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Power And Words - 10 Quotes From Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti

Italy's seven-time prime minister, known as one of the most powerful and intriguing post-War politicians, died Monday at 94.

CORRIERE DELLA SERA, LA STAMPA, LA REPUBBLICA (Italy)

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ROME- Seven-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti died Monday at the age of 94. His political career spanned, and at times dominated, Italian post-War history. He was elected in 1946 to Italy's provisional parliament, in charge of writing the new Italian constitution, and in 1991 he was made a senator-for-life, reports La Stampa, totaling some 60 years in government.

Andreotti, writes La Repubblica, had lived through two world wars, seven popes, the end of the Italian monarchy, fascism, the so-called First and Second Republics of Italy, not to mention six mafia trials that saw him mostly, but not completely, cleared of the accusations.

His admirers called him “Divo Giulio” -- a play on his name with Divus Iulius, used for Julius Caesar -- while critics called him Beelzebub for what they considered his infernal tendencies.

There will be no State funeral, nor lying in State, for the longtime politician, according to Corriere della Sera.

Well-known though not always well-liked for his political acumen and ability to obtain and maintain power, Andreotti also possessed a singularly subtle wit. Here are 10 of his most memorable quotes:

"Apart from the Punic Wars, I've been held responsible for just about everything."

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“Clericalism: the habitual confusion between that which is of Caesar, and that of God.”

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Photo by PD-Italy

“Green Party (members) are like watermelons: green on the outside but red on the inside.”

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“If I had been born in a refugee camp in Lebanon, maybe I would also be a terrorist.”

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“The malice of the good is very dangerous.”

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“Power wears out those who don’t have it”

Andreotti (L) with Richard Nixon and Frank Sinatra. Photo by Kightlinger, Jack E.

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“It’s not enough to be right: you need to also have someone who says that you are.”

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l-r: Andreotti, Takeo Fukado, Jimmy Carter, Helmut Schmidt, and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing in 1978. Photo by White House.

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“In politics, sunny days and rainy days can change very quickly.”

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“I love Germany so much that I preferred when there were two.”

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“Never leave traces.”

L'Espresso cover from November 1992, alluding to Andreotti's alleged ties with the mafia.

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In Northern Kenya, Where Climate Change Is Measured In Starving Children

The worst drought in 40 years, which has deepened from the effects of climate change, is hitting the young the hardest around the Horn of Africa. A close-up look at the victims, and attempts to save lives and limit lasting effects on an already fragile region in Kenya.

Photo of five mothers holding their malnourished children

At feeding time, nurses and aides encourage mothers to socialize their children and stimulate them to eat.

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KAKUMA — The words "Stabilization Ward" are painted in uneven black letters above the entrance, but everyone in this massive refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, calls it ya maziwa: The place of milk.

Rescue workers and doctors, mothers and fathers, have carried hundreds of starving children through the doors of this one-room hospital wing, which is sometimes so crowded that babies and toddlers have to share beds. A pediatric unit is only a few steps away, but malnourished children don’t go there. They need special care, and even that doesn’t always save them.

In an office of the International Rescue Committee nearby, Vincent Opinya sits behind a desk with figures on dry-erase boards and a map of the camp on the walls around him. “We’ve lost 45 children this year due to malnutrition,” he says, juggling emergencies, phone calls, and texts. “We’re seeing a significant increase in malnutrition cases as a result of the drought — the worst we’ve faced in 40 years.”

From January to June, the ward experienced an 800 percent rise in admissions of children under 5 who needed treatment for malnourishment — a surge that aid groups blame mostly on a climate change-fueled drought that has turned the region into a parched barren.

Opinya, the nutrition manager for the IRC here, has had to rattle off these statistics many times, but the reality of the numbers is starting to crack his professional armor. “It’s a very sad situation,” he says, wearily. And he believes it will only get worse. A third year of drought is likely on the way.

More children may die. But millions will survive malnutrition and hunger only to live through a compromised future, researchers say. The longer-term health effects of this drought — weakened immune systems, developmental problems — will persist for a generation or more, with consequences that will cascade into communities and societies for decades.

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