The Italian Elections

My analysis on the Italian elections for The Atlantic:

“As the polls closed on February 25, early election results made it clear that Italy’s recent economic stability would not last long. No party was able to get an absolute majority in the Senate, leaving Italy ungovernable in a moment of economic crisis that most wants a strong leadership. Now, Italy faces a future of instability. But, if the cards are played well, out of the political chaos an opportunity of self-renewal might await Europe’s third-biggest economy.

Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), was expected to win the Italian elections and form a coalition government with former technocratic and centrist, Prime Minister Mario Monti. But expectations–and polls–were wrong.

Silvio Berlusconi, leader of the center-right People of Freedom (PdL), returned to the Italian political arena with a mild success insured by his usual round-the-clock media presence and his deceiving pledge to refund a much-loathed tax on first homes.”

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The 51st States?

My fourth article in The New York Times Upfront (February 18, 2013, issue) is about Puerto Rico and its latest referendum to become the 51st State in the U.S.

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puerto rico

A Right To Jeer?

My third article in The New York Times Upfront (January 28, 2013, issue) is about whether jeering at sports events is protected by the First Amendment.

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Twitter Grammar

My second article in The New York Times Upfront (January 7, 2013, issue) is about how grammar is changing among young people due to social media, texting, and technology.

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Lowering the Voting Age

U.S. presidential elections coverage: my first article in The New York Times Upfront (November 5, 2012, issue) is about lowering the voting age to 16 in the United States.

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Hurricane Sandy, the aftermath

Hurricane Sandy hit New York on Sunday night, on Oct. 28, 2012, leaving millions without electricity. Three days later, I took a walk from Park Slope, Brooklyn, to lower Manhattan, where an eerie, surreal show was awaiting for me.

The Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Promenade, unusually dark.

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Same-Sex Marriages

My article about a New York federal appeals court ruling on the unconstitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in Il Manifesto on Oct. 21, 2012.

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Here’s another article I published in Il Manifesto (June 26, 2012) about the Supreme Court ruling on Pres. Obama’s healthcare reform.

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We Have a Dream

Here’s my article about Pres. Obama’s deferred action, which will give some relief to Dream Act-eligible undocumented students in the United States. Published on June 21, 2012, in Il Manifesto. A spinoff of my master’s project at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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A day in the mosque

Established in the early 1960s, the Islamic Cultural Center of New York was the first mosque built in New York City, in Manhattan’s East side. The mosque and the minaret face Mecca.

Only men are allowed downstairs.

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