‘Italy’ Category

  1. Not so clean hands

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    May 12, 2016 by AK

    In the previous post, I was talking about the “clean hands” operation launched by Milan prosecutors in 1992, which destroyed the old political order and unexpectedly brought a rightwing coalition headed by Berlusconi to power in 1994. Two things stood out in the conduct of that campaign: its reliance on the excessive powers the judges …
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  2. Lynch is no Di Pietro

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    May 6, 2016 by AK

    The theory that Donald Trump is neither quite a Hitler nor truly a Mussolini but an American Silvio Berlusconi is increasingly popular and invariably superficial. (Politically; psychologically, who knows?) It seems to ignore the constants of Trump’s campaign, which occasionally get lost amid the fireworks. Although Trump speaks in hyperbole and seems unsafely volatile, he is consistent in his …
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  3. ECHR: Navalny and Ofitserov didn’t get a fair trial in 2013

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    February 24, 2016 by AK

    The European Court of Human Rights has unanimously ruled that the 2013 trial of Alexei Navalny and Pyotr Ofitserov was unfair. The principal reason was the prejudicial use of findings from another, fast-track trial – in which they were not represented – against the defendants. I discussed the judicial trap set up for Navalny and Ofitserov – …
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  4. Wilderness and civilization in the Ombrone valley

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    January 27, 2016 by AK

    Tuscany has been settled for thousands upon thousands of years and civilized through and through, yet it is still teeming with wild animals: …[T]he Tuscan authorities say there are just too many animals in the region, largely because of plentiful forest and wild mountain ranges. They estimate that there are around 200,000 wild boar and …
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  5. No, Ezra Pound was not convicted of treason

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    December 29, 2015 by AK

    Last week, Arts and Letters Daily linked to Still a Monster, a review of the third part of A. David Moody‘s new biography of Ezra Pound. The reviewer, Steve Donoghue, a Boston-based editor and writer, accuses the British academic of telling “exculpatory lies” – so ardently that he invents facts on the go: Nevertheless, Pound …
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  6. Fascism means “life must not be taken easily”

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    September 8, 2015 by AK

    I have finished Mussolini by Prof. Richard Bosworth, also known as R. J. B. Bosworth, the prominent Australian-British historian of 20th-century Italy. It was first published in 2002 by Oxford University Press and was followed in 2006 by Mussolini’s Italy: Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915-1945, published by Penguin Books. I read the latter book first: it was excellent …
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  7. Margin notes 2

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    August 18, 2015 by AK

    When Stalin was forced to leave the theological seminary in Tiflis in 1899, he received a certificate confirming that he had completed four years of instruction with excellent behavior (!) and was qualified to teach elementary school or work “in the area of religion.” He was 20 years old. When Mussolini graduated from Collegio Giosuè …
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  8. Margin notes

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    August 17, 2015 by AK

    Thomas Mann wrote in his essay Bruder Hitler that the German dictator, in his “dreamy arrogance,” did not have the discipline to learn how to ride a horse, drive a car or pilot a plane; the man could not even father a child. (A little below the waist, the last bit.) Mussolini learned to ride a horse, drive …
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  9. Stalin the helmsman and the imitation of Mussolini

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    July 2, 2015 by AK

    This post has been inspired by this note by Language Hat on a slightly different subject. In modern Russian usage, “the Great Helmsman” is taken by default to be a reference to Mao. The word most likely to denote Stalin is vozhd’, a leader-chief hybrid. (Of course he was also the Coryphaeus of All Sciences …
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  10. Mr. Perfect goes to church

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    June 19, 2015 by AK

    Putin met with Pope Francis last week, but just before that… In a rare newspaper interview ahead of his state visit to Italy, Vladimir Putin has claimed he never makes mistakes because God “built his life so he’d have nothing to regret”. Which inspired this drawing by the well-known Russian political cartoonist who goes by …
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