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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 30, 2010 NEWS BRIEFS (FROM ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco POLIGAMY ... IN ITALY? Mohammed, 54, is a Moroccan who always believed he was a "SultanF He turned out to be a real slave holder and a merchant. It never occurred to the Italian authorities that something very "Arabian" was happening in the industrial City of Torino, a.k.a, the Ital- ian "DetroiW In short, it was discovered that a classical harem existed just behind the central market of "Porta Palazzo." Mohammed was duly married to Naima, 52, his only real wife. But when Naima went to Italy to rejoin her husband she discovered another wife, Fatima, 31, whom Mohammed had married in Italy, but only in a mosque, as by the Koran. Therefore, the Italian authorities were unaware of the existence of another "spouse" whose mar- riage has never been registered in Torino's record office. We know, of course, that the Koran allows any man to marry up to four wives. The Koran also allows a man to have an undetermined number of concubines! Thus, Mohammed has now only "two" wives, two less than permitted by the holy Koran. According to Italian laws, any temporary legal union, as with Mohammed's second marriage in Italy, has no legal status in Italy. Following the media's disclosure of the Torino's Arabian arrangement, there was a spasmodic race to find out if similar situations existed in other parts of Italy. To the surprise of many, there are more than 15,000 Muslims who live in Italy, with more than "one wife!" This phenomenon is on the increase due to a lack of controls by the Italian authorities. Many questions have been raised. The most frequent one relates to possible repercussions on Christian residents and what moral and ethical effects it may engender. The reader may think that things would be bearable in Muslim countries worldwide. It may surprise many of our readers that polygamy has disappeared in Tunisia when the new Constitution was enacted in 1957. In Morocco it is forbidden since 2003, as well as in Turkey, which is trying to enter the European "acquire" another wife in Italy, where it seems it has be- come easy to do so. Furthermore, the "Orfi-Rite" (Muslim law) allows a union to be brief (1 hour), 30 years, or forever! The question remains: why the "extra" wives do not rebel against an abusive man? The plausible answer may be that they are alone, poor and broke! Lastly, the Italian laws have no protection for them! K III 5 Fully Insured Lic #017936 xechanical Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs @ aol.com The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE, P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices POST-GAZETTE EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE is NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 MON. and TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. ACCEPTING Advertisements General Advertisements Sales and Rentals Memorials Legals ADVERTISING WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani I COULDN'T FORGET JOHNNY MAESTRO Singer Johnny Maestro passed away on March 24 th of cancer. He was 70 years old. He had a long prosper- ous career with The Brook- lyn Bridge and back in the 50s started with The Crests, one of America's first inter- racial singing groups. He was born John Mastrangelo. His career took off in 1958 when he performed the doo- wop hit "16 Candles" with The Crests. Other hits in- cluded "The Worst That Could Happen." Also remem- bered are hits like "You Never Walk Alone" and "Blessed is the Rain." Dion DiMucci called Johnny a class act. We can only hope that now the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will now consider him for induction. Many North Enders still talk about the last time he sang in the North End at the Madonna Della Cava Feast. Crowds loved him and his music. He made people feel good about life. His was the voice of an Italian angel. He will be re- membered and missed. A great voice has left us. THE NINETEENTH OF APRIL IN '75 Once again, it was time for the Patriot's Day Parade in Boston's North End. Folks lined Hanover Street as the bands marched by. Stopping at the Prado and in the shadow of the Paul Revere statue, Mayor Tom Menino stood next to "Paul Revere" as he prepared to ride off down Hanover Street warn- ing passersbys that, "The British are comingl The British are comingT" Every year Boston re-enacts "The Midnight Ride of Paul Re- vere" except we now do it at a more decent hour. Everyone calls the Fourth of July, America's birthday, but I think Patriot's Day should be remembered as the birth of the American spirit because everything changed post-April 19, 1775. I remember marching back in 1983 when I was a candi- date for District 1 School Committee. I also remem- ber Gus Umana covering the parade for the Post-Gazette that week. Gus was one of my many writing mentors. When he had to give up the column due