Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 4, July-August

Accord in Venezuela. (OAS)
IN CARACAS, Secretary General Cesar Gaviria said a new agreement signed by representatives of the government and opposition benefits all Venezuelans and opens the door for a "peaceful, democratic, electoral, and constitutional" outcome in the politically...
A Human Body of Books: A Passionate Seeker of Knowledge, Mexican Writer Margo Glantz Connects Lines between Critical Essays, Fiction, and Personal Histories
We are not just the lives that we lead but also the lives that we read," observes Mexican writer and thinker Margo Glantz. "After all, we can only live one life, but when we read we can lead a thousand or even ten thousand lives!" Certainly this...
Carrying the Torch for the Maestros. (Music Notes)
Vicente Fernandez Lo Mejor de Lara (Columbia 2-505805) Alejandro Fernandez Un Canto de Mexico: 100 Anos de Musica Mexicana (Columbia 2-505812) Pepe Aguilar Y Tenerte Otra Vez (Univision Records 0883 10119 2) Mexico's grand popular-music tradition,...
Curitiba's Good Medicine. (Upfront)
AT FIRST GLANCE, the fazenda looks like many other small, specialized farms that dot the rolling, fertile landscape of Brazil's southern states. But this agricultural operation in the state of Parana is different. At Fazenda da Solidaridade, the farmhands...
Cutting a Course of Pollution. (Upfront)
CRUISE SHIPS INTRODUCE millions of people to exotic places throughout the Americas. As the industry grows, so does the size of the ships. Some carry as many as five thousand passengers and crew. According to a study conducted by analyst G.P. Wild,...
Hidden Harmony of the Q'ero: High in the Peruvian Andes, This Isolated Indian Community Tenaciously Preserves Traditions That Reflect Its Spiritual Union with the Natural Surroundings
A taxi left us next to a lonely house at the edge of a hairpin turn on the Puerto Maldonado road. The eight-hour eastward ride from Cuzco had been as spectacularly beautiful as it had been bumpy. It was late in August, winter in the southern hemisphere....
Revival of a Sao Paulo River. (Upfront)
ONE OF THE FIRST sights visitors to Sao Paulo, Brazil, encounter is not a pretty one. At initial glance, the stagnant waters of the Tiete River have all the earmarks of an open sewer. What was once a naturally meandering watercourse has today been...
Seventy-Five Years Voicing Women's Rights. (Inter-American System)
Many people think of "women's issues" as the subject matter of magazines with lanky models on the covers. For the Inter-American Commission of Women (known by its Spanish acronym, CIM), women's issues cover the full range of hemispheric concerns--from...
Song of a Forest Restored: Faced with the Desolation of His Family's Once-Fertile Lands, World-Renowned Brazilian Photographer Sebastiao Salgado Was Respired to Plant Seeds That Are Renewing the Life of a Community
If you know the Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado's work, you know that he knows what modern devastation is--knows it, you might say, in the biblical sense. He photographs the desperate, the displaced--people running from war, from starvation,...
Splendor of the Living Dead: Reality Is Cloaked in Myth in This Legendary Buenos Aires Cemetery, Where Burial Is a Distinction
A stroll through Recoleta Cemetery in the heart of Buenos Aires is like leafing through the history of Argentina--official and unofficial. Inside its walls rest the heroines, scoundrels, patriots, popular saints, despots, eminent citizens, playboys,...
Steep Slopes of Recovery
Alejandro Espinosa was nervous. It was his first time searching for bighorn sheep in the wild. Espinosa, then a graduate student studying wildlife biology at the University of Nuevo Leon in Mexico, was climbing a steep and dangerous mountain known...
The Aging of the Staff God. (Upfront)
RESEARCHERS IN Peru's Patavilca River Valley have uncovered a four-thousand-year-old-gourd fragment that appears to be the oldest identifiable religious icon in the Americas. The fragment bears the image of the Staff God, which was the main religious...
The True Likeness of Toussaint Louverture. (Gallery Place)
Toussaint Louverture led the late-eighteenth-century slave revolt in Saint-Domingue, as Haiti was then known. Called the "Black Spartacus," he repulsed a British invasion and proved himself a brilliant military strategist. In 1802, Napoleon sent a...
Young Eyes on Living Treasures: Thanks to the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, Children of All Ages Are Learning to Preserve and Manage the Island's Rich Natural Resources
With a nod from the guard station attendant, a bright yellow bus pulls into Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve on the northeastern tip of Puerto Rico and, in a ritual repeated hundreds of times each year, a battalion of youngsters in crisp primary...
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