Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 2, March

An Atlas with a Sense of Touch
"These peninsulas take the water between thumb and finger/like women feeling for the smoothness of yard-goods," wrote American poet Elizabeth Bishop in "The Map," recognizing what sighted people take for granted: that maps have, besides their vibrant,...
Bidding Baden Good-Bye
The man universally heralded as perhaps Brazil's finest guitarist of all time died September 26, 2000, at the age of sixty-three, leaving a legacy of half a century of music-making that set new standards for innovation, technical excellence, and stylistic...
Brazil's Nerve of Steel
ON JANUARY 16, 1901, German immigrant Joao Gerdau opened a tiny nail factory in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul--marking the birth of what would one day rank among Latin America's largest steelmakers. These days, as Gerdau's heirs...
Bylines of the Biosphere
THE THIRD ANNUAL Biodiversity Reporting Award will be presented this year to journalists from five countries of the Americas: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, and Guyana, and one African nation, Ghana. This environmental journalism contest, organized...
El Salvador's Poet of Recovery
Award-winning writer Manlio Argueta captures the struggles and dreams of his fellow Central Americans in lyrical works revealing harsh realities In 1972, the social climate of El Salvador foretold a violent civil war that would last twelve years....
Evaluating Anti-Drug Efforts
DESPITE CONSTRUCTIVE and growing cooperation against illegal drugs, most countries in the Americas are faced with rising domestic demand, an increase in local supply, and a trend toward more related crimes such as money laundering and firearms smuggling....
Follow-Up Fight for Women's Rights
THE COUNTRIES of the Americas have a greater understanding that violence against women is a human rights violation, but they have fallen far short of eliminating the problem, a new regional analysis shows. "The drive which once existed to bring...
From the Editor
The Third Summit of the Americas, a three-day meeting of the presidents and prime ministers of the American nations, will be held in April in the Canadian city of Quebec. The heads of state and government who gather there will consider a wide range...
Getting the Know-How
"I have shaved and combed my hair and eaten a little...." A thin man crouched under a tree. Shivering. Licking crumbs from the folds of a piece of paper. It was snowing, but not really cold, just at the freezing point. But Raymond Patterson, twenty-eight,...
One-Stop Shipping in Montevideo
TINY URUGUAY, sandwiched in between vastly larger Brazil and Argentina, wants to make a name for itself as the new shipping and logistics platform of the Mercosur trade bloc. At least that's the goal of hundreds of transportation-industry executives...
Peru's Fertilizer with a Fragile Future
Once key to this nation's economy, the extraction of seabird guano faces new challenges and market opportunities The men have been up working since before dawn. They have to get a lot done before the wind picks up. Even without the wind their eyelashes...
Puerto Rico's House of Art
PUERTO RICO BOASTS a world-class astronomical observatory, a tropical rain forest, a phosphorescent bay, and the Caribbean's largest shopping mall--but until recently, it didn't have a single museum where locals or tourists could enjoy uniquely Puerto...
Saving the Song of SEA GIANTS
Intellectuals and politicians joined together across borders to protect the gray whales that nest in the Laguna San Ignacio in Baja California Gray whale, once there is no more left of you than an image of the dark shape that moved on...
Shining Pride of the Mapuche
These indigenous people of southern Chile and Argentina have long preserved a tradition of silverwork, producing elaborate jewelry that illuminates their ethnic identity The first thing you notice is that a shiny red ribbon--gathered front and center...
The Art of PEACE in MEDELLIN
Renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero recently donated works worth $200 million to his homeland to encourage cultural growth and an end to violence It was a breezy, sunny June day, much like spring up north, in this tropical city known, fittingly,...
The Changing Beat of Canada's French Heart
Proud of its distinct history, venerable Quebec City opens its doors to new industries and increased tourism For over four centuries, people from around the globe have been leaving kin and country in search of opportunity in Canada. My family was...
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