• About this website/blog

    I am a British citizen and have been living in the Italian region of Venice since 1997. I lecture for the University of Iowa (USA), teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses. I also teach English language and literature. Blog posts about politics and the environment in Venice and Italy are added regularly to this weblog. My media broadcasts and writing publications are provided on themed pages. I hope you enjoy the content. Please feel free to add your own comments. I can be contacted at dstandish@europe.com. My book 'Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality', published by UPA in the USA in January 2012, is outlined on the book information page link above and can be ordered from Amazon using the link below. Thanks, Dominic.

High floods in Venice blocked for the second time by the MOSE mobile dams

Today, on 15 October 2020, the MOSE mobile dams blocked Venice from flooding for the second time. At 9.10 am, the tide was at 140 cm at the Malamocco dam outside the lagoon, but it was 54 cm at the Punta della Salute tide gauge inside the lagoon. So the MOSE dams kept Venice dry … Continue reading

‘Cutting Italian democracy down to size’. Italy’s referendum decision to reduce the size of its parliament is a sign of democratic decay. My article published by @spikedonline

This article assessing the broader impact of the referendum and the demise of parliamentary democracy was published on 30 September 2020 by Spiked-online.com. It can be read by clicking on the link below: https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/09/30/cutting-italian-democracy-down-to-size/ Here is the text of the article: Cutting Italian democracy down to size Italy’s decision to reduce the size of its … Continue reading

Venice raises all ‘MOSE’ mobile dams to block its lagoon from the sea for the first time, despite protests and problems

On 10 July 2020, for the first time ever, Venice’s lagoon effectively became an artificial lake temporarily. This great feat of engineering was achieved by raising all 78 mobile floodgates at the three inlets between the lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. These had all previously been raised during past tests, but this was the first … Continue reading

Covid-19 and the world economy, part 4: Italy / South Africa. Academy of Ideas online event with my introduction on Italy. Film available on YouTube

You can watch this event recorded on 1 July 2020 on Zoom using the following link on YouTube: Covid-19 and the economy, part 4: Italy / South Africa It is also possible to listen to the event on SoundCloud using this link: Covid-19 and the economy, part four: Italy / South Africa You can also … Continue reading

June floods in #Venice, but these follow the first closing of two inlets with mobile dams

Venice is experiencing rare June flooding after heavy rain and strong winds, which are unusual in the Veneto region at this time of year. On the evening of 4 June 2020, the water level reached 116 cm on the city tide gauge and people waded around a flooded St. Mark’s Square as can be seen … Continue reading

‘The people are leading Italy out of lockdown.’ My article on how some brave Italians are helping the country escape from #Covid-19 lockdown. Published by @spikedonline

This article was published on 21 May 2020 and can be read by clicking on the link below: The people are leading Italy out of lockdown I welcome any comments. The text of the article is also below: The people are leading Italy out of lockdown Public pressure has forced the government to open up … Continue reading

Italy’s easing of #Covid-19 lockdown and economic crisis. Former Australian Ambassador to Italy & government minister Amanda Vanstone interviewed me on ABC Radio National programme Counterpoint.

This interview was first broadcast on 11 May 2020 at 4,05 pm Sydney time. The interview with me lasted 12 minutes and is 14 minutes into the programme. You can access the programme by clicking on the link below: Counterpoint It is also possible to download a podcast of the programme if you search for … Continue reading

‘Podcast of Ideas: the lockdown lifts in Europe?’ My remarks on responses to #Covid-19 as lockdown is eased in #Italy plus comments on Germany & Belgium.

This podcast was recorded on 30 April 2020 and was broadcast on 1 May 2020. It can be listened to by clicking on a link to the website below: Podcast of Ideas: the lockdown lifts in Europe? It can also be listened to by clicking play on the file below: You can download the Academy … Continue reading

“The Italian crisis is only just beginning.” How the #EU’s #Covid-19 rescue plan will not deal with Italy’s mounting public debt & falling output. My article published by @spikedonline

This article was published on 27 April 2020 by Spiked-online. It can be read by clicking on the link below. The Italian crisis is only just beginning This is the text of the article: The Italian crisis is only just beginning The EU’s rescue plan is utterly insufficient for dealing with Italy’s mounting debt Dominic … Continue reading

‘Italy’s lockdown has been a recipe for disaster’. My article on #Italy’s government reactions to the #Covid-19 #coronavirus published by @spikedonline

This article was published on 27 March 2020 and can be accessed by clicking on the link below: Italy’s lockdown has been a recipe for disaster This is the text of the article: Italy’s lockdown has been a recipe for disaster The government’s haphazard response to Covid-19 has exacerbated the health crisis. Dominic Standish More … Continue reading

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