A new dawn has risen in Israel after some of its darkest nights. For over two years the country floundered, election after election, without a government that was able to obtain a working majority. Bibi Netanyahu’s 12-year reign finished disappointingly for a man once respected by both, his friends and foes. It finished on a rather depressing note, with a fracture of Israeli society and a challenge to Israel’s status as the Middle East’s only functional democracy. While Netanyahu may be back soon, the new generation of Israeli politicians has now made their mark. Bibi stood in between the generation of giants such as Shimon Peres and Arik Sharon, who founded the state of Israel and the new generation of politicians who stand in shoes obviously too big for them. This new government is also the coming of age of the new generation of politicians of Israel.Continue Reading
Published by the Times of Israel, this post was written during the Israel Hamas conflict of May 2021. Click to see the original.
The recent conflict in the middle east with attacks from Hamas and reprisals from Israel have once again polarised the world. What has shocked several Israeli friends and myself, has been the viciousness of the civil strife in “mixed” cities and communities. Violence between neighbours is not limited to Israel and the middle east, however the synchronicity of this urban warfare with the missile attacks was seemingly unexpected by Israeli society as well as took a lot of us by surprise (and regret) as Israeli society by and large aims to be inclusive and has been very welcoming. Whether it be violence between protestants and Catholics in Ireland, Hindus and Muslims in India, Muslims of various sects in Iraq, social violence has been emblematic of social evolution, often in times of distress and crisis. What is important to investigate is if this social uprising was spontaneous or pre-planned and if so by whom.Continue Reading
From 2006-2021, Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) has clung to power while the lives of the Palestinian people have gone from bad to worse. The Arab world has now started moving on without Palestine. As time passes this becomes a problem of the Palestinians and the Israelis.
The Mahmoud Abbas faction is now on the back foot, inventing excuses to potentially delay or cancel the first elections of the Palestinian authority in 15 years. Fatah suffered severe blows recently, with its attempts to disqualify candidates on the electoral lists of rivals Hamas, Marwan Barghouti and Nasser Kidwa as well as Mohamed Dahlan. Now the Palestinian Authority, knowing fairly well that Israel will object to their activity in East Jerusalem, has started the slogan of no elections unless East Jerusalem is allowed to vote. Palestinian civil society, alarmed at this new development, has warned of the importance of finally holding the elections as scheduled.Continue Reading
co-written with the legendary Prof. Arduino Paniccia, this article focuses on the importance of India’s role in the Indian Ocean, The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and the importance of Italy allying with India for a new enlarged Indo-Mediterranean to keep Turkish designs under check.
A tribute to Daniel Pearl, whose 19th death anniversary on 1st of Feb 2021 was marred by the liberation of his killers by the Pakistani courts.
In requiem: Daniel Pearl
Gli avvenimenti del 1° Febbraio 2021 sono passati totalmente inosservati in un mondo ancora messo in ginocchio dal COVID-19. Questa data rappresentava il 19°ismo anniversario dell’assassinio di Daniel Pearl, giovane giornalista americano, brutalmente decapitato dai suoi rapitori a Karachi, in Pakistan, in nome della jihad islamica. Quasi quarantenne, Pearl era il capo della South Asia Bureau del Wall Street Journal e si trovava in Pakistan per seguire la guerra contro il terrore di George W. Bush, diventata oggi la più lunga guerra degli Americani in un paese che ha il soprannome di “la tomba degli imperi”, l’Afghanistan.Continue Reading
Writing my first article on #Linkedin on this topic is probably not the wisest start to a prolific blogging career, but since the start of this year the outsourcing of free-speech censorship has niggled at me. Im of that generation which actually knows the world without the internet. I was in my teens when we still had archie and gopher and IRC was actually where people “hung out”. The WWW was just taking off and Sabeer Bhatia hadn’t even started hotmail (it was to be a few years that he betrayed us netizens by selling out to Microsoft). The internet was supposed to be free, self regulated and everything that the real world was not. It had rules and decency and was policed by idealistic geeks who had a code. Cut to 2020 the internet is a spammy, creepy place, where slick teenage billionaires in business suits now apparently tells us what to think, how to vote and we have effectively stopped using our brains.Continue Reading
Dopo 49 anni di regime militare, l’esperienza democratica in Myanmar, meglio conosciuta come Birmania, ha subito una forte scossa il 1 febbraio con un golpe di Stato delle forze armate, il temuto “Tatmadaw“. Il capo delle forze armate, il generale Min Aung Hlaing, ha assunto pieni poteri arrestando tutti i leader politici più importanti, incluso il consigliere di Stato Aung San Suu Kyi ed il suo alleato, l’attuale presidente Win Myint, insieme ad altri leader democratici. I birmani, che si stanno ancora curando le ferite procurate da mezzo secolo di dittatura militare, non si sono lasciati intimidire ed hanno protestato nella loro capitale, Nay pyi taw e ex-capitale Yangon.Continue Reading
I nuovi assetti geopolitici in Asia si articoleranno attorno al ruolo che i due Paesi giocheranno a livello globale. Tra modelli di globalizzazione alternativi e trasformazione dei modi di produzione dell’economia-mondo. I possibili scenari analizzati dal webinar “Collaborazione Italia India snodo per una nuova strategia globale europea” di ASCE, in collaborazione con l’Associazione Sakshi e il Centro Studi su Asia Meridionale e Sud Est Asiatico dell’Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”Continue Reading