Italy. More than just a bunch of comedians

Mike Phipps charts the meteoric rise of Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement, which took a quarter of the votes in February’s parliamentary elections in Italy Continue reading


Ancestral . Poem and drawing by Blanca Haddad



By burying my head in the sand

they tried to show me

the depth of the universe,

and the only thing I saw were bones

and ancestral excrement

and ashes

and the remains of others

who like me

did not understand a thing.