Pope Benedict XVI Resignation: More Than Meets the Eye – Guido Lombardi Papal Commentary

The Significance of The Papal Resignation and Why The Hidden Meanings Behind Today’s Announcement

Guido George Lombardi - Executive Director of The North Atlantic League

By Guido George Lombardi

We must first understand the gravity and importance of this act.  While we all knew of Pope Benedict’s declining health, no one ever thought that he would voluntarily resign.  This hasn’t happened in over 600 years.

The Pope must have had grave and important reasons.  His official reasons were poor “spiritual” and “mental” health.  However, his statement conveyed  more of a sense of incapacitation than a simple health issue.

In my opinion, Pope Benedict XVI, who was elected by his fellow cardinals in 2005, became aware that he was no longer able to make good, theologically proper, and God-centered decisions.  This goes to the heart of his mission, being a guide for the Church, and him being a theologian.  It means that he does not feel capable to discern God’s message from all of the noise out there in the world.  .

The fact that his retirement coincides with the last day of the political elections in Italy is no coincidence.  It clearly means that he feels responsible to stay and pray for the good, right, results of this important political choice.

As an attentive actor on the European and international scene, he knows that the elections in Italy mean a lot more than a change for that nation but that it will influence European relations, and relations with Israel.  Italy’s former Prime Minister and current candidate Silvio Berlusconi is a steadfast supporter of Israel, while the leftists in Italy support the oppressive regimes in Syria, Iran and Egypt.  Let’s pray the elections go well and that the next Pope will be ready for the coming crises.  

Ultimately, Pope Benedict XVI was a man of transition.  He had to transition between Pope John Paul II, arguably the best Pope of the modern era, and the new Pope that will be elected, someone who will have the opportunity to raise the church out of its previous scandal and into the new 21st digital century. 

In the end, Pope Benedict XVI will have done his best to make that happen.  He has borne the brunt of the blame for the church’s transgressions,  has made the Papacy more relevant, including forming its own Twitter account, and clarifying positions on current issues such as gay marriage, abortion, support of Israel and the Jewish people.  

Guido George Lombardi is an international political & business consultant, specializing in Italy, the United States, and Israel, as well as vatican relations.  His most recent book The Value Matrix 2.0 (released Feb. 2011) has garnered high praise from the likes of Donald J. Trump and Daniel Abraham, while his previous book The Value Matrix was received by His Holiness Pope John Paul II himself.  Mr. Lombardi is currently available to speak to universities, community groups, strategic studies groups, and business conferences throughout the United States. For media inquiries please visit https://guidolombardi.org/contact/

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Greece, Portugal, Italy and Other EU Nations Should and Will Eventually Drop Off the Euro

Greece, Portugal, Italy and Other EU Nations Should and Will Eventually Drop Off the Euro

Guido George Lombardi - Executive Director of The North Atlantic League

By Guido George Lombardi

Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde is the managing director of the IMF International Monetary Fund) since July 2011. In a short recent interview with Maria Bartiromo on CNBC she tried to explain why the Greeks should, in effect, sell their nation to the Germans and to the IMF.

On a parallel note, some hedge funds in the US and elsewhere are planning to sue Greece for failing to repay some of its debt. Sorry, but to me that is a clear and simple example of financial dictatorship. I do not approve of the Greek political past, nor its present leadership (they are no Leonidas for sure), I believe their socialist agenda got them in this kind of trouble for sure, but I think every red-blooded American believes that this is no reason to sell one’s soul to the devilish financial institutions that, very wrongly and probably unethically, did loan them the money.

Just like here at home, if Mr. Smith, Mrs. Brown or Mr. Gonzales cannot pay the mortgage that was so easily given to them a few years back by greedy and sometime criminally negligent (toward their own shareholders) banks.  Those people should probably loose their home, as it is happening, but the banks should have absolutely no further recourse against the poor souls who were duped into a fantasy by irresponsible bank and mortgage salesmen. 

