Author: Luca Mazzacane (Rome, Italy)

New Green Pass restrictions enrage Italian no-vaxers

No-vax protests have ignited in Italy, specifically in Milan, Bologna, Rome and Turin.  Following the government’s announcement that, from the first of September, individuals will be required to show the Green Pass to travel on public transport, new mobilizations rose around Italy. The non-authorized protests were difficult to manage and created different moments of tension…. Read more »

Afghanistan back into the shadows after 20 years

Lyndon Johnson had Vietnam, George W. Bush had Iraq, and now Biden will be remembered for Afghanistan. The first two were responsible for the wars waged under their watch, while the current US President will be in the history books as responsible for the disastrous end of America’s longest war. With a decisive, inexplicable move,… Read more »

Navalny’s new “glazhnost” encounters new obstacles from the Russian government

As prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny launches a new independent news and communication app, the response from the Russian government has been harsh and immediate. The federal authority Roskomnadzor, the state communications watchdog, has confirmed that access to the website will be restricted and that users will be tracked and acknowledged by the government.  This presents… Read more »

Sputnik V arrives on Twitter: simple propaganda, or need for domestic legitimacy?

In November 2020, Sputnik V, the Russian vaccine produced by the Gamaleya Center, appeared on Twitter with a new account. As of March 2021, the Sputnik account has been officially verified by the California-based social media platform. It is the only Covid 19 vaccine with that distinction  — or rather, that decided to pursue that… Read more »

Italy, here we go again!

The ball is passed to Super Mario. The Italian peninsula is set to face a new political challenge for 2021: a new hybrid government formed by technocrats and bipartisan representatives.  The task has been handed to Mario Draghi, former president of the European Central Bank and Governor of the Bank of Italy, who is now… Read more »

Russia threatens break with EU, once and for all

“Russia is ready to break relations with the European Union.”  This will be the future scenario, announced Russian Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov on the program Soloviev Life. Meanwhile, the tension grows between Moscow and the EU, given the European position in support of the imprisoned Putin opponent, Alexey Navalny. “If we see once again, just… Read more »

Biden’s first call to Beijing

U.S. President Joe Biden recently had a two-hour phone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The White House chief expressed U.S. concern about the situation in Hong Kong and that of the Uighurs. The White House reports that Biden then reiterated to Xi U.S. concerns about what he called “coercive and unfair economic practices,” and… Read more »

Myanmar Coup: how, when and why

On the first day of February of this year, the army of Myanmar (also known as Burma) seized power in a coup. They arrested all key leaders of the majority party, including Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto head of government. At that moment, the army declared a year-long state of emergency, cut phone… Read more »

Democracy On Fire: assault on Capitol Hill

The violent entry into the US Capitol on January 6th, and the clashes that followed, came as the US Congress prepared to certify Biden and Harris’ victory. According to Trump: “This is what happens when a victory is snatched from the patriots.” In both the White House and Congress, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution… Read more »

The Biden Effect: what his election
means for the world

Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election has sparked very different reactions in the geopolitical arena. For Atlantic allies, this is a victory and a possible return to multilateralism. On the other hand, Asian leaders seem to be on alert, hoping for a radical change from the policies of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump. The… Read more »

American sports leagues lost
the game of human rights

What do Colin Kaepernick, Enes Kanter and Bubba Wallace — three professional athletes at the top of their game — have in common? Discrimination. How is it that sports, an activity that emphasizes the bond between players as so important to achieving victory, lost so badly in the game of human rights for all of… Read more »