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Never too far from the Fourth Shore.

Neither the Afghan nor the Syrian front create as many problems, in foreign policy, to President Obama's Administration, as the Libyan civil conflict. So, now that the situation in the former Italian colony seems to get out of control, it looks like the U.S. government remembered the special role that Italy has always played in that land: Italy's fourth shore; as someone had called it at time of the Empire. The following article originally appeared, as an editorial, on the Italian on-line magazine Analisi Difesa , and was published here with permission. (Thanks to J.J.P for reviewing the English text). Your comments, as usual. will be greatly appreciated. Now they have the gall to ask for our help. by Gianandrea Gaiani. (Translated from Italian by L. Pavese). “Italy, thanks to the privileged relationship that she has with Libya, could have a crucial role in the stability of that country, and we want to work with Rome.” These were the words of U.S. Sec

Quo Vadis, Germania?

Germania (Hermann Wislicenus)  By Antonio Martino (Translated and edited by L. Pavese) All the countries of the Eurozone, albeit in different measure, have entered the deepest economic depression in their  history. Unemployment is rapidly increasing; the rate of growth, for many of them, has been negative for too many months; all the indexes suggest that the consequences of the simultaneous adoption of recessive policies are compounding. The cause was pointed out by J.M. Keynes in 1936: “The ideas of economists and political philosophers, the right ones as well as the wrong ones, are much more powerful than it is commonly thought. In reality, the world is governed by few other factors besides those. Political philosophers and economists, who believe to be totally free from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” (The translation from Italian is mine. L. Pavese). Let’s see. Generally, the Germans, and in par