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Letters from Rome

February 23, 2008

Florence. A Streetcar Named Disaster?

Judith Harris
The proposed light train would cross in the street above

The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance splits over a "tramvia" that would run within three feet of the Baptistery, which dates from before the year 1000, but is still standing...

February 14, 2008

Abortion: Italian Women Speak for Themselves

Judith Harris

Since legalization, the number of induced abortions in Italy has fallen almost by half. But the “pro-life vs. pro-choice” dispute is firing up as April general elections...

February 10, 2008

The Unmaking of the Made Men of Sicily?

Judith Harris

The crackdown on Mafia shows Italy at its best. Southern Italian cities, though plagued by many serious problems, no longer seem to be suitable places for a good mobster to hang...

February 4, 2008

A darkening picture: Painting today’s Italy by numbers

Judith Harris
Naples: in the rucksack, books bought on credit.

Eurispes, the independent Italian research institute, presented its annual report on the state of the Italian economy and society. One of the sadder elements that leaps from the...

January 30, 2008

Let Statistics Tell the Tale

Judith Harris

Part I – Balance sheet for justice

January 26, 2008

Rome: Champagne corks and chunks of mortadella mark government’s collapse

Judith Harris

Is Italy heading towards new elections and maybe, with the possible victory of Mr. Berlusconi, yet another round of government by telemarketing?

January 5, 2008

Healthy Italy, but Naples poisoned by garbage

Judith Harris
Posted on Flickr by Gli amici di Margherita

In a polite letter to the New York Times Italian Interior Minister Giuliano Amato pointed out that the Italian national health care system is ranked by the World Health...

December 17, 2007

A Winter of Discontent

Judith Harris

Few thoughts after Ian Fisher's New York Times article on Italy's "funk".

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