n.16 October 2007

What will the world be like in 2015? An inter-disciplinary team of U.N. experts has tried to answer the question. Donato Speroni illustrates the results of their work – to be taken with a pinch of salt, obviously, as with all projections – in the magazine's lead article on page 8.We discover, among other things, that the parameters used to draw up the Millennium Goals are no longer considered to be satisfactory: for example, they lack a way to measure how people's “happiness”
levels vary.
The cover is devoted to a very topical political and strategic issue: the state of U.S.-Russia relations. News articles in recent months have provided plenty of food for thought, which Piero Sinatti systematizes with precision on page 122, confirming the awareness that the good feeling between the two countries is over while listing all the reasons why we think it is totally premature to talk of a “return to the Cold War”. Apropos of this issue, readers will also find Cristina Giuliano's interview with Sergei Yastrzhembsky, Putin's advisor on relations with the European Union, of interest.
The Dossier is devoted to the violation of human rights and reproduces the Human Rights First 2007 Hate Crime Survey almost in its entirety: a shocking overview of the state of violence and discrimination in the world.
Finally, two reports deserve a special mention: Monika Bulaj's article on the Lemko minority and Emiliano Bos's report on the “damned of the Earth”, who emigrate from Africa in search of the European Eldorado.




For the second year in a row east,the UniCredit Group,the municipality of Venice and the Fondazione Venezia 2000 (Venice Foundation 2000),have staged the Venice Forum:a permanent discussion laboratory among representatives of political institutions,the business community,academics, spokesmen of the financial world and civil society.

A travel diary searching for normality lost. The writer Elvira Mujcic, a Croatian Muslim, was 12 years old at the time of the genocide. In a book, which she defines as “therapy and travelling”, she tells of the horror of war in an ironic, intelligent, unusual and non-rhetorical manner. Writing about the many clichés still surrounding the former Yugoslavia today...

For all its defects, the Constitutional Treaty is re-stitching the rip caused by the French and Dutch referendums. However, it is in the medium-term that the risks will intensify, says former WTO director-general Renato Ruggiero.

Have contributed to this issue:
Stefania Amorosi
Antonio Barbangelo
Emiliano Bos
Monika Bulaj
Ahmet Cimenoglu
Alessandra Cipolla
Simone Cofferati
Rita Fatiguso
Matteo Ferrazzi
Cristina Giuliano
Francesca Gori
Francesca Lancini
Sanja Lucic Bianchi
Carlotta Magnanini
Marco Montanari
Fabio Mucci
Toti Naspri
Francesca Nenci
Fernando Orlandi
Elena Fenili
Romeo Orlandi
Niccolò Pianciola
Debora Revoltella
Farian Sabahi
Piero Sinatti
Donato Speroni
Claudia Stanila
Danilo Taino
Elena Fenili
Maria Elena Viggiano
Yelda Yucel
Vittorio Borelli