The “special mould” of PCI leaders: truth or illusion? Siegmund Ginzberg looks back at some of the protagonists ot Italy’s Left
- In his latest Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change “multi-scientist” Jared Diamond redraws the history of seven countries that survived defining upheavals. Can today’s West learn from that story to move past the crisis which is threating its very political model?
- 2019 will be remembered as a peculiar and unpredictable year in the bilateral relations between Italy and France. Last February, French Ambassador Christian Masset was recalled from Rome to Paris after months of tensions. Quai d’Orsay officials defined the crisis as “unprecedented”, a rupture on a scale not seen since the Second World War.
- The economic and politic synergy between Italy and Russia is based on the strong complementarity.
- Data, politics, NGOs, racism, Matteo Salvini. What’s going on in Italy with migrants and refugees.
- Before embarking on his European ‘renaissance tour’ Erdoğan had expressed his doctrine rather clearly, stating that, “we must reduce the number of our enemies and increase that of our friends.”
- Armed conflicts, civilians debased by both terrorist groups and dictatorial governments, a worrying repression of dissent and waves of populism and racism experiencing a staggering rise
- The show goes on. In Italy we continue to see “theocons” on TV, improvised experts, not Islamologues but Islam-demagogues, with no knowledge of languages spoken in the Islamic area and who have never attended courses on Islam. They do however publish books with great publishing houses and are invited on television as experts on Islamic subjects.
- “To promote greater hospitality and integration for foreigners, albeit while respecting the law, Catholics must be bolder, bring ferment among the people, helping them overcome their fear and mistrust of foreigners. The Church should raise its voice on these issues when necessary. It should not hesitate or remain silent, since silence is not in line with the Gospel.” In this interview, Father Antonio Sciortino, editor-in-chief of Famiglia Cristiana and author of “Anche voi foste stranieri” [“You too were strangers”] (Feltrinelli 2010), reflects on immigration seen from a Christian perspective, and on relations between the Church and politics in Italy.