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Michelangelo's Dome - St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican.    Was present at Christmas midnight Mass with the now St. John Paul II presiding.
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St. Peter's Basilica

Michelangelo's Dome - St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican. Was present at Christmas midnight Mass with the now St. John Paul II presiding.

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Salvatore Giuliano – Siciliy’s Bandit King – had a reputation as the Sicilian Robin Hood, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. He operated out of Montelepre near Palermo and was a constant thorn in the side of the government and police. Salvatore lived from 1922 to 1950, and died at the age of 27 after being shot by police. Born a peasant, he dedicated his life to securing Sicilian independence from Italy. Oddly, he wrote President Truman requesting that Sicily become an American…

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If Berlusconi is like Trump, what can America learn from Italy?

If Berlusconi is like Trump, what can America learn from Italy? - Given that Italians were governed for nine years by a PM who has often been likened to the new president-elect, what can the US learn from them?

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Kavala,Greece - my father had conferences in Kavala when I was a child, so I spent many summer days here on the beach. One conference was held in our hotel. The Greek president was in attendance. The hotel was is lockdown for a time period. We kids sat on the balconies eating watermelon seeds, using his limo as a seed spitting target. You knew our mothers had had enough of being locked in the hotel with us when they let us get ice cream! Ice cream South of Vicenza, Italy was usually…

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Benito Sylvain, a founding father of Pan-Africanism, he was the messenger of Haitian President Nord Alexis to King Menelik II of Ethiopia. Haiti financed the army of Ethiopia to defeat Italy in the battle of Adwa. Why our historians have forgotten this great Haitian adventure in the land of Ethiopia

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