Author: Luca Mazzacane (Rome, Italy)

Understanding the US/Iran relationship

For the last couple of years, the Trump administration has been edging closer to war with Iran. This was especially true during the first few weeks of January 2020. On January 3rd, Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s top commander at the helm of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Although the… Read more »

Was Trump’s killing of Soleimani a “domestic political errand”?

On November 21, 2019, Fiona Hill, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, spoke of those working closely with Donald Trump having been focused on “domestic political errands” for him. That phrase riveted the media and much of the general audience, and it’s a helpful lens for examining a… Read more »

Regional Elections in Italy

Calabria and Emilia-Romagna just renewed their regional governments, following the elections held last weekend. The results confirmed Emilia as a left-wing political stronghold. In addition, however, Calabria saw the rising of Berlusconi’s party “Forza Italia,” the new entry of Lega in the region, and the dismantling of the M5S. Emilia’s elections were also characterized by… Read more »

Hong Kong: holding China to “one country, two systems” (interview)

The issues playing out in Hong Kong right now are being watched around the world. But to what degree are they understood? With this question in hand, I had the opportunity recently to interview a citizen of Hong Kong. During our talk, I tried to clarify the true nature of the situation — from his… Read more »

Sardines came out of the sea: a new Italian reality

Following the recent elections, Italy adopted a new government that relegated the Lega Nord party of Matteo Salvini to opposition status in the government. During its term in power, Lega had major media and political relevance. Its shift to the opposition did not suppress support from the party and its supporters for topics such as… Read more »

To Impeach or Not to Impeach: less of a question

On September 24th, Nancy Pelosi, President of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced the opening of a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. In the eye of the storm, there is a phone call on July 25 between Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky, in which the US president allegedly lobbied for Ukraine to initiate… Read more »

Stability out of chaos: Italy has a new government

On the 4th of September, the new governing team in Italy was defined. Hopefully, the country is now ready to take on a new governmental experience, the fifth in the last 7 years. This time, distinct from previous cases in Italian history, the point of rupture that led to the new government was created by… Read more »

Devaluation of human rights in Italy

In decades past, major prominence has been given to the protection of human rights and the concept of human dignity. This is a long-term process, dating back to ratification of the European Convention of Human Rights in 1953. Pragmatically, the importance of human rights in the international culture developed relevance with the establishment of the… Read more »

EU Parliamentary Elections: what you need to know about the results

The European elections that took place May 23-26 across the 27 member states have been a major subject of political analysis and fermentation for the past several months. In the Union, this has been felt as a possible turning point for the supranational entity. The pro-Europe majority of the European Parliament could not ignore the… Read more »

Rethinking the UN Security Council: from disregard of the African continent to the illogic of the veto 

The Security Council is one of six core bodies of the United Nations, the others being the General Assembly, Trusteeship Council, Economic and Social Council, Secretariat and International Court of Justice. All are enshrined in Chapter III of the Charter of the United Nations. The Security Council is tasked with maintaining international peace and security,… Read more »

Antibiotics: risks in overusing the magic medicine

In 1945, Howard Florey, Alexander Fleming and Ernst Chain were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their role in discovering penicillin, the first mass-produced antibiotic. The introduction of this cure in the 20th century revolutionized the world of medicine and upgraded considerably human longevity. Antibiotics allow the treatment of bacterial infections, such as pneumonia…. Read more »