Now Germany’s Prime Minister Angela Merkel is suggesting some kind of quid pro quo whereby Germany would play a major role in a proposed eurobank recapitalization programme, in return for which, Greece, Portugal and may be Italian Banks would take a serious cut and give up their financial independence.

Are we becoming slaves of the financial institutions that gamble with our money ?

Are we rolling over and play dead when Chinese, German and other banks come asking for money that they loaned us so easily? No my friends, we should not. Let’s have Judges and Justice departments all over the globe check in the cloudy and murky waters of the hedge funds.  Lets demand from our politicians, left and right, to return to the kind of legislation that did NOT allow banks to gamble, but to simply keep our deposits in TRUST, secure and safe. It is our hard-earned money, for God’s sake! And so should Italy, Greece, France and other European political leaders say stop to both German and all other financial institutions, local and international, who try to squeeze blood from an already way too taxed and enslaved population.

Guido George Lombardi is an international political & business consultant, specializing in Italy, the United States, and Israel.  His most recent book The Value Matrix 2.0 (released Feb. 2011) has garnered high praise from the likes of Donald J. Trump and Daniel Abraham.  Mr. Lombardi is currently available to speak to universities, community groups, strategic studies groups, and business conferences throughout the United States. For media inquiries please visit https://guidolombardi.org/contact/

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President North Atlantic League

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Berlusconi Resignation & Italy’s Political Ploy to Win the 2012 Elections

Berlusconi Resignation & Italy’s Political Ploy to Win the 2012 Elections

Guido George Lombardi - Executive Director of The North Atlantic League

By Guido George Lombardi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will not necessary resign following a vote in parliament on Tuesday. Berlusconi may even form a new coalition, but most likely Italy will vote this coming spring. Tuesday’s vote actually passed a number of laws presented by the Popolo delle Liberta’ (the People Freedom Party) and the Northern League, the present government coalition, by 308, with none contrary but with almost 320 abstaining. The message has been very clear: the 316 vote majority is not there anymore.

 

The Italian law provides that, in this case, the Prime Minister asks the President, Mr. Giorgio Napolitano, to look at the possibility of a creating a different coalition. President Napolitano official answer was that: “Berlusconi had demonstrated to the head of state his understanding of the implications of today’s vote in the chamber of deputies.” Mr. Napolitano’s answer will be known in a few days, or even weeks, after he meets with the leaders of all major parties.

 

The most likely result will be an early election, probably for the spring of 2012.

 

For months the coalition partner, Umberto Bossi, has spoken in favor of early elections. I believe that after many years as the unchallenged leader of the coalition, it is time for Mr. Berlusconi to choose his successor. Early elections are quite the norm in Italy, and similarly to the United Kingdom, the majority often chooses the best time for the popular vote.  I would not be surprised if Mr. Berlusconi had decided already months ago to go to the vote in the spring of 2012, after having passed all the economic and financial measures his coalition thought were necessary for the good of the nation.

 

In spite of what some of the media reports, the Italian banks and Italian financial institutions are a lot better off than their French or German counterparts. Italy’s banks hold only about 3 % of the Greek debt, as opposed to about 25 to 30 % each for the French and German.

 

It is amazing to me to see the degree of misinformation, or plain ignorance, or maybe it is just bias, from a few of the media covering the events in Italy. But then even in the USA we have witnessed the total bias of a few media outlets.

 

Berlusconi, who has dominated Italian politics for 17 years, had steadfastly refused to step down until Tuesday’s vote.

 

The Northern League, and most members of the PDL, were believed to have wanted Berlusconi to make way for a new centre-right government, possibly with former Justice Secretary Mr. Angelino Alfano, to tackle the grave economic crisis without handing power to a transitional administration. The centre-left opposition said they abstained to lay bare the weakness of Berlusconi’s support, while allowing the passage of a bill that is vital for government funding.

