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Goodluck, listen to Nigerians and reinstate fuel subsidy

With the spate of protests sweeping across Nigeria, it is clear that Nigerians are determined to fight fuel subsidy removal. This seems to be the beginning of a tug of war between the government and the people.

Protests have escalated in the country and abroad after President Goodluck Jonathan announced the removal of the fuel subsidy. The price of petrol has since increased from N65 (US $0.40) to at least N140 (US$ 0.86) a litre. While transport costs have already skyrocketed, other essential daily expenses will also rise considerably.

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Letter to Santa Claus for his journey back home

Dear Santa Claus,
I know it’s late to write and ask you for a present at this stage. I guess you have started your journey and your luggage is overflowing with presents.

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Monti’s silence on Florence racist attack disturbing

Since a racist gunman shot five Senegalese in Florence two days ago, killing two and leaving three wounded, different politicians have been condemning the barbaric act.

President of the Republic of Italy Giorgio Napolitano was amongst the very first to strongly condemn the attack and show solidarity with the Senegalese community.

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Why Italy’s measure to tax irregular immigrants won’t work

The Italian Senate on Wednesday approved the government's 54 billion Euro package of revised austerity measures. One of the measures introduces a 2% tax on remittances abroad by irregular immigrants, imposing a minimum tax of 3 Euros to be charged for each transaction.

Legal immigrant workers who are registered with the Italian National Social Security Institute (INPS) and those with Tax codes are exempted from this tax.

This technically means that the new tax will not be applicable to all immigrants who are in the country legally.

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Italy may cash in 3 Billion Euros by regularising illegal immigrants

Italian Government recently announced additional emergency austerity measures to fend off a sovereign debt crisis. The austerity measures which are currently being debated in Parliament, have provoked a tug-of-war between government and opposition MPs.

As controversial as it may appear, we think the politicians are ignoring a very important measure which may steer Italy out of crisis, that is, regularising illegal immigrant workers.

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