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  • proper n. a former Marxist-Leninist militant group based in Italy

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization that arose out of a student protest movement in the late 1960s; wants to separate Italy from NATO and advocates violence in the service of class warfare and revolution; mostly inactive since 1989


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  • The Red Brigades were a straight terrorist organization.

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  • Moro was kidnapped for 55 days by the so-called Red Brigades, who were later found to be in the service of Italian fascists, Italian intelligence, the P-2 Masonic Lodge, a parallel SID [Italian Defense Intelligence Service], and the CIA.

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  • In 1999 and 2002 leftist gunmen associated with the Red Brigades murdered two other reformist labor law professors, Massimo D'Antona and Mario Biagi.

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  • From the IRA, the Red Brigades in Italy, and Eta in Spain to Shining Path in Peru and the Sword of Islam in the Philippines, terror groups everywhere benefited from his largesse.

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  • In 2002, he resigned as interior minister after describing government welfare consultant Marco Biagi, who was killed by extreme-left militants Red Brigades, as "a pain in the neck."

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  • All terrorist movements are different, but just as the IRA and the Red Brigades and the Baader-Meinhof group were defeated by the security services and their own exhaustion so it's possible that, even allowing for the extra complexity and international and religious dimensions of this conflict, something similar may eventually happen to radical Islamist extremism.

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  • Among these recent acts of contrition, the earliest and most mournful may be "Buongiorno, Notte" "Good Morning, Night," 2003, a drama about the 1978 kidnapping and murder of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro by the Red Brigades.

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  • As Henry McDonald reminds readers, the Baader-Meinhof/Red Army Fraction (RAF) Gang, an even weirder bunch of bourgeois fantasists in retrospect than they appeared at their 70s peak, were offshoots of the rebellious 60s, much like their Italian counterparts, the Red Brigades.

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  • Thirty years after the Red Brigades murdered Aldo Mori Italy is run by Silvio Berlusconi, a PG Wodehouse Italian politician if ever there was one.

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