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Triton Update

Dear Blog Readers – Here is a quick update to my earlier post (Back to Lampedusa) on visiting the Portuguese ship Viana Do Castelo. When my AP Television colleague Paolo Santalucia and I visited the ship last Wednesday there were no migrant spottings, but on Friday night the ship kicked into action overnight with their …

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Last Tango in Paris

I was tempted to title this blog post “Dump Him, Valérie!!,”  but I suppose I will leave that for the conclusion, instead I’ve borrowed the headline of an Italian gossip magazine “Oggi”.  I have become slightly obsessed in the past few days with the sordid sex and politics drama in Paris.  I think it is …

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Dancing through the Economic Crisis in Rome

He twirls, he slides, he jumps, he kicks and twists and turns on the cobblestones of the Eternal City…it is Michael Jackson in Rome. Twenty-nine year old Italian Emiliano Fiacchi is a Michael Jackson imitator who draws crowds by twisting and twirling to “Bad” , “Billy Jean” and “Beat it”. Fiacchi has been a devoted fan of Michael Jackson since a classmate …

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Enlightened at the Economics Festival in Trento

Dear Blog Readers, This weekend I was invited to the Festival of Economia in Trento, Italy to moderate a talk with one of Italy’s most prominent journalists and writers, Federico Rampini, currently US Bureau Chief for the Italian daily “La Repubblica.”  Stepping back from the daily grind of personal and professional responsibilities was an unexpectedly …

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