When I told my wife that I was going to meet porn star Milly D’Abbraccio at her apartment the other day, during office hours, with a camera crew, she had the same reaction that my boss did: sounds like a great story. That’s because D’Abbraccio is running for public office, just like Cicciolina did decades ago.
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from Italian elections:
A study by two Italian psychology professors I unearthed on the Internet throws light on the effect Silvio Berlusconi's influence over the nation's media can have on the minds of ordinary Italians.
from Africa News blog:
Implementation of Kenya's peace accord brokered by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in February to end post-election bloodshed has hit a logjam over power sharing. The accord provided for power sharing based on a political party's relative strength in parliament. President Mwai Kibaki's Party of National Unity (PNU) and opposition leader Raila Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) both said in the first week of April that they had agreed on how to share 40 ministerial positions. But bickering started immediately. Both sides have traded accusations: the ODM said Kibaki's side had reneged on a promise to cede key ministerial positions while the PNU accused the ODM of undermining negotiations with "new preconditions and ultimatums" in the 11th hour.
The issue of tackling organised crime has not been especially prominent in the Italian election campaign but to ex-pat Italian residents of Duisburg in north-western Germany, it’s an emotive topic. The industrial city in the Ruhr valley made international headlines last summer when six Italians were gunned down outside a pizzeria in an apparent feud between members of the Calabrian mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta.
from Pakistan: Now or Never?:
An economy growing at an average of 7 percent for six years now with a construction and consumer boom, a rising middle-class that has just voted out a government, a free press, a thriving fashion scene. Another emerging market star?
from Pakistan: Now or Never?:
In a new book launched this week about the ill-fated attempt by British imperialists in the mid 19th century to occupy Afghanistan, I came across an interesting detail: the Afghans refused to play cricket. During the occupation of Kabul by British troops from India, "the Afghans looked on with astonishment at the bowling, batting and fagging out of the English players", writes former Reuters journalist Jules Stewart in "Crimson Snow: Britain's First Disaster in Afghanistan".
The call last week by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for an interfaith dialogue has provoked outraged reactions from Saudi Islamists and praise from Saudi liberals. Saudis of all persuasions were taken by surprise when Abdullah made his announcement, which met with a quick and positive response from religious leaders abroad. The Vatican was said to be especially interested in this idea because Abdullah made a groundbreaking visit to Rome and met Pope Benedict last November.
In Cyprus, stepping out of line can be a deal breaker.
Ahead of Thursday’s dismantling of a symbol of the island’s division, it almost ended in disaster.
Balloons were released into the air, champagne corks popped and there were smiles all around when both sides opened the gates to a flood of human traffic at Ledra Street.