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November 7, 2008

"Siamo Tutti Abbronzati"

George De Stefano
Him, rocking that blackshirt

Italians are embarrassed and outraged by Berlusconi's Obama gaffe. But maybe a blackface protest isn't a great idea.

November 4, 2008

Sicily, Image and Reality

George De Stefano
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Change agents: Sicily's Rita Borsellino meets Fabio Messina, a Palermo anti-Mafia merchant

The recent New York visit by the island’s labor minister prompts some not so sunny thoughts

October 26, 2008

A Rap for Saviano

George De Stefano

Neapolitan rapper Luca "Lucariello" Caiazzo and Roberto Saviano collaborated on "Cappotto di Legno," a rap that gets inside the head of a young camorrista

October 21, 2008

Nobel Winners Come Out for Saviano

George De Stefano
Roberto Saviano

The Italian government must protect the "Gomorra" author, said six Nobel Prize winners this week

October 19, 2008

“Italians Are Better Than This”

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Member of Parliament Jean-Léonard Touadi greets the press in Rome

Italy's only black member of Parliament this week denounced the government for inciting xenophobia and racism

October 17, 2008

Rushdie on Saviano: Camorra’s fatwa worse than Khomeini’s

George De Stefano
Roberto Saviano and that book...

Islamists less dangerous than the camorra, says the Satanic Verses author

October 11, 2008

Salve, Salvo

George De Stefano
Luca Zingaretti as Sicilian detective Salvo Montalbano

Sicilian sleuth Montalbano comes to New York (finalmente!)

October 6, 2008


George De Stefano
Marco and Ciro, teenage gangster wannabes, play with their toys in Matteo Garrone's Gomorra

Matteo Garrone's acclaimed Gomorra is like no other organized crime movie you've seen

September 25, 2008

Naked Music, Well Dressed

George De Stefano
Petra Magoni & Ferruccio Spinetti - Sacrifice

Vocalist Petra Magoni and bassist Ferruccio Spinetti make (beautiful) Musica Nuda

August 4, 2008


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Guido and Guidette

The mayor of a New Jersey shore town inflamed ethnic and borough passions when he complained about "guidos" from Staten Island. But how do you feel about them, and the media...

July 23, 2008

Mamma Mia, I Got Those Sexually Antagonistic Genetic Blues

George De Stefano
University of Padua researcher Andrea Camperio-Ciani

Researchers at the University of Padova think "sexually antagonistic" genes may influence male homosexuality

July 18, 2008

Justice Denied?

George De Stefano
Photo by The Guardian
Genoa police in action during the 2001 anti-globalization protests

Police, police officials, and politicians all were responsible for the atrocious violence perpetrated against nonviolent protesters at the 2001 G8 conference in Genoa. But it...

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