In the recent year, a number of influencers revealed how they struggled with fertility problems more or less concurrently with pregnancies announcements.

Among the influencers I am the most familiar with, I would mention Kenza Zouiten, Paola Turani and Gabrielle Caunesil. I am so happy for these women and their families that they finally realised a long time dream. I really am.

But of course, there’s a but.

I couldn’t help but…


During my last trip to my hometown, Padova, I discovered my new favourite piece of art: La Madonna dell’Acqua Lurida by Federico Soffiato. Deemed by some as irreverent at best (and blasphemous at worst), I personally was extremely moved by its universal message, which can be found at the intersection of the sacred, the profane, and the political.

I was born in Padova, a city in the Northern Italian region called Veneto, mostly known for its University and for being the set of Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew. …


In Sweden, data such as your home address, telephone number, birthday and even your bank card references are often available to anyone through a simple Google search. The initial reaction of new residents is, usually, to panic. But don’t despair: I am here to help!

When I found out about it, several months after I moved here, I almost had a panic attack” — Andrea told me — “I frantically started to try to remove my info from the internet, but nothing really worked. In my panic, I thought about calling the police or something…


And on why I refuse to accept the concept of ‘whiteness’ outside the context from which it originated

I am a first-generation mixed-race from Italy, a country that recently started to be aware of the inexorable shift towards being more multicultural both at the national and European level. It is also a country that has recently rediscovered its deep problems with racism and a colonial past that was…


I finally decided to write down my experience of living through the pandemic in Sweden. I have been unsure about whether this is actually a good idea — especially for my career. But I have a moral imperative to speak up, especially now that the revisionist machine is in motion…


If I had TikTok growing up, I would have been much happier

While TikTok is the fastest-growing social media platform, I feel like not many people in my circle use it — apparently, it is an absolute winner among GenZ, while Millennials I spoke to feel like they’re ‘too old’ for the app. Anyways, I love how inclusive it is, and while…


A Swedish friend of mine made a joke about the ‘Minister for Cultural Appropriation’ — but I didn’t get it. Until they showed me a picture of Amanda Lind.

Every time I think I cannot be more baffled by Swedish politics, a new surprise. I just found out that the Minister for Culture is a white Swedish woman sporting long dreadlocks. For this reason, some renamed her ‘the Minister for Cultural Appropriation’.

Amanda Lind picture, from her blog. Source: https://amandalind.wordpress.com/about/

Amanda Lind (Swedish Green Party) is the…


Part Two: On how immigrants were blamed for driving the pandemic in the Kingdom of Sweden, and pseudo-scientific racism

Twitter made me write this article. After I published the first article of the COVID-1984 series featuring what I called a gallery of horrors (read: questionable merch and tattoos dedicated to the architect of the Swedish strategy), I decided to continue this project in which I recount what has gone…


Part One: A Swedish dystopia.

Last week, I finally got my first shot of the Pfizer vaccine. On my way to the vaccination centre, I kept repeating to myself: “don’t cry, please don’t cry, you will look like a fool…”. I did not cry. The organization at the Conventum Arena, Örebro, was flawless — 10…


After struggling with looking for a niche, I think I am finally ready to take TikTok over with the ultimate guide on how to pick the perfect engagement ring (I know this is an extremely first world problem, but after all, I research climate change for a living). While I was writing the script, I realized there is one characteristic that is often overlooked but it makes all the difference: I am talking about either high or low setting.

If you follow me already you should know that I am a political scientist in the making, meaning I am about to start my last year as a PhD candidate in political science. You should also know that here on Medium I write mostly about things that are not related…

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I research climate change & migration for a living. Here I write about everything else

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