Category Archives: Bloomberg Businessweek

‘Operation Ohio’ Hits Italy’s Election Campaign

Bloomberg Businessweek has just published my story on how Italian politicians are trying out American campaign tactics. On a bright winter morning in Monza, a town near Milan in Italy’s Lombardy region, a few dozen young political activists walk through … Continue reading

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Italy’s Luxury Companies Step Up to Restore Monuments

Bloomberg Businessweek has just published my story on how luxury firms are contributing to historic preservation. It would be hard to imagine a bigger confluence of luxe brands assembling to help preserve Italy’s cultural treasures. First there was the fashion … Continue reading

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In Italy’s Disarray, Berlusconi Emerges Anew as a Power Broker

Bloomberg Businessweek has just published my story on the Italian elections. In any other country, Silvio Berlusconi would have been a mortally wounded candidate. He is appealing a conviction for tax fraud, facing trial on charges of prostitution with a minor, and … Continue reading

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Is it Possible to Spot Earthquakes Before They Strike?

Bloomberg Businessweek has just published my story on the science of predicting earthquakes. Warner Marzocchi remembers waking up well before dawn on Apr. 6, 2009, because the bed underneath him was trembling. Certain it was his wife having a nightmare, … Continue reading

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Italy’s Jobs-and-Pollution Showdown

Bloomberg Businessweek has just published my story on the conflict between jobs and health in southern Italy. The southern Italian city of Taranto’s most distinctive feature isn’t its picturesque coastline, its cathedral, or its castle. It’s the heavy taste of … Continue reading

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The Syrian Regime’s Survival Strategy: Shut Down the Web

Bloomberg Businessweek has just published my follow up on the Syrian cyberwar. When the Internet went dark in Syria last month, it halted more than just the opposition’s Facebook campaigns and YouTube videos of atrocities committed by government forces. It … Continue reading

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The Hackers of Damascus

My story on the cyberwar in Syria is the cover story of this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek. Taymour Karim didn’t crack under interrogation. His Syrian captors beat him with their fists, with their boots, with sticks, with chains, with the butts … Continue reading

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Sicily, a Portrait of Italian Dysfunction

Businessweek just published my story on Sicily as an extreme example of Italy’s political and economic dysfunction. Giarre, a town in eastern Sicily, sits above the sea on the slopes of Mount Etna. It was once a famous collection point … Continue reading

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Alexis Tsipras’s Conquest of Greece

My profile of the Greek radical leftist Alexis Tsipras was the European cover of Bloomberg Businessweek. The headquarters of the Greek political party that could bring down the European economy lies in a rundown neighborhood in central Athens. Not far … Continue reading

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In Athens, Fear, Loathing, and Plenty of Parking

Bloomberg Businessweek just published my short take on the mood in Athens. In Greece, the lighting of the Olympic torch is normally a moment in the sun, a reminder of the country’s contributions to Western civilization. As the torch began … Continue reading

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