An Italian Explains Berlusconi and the Rise of Italian Populism to Me, an American
After insurgents cleaned up in the Italian election, the disgraced three-time prime minister is somehow relevant again.
Game Changers: Arrigo Sacchi & AC Milan
Arrigo Sacchi led AC Milan to successive European Cups in 1989 and 1990. "I didn't do it because I wanted to write history," he later recalled. "I did it because I wanted to give 90 minutes of joy to people."
Putin Drank a 240-Year-Old Bottle of Crimean Wine and Ukrainians Are Pissed
The Massandra winery’s director Yanina Pavlenko popped a bottle of wine for Putin and Italian media kingpin Silvio Berlusconi that was from 1775 and considered historically significant.
Italian Soccer is Full of Racism, Same as Everywhere Else
Recent racist comments by an Italian soccer legend illuminate the racism present throughout Italian society and the world as a whole.
Draws, Death, and Beauty: What's Left of the Milan Derby
Once a touchstone event in soccer, the Milan Derby is a shadow of what it once was thanks to UEFA regulations.
This Week in Racism
Former Italian Prime Minister Dressed up Strippers to Look Like Barack Obama
According to testimony given during the prostitution trial of his three former aides, Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was alleged to have dressed women up like Barack Obama, and had them perform stripteases. Now, I am not here to debate...
In Defense of Silvio Berlusconi
Hello readers, my name is Giovanni Di Stefano. That's me up there, with Roger Moore! I am a "lawyer" known as the Devil's Advocate, because I have defended the indefensible, from Baghdad to Birmingham, from Saddam Hussein to Charles Manson. Now, for...
Giovanni Di Stefano
Sorry, World: Silvio Berlusconi's Fortune Teller Has Bad News
When he was just another millionaire businessman, Silvio Berlusconi consulted with Teodora Stefanova, an alien-communicating psychic, who told him he would become prime minister. Her reward for being right: fame, fortune and the chance to tell millions...
Silvio Berlusconi's Swan Dive
I don't know enough about economics to tell you if we'll be able to solve this crisis without an IMF bailout, but I know enough about my country to tell you that it will be very boring without Silvio.