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THE ITALIAN INITIATIVES ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION


immigration

181.405 migrants have landed in Italy from Libya in 2016. 18% more than the year before. Over 5.000 people have died while crossing the Mediterranean, at least 700 of them were minors. Libya is still the source of 80% of the migrants that reach Italian coasts...

THE SOCIAL LIFE OF A SECRET AGENT

We are all led into thinking that, while abroad, a secret agent spends his days in lavish high society parties, copulates with beautiful women and drives fast cars. We know who to blame: Ian Fleming and the movies taken out of his books. The British author was born into an aristocratic family, went to school at Eton, moved onto the Sandhurst military academy...

 

THE FAILED ROLE OF THE WOMAN IN THE MIDDLE EAST

In the Muslim world, where religion often legitimizes dictatorships and regimes, the Islamic law is the basis for national legislation regulating individual rights. Consequently, the application of the Sharia, which is often interpreted in a literal and restrictive sense, without any possibility of amending the precepts of the Koran as time passes and customs evolve, allows for the woman’s role to be kept marginal in society. This despite the 1500 years that have passed since Mohamed's coming. The saving grace of the Middle East – though partially so – are the secular regimes that need to defend themselves from religion in order to hold on to power. In those nations, at least in part, the role of the woman is more relevant...







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