Italian News Snippets: 10 March 2007

What’s going on in the boot-shaped country, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.





  • Most Italians apparently think that being gay is a natural condition. I imagine the Vatican is none too pleased about that.

  • Prodi’s troubles aren’t over – he’s got a potentially difficult debate coming up about Italian peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan.

  • Prodi thinks there are too few women in business. Of course, this was in an address to a conference attended by 300 women managers from 18 Mediterranean countries, so it’ll be interesting to see if his statements carry over into his government.

  • An Italian MP irritated women all over the country with a rather disrespectful way of saying he didn’t like the idea of more women becoming members of parliament. A year and a half later, he’s apologizing.

  • The skeleton of a woman who lived in Sicily 14,000 years ago has a face again, thanks to a sculptor working with anthropologists.

  • Strikes are common enough in Italy’s transportation sector (there was a four-hour strike by air traffic controllers last month) that you might as well learn the word for strike: sciopero. If you see this word in the news, make sure you have another way to get to your next destination, just in case.

  • Anyone who loves Italy for its cuisine will get heartburn when they learn that Italy is starting to suffer the ill health effects of eating junk food.

  • That ancient family recipe for pasta sauce might have secret ingredients that don’t seem so old-world once you learn them.

  • Italy’s Culture Minister says the country is a “cultural superpower,” even though the buildings housing those priceless cultural icons might be crumbling.

Photo by: Kerri