to illness, I stepped in and haven't left yet. Every generation has had its writers at the Post- Gazette. I've enjoyed this long stay of mine. Things always change, but what remains unchanged is the North End remembering Paul Revere on Patriot's Day. HEY, JOE! The other day, a guy walked in to get a copy of the Post-Gazette. He said he loves the paper. When I introduced myself to him, he said he liked my stuff and also said I knew him. Turns out he was Joe Bonafine. I always called him Joe "BonaFINE". Last time I saw him he was at English High in 1966. We graduated to- gether back in 1963 from the Michelangelo Jr. High. Good to see him again! News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) know we're not happy with the direction our govern- ment is headed." Finally, the photo showing signs stating, "Remember November" and "America's Second Revolution Novem- ber 2, 2010" are the real story of this nationwide pro- test. Government is our business. Either we run it or it runs us. It will be as good as we want it or as bad as we allow it. Thanks again for the good coverage. What are True Costs of Obamacare? Seems no one really knows. Did you know the very first question the Chi- nese premier asked Ameri- can officials shortly after landing for that recent nuclear arms conference was, "What are the true costs of the health overhaul bill signed into law?" He didn't get a reply because appar- ently no one really knows yet ... Also, it does appear more likely that the VAT tax used in Europe is heading our way soon. Someone is going to have to pay up for Obamacare and as usual, it is going to be all of us. The VAT is used in Europe and no one really likes it but they've got it. The Republic of Ireland has one of the low- est VATs and yet a pint of Guinness at the local pub is now going for twelve bucks. Once again thank you, President Obama, Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi for another job well done, yuk, yuk, yuk as Curly would say. Lowell Church for Sale I was up driving in Lowell recently and passed by a shuttered Catholic Church. The "For Sale" sign hung on both the church and rectory. How sad to see such a thing, but it has sadly become the sign of the times. Let's hope this property doesn't fall into the hands of anti-Catholic evangelicals like the church in East Boston did. I'm still trying to figure out how that happened. The Bos- ton Archdiocese got embar- rassed by that happening, but not as embarrassing as Catholics have become with the Church hierarchy sink- ing further into a moral abyss of its own making. Pro- tecting the church from scandal has led the church deeper into scandal. Kudos to that Catholic priest out near Springfield for his recent sermon on the Pope to come completely clean or maybe just stop being Pope. Harsh but needed words from the altar. Credit Card Banks are Snakes Everyone is getting bailed out in this country, but ap- parently working people don't fit that Obama category of being "Too big to fail." Presi- dent Obama seems to have forgotten working families, blue collar workers and the struggling and shrinking middle-class. Our country goes further and further in debt and is lulling itself the way credit card companies lulled us all into debt. No wonder we are all frus- trated and show up on Bos- ton Common to protest the evasive direction our gov- ernment is taking toward US. Holder Still Likes Ground Zero US Attorney General Eric Holder said on April 14 that the Obama Administration has not ruled out a New York City trial for suspects in 9/11 terrorist attacks. Ap- pearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder came under fire from GOP members of the panel over the administration's han- dling of terrorism cases. Holder told the committee despite widespread opposi- tion to the Big Apple site, "New York is not off the table." US Representative Peter King, R-NY countered, "I am shocked and appalled that Attorney General Holder is still considering New York City as the venue." Actually, the White House is now considering a mili- tary commission to try the 9/1 1 suspects going back to a plan put forth by the Bush Administration. Holder seemingly is still of the opin- ion that holding a military tribunal rather than civilian trial would seriously weaken national security. On this opinion he appears a major- ity of one. Thank God. If it's Thursday, it Must be Karl Rove I enjoy my Wall Street Jour- nal on Thursdays because I love reading those Karl Rove commentaries. Knee- jerk liberals and "Obama- crats" can't stand the former deputy chief of staff and former senior advisor for President George W. Bush. His latest opine hit the nail on the head when explain- ing why Republicans are winning on the tax issue. One paragraph said it all, "A recent Rasmussen sur- vey reported that 60 percent of Americans believe the nation is over-taxed. There's a reason. Under President Barack Obama taxes are going up a lot." Nuf said, huh? 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