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ISLAND PRIDE



San DominoTuesday 18th June 2013 - by Kyl Chhatwal

Benito Mussolini and his National Fascists were not the most nuanced thinkers when it came to issues of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Add to this the fact that Italy in the 1930s was devoutly Catholic—and you don’t exactly have the recipe for a gay-friendly society.

To deal with the so-called “evil” of homosexuality in 1938, the Sicilian city of Catania exiled about 45 gay men to a small island called San Domino, in the Tremiti Islands off the east coat of mainland Italy.

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OCCUPY THIS!

St-Peter-s-Basilica_View-of-St-Peter-s-Basilica_3241 Tuesday 11th June 2013 - by Kyl Chhatwal

Who says the Occupy Movement—the 2011 international protest against social and economic inequality—is dead? A tiny part of the movement’s spirit was resurrected in Vatican City recently when a lone Italian protester rapelled down the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, perched on a window ledge, and unfurled a large white sign covered in red and black lettering, displaying messages such as: “Stop this massacre! The political horror show continues.”

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A PRIVATE HELL

dantealighieri01Tuesday 4th June 2013 - by Kyl Chhatwal

“It’s a very Dantesque world we live in right now,” observed Molly McIlwrath recently to a reporter for the news website, The Daily Beast. McIlwrath, an expert on Italian literature, gives tours of Florence based on the life and writings of the great 13th and 14th-century Florentine poet, Dante Alighieri.

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“ITALIAN FOOD DOESN’T EXIST”

nigella_lawsonThursday 30th May 3013 - by Kyl Chhatwal

So says Nigella Lawson, British food writer and TV host in a recent interview on the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC)’s radio program, Q.

Lawson’s point is that Italian cuisine is not in any way unified: that Italy boasts a disparate collection of regional cuisines, each with a different character—everything from Florentine, to Roman, to Sicilian, to Piemontese cuisine (the list goes on).

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GANGSTER’S PARADISE: PART TWO

Juan_Roman_FernandezMonday 20th May 2013 - by Kyl Chhatwal

So accultured are we to the cliché of the Sicilian mobster in North America that we forget it has a basis in truth: that even today the Sicilian Mafia is alive and well, not only in the United States and Canada, but in Sicily itself.

On the occasions we read of mob activity in the newspapers therefore, it has a surreal and mildly jarring effect, as though the characters of The Godfather and The Sopranos have leapt out of our imaginations and into our 24-hour news cycle.

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