Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 1, January-February

120 Years of Achievements
Recently, an extraordinary session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) commemorated the 120th anniversary of the First International American Conference, inaugurated on October 2, 1889 in Washington DC. The objective...
2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games: Athletes from around the Globe Converge in British Colombia as Canada Hosts the World's Largest Winter Sports Event
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Assessing Team Canada In a country that has historically approached Olympic competition with a wan combination of modesty and high hopes, things have changed. Leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, to be held...
Action for Hope
Sandra Milena Arango fled her home in the Colombian countryside in 2004 after her husband was killed by illegal armed groups. Fearing that guerrillas would forcibly recruit her teenage son, she headed to Medellin with her four children as soon as her...
Alejandro Colunga's Fantastical, Disquieting World
Pedestrians on their way to the renowned Orozco murals at Guadalajara's Hospicio Cabanas are often drawn to an ensemble of large bronze sculptures on the stone esplanade in front of the Cabanas' right wing. The Sala de los Magos is an open-air living...
Caribbean and Latin American Athletic Aspirations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The personal effort required is immense, there is little outside support, and rewards are few. In fact, the only prize most athletes will take home from the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 will be the satisfaction that they made...
Dispelling Myths about Bats: Through Research, Education, Community Involvement, and Conservation Efforts in Mexico and the United States, the Stigma Surrounding These Mysterious and Often Misunderstood Creatures Is Being Reversed
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In small classrooms throughout Northern Mexico, school children are singing the praises of Marcelo, the Mexican free-tailed bat. On the other side of the border in the southern part of the United States, children are devoted to...
Documenting Colombia with Carlos Bernal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Carlos Bernal is a documentary film maker born in La Ceja, Colombia, and the fifth of ten children in a large Catholic family typical of the department of Antioqula. His first memory of a documentary film was Man on the Moon, which...
From the Editor
Happy New Year to all our readers! In 2010, Americas will continue to cover the incredible diversity of our continent and explore the wealth of personalities and events that bring flavor to our daily lives. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One particularity of...
Honduras: A Return with Democracy
"We all want Honduras, a founding member of the OAS, to return to the Organization," said Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza, "But that will only be possible when Honduras has truly restored its democratic government and reversed the effects of the...
Music for Change
In October and November of this year, a series of concerts was given in Santa Lucia, Jamaica, and Haiti by orchestras made up of unprivileged children and youth. The presentations are part of a regional initiative promoted by the OAS to prevent youth...
Opening Doors for Communities Hit Hard by Violence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ustacio Coronell is a Colombian with an enthusiastic personality and expressive face. He is also a former member of a paramilitary group called the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC). Currently he is in the process of reintegrating...
Perspectives on Puerto Rico: Intriguing Images of Island Life as Seen through the Lens of Farm Security Administration Photographers in the 1940s
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In her apron, she is bent close to her large, healthy cabbage plants, the lush dark green leaves of her potato patch visible beyond. A passing cloud gives a moment of shade, relief from the full sun on the hillside. We seem to...
Regionalism in Perspective
"Universalism and Regionalism in the Early 21st Century" was the central theme of the most recent course in international law organized by the Inter-American Juridical Committee and the International Law Department of the OAS Secretariat for Legal Affairs....
Remembering Mercedes Sosa
On a fresh spring day three years ago in Buenos Aires, I stopped at a sidewalk kiosk to select just the perfect bouquet for the special lady I was about to meet for the first time. Arriving moments later al her 1960s era apartment building, I marveled...
Royal Commentaries of the Incas: 400th Anniversary
It has been 400 years since Los Comentarios reales de los Incas was published in Lisbon. This work of El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega--called Royal Commentaries of the Incas in English--is considered not only the author's most important work, but also one...
The Global Fight against Drug Abuse
The European Commission (EC) and the OAS Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) have initiated an extensive program of activities that refocus efforts on treatment and rehabilitation. The first fruit of this coordination was an agreement...
The Magic of Santa Marta: This Colombian Maritime Port on the Caribbean Is Renowned for Its Tourism, Culture and History
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Santa Marta's crescent beaches sparkle against the dramatic backdrop of the world's tallest coastal range, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Just up the coast, beyond the low-key charms of the P fishing village Taganga, Tayrona...
The Spirit of Opportunity: As the OAS Observes 2010 as the Inter-American Year of Women, We Look at How Women Are Strengthening Livelihoods and Improving the Quality of Life for Themselves and Their Families
Pro-Mujer: Empowering Women in Latin America by Lynne Patterson Photographs courtesy of Pro Mujer In the late eighties, I moved to El Alto, Bolivia, and came face to face with overwhelming poverty and hunger. I saw in particular the devastating effects...
Who Was B. Traven?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ret Marut, Traven Torsvan, and Hal Croves are the three names most associated with the literary mystery, B. Traven. Ambitious investigative journalists sought after the millionaire writer for years. Was he German? Polish? North...
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