LGBT Rights in Italy at a Political Crossroads

LGBT Rights in Italy at a Political Crossroads

“You could say I was lucky. Coming out to my parents wasn’t the easiest thing in the world, but they accepted me for who I am and their relationship with me hasn’t changed,” said Matteo Perozzi, 22-year-old native and resident of Rome, and head of volunteers at Arcigay Roma, a federation organization that advocates for LGBT rights in Italy and around the world. For many LGBT youth in the country, reality is much harsher. For…

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Migrant money flows from Rome

Migrant money flows from Rome

For tourists, the street vendors in Rome can be a nuisance. For the vendors themselves, the often illegal peddling of mass-produced souvenirs is a way of survival for both themselves and their families back in Bangladesh, China or Senegal. Walking around Rome, it is easy to spot the hundreds of people trying to sell selfie sticks, scarves and other kinds of curiosities to the throngs of tourists. The goods are identical, and a very large…

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Cultural integration and overcoming trauma

Cultural integration and overcoming trauma

More and more asylum seekers are crossing the Mediterranean into Italy, many of whom have suffered severe mental and physical trauma in their home countries. The cultural and language differences of Italian society have proven to be barriers on the path to recovery. With that in mind, Doctors Without Borders is working on treatment in Rome that uses a combination of physical and psychological therapy and cross-cultural mediation for the treatment of refugee torture victims….

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Italy Bleeding Minds

Italy Bleeding Minds

Imagine being raised in a modest home in the suburbs of Rome. Blessed with an outstanding level of intelligence and motivational drive you set your ambitious sights toward a career in medical research with the full moral and financial support of your family. You successfully gain entry to university and graduate many years later with a Masters degree. After a substantial period of time testing the job market you are faced with a blunt choice….

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Italian Family Business in a League Of Its Own

Italian Family Business in a League Of Its Own

The Italian economy has undeniably faced a period of doom and gloom in the last decade. The country has felt the effects of deep austerity cuts, recession and double digit levels of unemployment. Despite the many challenges Italy is yet to overcome, the resilience of family businesses remains a beacon of light which continues to set Italy apart from any other country in the world. When it comes to service, family business provides a level…

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Camorra and the decay of Naples

Camorra and the decay of Naples

In Napoli, particularly the eastern districts, one can see the effects of petty crime and gentrification up close. The virus of the Neapolitan Camorra remains strong and their influence is felt throughout much of the city’s impoverished areas. Most alarmingly, where the European government views the influx of refugees in the past year as a crisis, it appears the Camorra is viewing them as an exploitable source of cheap labour… Organised crime is a two…

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A license to live

A license to live

While Italy is still one of the major economies in the EU, things are far from perfect. Especially when it comes to the huge disparity between the unemployment levels among the young and old. If you want a job, you better get ready to fight tooth and claw to get it. I was jogging around Central Rome. Apart from the huge amount of hotels, restaurants and shops aimed for tourists, I started noticing a lot…

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The Vatican begins to look outwards

The Vatican begins to look outwards

Pope Francis, considered the most liberal pope the Vatican has ever had, is changing the identity of the Catholic Church. Typically seen as perpetuating rigid norms and traditions, the Church is now seeking greater dialog and unity with other religions. A compelling illustration of this tendency is the re-opening of the oldest Byzantine church in Rome, known as the Sistine Chapel of the Middle Ages, to the public. By Joy Adam The Santa Maria Antiqua…

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Bringing the Romans back from the ruins

Bringing the Romans back from the ruins

Roman identity previously encompassed most of Europe, from Africa to the Netherlands, and from Portugal and to Iraq. While the Roman empire is long gone, the culture and ideals still live on in Italy. Following a short drive past the well-renowned Colosseum and the old Roman walls, I am beginning to feel the ancient vibes. I can almost imagine the legionnaires marching the streets, the Roman citizens on their way to watch the games or…

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Is Padania Still Within Reach?

Is Padania Still Within Reach?

Europe has undergone significant political shifts in the past decade. Barely a European country exists without a far-right or Euroskeptic party attracting at least 10% of the vote. Italy is no exception – however is the rise of Lega Nord indicative of this trend – or is there something linked to Italian identity which can explain the party’s popularity? By Jacob Wilson When it comes to the politics of conflicting Italian identity, no party has…

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