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  • Op-Eds
    (March 19, 2015)
    Minister Maurizio Lupi bent to pressure and resigned. But in the cafés over cappuccino and corneto people here have been asking what this latest corruption scandal means. How did it come to pass that a shady businessman seeking government contracts could give a recent university graduate, whose father happens to be a cabinet minister, a $12,000 wristwatch? The cherry on the cake was the minister’s lame response: “Well, I would not have accepted it.”
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    Judith Harris(September 22, 2012)
    Scandal at the Lazio regional government. A party, which was attended by around 2,000 people and cost 30,000 euros, was held in Rome. The event under the theme, “Ulysses returns and confronts his enemies” was organized a member of the regional government. In more than one photo Renata Polverini, head of the regional government, appears surrounded by grinning guys, girls in skimpy garb and geezers from her governing body, turned out in togas
  • A small collection of conservative Roman Catholic Bishops are making it difficult for nuns and other Catholic women to do the work they have been called to do. The disarray in the Vatican is another example of how things go wrong when women are left out of the picture, not to mention the hierarchy.
  • 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.