The world as we know it could come to an end this Sunday. Or it could be just another day. It depends on whom you talk to.
This weekend, Italians go to the polls to vote in a referendum on whether or not the country should amend its 1948 constitution.
The referendum is the brainchild of Matteo Renzi, Italy’s energetic, 41-year-old Prime Minister. His intention is to defang the upper house of the Italian Parliament, the Senato, by cutting its numbers from 315 to 100, thus reducing its powers dramatically, making it more of a consultative assembly.
Yes, if you read to the end of the previous paragraph, you’ll probably agree it sounds dull as dust.… Seguir leyendo »
“Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators,” read the proclamation to the people of Iraq. These could have been the words of British Prime Minister Tony Blair or President George W. Bush at the time of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
But it dates back to 1917, penned by Lieutenant General Sir Stanley Maude, the commander of British forces in Iraq.
The British occupation that followed was messy, though not as messy as its modern U.S.-led version. Then, the people of Iraq waged a bloody insurrection against the British, who, in the process, allegedly used poison gas against, among others, the Kurds in the north.… Seguir leyendo »