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Letters from Rome

May 18, 2011

Elections: Earth Tremors in Milan

Judith Harris

Last week the doom sayers predicted that an earthquake would flatten Rome. They got it wrong. The earth did shake, but the seismic shocks took place Sunday and Monday in Milan,...

May 13, 2011

When Elections for Mayor Become a National Bellwether

Judith Harris

Of the 1,344 cities and towns which are to elect new mayors and city councils, pundits are watching the most crucial: Milan and Turin in the North, both cities grappling with...

May 10, 2011

The Bin Laden affair: “What will the U.S. do next?”

Judith Harris

The Navy Seals’ dramatic killing of Osama Bin Laden gripped all of Italy and its media for two or three days

May 2, 2011

Bin Laden: A Thoughtful Vatican and a Concerned Italy

Judith Harris

May 1, while in Rome Pope John Paul II is beatified, Al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden is killed in Pakistan. The reactions in the Italian political world

April 29, 2011

Massimo Ciancimino: Dynamite in the Garden of Justice

Judith Harris

The three years of Ciancimino's testimony in three separate Mafia trials risk being compromised

April 25, 2011

Blasting Off the Nuclear Referendum (and Others)

Judith Harris

What the moratorium on the construction of nuclear power plants really stands for

April 11, 2011

Playing it for laughs

Judith Harris
Berlusconi with two young women prize-winners at Palazzo Chigi

Dissecting what may lie behind three recent Berlusconi's jokes. And the picture is far from amusing

March 23, 2011

Free Speech in Italy: Enrico Mentana Speaks Freely

Judith Harris

“We decided to have only serious news, without the slush of infotainment" says Enrico Mentana the chief anchorman of La Sette, the lone alternative to the Berlusconi TV chain...

March 16, 2011

Gaddafi, the once and future friend

Judith Harris

ROME – Consider the Italian position on Libya, whose leader Muammar Gaddafi said March 15 that he is “really shocked by the behavior of my European friends, first of all...

March 9, 2011

In Search of the Real Caravaggio

Judith Harris
Anon., Portrait of Caravaggio

"Una vita dal vero" is an exhibition on view until May 15 at La Sapienza University that sheds new light on Caravaggio's life thanks to new historical documents meticulously...

March 1, 2011

Italian Church in a Political Quandary

Judith Harris

Italian bishops may not necessarily read every detail of the bungabunga phone taps filling the newspapers, but they know full well that Premier Berlusconi faces a judiciary trial...

February 21, 2011

At Lampedusa, “the end of the world”

Judith Harris

The Sicilian island where hope and desperation coexist has become a prime transit site for illegal immigrants hoping to make it into Europe

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