The challenge began a year ago: to launch our way of doing journalism – with analyses, in-depth investigations and reporting- abroad. We reasoned that if it worked in Italy, why not try the unknown and attempt to speak to the entire world? And so Gli Occhi della Guerra became Inside Over. Italian journalists and reporters were joined by journalists and reporters from all over the world: from the United States to Hong Kong, from Great Britain to South Africa.
Over the last year many events have occurred, both within and outside InsideOver’s newsroom: we have written over 6000 articles, in English and Italian, to try and explain to you what was happening around us. We visited all those Countries offering a story to be revealed, whether big or small, and which was worth telling.
If we look back and retrace the months passed together, we realise they have been marked by incredibly important events, whose effects we are still experiencing today. And I have in mind more than just Coronavirus, which is on the whole a new event, one we have been living with since last December, when the first cases were reported in China. I am speaking, for example, of what is happening in Israel. Just think that Tel Aviv only managed to create a new government yesterday. In fact, it took three elections to arrive at a solution that changed little, or maybe everything. Benjamin Netanyahu, the ‘magician’ of Israeli politics, dismissed as a has-been by many analysts, has managed to stay in power, but he now has to share it with Benny Gantz, the challenger born with one sole purpose: to end the Bibi era. Does the fact that Netanyahu is still in power mean nothing has changed in Israel? It is too early to say.
Do you remember what happened at the beginning of the year? One morning in early January we woke up thinking we were on the brink of world war. On 3 January an American drone hit the car taking General Qassem Soleimani to the centre of Baghdad. An unthinkable act only a few months earlier, which sharply raised the stakes in the confrontation between the United States and Iran. Tehran’s response was not long in coming while international powers did everything possible to rack down the tension and soften the tones. The standoff now seems to have been eclipsed by the coronavirus emergency, but it has not gone away. For Donald Trump’s administration it is essential to come to a new agreement with Tehran and, to do so, the tycoon is ready to do anything. In a cryptic message, immediately after killing Soleimani, Trump said that Iran “has never won a war, but never lost a negotiation”.
And then there is China, the other front of United States collision. The real challenge for world supremacy is being played out between Beijing and Washington, engaged in veritable long-distance economic warfare. But that is not all. 2019 was an extremely complex year for China: the Hong Kong protests reopened old wounds and turned the spotlight of international politics on the methods used by the police to stop the rioters. Coronavirus did the rest. In fact, the great game of tomorrow is being played around Covid-19. Not just because the blast of accusations against China has already begun, but because whoever manages to produce a vaccine first will get the upper hand over the others.
This, in brief, is what happened in this first year of InsideOver. These are the major stories that accompanied us every day. But there are also other stories, often overlooked by the newspapers, that we wanted to recount live. While the agencies were looking elsewhere, we decided to go out into the field and send back reports on the Ebola epidemic, which is causing deep concern in Africa. We recounted the gambling addiction, a problem afflicting increasing numbers of young Chinese, many of them locked up in re-education centres that are like boot camp. And then the hell of the drug cartels in that hellish paradise that is Mexico, the evil that still lurks in Auschwitz and the attempt by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to bring the Kurdish minority to its knees by depriving it of the supreme essential good: water.
This is the year we spent together, observing and explaining what was happening around us. For this reason, alongside the features you already know, articles, comments and reports, we have decided to add weekly insights exploring the most important news stories that we chronicle every day more fully. Last week we dealt with the thousand mysteries of North Korea, while from today we will be dealing with the oil price war, which made the world tremble in recent days.
The second year of InsideOver begins in this difficult period. There is no telling what lies ahead. Yesterday’s certainties have been temporarily swept aside by a pandemic that has changed the rules of the game. Or rather some of the rules. For us, one remains fundamental: putting the reader at the centre of our story. And that is what we intend to continue doing. With you and for you.