ITALY: Caesar with Palm Branch

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On Marx's Day, at the beginning of Mary's Month, the soft blue wisteria gushed from every wall in Rome, and the iris raised blue-cauled heads. But it was the lush red cineraria and the harsh Red Flag that really bloomed in Rome. By May Day, 1947, the worldwide Communist Party had much to celebrate. Its latest and in some ways its most remarkable victory was in Sicily's free and fair elections, where the Communists last week became the island's leading party, and thus consolidated their position as the strongest political force...

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