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Teaching Mafia

Christina Pacella | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Christina Pacella

I began to feel a little nervous when I noticed his beady-eyed glare. I knew it was my turn: "So, Christina, did you read about Provenzano's son? What do you think about him teaching mafia?" Before I had the time to even attempt to think of an answer, one of our friends came out with: "So what's the problem? He has a right to work just like everyone else does."

Retire In Style On As Little As $2,000 Per Month

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a city where you could enjoy a rich, full, even luxury-standard retirement lifestyle on a budget of as little as $2,000 per month.

Mafia - State Negotiation: Italy's Original Sin

Christina Pacella | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Christina Pacella

Every time I read about Magistrates whose lives are being threatened by the mafia I ask myself the same rhetorical question: what kind of a country is this? Twenty-two years without justice, without truth, and what's worse? Nothing has changed.

Our Italian Anniversary Trip: He Went for the Soccer, I Went for Sicily. What We Got Was the Surprise of a Lifetime

Denice Duff | Posted 10.04.2014 | Travel
Denice Duff

While in Sicily something magical happened on one day, without any planning or use of technology... Just me, my husband and two bad photocopies of a picture of my great-grandmother and a street in her village, Sperlinga.

Astoria Characters: The Cookie Crooner

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.14.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The tiny two-counter store is as unassuming as its owner. The name -- Astoria Bakery -- is plain vanilla; a more pretentious man would have called it Jack's.

Astoria Characters: The Baker's Son

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.17.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

When the outdoor table is empty, Vincenzo Vaccaro takes a break and a seat. He lights a cigarette and in between smoke rings pours black coffee down his throat.

The Little (Gay) Prince Who Wanted to Commit Suicide

Filippo Brunamonti | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Filippo Brunamonti

When I was 18 I asked my mother to put me away in a mental hospital. I told her to do this so that thoughts of homosexuality and suicide would not cross my mind. This had to be done, for I was in unbearable pain. But my mother did not do what I had asked.

One Perfect Day in Sicily's Capital

Fathom | Posted 05.26.2014 | Travel

This is the place to catch an avant garde concert in a deconsecrated church or see an installation in a shelled-out 17th century rococo palazzo.

Polo: An Argentine Legacy (VIDEO) | Posted 05.20.2014 | Arts

To some people, Polo might be all about fast-paced horse riding, beautiful women and sunny afternoons on the field with a glass of champagne. But lo...

Dozens Dead In Shipwreck Off The Coast Of Sicilian Island

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 10.03.2013 | World

ROME -- ROME (AP) — It was the third ship of the night to head toward the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa packed to the brim with migrants seeking ...

Italian Mob Boss' Vacationing Days In Bali Are Over

AP | Posted 12.07.2012 | World

BALI, Indonesia -- Police on the Indonesian resort island of Bali have arrested a convicted Italian mobster who is believed to be an up-and-coming Maf...

PHOTOS: A Postcard From Buenos Aires

Sivan Askayo | Posted 02.24.2012 | Travel
Sivan Askayo

The question is no longer "Will I visit Buenos Aires" but "When will I." And when is now. 2011-12-27-buenosaires2300cm122711.jpg

Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Really Gives a Fig

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.16.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Joe Vitale, who was born in Palermo, Italy and christened Pepino by his parents, is the fig savior. When he bought his house six years ago, the fig tree in back was all but dead. Joe nursed it back to health.

Astoria Characters: The Born Baker

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.12.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Rosario Notaro, a compact man with big milk chocolate eyes and the energy of a youngster, doesn't like cookies and cakes; perhaps it's because he's been baking them nearly all of his 74 years.

Colombia: Strategy of Tension?

Aldo Civico | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aldo Civico

When I saw the images of the recent attack near my Bogota apartment, I could not help but think about the car bombings that had occurred when I was in Sicily, 18 years ago.

Small Plane Crash On New York Road Hurts Two

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

PALERMO, N.Y. — A small plane that ran out of fuel and issued a distress call crashed on a roadway while trying to land Sunday afternoon, seriou...

Mobster Domenico Raccuglia, 'The Veterinarian,' Is Arrested In Italy

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME — Police captured one of Sicily's top Mafia fugitives on Sunday, dealing a stiff blow to the island's Cosa Nostra crime syndicate, Italian ...

Can A Christian Learn from Ramadan?

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yvonne R. Davis

As a Christian who worships the Shabbat, I believe Ramadan is a wonderful way for Christians to remember their Muslim brothers and sisters

Hillary Clinton and the Drug Cartel Violence in Mexico

Aldo Civico | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aldo Civico

What the Mexican citizens need are positive encounters with the state. This is the meaning of promoting a Culture of Lawfulness.

Italian Police Arrest 100 Suspected Mobsters

AP | ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME — Italian police staged sweeping raids Tuesday to arrest about 90 suspected mobsters and prevent the hobbled Sicilian Mafia from forming a ...