 

Interest rates on Italy’s debt have soared, due to the dirty work of speculator like Mr. Soros. Yields on Italy’s 10-year benchmark bonds rose to 6.74 percent on Tuesday before dropping back.

 

If Italy is just too big to bail out like Greece, then it may be the right time for the Euro to be reorganized. The UK has never joined the Euro and this may be the time to let those nations who do not care to continue to be dictated by Germany and France to get out of the single currency. Personally I believe it will happen and it will be a really good thing.

 

Many observers in the US know well that Berlusconi is believed to have wanted to carry on until Christmas so that Italy would then go to early elections in 2012, this may just be a few weeks earlier, but it has all the markings of a political play by one of the able conservative coalition on the old continent.

 

Guido George Lombardi

President North Atlantic League

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Rome Riots and Occupy Wall Street Have The Same Script

Rome Riots and Occupy Wall Street Have The Same Script

Guido George Lombardi - Executive Director of The North Atlantic League

By Guido George Lombardi

Occupy Wall Street has gone global.  Or so it seems. Riots in Rome, Italy indicates clearly the direction things will go also here in the US. The global plotters, including Mr. Soros and a hanful of financial powerhouses in different countries want to make billions shorting the global markets, installing fear and creating the conditions for further Government intervention and greater Government control of American citizens and institutions, just like their communist masters tried to do in the old Soviet Union.

On Saturday in conjunction with the Occupy Wall Street movement there was a “Day of Rage” that coincided with the G20 meetings in Paris.  These “Day of Rage” rallies were held all over the world, but nowhere did the tension boil to the point of violence than in Rome.  Crowds of violent demonstreators clashed with police and destroyed life and property. ‘BURN the banks and the shops’. That is the code words of the so-called protesters that have caused havoc in the Italian Capital city of Rome.  This is what the radical left wants, they call it a revolution, but it is “class struggle,” a civil conflict, a chaotic time when illegals roams your steets, criminals cross our borders and set up shops in the cities and towns, a political, economic and social clash that will supposely eradicate the “old establishment” and set up a dictatorship of the proletariat.

Old folks like me remember this communist language, but the new generations are living it in their colleges, in the streets, even at work, and certainly we all witness it in the media. Is this what we want ???

For years, Italian socialists have plagued the nation with a “liberal” agenda that has caused insecurity, fear and even violence. Italian and European socialists have repeatedly told the media nad the people that government is supposed to fund everything and that all spending is good spending.

As leaders like current Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has tried to implement strict austerity measures to protect the safety of the Italian economy, many in the old Marxist-Leninist guard have put up resistance.

The Italian people are tired of wasteful government spending and borrowing.  They are tired of illegal immigration of Chinese workers who are ruining the “Made in Italy” brand.  Italy with its dynamic economy, including a robust manufacturing sector, should easily be a larger economic power in Europe and, even now, is not a country in need of a bailout, rather a nation that has voted the first european Balanced Budget Amendment.

The grassroots movement in Italy, those supporting the Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is more like the Tea Party than Occupy Wall Street.  That’s why Italy will have a long term sustainable future.  The Italian people have a real will to reform its government and make the tough changes that are necessary.

Europe is a good example of what we do NOT want in this nation: we do not need a socialist system, not in health care, not in foreign politics, not in the economy. We need unity and harmony; we need good Judeo-Christian value and principles.  We need inspired people to lead by example.  We need what made this nation great: liberty with responsibility, freedom and justice, tolerance under the law, just laws and order, a strong military to defend our borders and our traditions, open dialogue with those who shares our values and rules.

As an American citizen I am concerned over the anti Wall Street sentiments and the hate regurgitated by those who attend those protests.

They started in Wisconsin.  Remember ?

Soon they will come to a street near you.

As a son of Italy, I would like to share all the knowledge and experience that we have gained in Europe, and in particular in Italy, concerning the tactics and strategies of the extreme left. They are repeating the same scenario here in the USA.
If we continue to be vigilant and brave we will overcome. If not … it will take just more time and more suffering, but freedom, truth and justice will always win in the end.

