Ring Leader : Still a Novice, Aracelli Gonzalez Is Following Her Dreams. Ears of Her Kills Underscore Her Skills. One of the World's Few Female Bullfighters, She Could Well Become One of the Greats. SIMON ROMERO, Born and raised in the United States, 19-year-old Aracelli Gonzalez is pursuing her dreams in the land of her ancestors: Mexico. After stints as a beauty queen and rodeo star, the Huntington Park resident decided last year to become a matadora, a killer of bulls. The blood and the sweat surrounding the spectacle that originated on the Iberian Peninsula, as well as the exhilarating thrill surrounding each kill, have Aracelli hooked. Now, she proudly displays the ears--the equivalent of a trophy in North American sports--of each bull she has killed. As one of the world's few female bullfighters, her admirers already murmur that she has the potential to become one of the greats. Gonzalez, during a visit with her family in Huntington Park, was interviewed by Simon Romero
THE WORLD : What Ukraine Especially Needs Now Is a Little More Nationalism Charles A. Kupchan, Charles A. Kupchan, senior fellow for Europe at the Council on Foreign Relations and a professor at Georgetown University, was on the staff of the National Security Council for the first year of the Clinton Administration. He is author of "The Vulnerability of Empire" (Cornell University Press).