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Mussolini and the Pope – Or How the Vatican Became a State

A Re-Post on the Visit of Pope Francis We all know that the Roman Catholic Church is a “church” and that it is headquartered in the Vatican, which is a “state” – all 110 acres with a current population of … Continue reading

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The “Red Years” and the Murder of Matteotti

A re-post from a year and a half ago Giacomo Matteotti Italy was at war – the First World War. By 1918 Italy had been at war for more than three  grueling years.  By the end of the war, Italy would … Continue reading

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The Murder of Jean Jaures – July 31, 1914

 Jean Jaures “What will the future be like, when the billions now thrown away in preparation for war are spent on useful things to increase the well-being of people, on the construction of decent houses for workers, on improving transportation, … Continue reading

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Mario

I received a text message from my eldest daughter on New Year’s Day. “Mario Cuomo is dead”. I frowned, lips tight, sitting alone watching a college football game. I think she sent me that text because she knew what it … Continue reading

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Reds

Fine red cloth covering an altar in a corner of grandma’s room away from the window Old Italian woman wife and mother did you ever miss the tall windows of Naples in high Summer? Moonlight never shined o’er her bed … Continue reading

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Distractions on the Left

Demonstrations like they used to be As a genuine card carrying member of the Old Left I get lots of emails. Mostly asking for money to support some Congressional or Senatorial candidate in some far away state because the sun … Continue reading

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