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Populist parties surge in Italian election

Populist parties surge in Italian election

| March 4, 2018

Populist parties have gained ground at the expense of establishment voices in Italy’s parliamentary elections, which produced no clear winner as votes were being counted in the early hours of Monday. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement is projected to have gained the most votes by a single party, while a center-right coalition looks set to hold the most […]

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SF Supervisor Stefani wants indigenous people, Italian Americans to share day

SF Supervisor Stefani wants indigenous people, Italian Americans to share day

| March 1, 2018

San Francisco stripped the name of Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer, from his commemorative day in October. But that doesn’t mean the city’s Italian Americans should stop holding their annual parade in North Beach, where the floats putter up Columbus Avenue as bystanders wave flags and cheer. On Tuesday, Supervisor Catherine Stefani offered a compromise: […]

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Italian Elections:  Comedian John Oliver Mocks Italy and Italians

Italian Elections: Comedian John Oliver Mocks Italy and Italians

| February 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Comedian John Oliver’s now trending video mocks not only the upcoming Italian elections, the Italian political parties and their candidates, but also all Italians.  It is a sad commentary on how Italian politics is viewed abroad.  Note that profane language is used in the video.

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Ultime ore per votare dall’estero per elezioni politiche italiane

Ultime ore per votare dall’estero per elezioni politiche italiane

| February 27, 2018

Ultimi due giorni per votare per gli italiani residenti all’estero. I voti dei connazionali, infatti, dovranno arrivare nei Consolati entro le 16.00 (ora locale) di giovedì 1° marzo. Le schede votate saranno quindi inviate in Italia, dove saranno scrutinate – insieme ai voti degli italiani in Italia – domenica sera a partire dalle 23.00 alla […]

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Elena Ferrante: ‘Yes, I’m Italian – but I’m not loud, I don’t gesticulate and I’m not good with pizza’

Elena Ferrante: ‘Yes, I’m Italian – but I’m not loud, I don’t gesticulate and I’m not good with pizza’

| February 26, 2018

I love my country, but I have no patriotic spirit and no national pride. What’s more, I digest pizza poorly, I eat very little spaghetti, I don’t speak in a loud voice, I don’t gesticulate, I hate all mafias, I don’t exclaim “Mamma mia!” National characteristics are simplifications that should be contested. Being Italian, for me, […]

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A Guide to Franciacorta, Italy’s Most Chill Wine Region

A Guide to Franciacorta, Italy’s Most Chill Wine Region

| February 25, 2018

Here, vines heavy with chardonnay, pinot nero, and pinot bianco grapes yield Italy’s most delicate sparkling wine, the namesake Franciacorta. With a second fermentation process similar to that of Champagne, Franciacorta is drier, yeastier, and more complex than Italy’s better-known bubbly, prosecco. Yet unlike France’s Champagne or Italy’s own Tuscany, the Franciacorta region is, in wine […]

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Amarone Is Italy’s Great Meditation Wine: Its New Release Is For Thinking Livelier

Amarone Is Italy’s Great Meditation Wine: Its New Release Is For Thinking Livelier

| February 25, 2018

In 2014, throughout Italy the summer never quite got up to speed. Instead of grape-ripening sun, northern vineyards especially were covered in clouds and rain, a lack of light and warmth that hit red wine places like Veneto’s Valpolicella hard. With the cool dampness came vine damage, destructive downy mildew and flavor-changing botrytis, the “noble rot” that’s a boon […]

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The political Italian vocabulary you should know ahead of the 2018 election

The political Italian vocabulary you should know ahead of the 2018 election

| February 23, 2018

Because the Italians like to keep things interesting (read: confusing), this year’s election will take place with a never before tested electoral law (legge elettorale). It’s called ‘Rosatellum‘, taking its name from Ettore Rosato, who leads the Democratic Party in the Lower House and drafted an early version of the law. This replaced an old […]

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Christopher Columbus statue deserves landmark status, Italian-American group says | am New York

Christopher Columbus statue deserves landmark status, Italian-American group says | am New York

| February 22, 2018

“We don’t want anything to happen to the Christopher Columbus statue,” said Angelo Vivolo, president of the Columbus Heritage Coalition, adding that immigration of Italian-Americans would not have happened if Columbus hadn’t connected the two worlds. “It talks to us about courage, discovery, about all the positive things — the meting pot that Americans believe […]

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Il fascino eterno della lingua italiana sugli artisti stranieri

Il fascino eterno della lingua italiana sugli artisti stranieri

| February 22, 2018

Che l’Italia nel corso dei secoli abbia ispirato tanti artisti, scultori, architetti, pittori, è cosa nota, ma negli ultimi tempi sembra si sia prepotentemente riproposta sulla mappe della musica globale. Viviamo questa paradossale situazione in cui molti artisti nostrani si cimentano con le lingue straniere e si scontrano con le difficoltà del produrre musica in inglese […]

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Italian-Americans want to make Columbus statue a landmark

Italian-Americans want to make Columbus statue a landmark

| February 19, 2018

A coalition of Italian-American groups are trying to thwart Mayor de Blasio’s bid to alter the Christopher Columbus statue at Columbus Circle by asking a city commission landmark it. Last month, Hizzoner said the statue would soon be joined by historical markers that tell the fuller story of the explorer, warts and all. But that plan doesn’t […]

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The Axeman of New Orleans Preyed on Italian Immigrants

The Axeman of New Orleans Preyed on Italian Immigrants

| February 18, 2018

By August of 1918, the city of New Orleans was paralyzed by fear. In the dead of the night, the Axeman of New Orleans (as he came to be known) broke into a series of Italian groceries, attacking the grocers and their families.  Some he left wounded; four people he left dead. The attacks were […]

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