"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."— Harry S. Truman Sedition … Continue reading Seeking Protection From Its Own Voters
Juneteenth marks national independence day to celebrate the emancipations of enslaved people in the areas who were in rebellion against the union. It was only a few days ago President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Today many Americans will be celebrating a holiday, rather than commemorating the end of … Continue reading “Happy” Juneteenth!
Waste and garbage disposal have long been an extremely problematic issue in Italy. For example, the generalised failure in adequately managing the disposal procedure within the country by both state authorities and private enterprises have created the basis for appropriation of the garbage business by criminal organisations. Sadly well-known is the extreme case of the … Continue reading Italy is Polluting (its Relations With) Tunisia in a Garbage Scandal
A late 19th century French dramatist, Pierre-Adrien de Courcelle, once said that “Diplomacy is the longest route between two points”. This line contains the ambiguous nature of diplomacy, the dichotomy between what could be possible, and what is actually possible, given the ties imposed by the geopolitical context. The awareness that this nature often leads … Continue reading Governments and “Diplomacy of Vaccines” in Times of Pandemic
A few days ago, May 15th, 2021, the Italian journal Il Foglio published an article by Andrea Ichino and Daniele Terlizzese named “Recovery and university. A proposal for scholarships” (here: https://www.ilfoglio.it/scuola/2021/05/15/news/recovery-e-universita-una-proposta-sulle-borse-di-studio-2363952/). Firstly, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan - approved by the current Italian Government and Parliament, presented to the European Commission - aims at … Continue reading The Italian Welfare State is in Danger of Disappearing: Chronicles of a Disaster
Varys smiled. "Here, then. Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less." "So power is a mummer's trick?" "A shadow on the wall," Varys murmured, "yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow." --- An excerpt from A Song of Ice and Fire … Continue reading A Small Man’s Shadow
As of May 19, 2021, “at least 227 Palestinians, including 64 children [and 38 women], have been killed and more than 1,500 others wounded, in what observers say has been Israel’s harshest targeting of civilian areas in the enclave to date. At least 72,000 people have been displaced, the United Nations said, with the majority … Continue reading Palestinians and Israelis at Daggers Drawn: the Security Implications of Armed Conflict
The concept of right and wrong is an important ethical dilemma. It allows for further insight into an individual and their moral character on the basis of their interpretation of it. Right and wrong is a spectrum wherein the decisions we make lie. Individuals develop their own concept of right and wrong based on both … Continue reading Ethics of the ‘Politician’: Can it be right to do wrong?