Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 4, July-August

Assembly in Peru
Foreign ministers and representatives of the 33 active members of the OAS gathered in Lima, Peru recently to debate the region's priorities and to discuss the programs and initiatives their governments have developed on the central theme of the 40th...
Costa Rica's Citizens of Conservation: In Their Newly Adopted Homes, Enclaves of Foreigners Support Their Local Communities by Using Sustainable Methods to Preserve the Land and the Environment
Amy Schrift is a pioneer of sorts, unlikely as that might seem. A native New Yorker, she is slight of frame, wiry, and strong from her labors. Her thick, black hair frames lovely dark eyes that betray her intensity of purpose. Schrift speaks passionately...
Ecotourism and the Brazilian Amazon
Our hope is that organized tourism will contribute to the social well-being of our people and save our beleaguered wilderness at the same time. But have we made much progress here in the Brazilian Amazon towards these goals since the late 1980s when...
Election Observations
In May, the OAS Electoral Observation Mission sent approximately 80 observers to follow the general congressional and municipal elections in the Dominican Republic and the general and local elections in Suriname. In the Dominican Republic, while there...
Felix Angel: Artist of Infinite Possibilities
Colombian artist Felix Angel is currently the Director of the Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the curator of its exhibits. He believes that "development is still on hold in Latin America because development is not just...
From the Editor
This issue of Americas highlights the relationship between human beings and nature and the importance of social policies for overcoming inequalities in the world and in our hemisphere. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Children are the future in every society,...
Hats for Better Health
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In an area of Bolivia with one of the world's highest ultraviolet radiation (UVR) index ratings, the vast majority of the population doesn't wear sunscreen. It's not easy to find, it's expensive, and in general, people aren't aware...
Historic Waterways Keep Traditions Alive
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Perhaps nowhere in the United States is the distant past as evident as in r northern New Mexico. In towns and villages throughout the region, the thread of tradition runs strong, creating bonds between people and the land of their...
In Design with Nature: Chilean Architect German del. Sol. Develops Structures in Harmony with Their Surrounding Landscapes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An hour's drive north of Santiago, the Vina Sena winery sits high in the Aconcagua Valley, its terraced slopes of cabernet sauvignon and merlot vines overlooking rose nurseries, orchards, and herds of Fresian cattle that speckle...
Institute for a Better Society
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Inter-American Children's Institute (IIN) is a specialized agency of the OAS that seeks to improve living conditions for children in the hemisphere. Currently, the institute is reinforcing its commitment to the Caribbean countries...
Man of Mystery and Adventure: One of Many Independent Explorers of the New World, Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett Gained Notoriety in His Fatal Attempt to Find the Lost City of the Amazon
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The mystery of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett (1867-1925), the English explorer of Amazonia who disappeared in Mato Grosso along with his son Jack and his son's best friend Raleigh, never seems to grow stale....
Marcos Aguinis: A Passion for Literature
Analytical and polemic, Marcos Aguinis is the epitome of the contemporary Latin American intellectual. He is in tune with the world, always investigating, digging deeper to expose contradictions and challenges. Faithful to his humanistic and cultural...
Mile-High Biennial
It's the largest and one of the most exciting international events in the United States scheduled for 2010, and it's happening in Denver. Launching July 1, the Biennial of the Americas, will be a World's Fair of art and ideas for the Western Hemisphere....
Opportunities and Partnerships
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2005, the OAS Trust for the Americas foundation initiated the "Partnership in Opportunities for Employment through Technology in the Americas" program (POETA) to provide job opportunities to people with disabilities. Just five...
Protecting Ancient Aquifers and Aqueducts: From Freshwater Springs in Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert to Irrigation Ditches in New Mexico, the Balance between Biological Diversity and Sustainable Agriculture Is Being Challenged: A Window into the Past
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The high mountain desert of Coahuila, Northern Mexico is a seemingly lifeless environment that, like any extreme environment, is brutally honest. Temperatures typically exceed 115[degrees]F with precipitation averaging less than...
Red Eyes: A Story about Soccer
Ojos rojos [Red Eyes] is a documentary film about soccer and the passion unleashed in a country when its team makes it into the World Cup. The Chilean team is followed over a period of eight years, but the film is as much about the characteristics and...
South of Hollywood
A new Latin American revolution--of sounds and sights instead of proclamations and rifles, of images not words--has exploded onto the international cultural scene. At least, that's the impression left by the recent 82nd Academy Awards ceremony, where...
Summit on Drugs
MORE THAN 300 mayors, international experts, and authorities on drug control from 41 cities and 34 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean met in Lugo, Spain, last April to address the conflicts caused by drugs in society and the...
Support for Biofuels Development
AS PART OF ITS work in supporting the development and implementation of biofuel policies and programs, on May 19, the OAS Department of Sustainable Development launched a project in Jamaica called, "Technical Assistance for Biofuels Development and Policy...
The Youngest Future of the Americas
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The future for children in the Americas looks brighter than ever due to an unprecedented effort to tackle the one condition that negatively impacts children in all areas of their lives: poverty. Since September 2000, Latin American...
Trekking for a Better World
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The lightning slammed into the ground 50 feet from our campsite on Volcan Tajumulco with a flash and a boom, rattling the tent and shaking our guides. John, a senior guide with Quetzaltrekkers, clenched his fists, covered his ears,...
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