- Making News: Opposition Leader Prodi Claims Election Victory in Italy
Romano Prodi declared himself winner of the general election in Italy last night, but the celebration may have been premature. Sitting Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has pulled in an almost dead-even number of votes. Richard Owen of the Times of London says the virtual tie serves as a metaphor for a split Italy, a nation divided on a myriad of social, political, and economic issues.
- Reporter's Notebook: Duke Rape Case Raises Race and Sex Issues
The sexual-assault investigation of 46 Duke University lacrosse players will continue, despite their having passed DNA tests. The rape victim is a black woman who was hired to dance at the team's off-campus party on March 13. The Durham District Attorney has released a statement saying absence of DNA evidence does not disprove the crime. We get an update from the Paul Bonner of the Herald-Sun and from Anna Raven-Hansen of Duke's Center for Race Relations.
Will Peru Join Latin America's Turn to the Left?
Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are by no means the only Latin leaders militant in their anti-US attitudes. In Peru, fiery populist Ollanta Humala was the top vote-getter in Sunday's presidential election. The former military man says he stands for the poor and the indigenous and is eager to oust a system that has long favored the middle and upper classes. What about Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Mexico? How much of Latin America is moving toward leftist regimes? Guest host Diana Nyad talks about the seemingly mounting trend toward leftist leadership in Latin America with journalists, political scientists, policy analysts and human-rights watchdogs.