Age 54
    In March 2003, she started a daily review of the Arabic press on Radical Radio.
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  • 2001
    Age 52
    In December 2001, she moved to Cairo with the objective of learning the Arabic language and culture.
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  • 1999
    Age 50
    In June 1999, she obtained a historic percentage of votes (8.5%) in the European elections (vs. the usual 2–3% that Radicals got in the previous and subsequent elections).
    More Details Hide Details Her list (Lista Bonino) won seven of 78 Italian seats in this election. Еmma Bonino supported the NATO intervention in Kosovo in the Spring of 1999. From 1999 to 2004, the Lista Bonino was non-affiliated. Since 2004, it is part of the ALDE group.
    On 15 March 1999, together with all the Santer Commission, she resigned due to the accusations of fraud and mismanagement against commissioner Édith Cresson.
    More Details Hide Details The final report however leveled charges against most commissioners, including Bonino herself. In November 2002, she was appointed Head of the Italian Government delegation at the Inter-governmental Conference of the Community of Democracies in Seoul. Along with Marco Pannella, another member of the Radical Party, Bonino has fought numerous battles for civil rights and individual liberty, mainly concerned with divorce, the legalisation of abortion, the legalisation of drugs, and for sexual and religious freedoms. She has fought for an end to capital punishment, against female genital mutilation, and the eradication of world hunger.
  • 1997
    Age 48
    In 1997, her field of competence was widened to include consumer health protection and food safety.
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  • 1994
    Age 45
    From 1994 to 1999, she was European Commissioner responsible for Consumer Policy, Fisheries and the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO).
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    In October 1994, she was appointed head of the Italian Government delegation to the UN General Assembly for the "Moratorium on death penalty" initiative.
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  • 1993
    Age 44
    She served as the Secretary of the Transnational Radical Party in 1993–94 and the party's president in 1991–1993.
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  • 1986
    Age 37
    In 1986, she was among the promoters of a referendum against nuclear energy that led to the rejection of a civil nuclear energy programme in Italy.
    More Details Hide Details On 17 May 2006, Bonino was appointed as minister for international trade in the cabinet of Romano Prodi.
  • 1976
    Age 27
    Bonino was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies in 1976 and reelected in 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1994 and 2006.
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  • 1975
    Age 26
    In 1975, she founded the Information Centre on Sterilisation and Abortion and promoted the referendum which led to the legalisation of abortion in Italy.
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  • 1972
    Age 23
    She graduated in modern languages and literature from Bocconi University in Milan in 1972.
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  • 1948
    Born on March 9, 1948.
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