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Italy Hit By Second Wave Of Economic-Related Suicides


ROME – After a lull, Italy has registered a new spate of economic-related suicides following a wave of such deaths last month.

Three Italian men killed themselves Tuesday because they could no longer bear their economic situation, La Repubblica reports. In the southern city of Salerno, Generoso Armenante, a 49-year-old who lost his job two years ago, hanged himself after he was told to give back the flat that came with the job. He is survived by his wife, who is unemployed, and their two children. Nearby, and on the same day, Angelo Coppola, 64, the owner of a small construction company, killed himself at his home leaving a note blaming his despondency on his economic situtation.

Meanwhile in Milan, another business owner, Luigi Fenzi, 60, hanged himself from a tree. A note in the pocket of his shirt read: "Without work there is no dignity and I don't have work anymore. I can't pay my debts nor can I feed my family. It must end, I'm ashamed."

The dramatic single-day tally follows a national outcry last month when a weeks-long string of suicides attributed to Italy's crisis, as the economic sunk back into recession. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti responded Wednesday to "the human consequences' of the crisis, but later denied that he was referring specifically to the suicides. Italian trade unions have renewed their calls for a response from policymakers, noting in particular the situation of the "esodati," or unemployed workers over 50 who are too young to receive any pension and too old to be retrained.

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The Colonial Spirit And "Soft Racism" Of White Savior Syndrome

Tracing back to Christian colonialism, which was supposed to somehow "civilize" and save the souls of native people, White Savior Syndrome lives on in modern times: from Mother Teresa to Princess Diana and the current First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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Good intentions are part of the formula

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Sher Herrera


CARTAGENA — The White Savior Syndrome is a social practice that exploits or economically, politically, symbolically takes advantage of individuals or communities they've racialized, perceiving them as in need of being saved and thus forever indebted and grateful to the white savior.

Although this racist phenomenon has gained more visibility and sparked public debate with the rise of social media, it is actually as old as European colonization itself. It's important to remember that one of Europe's main justifications for subjugating, pillaging and enslaving African and American territories was to bring "civilization and save their souls" through "missions."

Even today, many white supremacists hold onto these ideas. In other words, they believe that we still owe them something.

This white savior phenomenon is a legacy of Christian colonialism, and among its notable figures, we can highlight Saint Peter Claver, known as "the slave of the slaves," Bartolomé de Las Casas, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Princess Diana herself, and even the First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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