From the Publisher: Nov 19 1990

"No one in California this fall saw any sheep being slaughtered on the roadway in honor of an arriving candidate, the way they still like to do it in Turkey. That would not go over in the shopping malls of Rancho Cucamonga." So observes TIME's West Coast bureau chief Jordan Bonfante, who should know.

Before assuming his current post in Los Angeles two years ago, Bonfante served more than 13 years as a TIME foreign correspondent -- six years based ! in Rome, seven in Paris -- and covered political campaigns from Galicia to Anatolia. This year he was charged with...

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