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Worldcrunch Magazine #45 — The Siege On Democracies

August 7 - August 13, 2023

Worldcrunch Magazine #45 — The Siege On Democracies

This is the latest edition of Worldcrunch Magazine, a selection of our best articles of the week from the best international journalists, produced exclusively in English for Worldcrunch readers.


This week's cover story, by Marcelo Cantelmi, for Argentinian newspaper Clarín, looks at the ongoing protests in Israel, and how citizens are sensing that their country is taking its first step toward more autocratic forms of government. This, Cantelmi argues, is part of a global populist push, as seen in Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and other countries around the world.

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Table of Contents

In The Battle For Identity, Language May Be Ukraine’s Strongest Weapon | Worldcrunch By Michal Kubala

Fear Or Fear-Mongering? What’s Behind Poland’s “Wagner Panic” | Gazeta Wyborcza By Bartosz T. Wielinski

Beyond Bibi: Israel’s Crisis Is Part Of The Wider Siege On Democrac | Clarín By Marcelo Cantelmi

Unpacking Erdogan’s Charm Offensive In The Gulf (It’s Complicated) | Diken By Bahadır Kaynak

From L.A. To Paris, Reflections On The Power Of Public Transport | Worldcrunch By Sara Kahn

The Free Curls Rescuing Afro-Descendant Roots In Cuba | El Toque By Rachel Pereda

The Eternal Whims Of Economics, Seen By Japanese Artist Murakami | Les Echos By Yann Rousseau

La Dolce Vita Has Gotten A Lot More Expensive | La Stampa By Niccolò Zancan

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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

@comunisti_alla_ribalta via Instagram
Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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