Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 4, July-August

Anonymous Peacemakers: The OAS Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first thing I should say is that this article will not be an analysis of the OAS Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia. Rather, it will be the testimony of someone who participated in that mission as part of a significant...
Carlos Cruz-Diez: Venezuelan Philosopher of Light, Color, and Movement
Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez knows that color cannot be contained by form; it is light and atmosphere, time and space. Throughout his long career as an artist, Cruz-Diez has pursued the mysteries of color and optical mutations, leaving behind an...
Catan: A Tribute to Spanish-Language Opera's Lyrical Voice April 3, 1949-April 9, 2011: With Lush Orchestrations and Melodic Lines, the Neoromantic Style of Mexican Composer Daniel Catan Forever Changed the Repetoire of Modern Opera
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Composer Daniel Catan set a daunting, yet admirable agenda for himself. He wanted to create a school of Spanish-language opera, and the culture it represents, in the same way Benjamin Britten had done for English. Britten composed...
Diagnosis for Survival
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In December 2010, the Organization of American States (OAS) was present at the inauguration of the Center for Severe Immunodeficiencies in Temuco, Chile--the fifth such center in Latin America. The creation of the center was possible...
Driving Initiatives for Road Safety: The Inter-American Development Bank Is Incorporating Safety Components into All of Its Loans for Road Construction and Rehabilitation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Alejandra Forlan was an energetic 17-year-old who loved to dance, play sports, and spend time at the beach near her home in Montevideo, Uruguay. Her life dramatically changed, however, on the tragic night of September 14, 1991....
Editorial
After the authoritarian military governments of South America came to an end in the 1980s and peace agreements were signed in Central America in the 1990s, democracy was established as the only legitimate political system in the region. Each country...
Education beyond the Classroom: Highlights of Various Educational Programs That Are Making a Difference throughout the Hemisphere
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Education is a complex topic in the Americas. Some of the region's countries have high failure and dropout rates. A wide achievement gap persists between public...
Forum in Costa Rica Examines Inter-American Democratic Charter
CLOSE TO 80 GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, academics, and civil society representatives from Central America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic met in San Jose, Costa Rica to share experiences, assess the progress of democracy in the region, and analyze the...
Honduras Returns to the OAS
A special session of the OAS General Assembly recently passed a resolution ending the suspension of Honduras' right to participate in the organization. The resolution emphasized Article 22 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which establishes that...
Integral Development Strengthens Democratic Governance
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Organization of American States ... proclaims the following essential purposes [among others] To eradicate extreme poverty, which constitutes an obstacle to the full democratic development of the peoples of the hemisphere ......
Legal Instruments That Safeguard Democracy in the Americas
One of the most important topics of concern for governments in the Americas is the protection of democratic systems, especially in places where periods of dictatorship have only recently ended. Currently, there is a heightened national and international...
OAS General Assembly Advocates for Citizen Security
THE 41ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY of the OAS held in San Salvador June 5-7 was an opportunity for the Foreign Ministers of OAS member countries to reflect on citizen security and propose new initiatives. The annual General Assembly meeting ended with the adoption...
Reclaiming the Past: Inhabitants of the Beni Region Bolivia Are Reviving Ancient Techniques of Water Resource Management
Beneath our airplane, the Beni River stretches out like a green ocean between the Andes mountain range and the Guapore River. Tufts of white clouds race over the plains of Moxo, a great treeless savannah in eastern Bolivia. From October to April, the...
Reflections on the Inter-American Democratic Charter
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] September 11, 2001--or "9-11" as we call it today--is a date the world never forget. Each of us will forever remember where we were on that day. I was the Secretary of State, and on that fateful morning I was in Lima, Peru. I was...
The Inter-American Democratic Charter and the Political Citizenship of Women
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Without women, there is no democracy. Without the defense of women's rights and an effective representation of their demands, there is no democracy. Without women's presence and incidence in decision-making processes and spaces,...
The OAS Mission in Colombia
On January 23, 2004, the government of Colombia officially invited the OAS to verify and accompany its efforts to implement a peace agreement with illegal armed actors in the country. The OAS Mission to Support the Peace Process (OAS/MAPP) was created...
Training for the New Leaders of the Americas and the World
In the summer of 2007, Natalia Franco Millan was one of 80 interns chosen for a professional internship at the Organization of American States (OAS). Today, she works in the OAS Human Resources Department and is the coordinator of this novel program...
With Machetes Rifles & Tobacco: The 1883 Expedition of Daniel Campos through the Chaco Region
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From the earliest days of the public of Bolivia (1825) well into the third decade of the 20th century, the Bolivian government was seeking to establish jurisdiction over what it called the "lowlands," including parts of the Amazonia...
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