Tag: law and politics

Rumblings in the Wine World

It has been a little under two weeks since Italy announced the findings in the Brunello di Montalcino scandal. In case you haven’t been following this case, Italian authorities – prompted by the United States – started an investigation to find out whether some renowned manufacturers of Brunello di Montalcino were making their wines with …

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Catchall Catch-Up Post: More Articles About Italy

Here are just a few notable articles on Italy that I’ve come across in the past month or so. I need to get them off my plate, as it were, so I can move on to more tips, hotels, and news that has come my way… One Fish, Two Fish – This article my Mimi …

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Avoiding ‘The Law’ While in Italy

By now, you’ve probably heard about the case of the American girl and her Italian boyfriend accused of murdering British student Meredith Kercher. As it stands now, American Amanda Knox is set to serve 30 years in an Italian prison. Is she guilty? I really don’t know, as I haven’t followed the details of the …

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Should Naples Secede from Italy?

Yes, that’s a pretty drastic headline. But, Beppe Grillo – Italy’s #1 social/political commentator – seems to think so. He posted the following GreenpeaceItaly video about the Naples garbage problem on his website saying “I’m here to say sorry to you on behalf of all the Italians.” This is a huge tragedy that I hope …

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Italy’s ‘V-Day’ and a War on Crooked Politics

With a set of fresh elections on the horizon in Italy, the following New Yorker article by investigative reporter Tom Mueller gets at the heart of what’s eating Italy these days. At the center of the article is Beppe Grillo, a “distinctly Italian combination of Michael Moore and Stephen Colbert: an activist and vulgarian with …

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Slippery Business

In the most recent New Yorker, Tom Mueller discusses the greasy business that has become the olive oil trade. Apparently, olive oil “fraud” is rampant, and tons of so-called “extra vergine” is made from “illegal importations of seed oil and cheap olive oil from outside the E.U.” As the publication will likely archive this piece …

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