Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 1, January-February

Boundless Love and Death in Bahia
BULLETINS FROM THE WORLD'S PRESS LAST YEAR CHRONICLED JORGE AMADO'S deteriorating health, his admittance to Alianca Hospital in Salvador, and his subsequent release last July. Plans were under way for Amado's eighty-ninth birthday celebration on August...
Car Baptisms in Bolivia. (Americas Ojo!)
MENTION COPACABANA, and people automatically think of samba, dental-floss bikinis, and the glittering lights of Rio. But there's another Copacabana--with its own colors, customs, and carnival--and it has nothing to do with Brazil. Founded ages ago...
Court's Victory for Indigenous Rights. (OAS)
IN A LANDMARK DECISION affecting the territorial rights of indigenous peoples, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights recently found that the Mayagna Indian community of Awas Tingni, on Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast, has collective rights to its traditional...
From the Editor
Over time, man has expended considerable energy modifying his physical and natural surroundings in order to extract wealth, to facilitate his existence, and to change the context and aspirations of his society. He and his culture, in turn, have been...
Healthy Soaps. (Americas Ojo!)
ACCORDING TO A Saint Lucian proverb, "Apwe Plezi," after the pleasure comes the pain. It was this message that the producers of a St. Lucian soap opera wanted to convey when they created an innovative radio program addressing health and family issues...
Musings of a Minimalist: Called a Writer's Writer by Literary Greats, Augusto Monterroso Reveals, in Mini-Masterpieces, the Precarious and Humorous Condition of Humankind
The essays, fables, micro-tales, and host of other tight, abbreviated writings of Augusto Monterroso can be as elusive to categorization as the author's de facto nationality. Born in Honduras as a Guatemalan national, mostly he has lived in exile in...
New Digs for the Ferret? A Multinational Program to Introduce an Endangered Species into Northeastern Mexico May Stimulate Future Cooperative Conservation Projects across Borders
The last rays of daylight were rapidly fading into night over the Chihuahuan grasslands last fall as wildlife biologist Rurik List reached down and opened the door to one of several pet-carrying cages. Within moments, a black-footed ferret poked its...
Observing Nicaragua's Elections. (OAS)
A TEAM OF SEVENTY-EIGHT OAS electoral observers fanned out across Nicaragua last November to monitor that country's hotly contested general elections. On election day, Secretary General Cesar Gaviria noted the long lines of voters patiently waiting...
Open-Air Shopping in Havana. (Americas Ojo!)
ERIC MONTELONGO stands amid his collection of well-worn books and magazines, hoping a customer will wander past on this searing hot summer day. Here, displayed on rickety wooden racks and tables, one can find everything from Registro Social de La Habana...
Potosi's Mountain of Misery and Riches: Venturing Deep into an Ancient Realm of Minerals, This Photojournalist Documents the Life and Culture of Tenacious Miners and Their Legacy of Sacrifice
The lust for treasure that motivated the Spanish conquistadors was sated when they first cut into the Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain) of Potosi in 1545. For over two hundred years, the mountain yielded more than half of the world's production of silver....
Recurring Threads of Brazilian Art. (Americas Ojo!)
EXCITING exhibition of sixty-three works in diverse media, created in the 1990s by twenty-one contemporary artists, is currently on view at El Museo del Barrio in New York City. O Fio da Trama/The Thread Unraveled: Contemporary Brazilian Art, which...
Return to a Promise Land on the Pampas
Was the Jewish gaucho more myth than reality? today, his descendants in rural Argentina are reviving their forgotten history and forging links to the urban needy Vila Dominguez has the charms of many a small town in rural Argentina--the crumbling...
The Art of Giving in Buenos Aires: The Newly Inaugurated MALBA, Created and Endowed by Argentine Businessman Eduardo Costantini, Is a Rare Institution in a Region Where Such Valuable Public Donations Are Uncommon
Looking at the spare, modern majesty of the new Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires--MALBA), it is hard to imagine that it all began thirty years ago with the purchase of two small paintings at...
The Caribbean Combats Terrorism. (OAS)
THE PRIME MINISTER of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, talked about regional security and economic issues when he addressed a special session of the OAS Permanent Council last October. The recent "heinous" terrorist attacks have...
The Rewards of Enabling in El Salvador. (Inter-American System)
In his Monday afternoon computing class in San Salvador, Julio Canizales teaches adult beginners such skills as creating files, saving them on diskettes, and cutting and pasting text. It all sounds pretty basic, but for one detail: Canizales and the...
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