Cosa Nostra commandments surface

Violent Venezuelan protests, tragic shooting at Finnish school

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

In response to your requests for more global coverage, we’ve added a new feature. Every week, we’ll briefly highlight what’s going on in the world. Now you have even more reasons to look forward to Fridays!

Finland: Tragedy struck in Finland this Wednesday when 18-year-old Pekka-Eric Auvinen opened fire in Jokela High School in Tuusula, a small lakeside community near Helsinki.

The student searched the school for victims while yelling “Revolution!” After killing seven other pupils " five boys and two girls " and his school’s headmistress, Auvinen shot himself in the head.

Mere hours before the shooting, Auvinen posted a YouTube video predicting the attack entitled “Jokela High School Massacre " 11/7/2007” under the name Sturmgeist89. As of Nov. 8, the clip has been removed “due to terms of violation.”

His peers described Auvinen as a social outcast. One student even noted the shooter seemed especially withdrawn lately.

All flags were at half-mast on Thursday and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen declared it a day of national mourning for Finland.

Italy: On a lighter note, the Mafia’s Ten Commandments were discovered recently when police in Sicily arrested Salvatore Lo Piccolo, a top Godfather at a secret mob meeting in Palermo. Although it did denounce coveting thy neighbour’s wife, the list was far from Moses’ version.

The important set of rules included “Never be seen with cops”" a law the godfather broke, seeing as the police arrested him.

Other commandments included “Always be available for Cosa Nostra, even if your wife’s about to give birth,” and “Appointments must be respected.”

Police also found a holy image that showed the Mafia initiation ritual as seen in The Godfather II, which we all know pales in comparison to The Godfather. It said: “I swear to be faithful to the Cosa Nostra. If I should betray it, my flesh must burn, just as this image burns.”

Venezuela: Dissenting students were shot during a peaceful protest on Thursday.

Eighty-thousand protesters, including students from the Central University of Venezuela, marched to oppose a December referendum aimed to expand President Hugo Chavez’ power.

Gunmen opened fire on the peaceful protestors. Eight people were injured " one was from gunshots.

Students fled to the campus, as wailing ambulances rushed to meet them. The National Guard troops arrived as well, but remained outside the university, since law bans security forces from entering campus.

The December referendum proposes the abolishment of presidential term limits, presidential control over the Central Bank and permission for the President to create new provinces governed by handpicked officials.

At least the students will have the option to vote. Thank goodness for democracy.

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