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Articles by: Judith Harris

  • In terms of mothering, few countries beat Italy, land where "La Mamma" traditionally ruled the roost. All the more ironical, therefore, that on Mother's Day May 8, the question asked was whatever happened to maternity in Italy, where statistics show that the empty cradle is ever more the norm.
  • The world's first ever international task force of 31 volunteer civilian art rescue experts known as the UN "Blue Helmets for Culture" will shortly be dispatched, after highly specialized training under the Carabinieri in Italy, to ISIS-devastated Palmyra in Syria
  • Discovered in the Italian Tyrol, the body of Ötzi the Iceman lay encased in ice for 5,000 years. Next year a new replica of his mummy, presented today at the Bolzano Archaeological Museum, will travel with a special exhibition to the U.S.A. and Canada, beginning in North Carolina.
  • On March 8, Italy celebrates International Women's Day with sprigs of mimosa. You can see the scented yellow clusters everywhere -- on lapels, in shop windows, and car windscreens. Most importantly, advances for women are visible in the law and employment.
  • On March 8, Italy celebrates International Women's Day with sprigs of mimosa. You can see the scented yellow clusters everywhere -- on lapels, in shop windows, and car windscreens. Most importantly, advances for women are visible in the law and employment.
  • They waited in line for over an hour, sometimes even fighting over precedence -- students and housewives, politicians and pensioners, all anxious to pay a last salute to Umberto Eco, who died Feb. 19 at age 84. At the funeral ceremony Tuesday in front of the Castelello Sforzesco in Milan, near the palazzo where Eco lived, his wooden casket was completely covered in wildflowers.
  • Despite some 5,000 amendments proposed by Sen. Roberto Calderoli of the Northern League, on Feb. 10 the Italian Senate began the voting process on the government's highly controversial bill that would recognize civil unions for gay couples. As tough back room negotiations among governing partners and the opposition continue, the final vote is due by Feb. 23.
  • Change comes slowly in Italian politics -- consider the postwar decades of Christian Democratic stasis while it faced off the old Communist party. But hints of change are now in the wind, and forthcoming city administrative elections this Spring will be the political equivalent of the American primaries.

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