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December 15, 2008

Bright Moments of a Difficult Year

Judith Harris
Maria, Bar Magnolia, Campo de’ Fiori

Some of us think this is a year best forgotten. But let us consider the bright moments.

December 10, 2008

The Church, the State, and Italy's Budget

Judith Harris
The church dsigned by Renzo Piano in Padre Pio's town San Giovanni Rotondo

Last Friday’s battle between Church and State, fought over government funding for private schools, lasted a mere six hours. The score: Church 1, State 0. But then, scoreboards...

November 14, 2008

Panoramic Rome, before and after Google

Judith Harris

Bernard Fisher, historian at the University of Virginia, has finally assisted to the concretization of his project: Google Earth made it possibile to realize a virtual ancient...

November 6, 2008

US Elections: “But why not an Obama here in Italy?”

Judith Harris

"Handsome, youthful and also suntanned"? When a compliment becomes a gaffe

October 29, 2008

The Crisis of Italian Universities: A student speaks out

Judith Harris
Photo UP (Amedeo Novelli). See complete gallery here
Statale University, Milan: Protesting the new legislation devised by Education Minister Gelmini

Students' protests over government cuts to education are mounting everywhere in Italy. Meanwhile, professors denounce the disastrous financial shortages of the university system.

October 27, 2008

Rome’s Fountains

Judith Harris
The Ganges

Protecting amazing masterpiecs in the Eternal City

October 26, 2008

“Salviamo l’Italia”. Demo Diary.

Judith Harris
Walter Veltroni spoke to the crowd in Rome on Saturday, October 25.

Acres of people filled Rome’s enormous Circus Maximus to protest the government and listen to the leader of Italy’s Democratic Party Walter Veltroni. Government cuts to...

October 18, 2008

Cappuccino Connoisseur, and Proud of It

Judith Harris
Photo from: "Scene di vita italiana a Bensonhurst" (by Luca Fantini)

Nel bicchiere, in vetro or in tazza? Poca or molta schiuma? Boiling or tepid? However you like it, a cappuccino will sure become part of your Dolce Vita in Rome. And can make you...

September 12, 2008

Italy: Immigration Politics in a Land of (Former) Emigrants

Judith Harris

Thoughts of an American Expat about how contemporary Italy, after over a century of emigration, deals with it's own immigrants today

July 1, 2008

Does misery love company? Italy’s Roma

Judith Harris

Few are more miserable these days than the Roma, or Gypsies, in Italy, whose camps are being bulldozed, whose shacks are being firebombed, and whose children now risk being...