Guido George Lombardi
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Is Rome the New ‘Occupy Wall Street’ ? – New Guido George Lombardi Commentary

 

Is Rome the New ‘Occupy Wall Street’ ?

Guido George Lombardi - Executive Director of The North Atlantic League

By Guido George Lombardi –

On Saturday in Rome crowds of violent demonstreators clashed with police and destroyed life and property. ‘BURN the banks and the shops’. That is the code words of the so-called protesters that have caused havoc in the Italian Capital city of Rome this evening.

This is what the radical left wants, they call it a revolution.  But this is really a “class struggle,” a civil conflict, a chaotic time when illegals roams your streets, criminals cross our borders and set up shops in the cities and towns, a political, economic and social clash that will supposedly eradicate the “old establishment” and set up a dictatorship of the proletariat.

Old folks like me remember this communist language, but the new generations are living it in their colleges, in the streets, even at work, and certainly we all witness it in the media. Is this what we want?

Europe is a good example of what we do NOT want in this nation: we do not need a socialist system, not in health care, not in foreign politics, not in the economy. We need unity and harmony; we need good Judeo-Christian values and principles.  We need inspired people to lead by example.  We need what made this nation great: liberty with responsibility, freedom and justice, tolerance under the law, just law and order, a strong military to defend our borders and our traditions, and open dialogue with those who shares our values and rules.

As an American citizen I am concerned over the anti Wall Street sentiments and the hate regurgitated by those who attend those protests. They started in Wisconsin, remember ? And soon they will come to a street near you.
As a son of Italy, I would like to share all the knowledge and experience that we have gained in Europe, and in particular in Italy, concerning the tactics and strategies of the extreme left. They are repeating the same scenario here in the USA.
If we continue to be vigilant and brave we will overcome. If not … it will take just more time and more suffering, but freedom, truth and justice will always win in the end.

Guido George Lombardi is an international political & business consultant, specializing in Italy, the United States, and Israel.  His most recent book The Value Matrix 2.0 (released Feb. 2011) has garnered high praise from the likes of Donald J. Trump and Daniel Abraham.  Mr. Lombardi is currently available to speak to universities, community groups, strategic studies groups, and business conferences throughout the United States. For more information please visit http://www.guidolombardi.org .

 

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What’s Wrong with the Justice System in Italy – Amanda Knox Commentary

What’s Wrong with the Justice System in Italy – Amanda Knox Commentary

Guido George Lombardi - Executive Director of The North Atlantic League

By Guido George Lombardi, Executive Director of the North Atlantic League

A few hours after the sentence of the Court of Appeal of Perugia, Amanda Knox is on her way to her home in Seattle, and yet we ask: how could this happen? How could someone be accused of murder and kept in prison for 4 long years and then found innocent?

Let’s start from the fact that most of the evidence was circumstantial.  The case was built upon two young people without an alibi, just each other’s word, traces of DNA badly kept and found in a room were Amanda Knox and Rafaelle Sollecito were both the night before and the day they themselves found the murdered friend.

But the real problem is the Italian justice system: old, decrepit, a mix of ancient laws going back to the Spanish Inquisition and modern legislation written by contemporary men and women with a sense of justice, but sometimes without the strength to erase the past.

This is the core of the problem: the Italian Congress and its legislators can make new laws, but have a hard time erasing centuries of rules and legal traditions. When you add the fact that even if the present conservative Government is working hard to change the judiciary system, the opposition, the former Communist and Socialist in Congress and in the Senate, and a segment of the judges, block any advance, any small attempt at reform.

It is a all-out war, conducted in the media and  in the courts as well as in the halls of Congress. Prime Minister Berlusconi is constantly attacked by hordes of prosecutors obsessed with making a name for themselves, bogus witnesses try to extort “monetary damages” from a political leader that continues to receive over 60-65% of the approval of the public.

