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About Michele Monni

Michele Monni is a freelance journalist and analyst graduated from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Communication Sciences. He holds a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire. He’s a contributor of the Italian leading newsmagazine “l’Espresso” and the Italian News Agency ANSA. His articles and reportages have been published on l’Espresso, Avvenire, Il Reportage, The National and Vanity Fair Italy.


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Constitutional conventions: best practice

What has happened to Virginia Raggi?

The Five Star Movement mayor of Rome has undergone non-stop media attacks since being elected last year.

Legalising occupation: Netanyahu's Trump card

The new law passed by the Israeli Knesset can be a dangerous precedent for the expansion and legalization of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, and the eventual annexation of large swathes of the occupied West Bank.

Italy: the next domino to fall

In less than two weeks, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi might become the next victim of the current anti-establishment global trend, as Italians vote on a controversial referendum seen as plebiscite on Renzi himself.

Nusseibeh looks the future in the face: an interview

IMG_0005 Resized“The suggestion of an independent and autonomous Palestinian state is an idea of the past and hardly feasible if not nearly impossible in the current political situation.” These are not the remarks of a Jewish Israeli but of a Palestinian, probably one of the most prominent Palestinian intellectuals of the day. An interview.

Italian politics and the No TAV movement: the resiliency or failure of citizen activism?

The twenty year old No TAV movement in Italy that opposes the construction of a new high-speed railway connecting Turin and Lyon highlights the complexities of democratic citizen activism in the context of Italy's changing and warped politics.

Israel-Palestine negotiations in an election year

All the parties have an apparent interest in pursuing the talks further, although largely to gain political consensus at home.

Hebron settlers tour

A Saturday tour of the old city of Hebron is on offer to American tourists; journalists - and Palestinians - are, however, less welcome to participate in the sight-seeing.

A new miracle in Milan

Local elections in Italy mark a defeat of Berlusconi's administration, and nowhere more so than in the moral capital of Italy.

Berlusconi's theatre of scandal

In any other democratic country, and maybe in some semi-democratic ones, Berlusconi's puerile defence would be considered science fiction. Not in Italy. But it is fair to say that that he is the product of a trend, as was Fascism in the ‘20s, which already existed - and not just in Italy

Censorship late-Berlusconi-style

Propaganda damages a person or institution by contrasting them with those thought to be morally, ethically and politically superior. But the latest Italian smear campaigns aim instead to downgrade the victim’s reputation to the same level of the person or institution that he or she is trying to criticize.

In defence of secularism

The visit of Benedict XVI has not only highlighted the role of religion in British society, but also displayed how a secular society is far healthier in terms of debating controversial issues, argues Michele Monni.

Will Fini finish-off the Berlusconi saga?

Mr.Fini, who has rebranded himself a liberal Conservative with a Cameron-like position, may be paving the way for a new party of his own
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