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Republic Day in Rome – a Reduced Affair in 2012

Today is a national public holiday in Italy and marks the 66th anniversary of the declaration of the Italian republic. But with the country in economic (moral, political & social!) turmoil, recent mafia related bombing in Brindisi in the south and a devestating earthquake rocking Emilia Romagna in the north, there really doesn’t feel much to celebrate today. To that end, planned annual celebrations here in Rome have been significantly

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Sombre Weekend in Italy: Bomb Attack & Earthquake

Italy’s southern and northern regions have this weekend been devastated by two separate tragic events – one man-made, one natural. From what I can tell, news of a bombing at a vocational school in Brindisi, in south Italy (region of Puglia) yesterday morning has not made many international headlines. So for those of you who may not have heard, 16 year old student Melissa Bassi was killed in an unprovoked

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