It’s been nearly a year since Italy shut down.

Like much of the world, we had watched with puzzled curiosity as China closed off Wuhan to stem the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus. To us, it appeared a world away.

In Europe, a few officials had half-heartedly recommended being…


Trump and Morrison at the White house © The Australian 2019

Australia is your mate

As other allies distant themselves from the Trump Administration’s Middle East policy, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is doing his darnedest to position himself within arm’s length. On a recent trip to Washington, Prime Minister Morrison was thrown a lavish welcome party in a show of…


Your bartender is also your therapist goes the old cliché. But that’s selling bartenders short. Anyone who has worked in customer facing roles in bars understands the many hats we wear as hospitality workers. We’re carers for lost children, hand holders for the drunk or sick, even first aid providers…


This past New Year’s season, yet another young person died at a music festival near where I live after having taken pills thought to contain MDMA. I’ve been to festivals like that and I’ve seen the intense effects of the drug.

Could his live have been saved if government allowed…


Chefchaouen, Morocco:

We step through the ornately carved 15th century archway of Chefchaouen as the bus, that had brought my girlfriend and me here from Meknes, pulls away.

This medieval Moroccan city found in the Rif Mountains is painted in spellbinding pastel blues. We carry our bags on our shoulders…


Traveling between the country’s amazing nature beauties requires letting go to the adventure.

The bus lurched us from side to side; the mountainous ran-drenched dirt road that lay before us had become a collection of mud-filled potholes. …


Trump’s ‘America first’ doctrine is leaving one of the United States’ closest ally in the Asia-Pacific with tough decisions to make — A perspective from Australia.

Illustration: Liu Rui/Global Times

On May 14th 2018, after much international chagrin the United States opened its new Embassy in Jerusalem. President Trump’s controversial move marked a departure…

Dominic Simonelli

Dominic is a writer and traveller from Australia and currently based in Italy.

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