Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 6, November-December

Changing the Rules of the Game
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Quito, Ecuador, Claudia Delgado became a mother at 18 and had to drop out of school to take care of her baby. Claudia, now 26 years old, is part of a youth training program known as "A Ganar" ("Vencer" in Brazil) that uses soccer...
From the Editor
In 2010, Americas magazine began celebrating the bicentennial of many of the countries in Latin America. In this edition, the spotlight is on Mexico's 200th year of independence hailed by that singular tradition, El Grito (!Viva Mexico!), and the 100th...
Granada: Grand City of Nicaragua: Once an Important Center of Power in Central America, This Nicaraguan City Still Shines with Colonial Architecture and Tales of a Tumultuous Past
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Marauding pirates, bloodthirsty mercenaries, and roughneck gold rushers all played a part in the history of the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua. But in spite of being burned to the ground twice and taken...
Grito De Dolores
On the morning of September 16, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the parish priest in the village of Dolores in central Mexico, rang the church bell to summon his poor, rural, indigenous congregation. When the townspeople had assembled, he proceeded...
Inception and Jorge Luis Borges
What does Leonardo Di Caprio have in common with the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges? You are probably right: nothing, zero, nil, zilch, nada. Nonetheless, Christopher Nolan's last film Inception (2010) does establish a certain link. Jorge Luis Borges'...
Intrigued with Eternity: The Allure of Vampires Captured in Spanish-Language Cinema
RENFIELD: "AREN'T YOU DRINKING?" COUNT DRACULA "I NEVER DRINK WINE." In the mid-1950s, Mexican producer and actor Abel Salazar was desperately searching for the right man to play the main character in his movie El vampiro (1957), a Mexican reading of...
Literature of the Bicentenary
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I, the Supreme Dictator of the Republic, hereby order that when my death occurs my corpse shall be decapitated. The head shall be placed on a stake for three days in the Plaza of the Republic where the people shall gather at the...
Mexican Revolution in the Library of Congress
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC will inaugurate an online exhibition featuring the materials...
OAS Initiatives for Migration
Populated originally by the inhabitants of other continents and colonized by Europeans in the 16th century, the Americas have traditionally been a destination for immigrants. Recently, however, this phenomenon has been reversed. Over the last 50 years,...
OAS Support for Ecuador
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As violent events were occurring in Ecuador on September 30, the OAS Permanent Council convened an extraordinary meeting in which member countries rejected any attempt to alter democratic order in that country and sent messages...
OAS Week of Peace
During the last two decades, the OAS has used its Peace Missions to mediate for, collaborate with, and accompany many of its member states in their efforts to resolve conflicts peacefully and to maintain and promote a culture of peace. OAS experiences...
Participation in the Annual CAF Conference
Political and economic trends, Latin America's future in economic and social terms, challenges to democracy, and the importance of democracy in the world context were some of the topics addressed by OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and other...
Passageways: The Fourth International Ceramic Tile Triennial
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is not a coincidence that the Ceramic Tile Triennial is held in the Dominican Republic nor that the hemisphere's most outstanding tile artist is from that island. The history of ceramics in the Dominican Republic goes back to...
Portal to a Bygone Era: The Cobblestone Streets and Fortified Walls of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, Are Vestiges of a Stage Where the Portuguese-Spanish Tug-of-War Played out during the 18th Century
Few places in the Americas offer such a distinct sense of the pastas the Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento. The aura of antiquity comes in part from the immaculately maintained cobbled streets, the beautiful old churches, and the narrow lanes...
Repository of Culture
In 2009, the Wigberto Jimenez Moreno Central State Library of Guanajuato received the Library Building Award from the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association. The award was sweet reaffirmation to a library that already enjoyed...
The Challenges of Urbanization in Latin America
The chaotic growth of today's cities can no longer be ignored. The great challenge is how to improve the quality of urban life by ensuring harmonious growth. Cities can--and should--learn from the experiences of other cities with similar characteristics....
The Novel of Independence
La perniciosa incertidumbre, Memorias de Fermin Donaire (Pernicious Uncertainty: The Memoirs of Fermin Donaire) by Alfredo Arango and Juan Lara is a novel that leaves readers certain of one thing: the uselessness of war and the frequency with which the...
Towards Sustainable and Competitive Agriculture in the Americas
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One morning this March, a column of tractors crossed into Haiti from the neighboring country of the Dominican Republic in an operation coordinated by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and as part...
Venezuela's Island of Treasures and Tragedies: The Iridescent Pearl Played Prominently in Cubagua's History and in the Early Years of Discovery, Conquest, and Colonization in the Americas
The imagination flies in Cubagua, leaving a lustrous trail the color of the pearl that has played such a prominent role in the island's history. The relentless sun produces reverberations, a mirage, and suddenly past meets present, a world in ruins transforms...
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