n.45 December 2012
In this issue we publish a series of reports on the increasingly complex global issue of waste management and disposal titled The Smell of Money. Massive dumping has become a lucrative business, with Asia and Africa becoming the planet’s favorite landfill sites.
We open reporting with Simone Pieranni’s “Taking out the Trash 2.0,” with photos by Luigi Baldelli. Next up is Bruno Perini’s report on a different kind of waste, online data dumps that allow hackers access to sensitive personal information. Pietro Veronese probes the darker side of Steve Jobs’ Apple legacy, which includes acres of iWaste, while Karima Moual and
Eduardo Di Blasi look at how garbage has fouled Morocco and Naples, respectively.
On other subjects, senior writer Giuseppe Scognamiglio examines what Barack Obama, elected to his second term in November, needs to do reduce his country’s sprawling budget deficit and underscores the need to comply with European banking reform.
Flavio Fusi probes the human and economic cost of the Spanish housing bubble collapse, Matteo Tacconi looks at China’s “bailout” of troubled European states, Astrit Dakli and Luisa Betti trace the plight of disabled children in Russia, and Massimo Di Pasquale combines a Ukrainian travelogue with insight into that country’s recent election.
On Middle East and African themes, Farian Sabahi reports on Iran’s economic crisis, Giuliana Sgrena on Islamism in Tunisia, and Amedeo Ricucci on embattled Mali.
Our portfolio section focuses on Syria’s ongoing civil strife with photos by Seamus Murphy of Agency VII, which has won six World Press Photo awards. Worth noting is a stunning black and white photo report on Afghanistan compiled by Monika Bulaj. Finally, Andrea Milluzzi reports from Cyprus, which is marrying Lebanese nationals by the hundreds. Her report has shots by Linda Dorigo.
As always, we publish Roberto Santaniello’s Western Shore and Stefano Bottoni’s Eastern Shore, which tracks European highlights, and Manuela Dviri’s furnishes her Notes From Tel Aviv. Francesca Lancini That’s Incredible and Carlotta Magnanini By the Numbers round things out.
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by Maria Cuffaro
A vast floating waste island that's so immense it seems like a continent unto itself. The subversive idea emerges from the mind of French playwright Daniel Pennac. in an otherwise pristine ocean, he portrays a continental “raft” piled high with plastic bags, bubble-wrap, broken phones, old computer parts, used clothes, dirty toothbrushes, and an assortment of cables. Pennac conjures up this drifting mountain of floating garbage to offset the illusion of cleanliness and order of the inhabited world.
The European Commission recently took an important new step on the road to greater economic and financial integration by employing the concept of "enhanced cooperation" to forge an agreement on a financial transactions tax.
Is it conceivable to accept a partial and incomplete democracy to avoid war? Yes, absolutely. But let's take the notion a step further. To preserve peace is it possible to pull out a band-aid called fake democracy and apply it to a wounded state that’s really a fiction, one that exists in name alone amid unresolved and probably insoluble problems.
Nearly two years after the March 2011 tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan is beginning to take stock of what went wrong, with both institutions and governance coming in for intense criticism. What remains unclear is which energy path Japan wishes to take.