Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 2, April

A Net Gain for StarMedia
WITH $50,000 IN SAVINGS, entrepreneurs Fernando Espuelas and Jack Chen created the first Internet Service provider targeted toward Latin America. Now their company, StarMedia, leads the industry of Spanish- and Portuguese-language sites. The short...
A Paradise of Paradoxes Brasil
CELEBRATING 500 YEARS OF HISTORY, THIS NATION REFLECTS ON ITS ROOTS AND REAFFIRMS ITS FAITH IN THE FUTURE BRAZILIANS ARE A PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO PARTY. At the first sound of a beat, even if tapped out on a matchbox, a crowd will gather in spontaneous...
Changing Tides on Deadly Shores
A small village in the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve of Honduras works to save endangered sea turtles PAULICARPO CASILDO WAS A HUEVERO: A MAN WHO WALKED THE BEACHES AT NIGHT HUNTING THE SEA TURTLES THAT CRAWLED ASHORE TO LAY EGGS. A CARPENTER BY...
Crafting a New Museum for Our Hemisphere
Sharing the dream of a museum devoted to all aspects of the history and culture of the Western Hemisphere, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Smithsonian Institution have collaborated with the private...
Disaster Relief for Venezuela
FOLLOWING THE devastating floods and mudslides along Venezuela's northern coast in mid-December, the newly created Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction began coordinating immediate and long-term responses to the situation. Venezuela's...
Envoy Eases Neighbors' Tension
VETERAN DIPLOMAT Luigi Einaudi, who was appointed as an OAS special representative to help reduce tensions between Honduras and Nicaragua, has been meeting with the two countries' foreign ministers to negotiate measures intended to avert military conflict....
Farewell to German Arciniegas
We thought he would be with us forever, cajoling us into new approaches to history and culture. Long before postmodern relativism pried the academic community away from Eurocentric perspectives, Germin Arciniegas, who died late last year, was insisting...
From Old School to New Wave
Although he's conducted some of Europe's finest symphonies and has composed an impressive collection of suites, concertos, and other works for orchestras and small ensembles, no one who knows Aldemaro Romero would dream of calling the legendary Venezuelan...
In the Light of FotoFest
LONG RECOGNIZED As the place to go to see the latest developments in photography worldwide, Houston's FotoFest continues its tradition of leadership from March 3 through April 3, during the Eighth International Month of Photography. Held every other...
Machu Picchu Gets a Quick Lift
RIO DE JANEIRO has a cable-car system to ferry tourists up to Pao de Acucar and back. The Great Wall of China has one for the tourists, too, as does the ancient Israeli mountain fortress of Masada. So why not Machu Picchu, the best known archaeological...
Native Lands for Wolf and Man
As THE SPIRIT of the wolf returns to Idaho's national forest, so does the spirit of the Native American tribe in charge of reintroducing it. For the first time, the U.S. government has contracted an Indian nation--the Nez Perce tribe of northern Idaho--to...
Restoring Pride in Arequipa
From stonecutters to politicians, residents of this colonial city in Peru are joining together to rescue a rich artistic legacy THE SCENE ON THE MORNING AFTER IS EERIE. THE LOCKED DOOR SWINGS OPEN WITHOUT A KEY. INSIDE, BOOKS HAVE FALLEN ONTO THE...
SEQUELS TO A Patagonian Journal
BRUCE CHATWIN'S LEGENDARY ACCOUNT OF HIS JOURNEY THROUGH THIS REGION STILL INTRIGUES LOCALS AND VOYAGES ALIKE WHEN HE FIRST LAID' EYES on Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia in 1996, Adrian Gimenez Hutton had been visiting southern Argentina for more than...
Time to Imagine
THIS RENOWNED MEXICAN WRITER BALANCES FACT AND FICTION IN MASTERFUL WORKS THAT LEAP ACROSS AGE AND SPACE Carlos Fuentes, Mexico's master of many genres--essays, novels, reportage, short stories, plays--has assembled a body of work consistently brilliant,...
Windsor's Confluent Currents
SHAPED BY THE CONVERGENCE OF CULTURES AND COMMERCE, THIS CANADIAN CITY BOASTS A REVITALIZED WATERFRONT REFLECTING ITS ECLECTIC SPIRIT The majestic tundra swans look north to the country across the river, towering thirty-eight feet above the grassy...
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