n.27 December 2009

With sales of €54.5 million, an export quota of 98 percent and 350 employees worldwide, Antonio Zamperla Spa in Altavilla Vicentina is among the world leaders in building merry-go-rounds and amusement park rides. Company chief Alberto Zamperla explains the Zamperla success story.

In the heart of Central Asia, landlocked Uzbekistan is a nation whose sprawling lands once saw the reign of warriors such as Genghis Khan and Tamerlane. Under the dictatorial control Islam Karimov since the collapse of the Soviet empire in 1991, the strategically vital state is rich in natural resources but still desperately poor, producing a wealth of very visible contradictions.

The Italian navy frigate "Maestrale" is one of a small group of European vessels assigned to a force tasked with hunting down pirates along major African shipping lanes off the coast of Somalia. But most agree that patrol vessels aren't enough.  The root causes of banditry on the high seas is corruption and poverty in the nations near where the pirates operate

Immediately after the war, the Bosnian political elite used violence and intimidation to keep the dispossessed at bay.  Though the stance has since softened, the underlying realities remain unchanged. The party and the ethnicity to which you belong defines your future. Fail to honor the separation and you can’t find work. In some ways, Bosnia is a postmodern citadel of apartheid.