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  • Last Friday’s battle between Church and State, fought over government funding for private schools, lasted a mere six hours. The score: Church 1, State 0. But then, scoreboards do not always tell the whole story.
  • Veltroni alla manifestazione del Pd al Circo Massimo
    Acres of people filled Rome’s enormous Circus Maximus to protest the government and listen to the leader of Italy’s Democratic Party Walter Veltroni. Government cuts to education are high on the demonstrators’ agenda; so are racism and xenophobia.
  • An American student discovers that Parolacce (Dirty Words) are part of the Italian people everyday vocabulary. They are used by students, housewives, actors, blue and white collars to express feelings and emotions. And by politicians too.
  • Life & People
    Marina Melchionda(August 26, 2008)
    Silvio Berlusconi's compilation of love ballads, "There’s love”, will be in the stores by Christmas. His friend and co-author Mario Apicella suggests that Italy's premier should dedicate more time to his musical career and quit politics...
  • It isn't exactly Woodstock all over again, but everyone, from the Prime Minister to nursing mothers to the gay community, is demanding that Italy re-consider its values. It's almost summer and the groups are all screaming for a little more than just ice cream
  • Prime Minister Berlusconi inaugurates his fourth term and announces his ministerial posts. The choices for his circle of 21 ministers reveal some predictable tactical determinations, while a few of his newbies have yet to prove their political value. No one can accuse the PM of having assembled a boring cast
  • Facts & Stories
    Judith Harris(April 30, 2008)
    Berlusconi chalks up his second victory this month. “We’ll be licking these wounds for as long as we have tongues, and maybe longer,” was the mournful comment of Alessandro Robecchi, in the left-wing newspaper Il Manifesto.