Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 2, March-April

41 General Assembly OAS El Salvador 2011
41 General Assembly OAS El Salvador CITIZEN SECURITY IN THE AMERICAS San SALVADOR, JUNE 5-7 The Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, Hugo Martinez, announced during his visit to the OAS Permanent Council that "Citizen Security in the Americas"...
Arte En Americas-An Historic Art Exhibition in Chile
The largest art exhibit in the history of the OAS Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) began its travels around the hemisphere last December 16 with the inauguration of the exhibition Arte en America in the Centro Cultural Palacio la Moneda (CCPLM). Set...
Banking on Global Sustainability
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Long before markets were jolted by the financial crisis, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was working on the business case for a new way of banking. By environmental and social safeguards and opportunities and financing...
Bonito: The Beauty of Brazil
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This photo essay was extracted from Bonito, a handsome book of photography by Valdir Cruz which was recent[y published by Capivara Editora, with the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation of Brazil. Bonito. in the Serra da Bodoqucna....
Culture and Economy: The Value of the Symbolic
In Argentina there is evidence of the strong impact of culture on the economy: over 3,000 theatre venues; 97 million book samples; 1,363,841 film entrances in 3-D, and 1,168 artistic and folklore festivals in the country. Today these facts can no longer...
Democracy in the Americas
On January 24, political leaders, legislators and experts from the hemisphere analyzed the state of democracy in the continent at the headquarters of the Organization of the American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, during the XXVIII OAS Policy Roundtable:...
Electoral Observation Missions: An Instrument to Reinforce the Democratic Institution
It is nine o'clock in the morning in Asuncion, the capital city of Paraguay. A group of professionals and college students from different countries are assembled together in a hotel in the center of the city. Their main focus of attention is a map...
Fighting Firearms Traffic
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The illicit traffic Of firearms constitutes one of the main delinquent manifestations associated with organized crime. Statistics show that the violence generated by this type of weapon is responsible for the majority of homicides...
Forging Inclusive Democracies
The Latin American democracy forum, convened in Mexico City by the OAS, the UNDP, and the Mexican Federal Electoral Institute, opened a broad space for analysis. It brought together participants from a variety of backgrounds in Latin America, who contributed...
Manuela and Simon
On June 16, 1822, General Simon Bolivar, at the height of his victories, entered Quito in triumph. He was dressed in a gold-embroidered jacket, with the epaulets of a general, and rode "Pastor," his favorite horse. The first symptoms of the tuberculosis...
Martin Garcia: The Little Island Everyone Wanted: From Structures That Once Housed Prisoners, Presidents, and Poets to the Quarries Which Are Now Nature Preserves, This Small Island Has Played a Unique Role in the History of Argentina and Uruguay
When sailor Juan Diaz de Solis buried the body of his ship steward Martin Garcia on a small island in February 1516 and christened the island with the man's name, he could not have imagined that, the island would become a place of many conflicts and...
Model of a Modern Metropolis: With over Three Million Residents, Medellin Today Appears to Be on the Path to the Kind of Civil Stability and More Inclusive Prosperity That Has Long Seemed Its Destiny
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On the surface, Colombia's second largest city seems to be doing just about everything right. Its urban planning effort, health care services, delivery of a broad range of public utilities, and transportation system are all highly...
OAS Projects in Brazil
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Brazil is one of the richest countries in the world with regards to water resources. With a water capital of approximately 30 million liters of water per capita per year, Brazil's water supply maintains a strong hydroelectric capacity,...
Reducing the Threat of Arms and Munitions in the Americas
In many parts of the Americas, the threat of armed violence to citizens is a phenomenon appearing in news headlines on a far too regular basis. In large measure, this threat is magnified by relatively easy access to illegal firearms, ammunition, and...
The Legends of Jimmie Angel
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is the second article about James Crawford Angel (1899-1956) to appear in Americas magazine. John Hall's "Angel on Silver Wings," published in 1980, was also about Jimmie Angel, the man for whom Angel Falls--the world's tallest...
The Miracle Team: Former Olympic Medalists from Trinidad and Tobago Continue to Inspire Young Track and Field Athletes Today
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TOKYO 1964 It's a standing agreement, implicitly understood: the last weekend in April of each year, the reunion is at Roberts' home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He makes the pelau, and depending on the chill in the air, they...
The Right to Identity in the Region: Advances toward a Universal Registry
The right to identity is essential to the full legal recognition and protection of the individual existence of all persons. To guarantee this right, vital acts of registration are fundamental, in particular that of birth. In other words, the right to...
Vestiges of a Lost Civilization: The Complex and Elaborate Maze of Ruins Created by the Quilmes Civilization Is One of the Most Important Archeological Areas in Argentina
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Quilmes is a name well known to many as a brand of beer brewed in the town of the same name located in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, Argentina. What is not so well known, however, is that Quilmes...