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Italian, content writer, globetrotter

Whenever I want to learn more on writing and I don’t feel like investing in yet another random stranger ready to sell me all his secrets, I do what every author should do: I read.

Looking for the advice of those who made it before me, I found a lot of inspiring stories. Now I want to share my personal top 5 tips, the one that in my experience have proven to be the most useful.

The first time I read this I had to smile because it was so me. The need to find a routine may seem obvious…


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In my experience, one of the hardest problems to overcome when unemployed is finding the motivation to stop being unemployed. It may seem a paradox, and it is, and still after yet another no, after being ghosted for the umpteenth time, after hearing and reading every day that there is a crisis, that unemployment is skyrocketing, that the pandemic alone costed X-thousand jobs lost, and so on, it‘s’ certainly hard to find the will to even scroll through the offers.

A trick to avoid losing focus is to treat the job search as if it were a job itself, this…


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The pandemic made our lives more difficult than they already were, and those who had a hard time finding a job before, are now facing even more challenges. Meanwhile time goes by, and while we surely don’t get younger, prejudices surely don’t get weaker. One of the hardest to break down while searching for a job is ageism, and anyone over 35 knows exactly what I’m talking about.

There are, and there will be always employers who are perfectly aware of their own prejudices and even believe they are right. They will easily bypass any anti-discrimination law under the sun…


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2020 will go down in history, for good and unfortunately especially for bad. It goes without saying that what will remain most impressed in our memory is the Covid-19 pandemic, but the virus is not the only occurrence destined to leave a mark.

Here are some of the most relevant facts, worldwide, of a very challenging 2020.

January

The year starts off on the wrong foot. We’ll remember January for the terrible Australian wildfires that devastated the country. Unfortunately, fires will become one of the saddest leitmotifs of the year.

January 5 - The world holds its breath when Iran pulls…


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Have you lost count of all the things you cannot say, do, think, because they are potentially offensive? Let’s get rid of the ‘potentially’ part, because someone who gets offended will eventually come out. Do you spend more time second guessing every word then actually talking to people? Do you feel low-key anxious, preventively guilty, whenever you put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboards?

Well, you’re not alone, but before we begin there’s something about me I’d like to share.

I come from a city the rest of my country loves to hate.

There is no unemployment where I…


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I have been a leftist all my adult life, and I consider silence and indifference crimes, but I firmly believe in bringing people together as well. Maybe this is why I’m somehow baffled at the attitude of many of my ‘colleagues’. I find it clearly counterproductive, and after all I have facts and numbers to prove my theory. The most recent example? The US presidential election, of course, which kept us in suspense for much longer than expected.

I’m talking about communication, because this is a very important factor in every context, but especially when we fight for justice and…


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In normal times, without a pandemic and the US elections polarizing people and media’s attention, the feminist protest in Poland would likely have had far greater international coverage.

In normal times, perhaps, Jarosław Kaczyński, president of the ruling party, wouldn’t even have tried to take advantage of the distraction, in Poland and all over the world, to pass a law that greatly limits the right to abortion, and which in 2020 is retrograde, anachronistic and detrimental to women’s right, but also to men’s ones. …


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“Winter is coming” as many of us (in the northern hemisphere) would say. Just as quickly and inexorably the number of reported Covid-19 infections rises. The pandemic is going to make next winter harder than ever for most people, and spring is still far away. It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, though, just because it’s getting colder.

Here are a few tips and strategies to cope better with whatever is to come.

THE CHALLENGES

Let’s just take a moment to think about what we got to work with. Next winter will bring up three big issues from which many…


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It may not be official yet, but looks like Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States. Like it or not, U.S.A. politics has an impact on the rest of the world, it is only fair to wonder if and how this victory will affect Europe. Provided that the handover occurs smoothly and whenever Biden’s victory becomes official, Trump leaves the White House without too much of a fuss.

Here are four hot topics to keep an eye on.

Foreign policy

There is something about Biden that has become almost cliché: he knows everyone in person. This is actually…


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While the pandemic is raging all over the world, to date there are 15 million officially confirmed cases and 617 victims (but the numbers are estimated to be much more alarming), the world of politics seems more than ever incapable of giving an adequate response to the problem. The wave of infections therefore does not seem destined to subside any time soon, with new outbreaks exploding basically everywhere, every day, on a more or less massive scale.

Looks like the only solution is a vaccine, but this is nothing new. There are in fact several ongoing trials, in different countries…

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