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Articles by: Rodrigo Praino

  • The grass-roots movement that has been supporting Sen. Obama in this election is simply amazing. The number of people gathered at any of his public appearances is unbelievable. Even his small contribution-based financial campaign is striking to any pundit. The dedication of his volunteers and the passion of his followers are second only to the ardor of a European hooligan. Why does everyone love Barack Obama? We try to shed some light on the subject
  • John F. Kennedy is the eternal prince charming of American Presidents, but history shows he wasn’t Italy’s favorite. He had his admirers among the Italian people, particularly in the South, but for an immensely popular figure at home, when he visited Italy he didn’t enjoy the wild devotion of past U.S. leaders—his impact on the nation was a subtle one
  • Woodrow Wilson may have been a "war President", as Bush is today, but when it came to earning international approval, Wilson had the significant advantage of winning his war. When he traveled to Italy, the spoils of victory came in the form of unending popular praise and streams of flowers
  • Bush is taking off for his European farewell tour but it looks as though the President won't be getting a rock star's welcome from the people, in Italy or elsewhere. Beyond the platitudes and hand shakes from heads of state is the soaring disapproval of many Europeans themselves. We examine how almost 100 years ago, before the seemingly irreparable debacles of this administration, an American President traveling to Italy could, if anything, count on a veritable lovefest of popular support
  • The seemingly never-ending primaries beg a host of questions: why is the process so long? Can the American public, and the Democratic party alike, survive the internal bickering? And more importantly, does Hillary Clinton really have a shot at the nomination? A gifted academic sheds some light