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In Rome, 'Dolce Vita' Café Back On Straight And Narrow After Run-In With The Mob

Once a must-stop for the European jet set, Rome's Café de Paris on the via Veneto fell under the grip of the powerful Calabrian mob. But after a criminal investigation three years ago put the locale under state control, managers are now serving &

The via Veneto has been the place to be for all kind of folk (Fabio Penna)
The via Veneto has been the place to be for all kind of folk (Fabio Penna)
Francesco Semprini

ROME - On a December morning, a group of young workers gathered along the via Veneto. The street that was the pulsating center of Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" was slowly waking up: hotels and offices opened their doors, people stopped by for breakfast. The group of workers entered Cafè de Paris, the capital's most famous cafè. They had only two hours to get ready before opening to tourists and customers.

The director of the cafè, Marcello Scofano, was managing the frenetic activity. For several years now he has been in charge of this old symbol of Rome's "bella vita." The Court of Justice in the southern Calabrian city of Reggio Calabria seized the cafè in 2009 related to charges that it had connections with the organized crime network ‘Ndrangheta. The state officially took charge of managing the cafe last July.

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The "Corrosion" Strategy: How Ukraine Targets Russian Networks And Morale

Russia continues to shrink its ambitions in Donbas, as Ukraine doubles down on its strategy of guerilla attacks, interrupting supply and communication contacts and ultimately undermines the morale of the enemy.

Ukrainian soldiers sitting atop a tank in Donbas on May 22

Clemens Wergin

For years to come, military experts will be studying how Ukraine managed to push back a far stronger enemy and grind Russia’s major offensive in the east of the country to a halt.

Some military strategists are already trying to find a term to sum up the Ukrainians’ success. Australian military expert and retired army major general Mick Ryan credited Kyiv's stunning showing to "the adoption of a simple military strategy: corrosion. The Ukrainian approach has embraced the corrosion of the Russian physical, moral, and intellectual capacity to fight and win in Ukraine.”

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Ryan argues that while the Ukrainians have used the firepower they possess to halt the Russian advance, while aggressively targeting their enemy’s greatest shortcoming. “They have attacked the weakest physical support systems of an army in the field – communications networks, logistic supply routes, rear areas, artillery and senior commanders in their command posts,” Ryan wrote.

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