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"ITALIA DA SALVARE," in: l' Espresso (10/01/2013). But, what about "Amianto negli scavi" in Pompeii (2012-13)?

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"ITALIA DA SALVARE," in: l' Espresso (10/01/2013). But, what about "Amianto negli scavi" and the Emerging Archaeological Health Care Crisis for 'the Former Custodians and Archaeologists, and their Spouses' in Pompeii (2012-13)? 


"While professional non-Italian students and scholars may find the discussion of the highly controversial polemics of political corruption in Rome, its adverse affect on the progress and the outcome of the multi-disciplinary and multi-period modern scholarship and related research conducted in Rome, and elsewhere in Italy. But, some opinions this topic maybe limited to scholarly interest, or of little relevance, and wholly inappropriate overall, etc. In some cases, it maybe to the advantage to the overall interest among the Italian and International community of being somewhat familiar with the problems confronting these students and scholars. Nevertheless, on a critical note, just a general knowledge of these controversial local and Italian political corruption issues, and how they affect the lives of the Italians, yet, should be acknowledged by everyone, students and scholars, alike.

Particularly, the current hidden and undocumented healthcare crisis recently emerges at the archaeological site in Pompeii (ca. 2008-12). In the last few years, several of the former custodians and archaeologists, and their spouses working in Pompeii, many whom have passed away (or are fatally ill), from a cancerous type of leukemia, due to the affects of prolonged exposure to asbestos materials located throughout the ruins of Pompeii. This leads to the very serious and urgent question(s) as to whether or not this critical health problem was covered up by several former cabinet-level political members in the MiBAC (i.e. Min. Sandro Bondi, Under-Secretary Francesco Giro & Under-Secretary Riccardo Villari [also a medical physician / 'un medico']) and political appointee's or cultural advisers (i.e. Prof. Andrea Carandini & Director-General Mario Resca) within the Italian Ministry of Culture [ca. 2008-11]). And as to whether or not the health care crisis of asbestos exposure, is an isolated incident in Pompeii, or is this an immediate concern for other custodians and archaeologists, and their spouses working in at larger archaeological sites in Rome and elsewhere in Italy? While everyone says, "ITALIA DA SALVARE," we should also focus on the needs of the everyday Italian custodians, students, and scholars responsible for saving Italy's Cultural Heritage."

Thank you
Martin G. Conde
Washington DC, USA
January 5, 2013.

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Cover foto: President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's "not impressed" look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office, Nov. 15, 2012. 


-- L'Espresso (10/01/2013), pp. 42-47 [PDF pp. 1-5].

-  Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, MiBAC / Rassegna Stampa [Archivio Storico: dal 1 marzo 2007 al 28 febbraio 2009: (non disponibile)]. 

- "News articles: Asbestos in Pompeii," (May 25, 2012).

-- Amianto negli Scavi di Pompei. Indagata la soprintendente

-- Amianto nell'area archeologica di Pompei, avviso di garanzia per il Soprintendente

-- Pompei: Uilbac, Mibac dia risposte certe su presenza amianto

-- Pompei: Villari, nessuna sorpresa per avviso di garanzia a soprintendente

-- Pompei: De Feo, procedere con trasferimento dipendenti soprintendenza

- Pompei, abbiamo un problema, a cura di Archeologia 2.0 (29/10/2011), in: Italy, Pompeii: The Collapse of the "Schola Armaturarum" & News of the 10 (plus & counting) Structures &  "Amianto negli scavi" (01/2009 thru 01/2013).

- The Problems Relating to the Management & Excavations of the Archaeological Ruins of Herculaneum / Pompeii as Reported in Foreign Press: The New York Times, The Times (London) & The Washington Post (1904-2002).



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