How Italy is Emptying Its Abortion Law

Women manifesting in Italy to defend their right to abortion. Image by Antonella Beccaria via Flickr.com under licence CC 2.0

Italy has on paper a liberal abortion law. Yet, in practice it is becoming more and more complicated for women to terminate their pregnancy, and the number of illegal abortions is reportedly increasing. Religious beliefs and political weakness when it comes to defending this constitutional right of women are keeping Italy in the Dark Ages of reproductive rights.

The Road to Brexit 2017

Theresa May, UK PM, promised to invoke Article 50 by end of March 2017. Image by commons.wikimedia

After months of push-pull, Theresa May finally announced that the Brexit procedure will officially start by the end of March 2017. But it is too early for the hard-core Euroskeptics to start their celebration: with a population less and less favorable to abandon the EU, a conflictual Cabinet, and a PM whose positions are still to be clarified, the UK stance on Brexit is far from being done and dusted.

Whoever Wins in November, The Cuban Embargo Must End Immediately

Raul Castro and President Obama. Image via commons.wikimedia.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both sided with Obama’s opening toward Cuba, even though with different degree of enthusiasm. Regardless of who will sit in the Oval Office, and despite the possible antagonism of the Congress, the embargo has to end as soon as possible, unless the US wants to live in the past forever.

Brazil Away From the Olympics

Dilma Rousseff and Michel Temer. Images by Agência Brasil via Wikipedia

When Brazil won the bid to host the Olympic Games, it was a flourishing country. It was 2009, Lula da Silva led the country with a solid consensus, the economy was blossoming and the poverty rate declining. The Olympics were meant to be the celebration of a fast developing country, which had finally found its place among the biggest players in the political arena. Yet, in less than 7 years the Games are just a shining veil over a collapsing nation.

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