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December 15, 2010

The Flames of Protest Envelop Rome

Judith Harris

Largo Argentina, Rome, Dec.14, 12:45 pm - Via del Corso was entirely sealed off by police vans, and so a sea of demonstrators took a right angle to surge toward this square, whose...

November 22, 2010

Pompeii and the Collapse of the Domus of the Gladiators

Judith Harris

On November 6, the Domus of the Gladiators, one of the millennia old buildings in the ancient city of Pompeii, crumbled to pieces. And, conveniently, it is nobody's fault.

November 15, 2010

Giancarlo Caselli: Sciascia and the Palermo anti-Mafia pool

Judith Harris

In the article "The Anti-Mafia Professionals", appeared on the national daily Il Corriere della Sera, Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia attacked Borsellino when he requested a...

November 5, 2010

So Who Has The Last Laugh?

Judith Harris

Some are saying that the Italian political situation is so surreal that it defeats any attempt at humor. They should think again. The comics are having a field day, and maybe a...

November 3, 2010

Will Bunga Bunga Finally Make Berlusconi's Personal Political?

Judith Harris

Wanna dodge prison in Italy? Just be a young hot belly-dancer with disputable ethics, become friends with the Premier (a fairly straightforward consequence to the previous...

September 30, 2010

Senate. Who’s the winner in Wednesday vote of confidence? For the moment, no one

Judith Harris

“The majority is stronger, and Gianfranco Fini’s people turned out to be loyal,” said Berlusconi with evident relief. “Now this government can complete the legislature.”...

September 7, 2010

Italian Politicians Lose Their Cool (and Slip in the Polls)

Judith Harris

On Sunday, the president of the Chamber of Deputies Fini gave a much-awaited speech at Mirabello, in which he formally divorced Berlusconi’s Popolo della Libertà and invited...

August 4, 2010

Can Italy Be Too Italian?

Judith Harris
Thomas Couture, "Romans during the Decadence", 1847

In a recent article New York Times reporter Michael Kimmelman asked the bizarre question “Is Italy Too Italian?” suggesting that Italy is so tradition bound, insular and...

July 19, 2010

Falcone and Borsellino Die Again

Judith Harris

On July 18, the day before the l8th anniversary of the murder of Judge Paolo Borsellino, the statues commemorating him and another emblematic victim of the Sicilian Mafia, Judge...

June 29, 2010

The Child Soldiers of Scampia

Judith Harris

Davide Cerullo comes from the gangland of Scampia, Naples. Once a drug hustler, he finally rebelled to the "easy life" the Camorra offered him: "Give people an opportunity, and...