Posts Tagged ‘war’

Through the Barricades

There is a song by Spandau Ballet that I really love: «Through the Barricades». It is the story of a young man and a young woman who love each other. They live in Northern Ireland during the period of the armed conflict in the Seventies and Eighties, and while one is a Protestant, the other is a Catholic. The story is noth [...]

The Italian solution

After the Second World War, the problem arose of how to control the two nations in Europe that had been responsible for the outbreak of the conflict: about Germany, Allies decided to divide it into two separate states, while for Italy, which was considered less dangerous, they adopted a more refined solution, that is, to put it in the [...]

Cuniberti: the creator of t...

Cuniberti: the creator of the monocaliber battleshipby Nicola Zotti Translation from Italian by Dario de Judicibus Original article from — courtesy of the author. Can an article, although written on a military magazine, be one of the decisive cause of the First World War? Even more so if written by an Itali [...]

The F-35 issue: food for th...

The F-35 Issue: Food for Thoughtby Gherardo Albano These days there's a big discussion on whether Italy should buy 90 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIs. The aim of this article is to analyze the overall picture within which such an important decision should be taken. In particular, there are two separate fields of analysis, one pure [...]

Broken lives

When we talk about war, we are used to think just in terms of the “good” and the “wicked”, especially if the conflict in question is the Second World War, where the Axis and the Allies engaged in the bloodiest contest in human history. But war is also a complex event, where the stories of individuals are interw [...]

Not all articles are the same

Take a newspaper and glance through its pages. Each sheet of paper contains several articles: some are short, others span multiple pages, all made of the same material, words. Yet each of those articles has a distinct value, a different weight. No surprise, you may say: it is evident that an article on the involvement of Kate and Will [...]

Thought (48)

Vietnam: the winners always write history. Even when they lose. Dario de Judicibus, Rome, March 10th, 2012 Translations Vietnam: la storia la scrivono sempre i vincitori. Anche quando perdono. Vietnam: les gagnants toujours écrire l'histoire. Même quand ils perdent. Vietnam: Die Sieger schreiben Geschichte immer. [...]

Sarkozy and Cameron in Libya

On Thursday, September 15, 2011 the President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Tripoli. During the press conference, Sarkozy reaffirmed that France and Great Britain have not helped the insurgents for mere economic interests but because it was right and, anyway, the operation had bee [...]

The reprisals of the Good

⇆ Il termine “rappresaglia” rievoca di solito in noi scene di eccidi e brutalità commesse da militari nei confronti della popolazione civile. Tecnicamente parlando, una rappresaglia è “un'azione violenta e solitamente indiscriminata da parte di forze armate militari o paramilitari nei confronti della popolazi [...]

Praise for conflict

Biodiversity is a patrimony for nature. Similarly, ethnodiversity, that is, cultural diversity, is a patrimony for a society. However, diversity unavoidably takes to conflicts. In nature conflicts are one of the foundation of natural selection, but in our society we try to avoid them or, at least, to moderate them. In fact, a lot of peop [...]

Guerra o pace?

Gli italiani sono in Afghanistan in missione di pace. Bello, vero? Suona molto bene, ma cosa vuol dire esattamente? O meglio, perché ad andare in missione di pace sono soldati armati fino ai denti? Quando uno pensa alla pace pensa a volontari disarmati che portano cibo e medicinali dove mancano, che aiutano a costruire pozzi, che si danno da [...]

Dovere di cronaca

La recente pubblicazione su alcuni blog e su vari social network di alcune immagini molto crude che mostrano morti e feriti in seguito alla repressione delle manifestazioni tuttora in corso in Iran ha riaperto un dibattito che si ripropone puntualmente in questi casi: «È giusto o no mostrare queste immagini? Si tratta davvero di in [...]

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There is no greater dilemma for those who love Peace and Freedom that winning the latter by abandoning the former. Dario de Judicibus, Milan, June 3rd, 2009 Translations Non c'è dilemma più grande per chi ama la Pace e la Libertà, che conquistarsi quest'ultima rinunciando alla prima.

One shot two kills

That drawing is really disturbing: an armed Palestinian pregnant women caught in the crosshairs of a rifle, with both Hebrew and English caption meaning «One shot, two kills». A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription «Better use Durex» next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mothe [...]


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