Offensive? Franco Battiato
Alessandra Addari / Politics

Offensive? Franco Battiato

Franco Battiato, Regional Councilor for Culture and famous singer-songwriter said in his speech at the European Parliament in Brussels on the 26th March: “There are sluts around in Parliament who would do anything, they should open a casino“. Immediately, the Rosario Crocetta, President of the Sicilian Region, decided to fire Franco Battiato and defined these claims serious and unacceptable.  “It’s been … Continue reading

Fiscal Cliff Crisis Averted But All Are Still Left Disappointed.
Eleanor Szponar / Politics

Fiscal Cliff Crisis Averted But All Are Still Left Disappointed.

America avoids taking the plunge over the cliff but the alternative leaves many unsatisfied, especially Republicans, 151 voting against such a deal while 85 approved. Despite the still shakily put together agreement, this has helped Obama gain back some momentum and a relief to the majority of American tax payers who won’t see a rise … Continue reading

Abortion – Italian Law in Question
Alessandra Addari / Politics

Abortion – Italian Law in Question

The European Committee of Social Rights of the Council of Europe recently declared the appeal against Italy by the NGO International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF En), in collaboration with the Laiga (Free Association gynecologists for the application of law 194) admissible. According to the IPPF En, the high number of conscientious objector medical … Continue reading

The L’Aquila Earthquake: Jail for Scientists for Being “Just Too Reassuring”.
Alessandra Addari / Politics

The L’Aquila Earthquake: Jail for Scientists for Being “Just Too Reassuring”.

The Italian Judge Marco Billi has sentenced six scientists and an ex- government official to six years in prison each over their incorrect predictions abou the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake, that devastated the city and killed 309 people. The seven members of the National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks were accused of … Continue reading

How Would a Romney Presidency Affect the ‘Special Relationship’ Between the UK and the US?
Craig Denham / Politics

How Would a Romney Presidency Affect the ‘Special Relationship’ Between the UK and the US?

Ever since the phrase was first uttered by Winston Churchill in his ‘Iron Curtain Speech’ of 1946 the ‘special relationship’ shared by the UK and US has waxed and waned periodically. Some leaders have strongly embraced it, others given it short shrift. The rapport between Thatcher and Reagan and close relationship of Blair and Bush … Continue reading

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité… Or None of the Above
Kirstin Fairnie / Politics

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité… Or None of the Above

Or at least that’s how some right-leaning politicians in France seem to have adapted the original revolutionary motto ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité ou la morte’ to make it more appropriate for the less violent 21st century. It strikes me that after an election, very few political parties can maintain public support. During election campaigns opposition politicians … Continue reading