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Laura Kiss

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Italy. Honestly?

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 5:52 AM

That was my thought as I arrived in Piazza del Popolo in Rome last Saturday evening, where one hundred thousand people had gathered for "Honesty Night." The event was organized by the Five-Star Movement (M5S), the political movement founded by comic actor Beppe Grillo, in response to the most recent...

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Will Passion Save Italy?

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Last Sunday I went to Ostia, the "beach of the Romans," 15 miles from the city's center. It was a sunny day and a stroll by the sea was very pleasant. But the reason I was there was to participate in an "agora," a meeting of people in the square,...

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The Tech Alliances That Can Help Italy

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Italy is living through the worst crisis of its republican history and there is not much possibility of an end to it in the shortterm. The economy has collapsed. Youth unemployment has reached 30 percent. And the salaries of more than half of Italian families are insufficient to...

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Women Can Make It, In Italy Too!

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 4:47 PM

Despite the current economic crisis, the protests and the recent tragedy of the cruise ship, some good news is also coming from Italy. Once more brought about by women who believe that education, culture, innovation and hard work are the best keys to rebuild a healthy society and help to...

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Professor Monti, It Could Be Better for Italy

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 12:04 PM

Professor Monti is a smart, prepared, well educated and charming Italian man. Nothing in comparison with what Italians have had to suffer with Berlusconi for the past 17 years. He is one of the best economic brains of Europe and has adopted a very appreciated low profile in running the...

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Media City Gives Voice to the Arab World

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 12:42 PM

When the people take to the streets there is no stopping them. This is the guiding conviction of Sheikh Fahad al Salem al Ali al Sabah, a member of the Kuwaiti Royal Household, that underpins his favorable outlook on the ideas of democracy and freedom that are spreading in the...

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Happy New Year Italy!

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 2:49 AM

As the year ends, Italy is not living through a great time. Berlusconi is still here and the Italians somehow seem to have become increasingly more "resigned" to this regime. There are also those who have become increasingly more angry, and while this can get dangerous it is, from another...

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The Western Disease

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 5:02 AM

According to the ILO (International Labour Organization), in the last 2 years world-wide, more than 34 million jobs were lost due to the global financial and economic crisis, while people without a job are now 212 million. In the United States alone there are almost 15 million people who are...

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The Nobel Peace Award Is Not Given for What One Has Done, But Hopefully for What One Will Do

(20) Comments | Posted October 10, 2009 | 10:53 AM

"The Nobel Peace Award is not given for what one has done but hopefully for what one will do."

This are the opening words on the blog page of the World Centers of Compassion for Children International website, a non-profit organization founded by Betty Williams, winner of the...

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The Future of the Press

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2009 | 12:53 PM

He was five years old when he first started to play with the metal letters of a rotary press. His father was a printer in a small town of Calabria, South Italy. Pippo, this is still his nickname, was very happy to share his playing time near his father while...

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The European Guru Who Seeks the Way for a Global Governance

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 10:11 AM

Euro deputy since 10 years, the first elected Vice president of the European Parliament is an Italian. He comes from a beautiful and forgotten Southern Region, Basilicata, where unemployment and emigration, especially among the youth, are still extremely high. For this reason Gianni Pittella is instead very active, in contrast...

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Freedom of the Press!

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2009 | 3:52 AM

This is the first time in Italy after Mussolini's fascism that the press is really under attack. Prime Minister Berlusconi, who owns almost the totality of the media in Italy, at the moment has no strong political antagonists to oppose his intention to silence the press. From his Villa Certosa...

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Mr. Berlusconi, Why You Don't Answer the Press?

(33) Comments | Posted May 20, 2009 | 5:35 PM

There is a topic in Italy which is beginning to interest the rest of the world: the President of the Council of Minister's proclivity to lie to the public. Furthermore, when he is asked about uncomfortable truths, he not only continues to lie or refuses to answer, but also vehemently...

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The New Mandela is a Woman

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2009 | 12:30 PM

She was only 5 years old when she woke up one morning at the sound of gunshots coming from the garden. It was hard to overcome the fear but she and her brothers did, eventually. It was February 24, 1966, the military coup that changed the history of Ghana for...

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A Word Still Not Out of Fashion: Inequality

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2009 | 12:32 PM

Those who detain world power use the word inequality all too rarely, although during the G20 Conference in London, thanks to the presence of President Obama, the word was mentioned a little more. Inequality is what Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, former Italian President of the Republic, affirms in some of his...

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Nuclear waste? No grazie!

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2009 | 5:11 PM

While Obama ponders just how to improve the US economy through the implementation of clean energy production, in Italy, Berlusconi seeks a return to nuclear power, notwithstanding the results of a 1986 popular referendum that banned new development of nuclear power. In this sad landscape, however, there is good news....

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