ITALY: Clear Skies

In city churches and village chapels, pious Italians knelt last week and prayed for rain. The worst drought in centuries was now in its second year.

Italians could think of little else. Thanks to UNRRA, the food supply was a little better than last year. Release of U.S. Army gasoline had improved transportation; southern oranges and lemons were moving north, while northern cheese and butter moved south.

But UNRRA's help is to end with 1946. The threat of hunger formed the background of disquieting political developments. Democratic forces lost strength when the middle-of-the-road...

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