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  • Facts & Stories
    Judith Harris(April 13, 2012)
    Umberto Bossi, founding father of the Northern League, resigned as head of his party last week. After 30 years of blaming Rome of robbing, it turns out that some in Bossi's entourage were themselves stealing from the till, and on the grand scale. Bossi's son Renzo, who purchased a university degree with public funds, was no exception.
  • Prime Minister Mario Monti's trip to the United States takes him to New York today. He will visit Wall Street, The New York Times, the United Nations Headquarters, and meet the Italian and Italian-American communities. Here is a summary of his activities so far.
  • On Thursday the Italian Senate passed the hastily redrafted emergency austerity budget. The situation, in a nutshell, is dire. Although Italy has the third largest economy in the Euro zone, its national debt has soared to $2.6 trillion, or 120% of its GDP. But pessimism is in the air, and the latest International Monetary Fund projection is that by the end of this year public debt will shoot up even further.
  • Is the 'Italian Case' so peculiar after all? Here are excerpts from articles and documents that present the arguments in defense of Berlusconi. We felt it interesting to make these arguments available to the American public, in a country which surely isn't new to exploiting judicial investigations and sexual scandals for political purposes. Nor to the dangerous mix between politics and morality--whatever the latter may mean for each and all of us.
  • Life & People
    Douglas Grant Mine(January 04, 2010)
    Second and final part of an article by Douglas Grant Mine, an American writer, former foreign correspondent and resident of Le Marche. A disenchanted, though loving look at Italy from an American citizen married to an Italian wife and raising three children who consider themselves fully engaged members of both societies.
  • Facts & Stories
    Jerry Krase(November 04, 2009)
    As one looks closely at the behavior and battles of Bloomberg and Berlusconi it seems that, besides being big buck billionaires, they have a great deal more in common than lots of money.
  • The fact that you can't change human nature is no excuse for ignoring it and since media coverage of politics is hardly natural there's even less reason for avoiding reality. As I have often said, the difference between American and Italian politics: is that, unfortunately (purtroppo), there is no difference in that on both sides of the Atlantic the trivial is deemed importance and the important is trivialized
  • Facts & Stories
    Judith Harris(February 25, 2009)
    Italy's Culture Minister Sandro Bondi announced that the government will appoint a special commissioner to deal with the country's "archaeological emergency". Looming in the background is privatization of archaeological sites and their exploitation...
  • Facts & Stories
    Judith Harris(January 13, 2009)
    One of the best known Italian politicians, former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, turns 90. Nicknamed "Il Divo" after the recent Italian film starring Toni Servillo, his political life covers the whole history of Italy.

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