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The Strange Background of the G-20: A Roman Quarter Built as a Fascist Showpiece

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Some of the fascist markings have been removed over the years. But other memories remain. One of the most notable markings is a large inscription on the top level of the Fendi building. The quote, without context, is quite innocent, paying tribute to Italians as a nation of “poets, artists, heroes, saints, thinkers, scientists, navigators, migrants.” But that quote echoes part of Mussolini’s 1935 speech announcing the invasion of Ethiopia, a campaign that later led to charges of war crimes. In that speech, he also referred to the Ethiopians as “barbarians.”

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