Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 2, March-April

Anti-Terrorism and Human Rights. (OAS)
AS GOVERNMENT the threat of terrorism, they must ensure that any steps they take do not undermine human rights and civil liberties, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights cautioned in a new report. "In the Commission's experience, when states...
A Path for Balanced Population Growth? (Inter-American Viewpoint)
Whatever happened to the Latin American population explosion? In 1968, U.S. biologist Paul Ehrlich published The Population Bomb, which predicted overpopulation and famine in the developing world and helped spread realization of an impending population...
Cacao Turns over a New Leaf: Groups of Citizens in Itacare, Brazil, Once a Major Producer of This Important Export, Are Educating Locals about Environmental Protection While Promoting Development
Located at the mouth of the Rio de Contas, in the heart of Bahia's Cacao Coast, Itacare has been dazzling outsiders for nearly three hundred years, when the first Europeans arrived to trade brazilwood with the local Pataxo Indians. Itacare's location...
Casa for Cuban Culture. (Americas !Ojo!)
IT'S NAMED AFTER the world's largest rum distiller, but Casa Bacardi has almost nothing to do with rum--or any alcoholic beverage. Rather, Casa Bacardi aims to be the world's first interactive cultural center dedicated to the history of Cuba. ...
Common Ground for Farmers and Forests: Alarmed by Signs of Extensive Deforestation over the Past Decades, Groups in Costa Rica Are Developing Programs That Combine Ecological Awareness and Sustainable Agriculture
With more than 25 percent of its land protected in national parks and private reserves, Costa Rica enjoys an enviable reputation as an ecological paradise. Green-hued travel posters tout cone-shaped volcanoes blanketed by forests, home to a variety...
Composer of Spiritual Communions: Argentine-Born Composer Osvaldo Golijov Creates a Movable, Musical Feast, Spanning a Range of Styles and Themes Rooted in the Human Spirit
Mark Twain, not one to mince words, once said of Richard Wagner's music, "It's not as bad as it sounds," and the same could be said of much contemporary music. It may be well constructed and intellectually relevant to its creator--indeed, the dissonance,...
Eclectic Currents of a Historic Deed: A Number of Cities in the United States Will Be Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase, Which Doubled the Size of the Nation and Secured Its Control of a Mighty Watershed
Look at a map of the Mississippi River's heartland, from St. Louis south to Louisiana. For almost every town with a French name there is one nearby with a Spanish--in the state of Missouri alone there is Bolivar and St. Genevieve, De Soto and Bonne...
Forum for Healthy Political Parties. (OAS)
MORE THAN ONE hundred political party leaders, electoral authorities, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, and others met in Vancouver, Canada, last December to discuss how to increase transparency and accountability in campaign financing....
Fresh Air in Cuzco. (Americas !Ojo!)
THE UPSCALE Hotel Monasterio in Cuzco, Peru, can provide a breath of fresh air in a city where many newly arrived travelers may at times wonder about the air apparent. The Spanish colonial structure, which began life as a monastery in 1592 after...
Jobim's Living Artistry. (Americas !Ojo!)
BRAZIL'S GREATEST composer of popular music passed away eight years ago at the age of sixty-seven, but the body of work Antonio Carlos Jobim spent a lifetime creating lives on, and his influence is as pervasive today as it was at any time dining his...
Loggerheads at an Impasse. (Americas !Ojo!)
MEXICO'S CARIBBEAN Coast is famous for beautiful beaches with coconut palms and soft sea breezes. Since the mega-resort of Cancun was built more than thirty years ago, smaller developments have sprouted up along the coast, attracting visitors from...
Maracaibo's Pipeline of Wealth and Woes: Once a Pristine Colonial Trade Center, Venezuela's Second Largest City Is Facing Environmental and Social Issues Intricately Linked to Its Vast Petroleum Resources
You may never have heard of this sweltering city beside an immense lake, listened to its vibrant music, or walked its sidewalks teeming with transplants from other Caribbean lands; and although you may never have read about its lively history of pirates...
Support for Facilitation in Venezuela. (OAS)
MORE THAN TWO months after Secretary General Cesar Gaviria began facilitating talks between the government and opposition in Venezuela, a six-nation Group of Friends met at OAS headquarters to discuss how to strengthen his efforts. Brazilian foreign...
Swirling Spaces of Stories and Spectators: In Disconnected Images of Bodies, Faces, and Accessories, Argentine Painter Sergio Camporeale Merges the Real and the Fantastic, Challenging Viewers to Create Their Own Interpretation
To say that something is always happening in a Sergio Camporeale painting is a bit of an understatement. So many things are happening that it is often hard to absorb them all in one glance. The protagonists of his works--which range from men wearing...
Symphonic Spontaneity. (Music Notes)
Mexico City Woodwind Quintet Visiones Panamericanas (Urtext JBCC051) Individually, the members of this chamber group perform with Mexico's best symphonies--the National Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Mexico State...
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