There is a sense that Italians are holding their breath.
Anti-poverty crusaders like Bono call critical attention to what's wrong with the world. But what if we also showed who's doing it right?
The French ruling class suffers from no shortage of a sense of entitlement.
European governments are maneuvering to place French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde at the helm of the IMF. The price: serious IMF reform.
"European countries are vastly over-represented on the Board, and the IMF's archaic voting system discriminates against large developing economies," said Oxfam spokesperson Sarah Wynn-Williams.
The IMF has been violating women since 1945.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged attack on a hotel housekeeper is shocking and deeply symbolic of the IMF's attitude towards women.
The fact that one of the world's most powerful financial officials could be arrested and thrown in jail for assaulting a chambermaid gives me hope for my country.
It's part of my job description.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's behavior parallels that of the International Monetary Fund itself.