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It's Time for #MeThree

The 2018 midterm elections will be remembered as The Year of the Woman in more ways than one. On November 6th, the Democratic Party enjoyed its highest margin of victory ever among female voters in a midterm election. The result, As of November 13, the Democrats had a net gain over the Republicans in the House of Representatives of at least 32 (up to 40 is possible) seats giving them a solid majority there. Under the U.S. Constitution, The House has "the sole power of impeachment." Therefore, women, I would guess, can’t wait to tune into the President’s Impeachment Hearings on MSNBC hosted by Rachel Maddow.

Italy, Cradle of Culture, Curtails Spending on its Heritage

Italy's cultural heritage outshines that of any other European nation, but this has not prevented the government from slashing its budget for heritage maintenance. Spending on school has also been reduced.

Voices Raised in Political Boxing Match

Major elections take place only next May in the 27 EU member states, including Italy. But already political voices are being raised in Italy these days, from the rubbish pile-up to the pile-up of the national debt.

Editorial. Our ‘Red Salad’ or... How To Tell Women’s Stories Differently

Find our print magazine all around or browse the digital edition! Happy reading and let us know what you think!

When Money Talks, Even for Governments, Who Listens?

The clash between Italy's Minister for the economy and finance Giovanni Tria and the top political players overshadows all other arguments within the government. On the agenda are in-house quarrels over dropping the euro and the amount of monthly pensions, and going forward with the gas pipeline from Azerbaijan.

From Ellis Island... “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!”

Each year in the month of October, a volunteer committee of Italian Americans plans a month-long celebration of culture and heritage. The theme for 2018 is "A Salute to Italian Women in America - Breaking Barriers...from Ellis Island to the Present." In this piece the Founder and Chair Emerita of the National Organization of Italian American Women muses on the role of women in making Italian immigrants part and parcel of the American social fabric.

Sergio Mattarella, 77, "Prudently Presidential"

In an era of political divisiveness, Italian President Sergio Mattarella remains a unifying figure and Italy's most popular single politician, widely praised for his calm and "prudently presidential style.

Cynthia Nixon vs Andrew Cuomo: Sex or No Sex in the City”

The tallies are in for the Democratic Party primary race for New York State Governor, and unfortunately for most of us self-identified libidinous “Progressives” the answer is “NO.” Although allegedly “left-leaning” candidates, especially those of the female-kind, knocked off some “right-leaning” lower level, nominally Democratic Party incumbents, Governor Andrew Cuomo was the last man standing at the top.

Anti-immigrant Violence in Italy Draws UN scrutiny

Ten vicious shootings of migrants and Roma in Italy have left one man dead and a baby at risk of paralysis. For this "huge increase in cases of violence and racism," Italy is under investigation by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights of Man.

Fascism in America and Italy: Does History Repeat Itself?

Given the rise of intolerance at the highest levels of government in America and Italy, it makes sense to think about its illogical causes and potential effects.

Starbucks Doesn’t Spell The Apocalypse!

Starbucks has opened its first ever branch in Italy. “Dedicated to Milan, the city that inspired our dreams. Every coffee we served brought us here.” This inscription Is on a wall of Starbucks’ newest location in Milan. Why hasn’t Starbucks opened store in Italy until now? Will it succeed? Will it hurt small businesses? Will it change Italians’ habits? Only time will tell, but we can make our modest predictions if we examine the hard data, says Alberto Baudo, owner of Williamsburg’s Fabbrica Why hasn’t Starbucks opened store in Italy until now? Will it succeed? Will it hurt small businesses? Will it change Italians’ habits? Only time will tell, but we can make our modest predictions if we examine the hard data, says Alberto Baudo, owner of Williamsburg’s Fabbrica

Instead of Building Bridges Italy at Sixes and Sevens

Just when Italy should be constructive and building bridges for the common good, the country appears to be at political sixes and sevens. Foremost among the crucial issues: immigration, as per the Diciotti misadventure.

When "Bufala" Whoppers Roam Through the News

In Italian the word "bufala" means, not mamma buffalo, as in "mozzarella di bufala," but a "whopper" or, in today's jargon, fake news. No less than anywhere else, bufala whoppers are roaming through the news ranges of Italy.

In Latest Polls, Salvini's Lega Bests the Five Stars

It is no surprise that anti-immigrant rhetoric is a vote getter. Latest opinion polls show that the Lega of Matteo Salvini, just now threatening to expel the Romani ethnic people, or Roma, has overtaken Luigi Di Maio's Movimento Cinque Stelle, even though in national general elections only three months ago the Five Stars won 15% more than the Lega.

The Acquarius and The Recurrent Cycles of Human History

For the past 25 years, on my first day of an introductory history course, I ask students why they hate history. At first, they are surprised and even astonished by my question. But they soon lose their reticence and offer all the usual answers: “history keeps repeating itself;” “we never learn from history;” “history has no importance in our contemporary world or my life.” As professional historians, we have perhaps failed in our duty to fully engage the public with the past. I can’t help thinking of this failure as we witness hour-by-hour the fate of 630 human beings literally adrift at sea in the Mediterranean. Their lives hang in the balance because of the political choices and poisoned culture of contemporary Italy.

Standoff on Migrants Splinters the EU

When 629 migrants were en route by sea to Italy on June 10, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini declared that no Italian port could accept them. "Saving lives is a duty, but turning Italy into Europe's refugee camp, no," he stated. Spain is to take them in, but the EU is splintered on this.

Foreign Affairs Upstage Policy, Stir Up a Hornet's Nest

In a globalized world it is hardly surprising that foreign affairs occupy more political space than ever before. In particular, the new Italian government's overture to Putin's Russia stirs up a hornet's nest.

Your Message in the Bottle. It Takes a Network!

The magazine you’re holding in your hands is a special edition that celebrates our first five years, with a selection of the best of our articles, interviews, and reporting. The pieces you see here, are almost all print versions of our television stories shown on our “i-Italy TV” program, now also five years old, which airs every Sunday on NYC Life. And our web portal, i-Italy.org, turns 10 in May.

In the Eye of a Hurricane: Political Italy

The current political, fiscal and constitutional crisis in Rome, the most serious since the murder of Aldo Moro forty years ago, can only gather steam with the calling of new elections. With the collapse risk of its Palace of Justice and the results of the last administrative elections, the city of Bari in the meantime becomes the mirror of the current Italian political plight. The new elections set for June 10 will be a test of things to come.