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Una città was founded in March 1991 in Forlì (Emilia Romagna) by a group of friends who had all been involved in left-wing political movements in their youth. They had now moved on from their former activism and the ideology behind it and wanted to examine and discuss current events with others in an unbiased manner. They decided to base the monthly journal on a format of interviews, partly through necessity (the founders were neither journalists nor academics), and partly through the recognition that in an era of doubt and uncertainty there were more questions to be asked than ready answers and this could be best conveyed through interviews.
The interviews are long and the subjects covered varied: social, cultural, political, environmental, as are the interviewees, who may be ordinary citizens or experts in their field. Examples are the Neapolitan boy educated by "street teachers” who gained a philosophy degree; the historian who attributes the illness of St Francis to his work with lepers; the interview with Luciano Casmiro on San Mauro Pascoli and its luxury shoe industry followed by one with a young man from Sondrio, who belongs to a far Right party, is a local councillor, a Heavy Metal fan and a thoroughly nice guy.
There are now over 2,000 interviews, all accessible through the Una città website. The journal’s prime purpose is to question and to transcend received ideas. But the editorial board also share certain basic principles: libertarianism, co-operativism and internationalism.
This is the reason for this journal’s particular interest in what makes for "good citizenship” and the various ways in which citizens can participate in public life, discussions and decision-making processes. Una città tries to give voice to that other face of Italy, where people quietly carry on working to solve and overcome problems in a collaborative spirit, without expecting or asking for State intervention and without drawing particular attention to themselves.
This is also why it is interested in the liberal, pluralist, co-operative non-statist tradition of the Italian and European Left which has been forgotten and swept away. It is difficult to live without some kind of identification and perhaps the Left can only find it through that tradition. Periodically, the "Quaderni dell’altra tradizione” – testaments to this tradition – are issued as supplements to Una città, with the first of them dedicated to Nicola Chiaromonte, who is remembered with great respect and affection by the members of the editorial board.
Una città has published interviews with people involved in some of the most dramatic situations of recent years, where we have found ourselves to be ever more impotent spectators: Bosnia, Algeria, Kosovo, Israel, Palestine. (The collection of interviews carried out in Israel was published in "La bandiera nera” – "The Black Flag” – the first of the Una città publications.)
At times, this kind of journalism has turned into a campaign of solidarity as in the case of Algeria, where the journal did its utmost to raise awareness in Italy of the desperate resistance of the Algerian pro-democracy supporters against Islamic fundamentalism – a new form of Fascism – at a time when they were completely ignored in the West.
Una Città believes that peace-keeping, the defence of human rights, the promotion of democracy and the provision of emergency aid in defence of minorities at risk of genocide are inexplicably link. It therefore rejects also any form of imperialism which, however much it may purport to promote democracy, actually disregards human rights.
Una città is totally self-financed. It does not contain any advertising and is circulated only by subscription. The founders are all still involved, but there are now new contributors, collaborators and supporters throughout Italy and abroad.
There were 1350 subscribers at the beginning of 2012, covering the whole of Italy. In November 2009 the Alfred Lewin Foundation, set up by the founders, collaborators and supporters of Una città in January 2003, became the legal proprietor of Una città, whilst the Cooperative is still operating as a Publishing House.
(traduzione di Rea Stavropoulos)

-il primo editoriale (1991)

-Perché parliamo tanto
di ebrei

-sulla Bosnia (1993)

-l'editoriale quando due amici morirono: Alexander Langer e Grazia Cherchi (1995)

-la polemica sulla laurea Honoris causa a Khalida Messaoudi (1998)

L'editoriale di don Sergio Sala sull'Algeria (1997)

-L'editoriale, assai controverso e criticato da tanti amici, più per il tono che per il contenuto, sul Kossovo (1999)

-L'editoriale sui due martiri e sulle due Torri (2001)

-L'editoriale sull'Irak: un nuovo internazionalismo (2004)

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