Hemisphere

Hemisphere is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 2, Spring

Autumn of the General
Although General Augusto Pinochet handed power back to civilians in 1990 after nearly 17 years of dictatorship, he remains a polarizing force in Chile. His continued presence as commander in chief of the army proved problematic for establishing civilian...
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Building the Fourth Estate
In June 1995, President Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico held a press conference in the town of Cuauhtitlan. The president was seeking to reassure his fellow citizens that their country, then in the midst of deep economic crisis and political turmoil, was...
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Crisis in the Brazilian Amazon
In the decade between 1988 and 1998, Brazilian policy regarding the Amazon rainforest abruptly turned from "brown" to "green." This was most apparent in Amazonas, the largest state in Brazil, accounting for one-third of the 1.9 million square miles...
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Desperate Measures, Layered Truths
Autobiographical accounts such as Rigoberta Menchu's Crossing Borders have a wide readership, whether because of the fame of the subject, the compelling nature of the story or the eloquence with which the protagonist's account is told. The very best...
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From the Editor
In August 1999, Jaime Garzon, a popular political satirist, was gunned down on his way to the Bogota radio station where he worked. The murder sparked an outpouring of protests and mourning in Colombia and received extensive coverage in the international...
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Gone to Rust
Since Bolivia first entered the global economy during the period of Spanish colonial rule, its role has been that of mineral exporter. The legendary mines of Potosi and other rich silver veins in Alto Peru, as Bolivia was then known, financed the Spanish...
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Stranger Than Fiction
Often, it seems, covering Brazil comes down to a test of stamina. Take the forest tires that roared through Brazil's northern Roraima state last year, blackening rainforest and parts of the country's main Yanomami Indian reserve. For the better...
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The Banana Wars
Few would have thought that a trade conflict involving import barriers on Latin American bananas could drag the US into a heated trade conflict with the European Union (EU). Yet, on March 3, 1999, the Clinton administration unilaterally imposed trade...
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The Other Journalism
On the morning of November 16, 1959, Truman Capote was flipping through the pages of The New York Times when he stopped on page 39 to read a UPI news story from Holcomb, Kansas, headlined "Wealthy Farmer, 3 of Family Slain." Capote had been looking...
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The Policy of El Palo
On January 25, 1997, the charred body of news photographer Jose Luis Cabezas was found inside a burnt car in Pinamar, a fashionable Argentine resort town. The murder sent a chill down the spine of Argentines, for it resembled the infamous methods of...
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Toward a New Partnership?
In international relations, all is change and uncertainty. Yet, longstanding relations between countries and established ways of conducting international affairs bring a measure of stability and predictability. One of the more enduring of these relationships...
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