ITALY: Ecumenical Neofascism

For most Italians, the Easter holiday this year was more frustrating than festive. Alitalia was struck, which meant that both planes and plans had to be canceled. In a protest for higher wages, refinery workers sporadically cut delivery of the premium gasoline that most Italian cars require, thereby limiting autostrada excursions. (Enterprising urchins in Naples took advantage of the situation by selling mixtures of regular gas and cheap red wine as premium.)

In a nation that has already been depressed by rising crime rates, riots, political bombings, inflation, unemployment and inept...

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