Naples will never escape the shadow of Vesuvius

    Naples, the tatterdemalion capital of the Italian south, is said to be awash with heroin. Chinese-run morphine refineries on its outskirts masquerade as ‘legitimate’ couture operations that transform bolts of Chinese silk into contraband Dolce & Gabbana or Versace. The textile sweatshops are controlled by the Neapolitan mafia, or Camorra. All this was exposed by the Italian journalist …

Camp or Gulag? A Wartime reckoning in Finland

                When Finland’s so-called Winter War against Russia began in November 1939, the world assumed that Finland would be subjugated as quickly as Poland had been by Hitler, in a blitzkrieg. But climate and terrain meant the Finns had a much more defensible area than the Poles, and so began a three-month “David and Goliath” struggle, for which the Russian …