Hemisphere

Hemisphere is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 3, Fall

Beyond the Washington Consensus: Dissenting Thoughts on Democracy, Equity and Market Economics
Calls for strengthening democracy and combating poverty rivaled economic integration and trade-related issues for center stage at the Santiago Summit. A foretaste of this discourse came shortly before the Summit at a meeting of the Montevideo Circle...
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Bridging the Ideological Divide: Forces for Reconciliation in the Cuban and Cuban-American Communities
On a recent balmy evening in Miami Beach, hundreds of people gathered for a concert by a visiting musician from Cuba. Issac Delgado played his vibrant salsa rhythms to a packed house at the Onyx night club and in one night shattered the ice that has...
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Canada's Southern Exposure: Latina America's Northernmost Neighbor Takes an Interest in Hemispheric Affairs
In January 1998, Prime Minister Jean Chretien of Canada, with a coterie of provincial premiers, business-people and university presidents, led the largest-ever Canadian trade mission to Latin America. The "Team Canada" mission, which involved high-profile...
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Distant Brothers: The Central American Diaspora
Hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans, Nicaraguans and Salvadorans fled their countries in the 1980s, mostly for the United States. Most were escaping various forms of political instability and repression, as well as economic crises and social injustice...
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Guatemala's Critical Juncture: Rethinking Concepts of Democracy
Guatemala's transition from military rule has been slow and difficult, at times traumatic. Today the country stands at a critical juncture, when the danger of reversals is palpable. In December 1996, the mood was optimistic as the government of conservative...
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Islands Apart: The Caribbean Struggles to Keep Pace with Free Trade
Since the early 1980s, neoliberal views on economic policy have acquired increasing prominence throughout the world. The notion of the superior efficiency, rationality and dynamism of the private entrepreneur and the marketplace has become the dominant...
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Latinos in the US
Latinos constitute the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. Separated by regional differences yet united by a common cultural heritage, they are a force to be reckoned with in US society. Their influence is felt in politics, economics,...
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Lengua Franca
Las girls van de compras para gourmet food It's Irene who first tells me to check out the canned tripas or was it canned menudo? In the aisles of el supermercado. Y de volada I call las girls-- who are game. Once in the tiendota, they run ahead of...
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Life on the Margins
The temperature exceeded 100 degrees as the sun pierced the earth. A fierce breeze lifted dust from hundreds of unpaved roads in Matamoros, a rapidly expanding city on the US-Mexican border. These inferno-like conditions hardly deterred the several dozen...
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Lives at Crossroads: Salvadorans in the US
The United States' ethnic mosaic has a new and important ingredient: Salvadorans. The 1990 US census counted 565,000 Salvadorans in this country, although some scholars say the number is closer to one million, equivalent to one-sixth of the total population...
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Mercosur in the New Global Order
Within the next 10 to 20 years, the post-Cold War world will face a choice between two main alternatives for structuring the international system. The first is a type of Pax Americana, which implies the expansion and consolidation of the United States'...
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Stones in the Water: The Ongoing Struggle for Human Rights in Haiti
The military regime that ousted democratically elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide from power in a September 1991 coup ruled Haiti until a US military intervention returned the priest-turned-president to Port-au-Prince in October of 1994. During the army's...
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Strangers among Us: How Latino Immigration Is Transforming America
Identity Crisis Still reeling from the civil rights movement's efforts to end the separate and unequal structure of its race and class system, the United States is in grave danger of repeating the same mistakes with a new segment of the population:...
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The Rediscovery of Latinos: America's Fastest-Growing Minority Still Comes as a Surprise
CNN has discovered us at last. The network recently reported the extraordinary growth of the Spanish-language media in the US, a phenomenon that is not new but which CNN--along with millions of North Americans--has only just noticed. The tone of the...
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Winds of Change: Cuban-Americans in the Post-Papal Era
With the fall of the Berlin War and the collapse of the Soviet Empire in the late 1980s, Cuban-Americans began to speak enthusiastically about a post-Castro era. Many in the community expected that the Cuban regime would soon succumb to the same pressures...
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