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Letters from Rome

February 7, 2011

The Broken Promise: Fiscal Federalism

Judith Harris

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano refused to sign the bill on fiscal federalism, with comments that it was “unreceivable,” poorly drafted and generic. For Berlusconi the...

January 31, 2011

On both sides of the Atlantic, pride in anti-mob action

Judith Harris
Salvatore Cuffaro and his infamous cannoli

While in New York nearly 125 are arrested in “the largest mob roundup in F.B.I. history" Italian Senator and former governor of Sicily Salvatore Cuffaro is sentenced to 7 years...

January 23, 2011

Mr. Berlusconi: Ganging up, but who cares?

Judith Harris

Despite the crescendo of scandal worthy of an 18th century Turkish sultan, Mr. Berlusconi remains the most charismatic and popular politician in Italy. ... True democracy, he...

January 16, 2011

On the Disassembly Line at Fiat: A General Strike in the Works?

Judith Harris

Workers at Fiat's Mirafiori plant in Turin vote in a contested two-day referendum that will determine whether Fiat keeps open the historic factory

January 11, 2011

Heart warming vs heart breaking

Judith Harris

In Welcome to the South, Luca Miniero's remake of an acclaimed French comedy, a North Italian postal employee aspires to a transfer to Milan, but instead finds himself dispatched...

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...

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