Why? Because most Italians know the truth about fake accusations, about a radical left that would do anything to return to power, about bias media (we know them also in the USA), about a system of justice that needs serious review and reform.

Maybe if the Italian justice system had some common sense reforms, Amanda Knox would not have spent over 4 years in prison for a crime that legally she was found not to commit.

Guido George Lombardi is an international political & business consultant, specializing in Italy, the United States, and Israel.  His most recent book The Value Matrix 2.0 (released Feb. 2011) has garnered high praise from the likes of Donald J. Trump and Daniel Abraham.  Mr. Lombardi is currently available to speak to universities, community groups, strategic studies groups, and business conferences throughout the United States. For more information please visit http://www.guidolombardi.org .

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Italian PM Berlusconi Takes a Page from America’s Founding Fathers

Italian PM Berlusconi Takes a Page from America’s Founding Fathers

Italy’s Prime Minister Berlusconi borrows from the American Founding Fathers and the US Constitution two basic principles for the nation’s economic and financial reform and vows to complete term, focusing on growth.

By Guido George Lombardi

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi vowed on Wednesday to complete his five-year term and focus his government policies on growth to calm the market turmoil that threatens Europe. Taking a leadership role, with support from France and Germany, Italy’s unsinkable PM proposed two constitutional amendments that, even if familiar with US and Tea Party voters, are new to European politics. First a much needed BALANCED BUDGET mandate, a constitutional law that will require a balanced budget by 2011. Another important principle, well know in the US, but not yet part of the European mindset, is the principle that “people, and businesses, are free to act unless specifically forbidden by law”. Seems obvious to us Americans, but in the old continent it is not so.  The state regulates what you can do as well as what you cannot. People and businesses are constantly worried if their actions and activities are lawful or not, and often the lack of clear regulations stifles innovation and change.

After a number of volatile days, due to the US crisis, on markets, Berlusconi told parliament that Italy “has done some, but not enough” in response to the crisis. “But we know there is more to do.”

Addressing the lower house of Parliament, and then the Senate in Rome, he said Italy needs to promote competitiveness and growth. He emphasized that Italian banks remained solid and that investors who were pushing up Italy’s borrowing rates did not recognize the country’s fundamental strengths: a stable banking system, low levels of private sector indebtedness — half that of the United States and Britain — and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

“Our duty as the government is to work for the good of Italy, making the economy take off,” he said.

Berlusconi was firm that he will stay in office until his mandate expires in 2013.

Berlusconi said that the 70 billion Euros ($99 billion) in austerity measures passed last month will balance the budget by 2014, and emphasized that another 9 billion in infrastructure projects, mostly in the poorer south approved earlier Wednesday, will help promote growth.

“Everyone does his own part: stability has always been the winning strategy against speculation,” he said.

Italy’s 10-year borrowing rate briefly spiked to 6.21 percent before easing to 6.06 percent.

Spain was also under the market spotlight, forcing Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to delay his vacation by two days. Its 10-year borrowing rate edged down to 6.23 percent from Tuesday’s euro-era high of 6.45 percent.

Last month, the leaders of the 17 eurozone countries agreed to changes to the region’s rescue fund that would allow it to act pre-emptively, for instance by providing short-term loans or buying up ailing bonds on the open market, before a country is in a full-blown crisis.

However, actually implementing those decisions takes time, and in many cases the changes to the fund’s powers will have to be approved by national parliaments, most of which are currently on summer break.

Earlier Wednesday, Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti held talks with some of the currency union’s top officials. He traveled to Luxembourg to meet Jean-Claude Juncker, who chairs the regular meetings of eurozone finance ministers, and spoke on the phone with the EU’s Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn.

Rehn expressed full confidence that Tremonti and the Italian authorities in general are taking the necessary measures to get the country’s economy back on track.

Italy has debt nearing 120 percent of economic output, but had been viewed for months with calm by bond markets. The country has low levels of private debt and has not had the real estate and banking collapse that caused trouble for the United States, Greece, and Ireland.

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