The new face of Europe

The “Schengen Fortress.” This is the moniker that is being given to the new face of Europe brought about by the Islamist terror. Schengen is familiar to those Americans traveling to Europe as the border arrangement that allows them to travel freely almost everywhere on the old continent once a legal entry is made into…

Il contagio delle sparatorie

La recente strage nello Umpqua Community College riporta l’attenzione sulle cause delle numerose di stragi nei campus americani. Tra le ipotesi indagate, quella che dietro agli eccidi vi sia un effetto contagio facilitato dalla saturazione mediatica. Gli studiosi di scienze sociali lo vanno ripetendo da anni ma i loro moniti vengono disinvoltamente ignorati: le stragi…

Obama, Pope give hope to people on an island

At long last, Cuba is no longer a foreign policy problem for the United States, but rather a domestic policy issue. President Barack Obama revisited the strategy of his predecessor Richard Nixon and opened up a pathway to the normalization of relations with the island. The long term stated objective is the democratization of Cuba,…

The ugliness of unnecessary deadly force

Americans do not care much about what people in other countries, including those in friendly nations, say about the good, the bad and the ugly in the United States. Unfortunately, the ugly is often in full view to the world. Among the things that many friends in America find ugly, the first one that must…

Momentous times for Europe, Germany permitting

Euro, the European currency, is under attack. Even in Italy, a country that had accepted being part of the euro system with a large majority of support, there are rumblings in favor of calling a national referendum on jettisoning the common currency and returning to the beloved but perennially weak lira. Attacking the euro has…

A Pope who goes to the ‘periphery’

For many, it is beyond established belief and irrational expectation that a Roman Catholic pontiff could say something like this: “If I speak of house, land and work, for some the pope is a Communist.” Speaking to the representatives of peoples’ movements, campesinos, homeless vagrants, cartoneros(pickers of discarded cardboard) and favela dwellers, an unprecedented and striking gathering of poor…

Spying on your neighbors

To spy or not to spy? Or rather, how much watchfulness is called for when we can expect that politically motivated loners among us suddenly become terrorists? After the attacks in Canada, there is no longer room for complacency. Although the magnitude of such attacks can hardly be compared with those of 9/11, it is…

Profanando Colombo

Il tiro a segno contro Colombo e’ in pieno svolgimento. Un branco di presunti storici, paladini dei diritti umani, araldi della correttezza politica, nativisti assortiti e revanscisti indigeni hanno trovato in Colombo il bersaglio ideale. Di conseguenza, il Columbus Day non e’ piu’ una festività in America, e’ il giorno dell’obbrobrio che deve essere ricordato…

Desecrating Columbus, A Growing Sport

It is open season on Christopher Columbus. A posse of would-be historians, human rights advocates, heralds of the politically correct, assorted nativists and native revanchists have found the perfect target in Columbus. Thus, Columbus Day is no longer an American festivity, it is the day of opprobrium that should be remembered for all the pain…

Rodolfo Siviero, Un Personaggio Nella Leggenda Dell’Arte

Rodolfo Siviero e’ un nome poco conosciuto fuori dei circoli artistici fiorentini e di frequentatori della Galleria degli Uffizi. Il suo nome infatti appare spesso nel ricco museo fiorentino nelle etichette che illustrano brevemente l’autore dell’opera esposta e a volte la storia della stessa. “Recuperato da Rodolfo Siviero”, si legge. Un piccolo riferimento, ma di…