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Born and raised in Milan from an Italian father and Egyptian mother of Lebanese origin, Rolla Scolari is a journalist working with the Italian daily La Stampa. She worked in the Middle East since 2005 for several Italian and international newspapers and Tvs: Il Giornale, Il Foglio, Panorama, IL magazine (Il Sole 24Ore), Sky TG24, the National. Based in Beirut for Il Foglio she covered in 2005 the assassination of Rafik Hariri and the dramatic street protests that shook that country in its aftermath. From 2005 to 2006, when she was based in Cairo, she reported on the country's historic first presidential elections and the subsequent parliamentary vote that saw the ascendance of the Muslim Brotherhood. She covered the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip, Hamas' rise to power, and the subsequent Palestinian fratricide struggle. She was in Istanbul and Ankara for the historic visit of Pope Benedict XVI in Turkey in November 2006. She was embedded with the American army in December 2007 – January 2008 in Iraq. From 2011 to 2013 her reporting on the ground focused on explaining to the readers the Arab revolts and their aftermath in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco. From 2015 to 2018, she has been editorial and communication director at Oasis.