PODCAST: Italian Columnist Gianni Riotta on America and Rome, Trump and Julius Cesar, ISIS and Mass Surveillance, Ep. 38


December 15, 2015: The World Meets America Report spoke to Gianni Riotta, columnist for La Stampa and a leading European commentator, to discuss comparisons between the United States and Ancient Rome and Donald Trump and Julius Cesar. Mr. Riotta underlined Trump’s success bringing some of the most down and out members of the American middle class back into the political process. Riotta and host William Kern also discuss whether the United States and its allies are responsible for the terrorist blowback we are now experiencing; whether it’s possible that recent massacres and terrorist attacks were staged by the state to achieve specific policy objectives – Mr. Riotta says no; or whether the intelligence services may know of some of these events in advance and allow them to occur for the same reason – Mr. Riotta expressed skepticism. They also discuss the need to reconsider the ways we use social media and whether we will ever get to the point where we say “enough security and surveillance – freedom comes with some risk.”

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Selected Gianni Ritta Columns in English:
Age of Trump: A ‘Revolution’ Win or Lose (La Stampa): Click Here
U.S. Presidential Race: Trump Multiplies Sum of America’s Fears (La Stampa): Click Here
Reagan Sets ‘Acid Test’ for Crisis-Beset Obama (La Stampa): Click Here
Washington and Jerusalem: Forces Beyond their Control (La Stampa): Click Here
The Caliphate and Kobe Bryant: Between Mafia and Sharia (La Stampa): Click Here
Europe Will Rue Toppling Obama Over Snowden (La Stampa): Click Here
U.S.-China Olympic Uniform Spat Reflects America’s ‘Hidden Strength’ (La Stampa): Click Here
Gay Marriage: Political Calculation and American Idealism (La Stampa): Click Here

Gianni Riotta Books:
Prince of the Clouds: Click Here
New York: Born Back into the Past: Click Here
The Royal Palace of Palermo: Click Here

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