What Does Italy Hope to Gain by Re-trying Amanda Knox?

As you’ve no doubt heard by now an Italian appellate has court overturned a lower court decision that acquitted Amanda Knox in the Perugia murder of her housemate Meredith Kercher. Two questions immediately present themselves: 1. If she’s found guilty,...
Italy’s Election: Lighting the Lamp

Italy’s Election: Lighting the Lamp

On the eve of the World War I the British diplomat Sir Edward Gray is purported to have said, “The lamps are going out all over Europe.” In the wake of the recent Italian election one might reverse that phrase: after years of brutal austerity, collapsing...

Is Europe Over?

Europe has always been a rather tenuous concept. A rump continent, Europe represented the barbarous hinterlands for the Greeks and Romans. The first use of the term “European” occurred in a chronicle describing the forces of Charles the Hammer that turned...
Libya’s Relationship With Italy Expected to Survive Regime Change

Libya’s Relationship With Italy Expected to Survive Regime Change

Cross-posted from the Arabist. An item in the Wall Street Journal reminds us that the ties between Libya and Italy’s elites are very, very deep, and, as benefiting the lives of the rich and famous, sometimes produce strange little stories that illustrate much...
Italy: Barbarians — in Suits — at the Gates

Italy: Barbarians — in Suits — at the Gates

PAESTUM, ITALY — Walls tell you a lot about a country’s history. Since their purpose is to keep people out who want to get in, they generally mean trouble. In the case of this stunning ruin of a city southeast of Naples, back in the 6th century BC the...

Water is Not for Sale: A Look at Italy’s Water Movement

All over the world, communities are engaged in struggles to protect their water supply from harmful corporate activities. In some cases commercial activities contaminate rivers, lakes or groundwater; in others, businesses such as gold mines pollute water sources and...
Italy: Tomatoes and the Color Purple vs. Silvio

Italy: Tomatoes and the Color Purple vs. Silvio

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, increasingly under attack by trade unions angered at his austerity proposals and a feckless economic program that has produced virtually no growth, now finds himself besieged on the Internet. There is a certain irony that this...

The Advent of the G14

The Group of Eight (G8) has frequently come under attack for being an archaic institution that doesn’t represent the current configuration of global political and economic influence. These criticisms have intensified with the rise of the Group of 20 (G20)...

Resisting the Empire

Victories are within sight for people in a growing number of nations where communities that host U.S. foreign military bases have long fought to get rid of them. Ecuador’s decision not to renew the U.S. lease for the forward operating base at Manta (see Yankees...