n.56 november/december 2014

Somebody call Rambo

The new issue of East will be on newsstands, in bookshops and available in digital format from November 1st. We’re celebrating our 10th year of publication with fresh new graphics!

cover: Obama, Rambo and an updated look at the American Empire - on the run or just shifting its bets?

europe: our Middle Classes may be risking extinction - again. Mercenary sex is giving Germany a boost, while the UK chills out after a bout of Scottish referendum anxiety. Northern Ireland’s “Orange” loyalists can make a grudge last three hundred years, much less for a few decades... Poland knows how to cure the EU’s fading economy, and the Erasmus program attempts to transform young Europeans into, well, young Europeans.

chronicles: Oriana Fallaci invents war in Gucci loafers and eyeliner. The Arabian Nights of the early Caliphates were even bloodier than today’s Islamic State. Then there’s the enterprising young Fidel Castro: who tried to hit up Franklin Roosevelt for ten bucks.

world: the Romans had it right two thousand years ago: “While Kabul fiddles, Afghanistan burns.”  Kurdish Amazons can’t wait to blast woman-hating Islamic State thugs into tiny pieces. In the meantime, Qatar funds the IS militants - while it lends an air base to those bombing them…

Africa is the continent of the future, at least once it gets over that pesky problem with Ebola.

Chinese internal strife has reached a peak not seen since Mao’s day - but it’s for a good cause - and the country’s submarines are visiting vacation spots to ruin the digestion of Indian admirals. Japan can’t decide between “nuclear” and “nature” - and wants both. Europe thought it could warm up with some of that American shale gas, but it’s mostly going to Asia.

Rambo is tired - like the crews of the United States Navy. They’re spending sleepless nights trying to keep their new hi-tech warships running, but the craft are still too fragile to fight.

dossier: we look at propaganda in morals, in nation-building, in history, society and commerce as well as in film, food, music, beauty and digital fakes. When is a good lie better than the truth?



Read some of this issue's articles in full



Editorialists invoke the Middle Ages, but a better historical analogy is Europe’s “Thirty Years War.”


The complex mechanism of America’s mid-term vote is either a constitutional marvel or a disaster.

Sylvester Stallone is 67, the United States is 238.

More US phone calls go to India than to Western Europe.

Too few British bankers

This issue of East sees the launch of a new column, EU Hits and Myths, by Pagella Politica, Italy’s leading fact-checking website.

The social class that Luis Buñuel once found “discreetly charming” may disappear.

The mother of all economic indicators may need a facelift.

Does Great Britain want to stay in the European Union or not?

The Irish are good at holding a grudge.

The liberalisation of prostitution has triggered a boom in the market for erotic services.

The country’s continued economic success has strengthened its hand in Brussels.

The ‘Yeni Türkiye’ wants to return to the future.

Studying abroad may make you European, but not neccessarily pro-Europe.

Oriana Fallaci invented the role of female war correspondent.

Young Fidel attempts to put the bite on Franklin Roosevelt for ten bucks.

Have contributed to this issue:
James Hansen
Giuseppe Scognamiglio
Mana Neyestani
Ann Cahill
Christopher Emsden
Amo Carpentier
Timothy Hindle
Fabio Polese
Mauro Mondello
Michael Gross
Valeria Giannotta
Anna Piccarda Lazzarin
Daniela Di Pace
Luis Foyle
Lorenzo Bellettini
Stefano Vaccara
Giuseppe Cucchi
Romano Prodi
Everett Collection
Francesca Micardi
Ruth Sullivan
Emanuele Colombo
Stefania Pensabene
Marie-Noëlle Terrisse
Alessandro Ursic
Alberto Piccinini
Boyd Van Hoeij
Emanuela Hernandez
Elisabeth Roman
Giulia Sbarigia
Vager Saadullah
Kevin Knodell
Fabrizio Goria
Stella Morgana
Jacopo Tondelli
James Simpson
Giovanni Nicotera
Francesco Guarascio
James Stafford
Chris Jameson
Carmi Mazzucchi
Andrea Lawendel
Tom Highway