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November 2012 - Q&A WITH EMELISE ALEANDRI, AUTHOR OF “LA PICCOLA ITALIA.”

The most famous of Italian neighborhoods in the country has to be without a doubt Little Italy in Lower Manhattan. The neighborhood was the first stop for many Italians during peak years of migration between 1880 and 1920. (Read More..)

May 2012 - ITALIAN INFLUENCE ON REALISTIC PORTRAITURE

Portrait Artist Igor Babailov Tells PRIMO Why Artists Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Pietro Annigoni are His Key Influences

The great Italian contributions in the history of art are immeasurable. (Read More..)

February 2012 - ITALIAN BANKS UNDER STRESS FROM ITALY’S DEBT CRISIS

If you ask a financial advisor in Italy about the debt crisis, he or she is likely to tell you it is even worse than what is reported in the press.

Italians know their country is in dire straits. But they also know there is no plurality for bold changes. Yes, austerity measures need to be more drastic and major cuts in entitlements have to be made. But the Italian government already accounts for 50 percent of the economy. With so many Italians dependent on government programs, subsidies and grants, few Italians want to cut the hand that feeds. (Read More..)

December 2011 - INTERVIEW WITH LUCIA MANN

Lucia Mann is one angry Sicilian and wants everyone to know why.

A journalist turned author, she has made it her calling to bring awareness to the public of the prevalence of contemporary slavery. Her book “Rented Silence” is a fictional account of a slave set not in the 19 th century American South, but rather in the late 20 th century, primarily in Africa and Sicily. Illegal in almost every country in the world today, the slave trade has nonetheless grown over the years and represents a crisis that most people would be surprised even exists. (Read More..)

November 2011 - OH…TO GO BACK TO THE DAYS OF THE LIRA

Italy’s ongoing debt crisis has more than a few Italians longing for the days of the incomparable lira.

Before they changed over to the Euro in 2002, Italy used to handle its debt by devaluing its lira currency, inflating prices all over the peninsula, and exporting its way into solvency. Now tied to the Euro, Italy has to face its debt head-on, making tough budgetary choices, not easy to accomplish with the country’s impassioned and diverse political class. (Read More..)

October 2011 - INTERVIEW WITH DAVID GILMOUR, AUTHOR OF A NEW BOOK “THE PURSUIT OF ITALY: A HISTORY OF A LAND, ITS REGIONS, AND THEIR PEOPLES”

Coming to a bookstore near you is a fascinating and important telling of Italy’s history.

“The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples,” by David Gilmour is an engrossing and honest work that provides exceptional insight into the cultural and historical evolution of Italians. (Read More..)

August 2011 - ITALY’S DEBT CRISIS

It would not be the first time if Italy defaulted on its public debt, now a growing concern among world leaders, their finance ministers and economists.

Under Mussolini, Italy defaulted in the 1930s, as did France and Great Britain. The United States was a large holder of Italian bonds then but forgave the debt anyway.

A debt to GDP ratio for Italy at 120 percent today might seem alarming at first glance, until you consider Italy is not the only country with a large public debt. Here is a review of countries with the highest debt to GDP ratios, according to the IMF: (Read More..)

July 2011 - ITALY TURNS LEFT IN LOCAL ELECTIONS AND REFERENDUMS

The results were not what Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wanted.

Italians went to the polls this past May to elect the president and provincial council of nine provinces, i.e., Vercelli, Mantua, Pavia, Treviso, Ravenna, Lucca, Macerata, Campobasso and Reggio Calabria. (Read More..)

June 2011 - SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON SINATRA

A defense of Frank Sinatra by Italian Americans is warranted.

Arguably the world's greatest entertainer and most famous Italian American of them all, Sinatra's reputation remains tainted by allegations of his ties to the mafia. Sinatra, who died 13 years ago, made news last week, his association with organized crime used in defense of First Lady Michele Obama's invitation to the rapper Common at a White House poetry event. (Read More..)

May 2011 - LEON PANETTA: SECOND ITALIAN AMERICAN TO SERVE AS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

President Barack Obama's announcement on April 27 that CIA Director Leon Panetta will replace Secretary of Defense Robert Gates represents the second time an Italian American will serve that post, if he's approved by the Senate. (Read More..)



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