Journalist Viviana Mazza enthralled a crowd on February 28 when she spoke about the political morass of the Middle East to members and friends of DA-Milan at Meet Bar Niro in the city. Mazza is an expert on the subject, having been to the region many times, including Saudi Arabia recently and Syria in the last year. She explained that the complexities of the region stem, in part, from the antithetical interests of Sunni and Shia Muslims, the former represented by Saudi Arabia and the latter by Iran. Syria’s conflagration is compounded by Russian, Turkish, and (to some extent) US pressures, though she pointed out that the Trump administration essentially has no policy concerning the Middle East, other than "Israel good, Iran bad”. This policy vacuum is encouraging other political actors to rush in to fill the void, with unpredictable effects. After concluding her prepared remarks, Mazza generously remained for a lively Q & A discussion.
Mazza writes for Corriere della Sera and is the author or co-author of five books and the winner of six journalism awards. She studied at the American University of Cairo in 2005 after having received a master’s in journalism from Columbia University in NY. Her BA is from the University of Turin.
Thank you to Claudia Flisi, former Chair and Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad - Milan Chapter, for contributing this story.
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- that all Americans citizens residing abroad must declare their foreign earnings and bank accounts to the US government even if they pay Italian taxes and do not work in the USA. Usually your Foreign-earned income exclusion, and Foreign Tax Credit from your Italian taxes covers your US taxes so you probably will not have to pay more, but you MUST declare.
- that the U.S. government has agreements with foreign financial institutions to disclose U.S. persons (FATCA) and there are new international disclosure treaties?
- that the new Streamlined Procedure offers the opportunity to report your earnings if you never have before to the U.S. government and return hopefully painlessly to the fold?
- what your responsibilities to the Italian government are? Aside from tax on Italian income you must also declare your American and foreign assets and income!
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