Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 3, May

At Ease in Belize
BELIZE--THE LEAST densely populated nation in Central America--has approved new legislation that aims to lure wealthy retirees to its shores. The Belize Retired Persons Incentive Program, signed into law last October, is aimed specifically "for those...
Bolivia's Lodge for Nature
WHEN BOLIVIA'S MADIDI National Park was created in 1995, in the northwestern part of the country near the Peruvian border, many of those living in and around it were opposed because they feared that the accompanying restrictions on hunting, fishing,...
Caught in a Maize of Genes
SINCE PRE-COLUMBIAN TIMES, THE VERSATILE CORN PLANT HAS BEEN THE OBJECT OF EXPERIMENTATION AND GENETIC MANIPULATION WITH FAR-REACHING CONSEQUENCES Of all the New World foods that so impressed the Europeans, it was maize they spread the fastest and...
Cochabamba's Heroic Mothers
ARMED WITH LITTLE BUT COURAGE * THE WOMEN OF THIS COLONIAL BOLIVIAN CITY LED A BATTLE AGAINST SPANISH ROYALISTS * FUELING THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM May is the month for honoring mothers in many countries of the Americas, but it is only Bolivia that...
Democracy Prevails in Ecuador
FOLLOWING THE political turmoil in Ecuador earlier this year, Secretary General Cesar Gaviria traveled there to meet with President Gustavo Noboa and to explore how the Organization might support the country's democratic development. "There is great...
Edwidge Danticat: A Voice for the Voiceless
THIS AWARD-WINNING WRITER AND ACTIVIST CAPTURES THE RAW EMOTIONS OF HER FELLOW HAITIANS AND SPEAKS OUT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS Under a single spotlight on a darkened stage, Edwidge Danticat broke the silence. "One," she called out quietly but firmly. "Respa,"...
Highlighting Human Security
WHEN THE HEMISPHERE'S foreign ministers gather in Canada for the OAS General Assembly in June, one issue they will consider is how to make "human security" a more central part of the hemispheric agenda. "We have to put people first," Canada's Minister...
Merida: First Place in Culture
The city of Merida, capital of Yucatan, Mexico, has been designated the first-ever American Capital of Culture, for the year 2000. The idea of yearly designating a city as American Capital of Culture arose just three years ago. The inspiration was...
Tales of Glitter or Dust
AGE-OLD STORIES OF JESUIT GOLD BURIED AT SACAMBAYA, BOLIVIA, SPARKED THE IMAGINATIONS OF TREASURE HUNTERS AS LATE AS THE 1960S Mark Twain was commenting on human nature, not geology, when he said that a gold mine is a hole in the ground alongside...
The Dangerous Edge of Forests
AS MORE AND MORE of the tropical rain forest is clear cut for ranching or development, isolated forest fragments are left where large tracts of continuous forest once stood. Conservationists warn that forest fragments can't sustain healthy animal populations...
The Lord of Calypso
In the patois indigenous to natives of Trinidad, the word kaiso refers to the town crier of old who roamed through village streets, interpreting the news of the day in syncopated rhythms and streetwise poetry. Had a kaiso been on his rounds on February...
Toronto at Home with Strangers
THIS QUIETLY OPEN CITY INVITES ETHNIC GROUPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO PUT DOWN ROOTS WHILE MAINTAINING THEIR CULTURAL IDENTITIES I live on Beaconsfield Avenue, on the west side of central Toronto. The street is named after the first earl of Beaconsfield,...
Transgenic Foods: Promise or Peril?
The topic of transgenic food may be the most controversial area of scientific research since the advent of nuclear power. Like nuclear power, transgenic food offers great promise to address one of humankind's basic needs, in this case by potentially...
Turning a Leaf on Argentine Classics
AFTER A FOUR-DECADE career as a mother, lab assistant, congressional staffer, real estate agent, and antique dealer, Matra Gallardo decided to realize her dream and become a book publisher in her native Argentina. Her aspiration was not entirely a...
Where Has All the WATER GONE?
Communities throughout the Hemisphere are grappling with efforts to preserve and manage this precious natural resource For Joel Millan, the quest for a bucket of safe drinking water is more than just the routine ritual of survival that dictates...
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