The European Union is Floundering

The dramatic juncture in the world reminds one of the old saying: If Athens weeps, Sparta is not laughing. Athens, the great power of millennia ago, suffered at the hands of the Spartans but Sparta too was in grave peril. It is happening now to the great power of our era, the United States, and…

From Cyprus to Self-Quarantine

The article below, written by  Josette Keelor of the Northern Virginia Daily,  describes my experiences self-quarantining after my travels to Cyprus.   Winchester resident describes self-quarantine after European travels Escaping Europe shortly before travel to the U.S. was suspended on March 13, Winchester resident Marino de Medici considers himself lucky. “We got back just under the…

Cyprus: One island, two opposite standards

One of the smallest countries of Europe is way down in the Mediterranean sea, rich in history and archaeological attraction. Cyprus is the third major island in the Mediterranean, right after Sicily and Sardinia, but particularly resemblant, historically and ethnographically, to Sicily. Both islands were much fought over by different empires that endowed them with…

LA CORSA CONTRO IL TEMPO DI DONALD TRUMP

C’e’ una differenza fondamentale tra come la pandemia di coronavirus viene affrontata in Europa e negli Stati Uniti. Mentre l’Europa vara provvedimenti tanti rigidi quanto coesivi, senza che vengano elevate critiche (in Italia fa eccezione lo smargiasso e squalificato Salvini) ma con uno stupefacente senso di empatia sociale, negli Stati Uniti si assiste ad una…

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY IN OLD EUROPE

Not many Americans – and certainly not their current president – know that the motto of one of their states, Missouri, encapsulates the dramatic events when the health of a nation is at stake: Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto means that the health of the people should be the supreme law. This principle was enunciated…

High UE Drama with Turkey

When it rains it pours is an old saying that can now be applied to Europe. First came the explosion of populism in Eastern Europe, accompanied by the inability of the European Union to keep a semblance of democracy in the new member countries, once vassals of the Soviet Union. Then came Brexit, an excruciating…

Dove La Storia Minaccia Di Ripetersi

Un richiamo ai corsi e ricorsi di Giambattista Vico non e’ fuori luogo in un’America che e’ sempre piu’ divisa, sul piano nazionale e su quello del partito democratico, dove alla “rivoluzione” di Bernie Sanders si contrappone ora la “contro rivoluzione” di Joe Biden. All’indomani del Supermartedi elettorale, lo scenario vichiano che si profila e’…