Italy emerges as a player in the arms trade
Arms manufacturing grew in 2016 for the first time in five years. American and British industries lead in the production of weapons, but Italy also has a share of the death market.
11 Jan 2018
Living will -- Catholic Church fights against Italy’s
Finally, Italians are allowed to write a living will, in which they specify what actions should be taken in regard to their health if they can no longer decide for themselves. Yet, the Catholic Church will not let it go without a battle.
21 Dec 2017
Atheists' rights violated in Italy
Italy is among the 85 countries in the world where atheists and agnostics suffer serious violations of their rights. While apostasy and blasphemy are not punishable by death, the picture is still disheartening.
7 Dec 2017
Ex-Muslims feel betrayed by the left
In Europe, the debate about Islam is too shallow -- perpetually polarized between those who want to build walls around a Christian Europe and those who automatically deem any criticism of Islam to be "right-wing".
23 Nov 2017
When news becomes a new form of fiction
The phenomena of fake news is moving out of the digital arena and into real life where misguided reactions have deep social consequences.
9 Nov 2017
Tackling the educational monopoly of the Catholic church
The Basic Christian Community of Italy declared that it is "incongruous and anti-historical" for the Italian Bishops' Conference to monopolize religious instruction in schools.
27 Oct 2017
story of Italy’s biggest steel mill
The setting: Ilva di Taranto, Europe's largest steel mill. The characters: the mill owners and workers protesting layoffs. The supporting roles: the environment and public health.
13 Oct 2017
Is Airbnb turning Venice into a Disneyland lagoon?
The rise of mass tourism, mostly brought on by the low-cost holiday boom (read: Airbnb), is changing the face of many Italian cities. City centers laden with priceless art and historical monuments risk being reduced to tourist exhibitions.
28 Sep 2017