Search Results for "Italy" : 16

by / on November 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Berlusconi’s Austere Grip

by Two weeks ago, the world looked anxiously at Italy. Italy’s debt seemed dangerously high, and its leader, Silvio Berlusconi, faced criticism from political leaders both inside and outside his country. Now the situation has come to the brink of crisis. Distress has given way to predictions of Italy defaulting and bringing the rest of the eurozo ne down with it. The situation has grown so dire that it has forced Berlusconi, who has do…

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by / on October 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm / in Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Bunga Bunga

by photo from Wikimedia Commons These days, in Italy, the courts dominate the news. Six scientists (and one government official) were convicted of manslaughter on October 22 for failing to predict correctly the 2009 L’Aquila earthquakes. They may face up to six years in jail and pay damages of more than $10 million. Silvio Berlusconi, the world-famous and scandalous Italian prime minister who served from 1994 to 1995, 2001 to 2006, an…

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by / on March 4, 2013 at 11:16 pm / in Uncategorized

The Professor, the Clown and the Mummy

…ection. The winner of this election could very well turn out to be Pier Luigi Bersani, the experienced leader of Italy’s main center-left party; however, there is much uncertainty due to Italy’s complex electoral rule and the possibility of a hung Parliament. The biggest lesson to draw from this election, however, has to do with the electoral fate of three men. The Italians rejected the Professor, Mario Monti, whereas over half of the electors vo…

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by / on April 1, 2012 at 7:58 am / in Opinion, World, World

Man on Fire

by In the past week, two unrelated incidents of self-immolation have been reported in Italy. The first case was that of a 58-year-old businessman in Bologna who set himself alight while sitting in a parked car outside of a government tax office. Police found a number of documents in the car, including a suicide note directed at the government agency that had recently accused him of evading taxes. In another letter, the man defended his…

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by / on October 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Lavora, Nonna, Lavora!

…fear the viability of one of the eurozone’s largest economies. Spain is not the problem, as many had feared, but Italy. Both French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel publicly reproached Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over the weekend saying that Italy’s public debt needs “to be reduced in a credible manner in the coming years.” However, not all of the reforms the eurozone is pressuring Italy to enact are cred…

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by / on September 20, 2010 at 4:39 am / in Allegiance of College Editors, Interview

Rebiya Kadeer — Face of the Uighurs

…autonomy to the region would begin to address these challenges. South Tyrol, an autonomous province in northern Italy bordering southern Austria, is an example of successful autonomy following the implementation of an autonomy agreement between Italy and Austria in 1992. South Tyrol has undergone considerable development since that time, and is now one of Italy’s most prosperous and stable regions. HPR: It is often the case in China that t…

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by / on October 13, 2012 at 11:59 am / in Opinion, World

Under Pressure

by For the last three years, Europe has been on the edge. Time and time again, the collapse of the euro has seemed alarmingly close. However, European politicians have been able to muddle through, coming up with half- baked solutions to buy time. Meanwhile, the suffering endured by the people of Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal has been immense – on a scale comparable to the Great Depression. The youth has been the hardest hit; conseq…

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by / on May 4, 2011 at 4:06 am / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Behind the Burqa Bans

by “I don’t want the country of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be largely Muslim, or for Turkish or Arabic to be spoken in large areas, that women will wear headscarves and the daily rhythm is set by the call of the muezzin. If I want to experience that, I can just take a vacation in the Orient.” Enter Thilo Sarrazin, a former member of the German central bank and the author of the 2010 “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (Germa…

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm / in Opinion, World

Underground Economy And Wasted Potential

by Imagine a world in which up to one half of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) was not taxed. Imagine capitalist investors and heads of companies escaping the long-handed reach of state coffers, thereby avoiding their due contribution of hundreds of millions of dollars to the very citizenry that helped create their wealth to begin with. Unfortunately, this world is not at all different from the one we live in. Every year, wealt…

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by / on March 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm / in Europe, Opinion, World

The Future of Europe: Break up or federalism?

by 2012 was meant to be the year of reckoning for the eurozone. The Spanish banking system lay in tatters, the long-term interest rate on Italian debt was unsustainable, and the prospect of a Greek exit seemed frightengly plausible. Yet the doomsayers, of whom there were many, have had to think again as the euro is still completely intact, mainly due to Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank. In July 2012, he remarked that…

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