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Worldcrunch Magazine #38 — Forward: Ukraine's Counteroffensive Has Begun

June 19 - June 25, 2023

Worldcrunch Magazine #38 — Forward: Ukraine's Counteroffensive Has Begun

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.


The cover story, by Viktor Kevliuk for Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg focused on the first days of Kyiv's counteroffensive, reporting on-the-ground as Ukrainian troops started liberating villages.

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Table of Contents

One Week Into Ukraine’s Counteroffensive — Day By Day| Livy Bereg by Viktor Kevliuk

Putin vs. Prigozhin: Russia’s Army In Chaos, Wagner Group On The Brink | Worldcrunch by Anna Akage

Pacifism Is So ‘80s! Why Military Budgets Are Exploding, Everywhere | France Inter by Pierre Haski

China Is Recruiting Former NATO Pilots — Is That OK? | Die Welt by Lennart Pfahler & Tim Röhn

Silvio Berlusconi, The Impossible Biography | La Stampa by Mattia Feltri

Unable To Get Life-Saving Abortions, Polish Women Are Dying | Gazeta Wyborcza by Dominika Wantuch, Angelika Pitoń & Piotr Starmach

Why Oil-Rich Algeria Can’t Extract Itself From Dire Poverty | Financial Afrik by Ilyes Zouari

Dior’s Frida Kahlo Show, An Offense To Gender Violence Victims | El Espectador by Catalina Ruiz-Navarro

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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.

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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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