Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 5, September-October

A Presidential Brew
VISITING THE Dominican Republic? If so, you'll have a difficult time finding beer that doesn't carry the Presidente label. Then again, this local brew is so popular that hardly anyone bothers with the competition. Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana...
A Summit of Summits
IN RECENT YEARS, mountain communities around the world have found they share a lot in common (see Americas July-August. 2000). Their concerns, from growing water scarcity to cultural erosion, economic development, and risk, formed the basis of the...
Bravo, Don Manuel: Mexico and the World Are Celebrating the One Hundredth Birthday of Acclaimed Photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo with Stunning Exhibitions and a Forthcoming Book of New Images
In this, the centennial year of Manuel Alvarez Bravo, exhibitions of his work have filled major museums throughout Mexico and beyond. The Mexican Postal Service issued a new stamp to commemorate the life of the master photographer. At the Palacio...
Cat in a Hot Spot: With New Sightings and Research, Ecotourism and Ranching Programs Are Offering Innovative Solutions to Recover and Protect the Threatened Jaguar
Daniel Scognamillo hid behind some bushes in the llanos region of northwestern Venezuela late one afternoon and just stared. The objects of Scognamillo's attention were two animals sleeping along the edge of a small pond about, a hundred feet away....
Culture and National Policy. (OAS)
CAPPING OFF THEIR July 12-13 meeting in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, the hemisphere's cultural ministers recommended the creation of an Inter-American Committee on Culture, which would work under the auspices of the OAS to promote and protect...
Developing Sustainable Attitudes. (Inter-American Viewpoint)
Sustainability: It's not a topic, it's an attitude. --Terri Meyer Boake Associate Professor of Architecture, Univeristy of Waterloo The World Summit on Sustainable Developlnent (WSSD) was recently concluded in Johannesburg, South Africa. Held...
Elections in Bolivia. (OAS)
THE OAS DEPLOYED fifty-four international observers throughout Bolivia for that country's June 30 presidential and legislative elections. The OAS Electoral Observation Mission called the process "peaceful, transparent, free, and secure." "Bolivian...
From the Editor
What is "sustainable development"? This is the question that Richard Saunier asks us to consider in this issue's Inter-American Viewpoint. A goal almost universally agreed to, sustainable development is replete with multiple definitions and conflicting...
Getting to Know You. (!Ojo!)
TIME SHARES, all inclusives, and package tours have succeeded in taking much of the hassle out, of foreign travel, but, because they off. isolate vacationers within a resort's manicured confines, opportunities for personal interaction with local...
Great Storms of the Four Winds; Scientists in a New Field Are Studying Hurricanes of Prehistory to Uncover Clues That May Help Predict Future Patterns and Probabilities
Even before the Greek scientist Anaximander succinctly described wind as "the flowing of air" in the sixth century B.C., man has been fascinated by changes in the weather. Rich or poor, tall or short, we all live under the same sun and clouds, rain...
Mariana Yampolsky: Gifted Eye of the Era
Photography was just an extension of the many gifts of Mariana Yampolsky, who died last May at the age of seventy-six. She was a rare human being with a talent for living, sharing, and seeing. Born in Chicago, she attended the University of Chicago...
Paraguay's First Man of Science: As a Researcher, Educator, and Publisher, Moises Bertoni Left a Remarkable Legacy in His Adopted Country, Where Today Hundreds of Tourists Visit His Former Residence Turned Museum
Not much about this thickly forested hillside overlooking the Parana River's green-brown waters suggests that it was once a center of scientific research. The white two-story house with its comfortable balcony standing several hundred feet above...
Poet of Shadows on the Pampa: In His Internationally Renowned Novel, Don Segundo Sombra, Ricardo Guiraldes Captured the Tradition and Spirit of the Gaucho, a Beloved Symbol of Argentine National Identity
"No one could forget his courtesy; it was the unsought, first form of his measure of a soul clear as the day. Nor can I forget his bizarre serenity, the fine, strong face, the lights of glory and of death. His hand questioning the guitar as in the...
Santo Domingo's Cure
THOUSANDS OF CRIPPLED Caribbean children should soon be leading normal lives, thanks to an orthopedic surgeon named Dr. C. Scott Harrison. He's buying two floors of a structure now being built in the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo, about a...
Secret Citadel of the Last Inca: Lured by History and Myth This Author Trekked through Dense Peruvian Jungle to a Remote Stronghold Once Occupied by Manco Inca
CUZCO CREATES AN IMMEDIATE IMPRESSION: the cradle of the Inca empire, where every street, every corner, every house bears witness to what was once the great city founded by Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, children of the sun god. Their father had sent...
The Road to Dreams
Candelaria and Herman Zapp set Out from Buenos Aires in January 2000 to fulfill a long-held dream: a road trip through the Americas. They figured it would take them six or eight months to reach Alaska--even chugging along in a 1928 Graham-Paige--but...