Author: Luca Mazzacane (Rome, Italy)

Sputnik V arrives on Twitter: simple propaganda, or need for domestic legitimacy?

In November 2020, Sputnik V, the Russian vaccine produced by the Gamaleya Center, appeared on Twitter with a new account. As of March 2021, the Sputnik account has been officially verified by the California-based social media platform. It is the only Covid 19 vaccine with that distinction  — or rather, that decided to pursue that… Read more »

Italy, here we go again!

The ball is passed to Super Mario. The Italian peninsula is set to face a new political challenge for 2021: a new hybrid government formed by technocrats and bipartisan representatives.  The task has been handed to Mario Draghi, former president of the European Central Bank and Governor of the Bank of Italy, who is now… Read more »

Russia threatens break with EU, once and for all

“Russia is ready to break relations with the European Union.”  This will be the future scenario, announced Russian Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov on the program Soloviev Life. Meanwhile, the tension grows between Moscow and the EU, given the European position in support of the imprisoned Putin opponent, Alexey Navalny. “If we see once again, just… Read more »

Biden’s first call to Beijing

U.S. President Joe Biden recently had a two-hour phone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The White House chief expressed U.S. concern about the situation in Hong Kong and that of the Uighurs. The White House reports that Biden then reiterated to Xi U.S. concerns about what he called “coercive and unfair economic practices,” and… Read more »

Myanmar Coup: how, when and why

On the first day of February, the army of Myanmar (also known as Burma) seized power in a coup. They arrested all key leaders of the majority party, including Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto head of governm At that moment, the army declared a year-long state of emergency, cut phone lines in both… Read more »

Democracy On Fire: assault on Capitol Hill

The violent entry into the US Capitol on January 6th, and the clashes that followed, came as the US Congress prepared to certify Biden and Harris’ victory. According to Trump: “This is what happens when a victory is snatched from the patriots.” In both the White House and Congress, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution… Read more »

The Biden Effect: what his election
means for the world

Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election has sparked very different reactions in the geopolitical arena. For Atlantic allies, this is a victory and a possible return to multilateralism. On the other hand, Asian leaders seem to be on alert, hoping for a radical change from the policies of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump. The… Read more »

American sports leagues lost
the game of human rights

What do Colin Kaepernick, Enes Kanter and Bubba Wallace — three professional athletes at the top of their game — have in common? Discrimination. How is it that sports, an activity that emphasizes the bond between players as so important to achieving victory, lost so badly in the game of human rights for all of… Read more »

Connecting the dots: climate change and the pandemic

With the emergence of the Coronavirus, highly restrictive measures had to be taken from the beginning of this year. In this case, China was the first nation in the world to impose social distancing, isolation and quarantine. The combination of these three measures has temporarily halted the life of the state and its citizens, interrupting… Read more »

Another “win” for Lukashenko: Europe’s last dictator resists generational change

Another Eastern European country is making itself the protagonist of popular uprisings. After Poland and Hungary, it is now up to the citizens of Belarus to fight for their self-determination and political freedom. Alexander Lukashenko, president since 1994, is the author of another purported overwhelming victory, reaching 80%. However, it seems that 24 years have… Read more »

Major EU breakthroughs in Covid treatment

These last few months have produced promising advances in treatments for Covid-19 — especially out of the EU. The large randomized, controlled RECOVERY trial (Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 therapy) in the United Kingdom was launched in March to test a variety of potential treatments. On June 16th, those researchers announced that a common steroid, dexamethasone,… Read more »