Italy

The Writer, Seducer, Aviator, Proto-Fascist, Megalomaniac Prince Who Shaped Modern Italy
From Gabriele D'Annunzio to Silvio Berlusconi
February 08, 2014

At the turn of the twentieth century, Gabriele D'Annunzio was as famous as any writer alive and certainly as well-sexed. If his personal example was naughty, his political example was dangerous.

Why the U.S. Should Hand Over Amanda Knox If Italy Asks
February 03, 2014

Amanda Knox has little legal recourse if the Italian Supreme Court doesn't reverse her recent conviction.

The Squatters Who Are Saving Italy's Cultural Treasures
September 17, 2013

To the right of the grand staircase leading up to the circle at the Teatro Valle in Rome is a plaque that says the theatre hosted the premiere in 1921 of Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author.

Throw the Bums Out!
The populist moment in Europe and the United States
March 04, 2013

Why populists are dominating politics in Europe and the United States.

The Private Sector Bail-Out of Europe’s Culture Industry
November 16, 2012

This summer, the Internet warmly embraced the birth of “Monkey Jesus,” a tragicomic attempt by a well-intentioned octogenarian in Spain to restore a decaying fresco by herself. But the ape-ified “restoration” wasn’t just a source of countless online memes; it was a grim symptom of a crisis metastasizing across Europe.

How Christianity Spread: the 1% and the 99% in Ancient Rome
November 16, 2012

A startling new book on the distribution of wealth in early Christianity

The Curse of Warholism
November 15, 2012

Never mind Andy Warhol’s art. It’s his perspective that’s doing the damage.

The Terrifying Rise of Greece’s Nazi Party
October 19, 2012

They own the streets; is parliament next?

Mitt Romney, Latter-Day Neocon
August 24, 2012

IN MITT ROMNEY’S 2010 campaign book, No Apology: The Case for National Greatness, the former Massachusetts governor cites twelve countries that the United States has invaded for the “cause of freedom.” Readers expecting to learn about World War II or the downfall of Slobodan Milošević might be surprised by Romney’s list.

In Russia, Even Putin’s Critics Are OK With His Syria Policy
July 23, 2012

On Monday afternoon, Italian premier Mario Monti and Russian president Vladimir Putin convened a small press conference in the slanting, gold light coming off the Black Sea. They had just met to discuss the European economic crisis as well as energy (Italy is Russia’s second biggest gas client), but they also touched on the deepening conflict in Syria. “We do not want the situation to develop along the lines of a bloody civil war and for it to continue for who knows how many years, like in Afghanistan,” Putin said, standing with his perfect posture in a slate-gray summer suit.

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