Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 6, November-December

Brazil's Modern Music Maestro
When composer and arranger Moacir Santos died last August in Pasadena, California, at the age of eighty, Brazil lost one of its most influential musicians of the past century. Noted for his innovative mixing of Afro-Brazilian rhythms and modern jazz...
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Building a Border Accord
IN A NEUTRAL AREA at a border crossing between Belize and Guatemala, a small OAS field office helps defuse day-to-day tensions that may arise as the result of a longstanding territorial differendum between the two countries. The office monitors compliance...
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Cleaning Up in Cancun
A YEAR AFTER ONE of the strongest Caribbean hurricanes on record ravaged Mexico's number-one tourist destination, Cancun is reinventing itself. "In addition to improved airport facilities, returning guests will also witness that Cancun's resorts, attractions,...
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Crossing Borders, Breaking Barriers
ROMPIENDO FRONTERAS is the first international exhibition of digital art and photography to grow out of the government of El Salvador's response to the ideas of Salvadoran artists living outside the country. Inviting and inspiring Salvadorans who live...
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Ground in the Galapagos
ECUADOR'S GAIAPAGOS Islands--known for giant tortoises, playful sea lions, and blue-footed boobies--also produce one of the world's most exotic coffees. Organic by definition, since chemical fertilizers and pesticides are prohibited here, Galapagos...
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Islands of Consensus: In an Exclusive Interview with Americas, Prime Minister Winston Baldwin Spencer Shares His Thoughts on Democracy, Education, and What the Future Holds for His Small Island Country of Antigua and Barbuda
Tourism, education, technology. All necessary weapons in the struggle for development and for progress in solving the problems imposed by poverty on most countries of the continent. Oil the occasion of the inauguration of the Information, Communications,...
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Looking for Balance in Belize: Celebrating Its First Twenty-Five Years, This Young Nation Is Forging a Dual Identity, Caribbean and Central American, as It Faces the Challenges of Independence
25 Belize is at once Caribbean and Central American. To Belizeans, this is not a contradiction, but an affirmation that goes to the heart of their national identity and shared aspirations. Walk down the street in Belize City, and you will hear Creole--the...
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Panama's Garden of Earthly Delights
As a child, Al Sprague watched the ships pass through the locks of the Panama Canal, and the surrounding tropical jungle was a part of his daily landscape. "I was born in Colon," he says, "then, because of my father's job we went to live in the Canal...
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Raising Awareness, Reaffirming Rights
No one would argue that the indigenous peoples of the Americas shouldn't enjoy the same rights and opportunities as all citizens; but neither would anyone claim that the goal has been reached. Gaining full recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples...
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Santiago's New Down Under
IN SANTIAGO, CHILE, the very heart of the capital's historic district has been transformed into an all-encompassing center of national, cultural, and historic treasures, but uninformed visitors will search in vain for any outward evidence of the massive...
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Southern Reflections in Painted Light: A Photography Exhibition Explores Latin American Identity through a Fanfare of Uncommon Portraits
Built on the looks on people's faces, some anguished, some full of hope, some defiant, proud, or fearful, our exhibition, Somos Personas (We Are People), is built on realities that speak of powerlessness, insecurity about the future, the harshness...
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The Art & Anger of Juan O'Gorman: Recent Retrospective Exhibitions Reveal Both the Bristling Socialism and Mexican Soul of This Great Architect and Painter
A restless spirit, uncompromising socialist, fierce environmentalist, Juan O'Gorman was an mist, first and foremost. Whether he was painting a mural in tempera, designing a mosaic on a library facade, or building his own house by hand, O'Gorman approached...
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The Cocoa Crux: It Has a Long History of Traditional and Medicinal Uses, and the Backing of Bolivia's Head of State, but Can Coca Exist without Cocaine?
How can one plant be simultaneously so reviled and revered? As the source of cocaine, coca has been roundly condemned and threatened with total obliteration. News accounts involving coca often frame the issue in terms of narco-trafficking and law enforcement,...
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The Maya War of Words: Scholarly Theories Collide around the Disappearance of the Ancient Maya. How Do You Spell Collapse?
Preclassic abandonment. Mid-Classic hiatus. Classic collapse. Such are the terms used by archaeologists today to describe the turning points along the way to the disappearance of high Maya civilization, a multi-staged historical process that occurred...
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