After the victory of Dimitri Medvedev in the presidential elections, Russia fixes its attention on the “four i’s”. As spelled out in Piero Sinatti’s article, the first “i” stands for the administrative and economic Institutions programmed for renewal. The second stands for Infrastructure. The third for Innovation and, finally, the fourth stands for Investments, both on the part of the State and of the private sector. The Medvedev-Putin team has targeted these four structural reforms to give Russia a new momentum and a new role. Fernando Orlandi instead examines “What is left of the Red Armada”, in an attempt to look into the credibility of Putin’s repeated militaristic warnings to the West. In an interview conducted by Cristina Giuliano, former prime minister of Russia Egor Gaidar, affirms his optimism for the future of democracy in Russia. east continues his narrative of China and India in this issue. Interest has in this case shifted from the economy of the two Asian giants to other themes: Claudia Astarita recounts one of her forays in the Chinese countryside; Alessandro Arduino looks into the Chinese penchant for betting and the Stock Exchange; Elena Viggiano provides details of the demographic situation in light of the problems resulting from the “war on young girls”. In the focus on India, Francesca Lancini interviews five Indian authors. These intellectuals trace a realistic and less than triumphant profile of their native country. In the reports, do not miss Monika Bulaj’s Iran portfolio and the journey of Emiliano Bos in Moldavia and Transnistria. Last, but not least, the Dossier dedicated to Energy, with a closer focus on Europe, its energy needs, projects and contradictions, as reported by Donato Speroni, Eni president Paolo Scaroni, Antonio Villafranca, Stefania Amorosi and Antonio Barbangelo. The latter interviewed Environment Ministry director Corrado Clini.
Up until now, it’s been just a simple diversion – a fever that caught on in bars, restaurants and locales in the West, where (often inebriated) patrons sing the songs of their favorite artists out-of-tune and at the top of their lungs.
He’s a giant with kindly eyes, who you immediately feel on familiar terms with. It’s pretty much like what happens in his TV ads, when he arrives with a big smile to offer his fresh pasta to a classic family.
Profound changes on the international energy markets and the risk of global warming are redefining the political agendas of leaders worldwide. Until a few years ago, these issues were mainly tackled by experts in the sector, who only rarely managed to attract attention from public opinion.
The emotions and propaganda that inevitably form the backdrop of every election campaign are negatively affecting current analyses and proposals not only on the theme of migration, but also on the subject of globalization, which is its underlying framework.
The international community is greatly lagging behind with respect to Millenium Development Goal No. 7, which calls for reduction by half of the number of persons without access to basic hygiene and health services by 2015.
The Polish daily “Gazeta Wyborcza”’s most prestigious and popular correspondent, who is often called Ryszard Kapuscinski’s finest student, tells the story of one of the most tragic events of recent years in a book.
Of museums increasingly managed as true business enterprises. Of the difficulties of organizing exhibitions with “cultural and scientific ambitions” because it is becoming ever harder to arrange for the loan of theworks needed.
Persia is a noble land, an ancient country full of paradoxes. It was here, before Christ and Mohammed, that antagonism with the West was played out against the Greeks who won the battle of Marathon and Salamine. Then came the birth of a State that revealed its secret to Islam: a democratic religion with elementary principles