Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 3, May-June

Defending Human Rights
As part of the 50th anniversary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the IACHR and the Inter-American Institute on Human Rights (IIHR) conducted an inter-American poster contest focusing on the theme "IACHR, Defending Human Rights."...
Expressions of Experience: A Insight into the Vivid Range of Contemporary Art in Ecuador from Two Native Sons-Osvaldo Viteri and Miguel Betancourt
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OSVALDO VITERI THE POETICS OF MESTIZAJE Ecuador, land of volcanoes and artists, has in painter Osvaldo Viteri, one of its greatest exponents. The renowned maestro is a multi-faceted and anti-dogmatic artist whose art is a reflection...
From the Editor
The House of the Americas, headquarters the Organization of American States, is about to celebrate its one hundredth birthday. The classical-style building has been part of the landscape in Washington, DC since April 26, 1910, standing as an emblem of...
House of the Americas 100 Years: The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Construction of the Headquarters of the Organization of American States Offers an Opportunity to Reflect on the History of Past Efforts to Promote Inter-American Cooperation and on the Probable Course and Nature of Such Efforts in the Future
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For a hundred years a beautiful Beaux-Art building has graced the corner of Constitution Avenue and Seventeenth Street in Washington, DC, a corner buffeted by heavy traffic and visited by legions of curious tourists. A monumental...
OAS Elections
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On March 23, member states of the OAS elected by acclamation Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin to lead the Organization for the next five years. In his acceptance speech, Insulza...
OAS Observers in Costa Rica
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On May 8, the nation of Costa Rica will be led by Laura Chinchilla Miranda, the first woman elected president in the history of the country. President Chinchilla has a degree in Political Science from the University of Costa Rica...
Rebuilding a Future for Haiti: In the Aftermath of the Devastating Earthquake, a Commitment of Crucial Support Has Emerged from the Community of Institutions That Form the Inter-American System
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Albert Ramdin has traveled to Haiti many times in the past ten years. But no trip was like the one he took there in early February, three weeks after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, killing an estimated 217,000...
The Edge of Ice: An Up-Close and Informative Encounter with Glaciers in the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields of Chile and Argentina Brings the Effects of Climate Change to Global Awareness
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The bow of the catamaran points towards an outcropping of bluish ice jutting out from the hidden banks of Lake Argentina. As we near the giant Upsala Glacier, an icon of global warming...
The Enchanted Bull of Bumba-Meu-Boi
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A musician on stage blows a whistle that reverberates under the nighttime city lights of Sao Luis, Brazil. A lone male voice begins singing, and dancers from the performance group Boi Encanto do Sao Cristovao line up, a jumble...
The Enduring Pride of the Morochuco: Known for Their Bravery, Strength, and First-Rate Horsemanship, These Peruvians Continue to Preserve Their Traditions and Beliefs
The 10,000-feet high Pampa de Cangallo spreads out for miles all around me, yellow under the warm July sun. It has changed a great deal since 1971 when I first discovered it in the Peruvian Andes, 70 miles south of Ayacucho. You could certainly call...
The Future Role of the OAS in Service to Its Member States and the Peoples of the Hemisphere
INTRODUCTION by OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I am honored to be heading the Organization of American States (OAS) as we celebrate the 100th birthday of our emblematic historic headquarters in Washington, DC, the House...
The Lyric Tenor of Peru
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although the first opera produced in South America appeared on a Lima, Peru stage in the late 1800s, the art form has fallen on hard times in recent decades in this capital city of eight million. The storied Teatro Municipal, a...
The Symbol of Peace
The one photo that best captures the moment and the spirit of the 1910 inauguration of the House of the Americas is the picture of US President Howard Taft planting the "Peace Tree." The building represented different things to the many spectators, but...
Viewpoint
Last year, many Colombians marked the twentieth anniversary of the death of Luis Carlos Galan, assassinated on August 18, 1989. Like other great men of the Americas, Galan died as he was still ascending to the height of his career, at a time when his...
Wordplay with Guatemalan Arturo Arias
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In an official ceremony in November 2008, Arturo Arias received a prestigious gold medal as he was honored with the Guatemalan National Prize in Literature. He follows in the footsteps of other great writers, like Augusto Monterroso...
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