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Wait a Second, Did Venice Just Vote to Secede From Italy?

While the whole world was busy talking about Crimea, something remarkable happened in Venice.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE


Debt Is a Weapon for Taking Your Things Away

The treasured University of Missouri, Kansas City economics professor Michael Hudson explains to RT how debt is used “as a means of foreclosing on property and transferring” it “from the debtor to the creditor.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Oded Balilty

Pope Francis: A New Center of Gravity

In winning election as Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio defied the papal pundits, even though they should have seen him coming. His rise marks the decisive shift within Roman Catholicism toward Latin America and the developing world.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
Fabio Pozzebom / Agencia Brasil

The Paradoxes of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict’s resignation shouldn’t have surprised us as much as it did. As an institutionalist who believes in the Roman Catholic Church as the carrier of truth in a sinful world, he would worry a great deal about the impact of his own infirmities on the institution’s capacity to thrive.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE



AP/L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Benedict XVI to Resign From Scandal-Plagued Church

Whatever messages Pope Benedict tried to convey during his tenure were “drowned out” by the child abuse scandal and other controversies that rocked the Vatican during his reign, John Hooper writes at The Guardian.

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Hail and Farewell: The End of the American Empire

Gore Vidal reads an essay first published in 2007, in which the author and iconoclast suggested that perhaps there was a more sinister explanation for President Bush’s fiascoes than mere incompetence: He was out to destroy the American empire.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games

We have a new science fiction trilogy that’s perfect for our moment: Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games,” a dystopian vision set in a North America ruled by decadent, luxurious oligarchs who sacrifice young people in an annual televised Roman-style blood contest.

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The Homeless, Wrinkles and All

Life for most of us can be carefully—if unintentionally—structured to avoid confrontation with the sea of human misery, despair and hopelessness around us. Whatever his intention, British photographer Lee Jeffries is interrupting the arrangement.

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 READ MORE



Moyan_Brenn (CC-BY)

Inequality in Ancient Rome and Modern America

Historians used the Gini coefficient, a modern measure of wealth inequality, to compare disparities between the classes in the Roman Empire 150 years after the death of Christ and those in the United States today. The ancients, with their ranks of plebeians, patricians and senators, scored slightly better than we did. (more)

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Vandals Assault Roman Treasures

Police walking a beat in Rome have more than pickpockets to look out for. A new rash of vandals and treasure hunters has afflicted the home of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church, a city so stuffed with artifacts it is difficult to protect. (more)

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Adam Blicharski

Vatican Beatifies Pope John Paul II

The Roman Catholic Church has beatified Pope John Paul II despite the many child abuse scandals that took place while he was the church’s leader. The ceremony was held Sunday at the Vatican.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Agência Brasil

Berlusconi Allegedly Bought Votes

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi’s political rap sheet is already quite appalling, from alleged under-age sexcapades to anti-Semitic jokes. But new allegations by state prosecutors have added another blotch on the billionaire’s bill: He’s accused of buying votes to stay in power.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Moore: 1, Berlusconi: 0

So, as per usual, Italy’s own media baron and embarrassment-in-chief Silvio Berlusconi is embroiled in another sex scandal involving another teenage girl. This time, however, he’s made it worse with homophobic commentary that didn’t fly with actress Julianne Moore.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Riccardo De Luca

Iran Joins in for Future Talk About Afghanistan

An Iranian representative is now included in a league of international envoys from the EU, NATO, the U.S. and elsewhere—aka the International Contact Group on Afghanistan—that is engaging in an ongoing conversation about Afghanistan’s future.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

SEC’s Dirty Little Secret

One wonders if there is a smutty equivalent to Nero’s fiddling while Rome burns. If there is, it might be applicable to the senior staffers at the SEC who spent hours watching pornography on government computers instead of policing the nation’s financial system.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE


McItaly

Nationally Themed McDonald’s Burger Causes Kerfuffle in Italy

No, it’s not shaped like a boot, but a new Italian-themed McDonald’s sandwich with the straightforward moniker “McItaly” is causing a stir in Italy, where even the nation’s agriculture minister has weighed in on the controversy. For the record, he endorses the burger and thinks those who oppose it are “ignorant Stalinists.”

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


Vidal

Gore Vidal: ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’

The whip-smart and ever-sly Gore Vidal visited “Real Time” on Friday, giving his historical and sometimes hysterically funny take on the state of the United States. He also revisited a few key moments from his personal history, illustrated by some priceless archival footage found by Bill Maher’s crack research team. Is it too soon to make an Amelia Earhart joke?

Posted on Apr 11, 2009 READ MORE


Hanks
iwatchstuff.com

‘Angels and Demons’ Not Welcome at the Vatican

It would appear that the pope is not a Dan Brown fan. The Vatican has refused to allow star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard to film scenes from author Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” prequel, “Angels and Demons,” on its holy territory.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


corn
Flickr / mattdente

Back to the Farm

Humankind’s steady migration from fields to cities may have to take a slight detour. There are a lot of people in the world now and feeding them is becoming a problem. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders we face a “historic opportunity to revitalize agriculture,” warning that production would have to go up by 50 percent over the next 20 or so years.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


Mugabe
U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Lock

Mugabe Ripped for Food Trip

Zimbabwe’s president plans to stop by Rome for a food summit sponsored by the United Nations, a fact that Australia’s foreign minister finds “frankly obscene.” He’s not alone in his disdain for Robert Mugabe, who has transformed Zimbabwe from one of Africa’s bread baskets into a place of chronic hunger.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


Clooney
time.com

Rome’s New Mayor Strikes American Celebs From VIP List

Hollywood stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney and Nicole Kidman are now personae non gratae in Rome, according to the Italian capital’s new mayor, Gianni Alemanno, a former fascist who thinks American stars shouldn’t be hyped at Rome’s annual film festival at the expense of Italian actors and directors.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


Romulus and Remus

Discovery Resurrects Rome’s Founding Myth

The revered myth holds that Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus, rescued and raised as infants by a she-wolf.  Now, scientists say they have discovered an ornate cave that ancient Romans believed to be the wolf’s lair.

Posted on Nov 21, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert

And Bush Fiddles While the Icecaps Melt

Cullen Murphy joins Stephen Colbert to compare and contrast the American and Roman empires. For all the old empire’s glory, its rampant poverty, disease and corruption, combined with endless war, make for an unwelcome comparison.

Posted on Jun 10, 2007 READ MORE


Gore Vidal
Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

Hail and Farewell: the End of the American Empire

The iconic author, historian and patriot suggests that perhaps there’s a more sinister explanation for the president’s fiascos than mere incompetence: He’s out to destroy the American empire.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


Madonna ‘Crucified’ in Italy, Angering Vatican

The pop queen staged a mock crucifixion in a stadium a mile away from Vatican City, ignoring accusations of blasphemy by the Catholic Church, and even inviting Pope Benedict to come and watch.

  • Of course, Madonna has been fending off Vatican blasphemy accusations since 1989—in the pre-“covering up for child molestors” era, when many people still felt the Catholic Church held the moral high ground.

  • Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘Forgers’ of Niger Uranium Contract Named

    Remember the uranium ore that Hussein supposedly purchased from Niger? A contract documenting the sale was used as evidence of the need to invade Iraq and was included in a 2002 U.S. State Department fact sheet on Iraq’s weapons program. Remember how the IAEA denounced the documents as fakes shortly before the invasion of Iraq? Well, according to the Times Online, the forgers have finally been named.

    Posted on Apr 9, 2006 READ MORE


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