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In Northern Italy, Elementary School Hunting Lessons Spark Controversy

A handful of elementary schools in northern Italy have taken to teaching children about bird hunting. Environmentalists are crying foul and asking the national government to ban school courses that promote killing wildlife.


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BRESCIA -- In the spirit of exposing young students to all walks of life – and death -- local hunters are offering lessons in some elementary schools in northern Italy. In villages around the city of Brescia, east of Milan, hunting is a traditional activity that many consider worthy of as much preservation as the local dialect or traditional local cheeses.

Two years ago, at the school in the village of Nave, the Italian migratory birds hunters association ANUU began organizing lessons and walks for the children of the elementary school. But when the lessons spread recently to other villages, there was an outcry from environmentalist activists.

Two senators, Donatella Porretti and Marco Perduca, have now raised the issue in front of the education and environment ministers. The national debate now is open.

In the meantime in Nave, with a population of 11,000, the municipal council has approved a document committing to keeping the hunters in the classrooms. The school is a "place for dialogue and tolerance, not political or ideological fights," the document reads.

"It is just environmental education," says Tiziano Bertoli, Nave's center-left mayor, and sometimes hunter. "Let's also remember that hunters clean torrents, rivers, and mountain paths."

Read the original story in Italian by Beatrice Raspa

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A Profound And Simple Reason That Negotiations Are Not An Option For Ukraine

The escalation of war in the Middle East and the stagnation of the Ukrainian counteroffensive have left many leaders in the West, who once supported Ukraine unequivocally, to look toward ceasefire talks with Russia. For Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Piotr Andrusieczko argues that Ukraine simply cannot afford this.

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KYIVUkraine is fighting for its very existence, and the war will not end soon. What should be done in the face of this reality? How can Kyiv regain its advantage on the front lines?

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These assessments are the result of statements by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, and an interview with him in the British weekly The Economist, where the General analyzes the causes of failures on the front, notes the transition of the war to the positional phase, and, critically, evaluates the prospects and possibilities of breaking the deadlock.

Earlier, an article appeared in the American weekly TIME analyzing the challenges facing President Volodymyr Zelensky. His responses indicate that he is disappointed with the attitude of Western partners, and at the same time remains so determined that, somewhat lying to himself, he unequivocally believes in victory.

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