Tag Archives: politics

Riots in Rome: 100 injured, 1 Million Euro in Damages

Yesterday, what was supposed to be a peaceful protest inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement was hijacked by violent rioters. I’m not sure if I moved to Rome at a strange time, but though I was shocked by the images being broadcast from a mile away, I wasn’t surprised.  I mean, this happened in […]

Rome Burns Again

There is a lot of street art in my neighborhood and this message isn’t new, but it is certainly timely: Concerned letters and emails from home are starting to arrive.  There have been demonstrations and protests around Rome for weeks now.  The metros are packed with activists coming from outside of the city to demonstrate […]

Italian Presidential Guards: Flaunt It If You Got It

“The President is coming!” “Oh. How interesting.” To be fair, I was clearly told that the President was coming to the conference.  I assumed this meant the president of the university, or the president of some large company. I finally understood that my colleagues were trying to tell me the President of Italy was coming […]