Steve Bannon wins battle to set up Italy political academy

ROME: Steve Bannon, the former adviser to US President Donald Trump, has won a battle with Italy's culture ministry to set up a right-wing Catholic political academy in Italy.

A regional court ruled for the Dignitatis Humanae Institute think-tank, which Bannon backs, against a previous decision that blocked the school starting up in an 800-year-old monastery south of Rome.

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"We stood by the monastery, the community and Italy during this pandemic when it would have been easy to walk way," Bannon said on Wednesday in a statement issued through the institutes founder, Benjamin Harnwell, in response to the court's ruling on Tuesday.

Bannon, a Catholic, was helping to craft the curriculum for a leadership course aimed at right-wing Catholic activists at the Academy for the Judeo-Christian West in the town of Trisulti.

Many residents opposed the school and last year, Italys Culture Ministry, which owns the mountaintop property, withdrew a 19-year lease, citing violations of contractual obligations.

The institute appealed, saying the move was politically motivated.

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Harnwell said he hoped to resume restoration plans and that registration would begin for an on-line program taught from the United States.

But while they still enjoy support from Italian right-wing politicians such as former interior minister Matteo Salvini, Bannon and Harnwell have lost key suppoRead More – Source