Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 5, September-October

Acai: Superfood of the Amazon: This Tropical Berry Has Been a Dietary Staple for Much of Brazil Long before Its Health Benefits Were Extolled World-Wide
It's three thirty in the morning, pitch black, and overcast outdoors, but activity at Belem's Feira do Acai adjacent to the Para River is nonstop and has been for at least an hour. A line of cargadores unload thousands of baskets full of the dark, ripe...
Argentina Celebrates 200 Years
Argentina is celebrating its 200th year as a nation. The commemoration of the Bicentennial is a process in which celebration goes hand in hand with reflection, so I'd like to take this opportunity to tell the world about our celebration, take a look...
Assistant Secretary General Renews His Commitment
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AMBASSADOR Albert Ramdin began his second term as Assistant Secretary General of the OAS in a Special Session of the Permanent Council where he spoke of the efforts he will make in the next five years to ensure that the OAS will...
Bolivar and Democracy
Since we began our history as new nations 200 years ago, our historic quest has been to establish popular sovereignty and the kind of republican and democratic governance that would facilitate social progress and freedom. This quest has taken place,...
Domestic Violence and Justice in Guatemala
In the densely populated, high-crime municipality of Villa Nueva, just south of Guatemala City, a network of community leaders--most of them women elected to head their neighborhood associations--are doing their part to stop domestic violence. It's a...
Eco-Trends in the Galapagos
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Under heavy skies and ram squalls brought by rare El Nino storms, the Fabricio Valverde Recycling Center in the Galapagos Islands is unprepossessing. Mosquitoes flit around florescent tube lighting in its little-visited information...
Elections in Colombia
THE ELECTORAL Observation Mission (EOM) that accompanied Colombia's March legislative elections and the first and second rounds of the presidential elections in May and June, 2010, recently presented its report to the OAS Permanent Council. The report...
From the Editor
In the Inter-American Year of Women, we recognize that the quest for equality of rights and opportunities for women is a struggle that has changed human relationships around the world. While much progress has been made; violence, discrimination, and...
Gender Equality in the Americas
the OAS has proclaimed the year 2010 the Inter-American Year of Women, recognizing the progress women have made in the hemisphere and the challenges and obstacles that still remain in the fight for full equality of rights; including opportunities, access,...
Humanitarian Demining Saves Lives
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One rainy morning on the green fields of Samaniego, in the countryside of Colombia, a peasant family began its day of toiling. Jose and Leiden Benavides, father and son, both born and raised in the area, were calmly walking over...
Panama City on the Rise: Located on the Pacific Ocean Entrance to the Panama Canal, This Capital City Is Undergoing a Massive Transformation Involving Critical Historic Restoration and Essential New Development
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Guests checking in to Panama City's five-star Miramar InterContinental Hotel found something other than the customary fruit basket by their nightstand during the first months of 2009: complementary ear plugs. The ordinarily tranquil...
Strategy to Fight Poverty
MINISTERS AND HIGH AUTHORITIES of OAS member states charged with overseeing social development met recently in Cali, Colombia with the objective of advancing in the fight against poverty by strengthening social protection strategies and recognizing the...
The Black Gulf: As the World Reacts to the Images of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Full Ramifications of This Disaster Have Yet to Be Seen or Understood
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Black, sticky, and lethal: the oily mass gushes up from the depths of the ocean, increasing in size minute by minute. The black tide is uncontainable. Pushed and stirred by winds, it advances towards the coasts of Louisiana and...
The Life and Work of Alvaro Cepeda Samudio
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] According to friend and journalist Daniel Samper Pizano, Alvaro Cepeda Samudio was a "boundless example of a Renaissance man." A journalist, editor, novelist and short-story writer, and director of two surrealist shorts--all little...
Uncovering Ancient Architecture: The Chaco Culture of North America Created Skillfully Coordinated Structures That Continue to Mystify Scholars Centuries after Their Civilization Flourished
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Few signs of human habitation greet travelers along the road that leads to New Mexico's Chaco Canyon. The desolate landscape appears incapable of supporting ]fie. Yet one thousand years ago an enigmatic people not only wrested...
Unwrapping the History of Chewing Gum: The Use of Chicle in Mesoamerica Stretches from Pre-Columbian Rituals to the Revival of Sustainable Forest Practices Today
In ancient Mexico, public gum chewers were thought to be homosexuals and harlots, according to sixteenth-century chronicler Fray Bernardino de Sahagun. In modern Singapore, they are petty criminals and can face a year of jail time. In the movies, they...
Women and Power: Towards a World of Equality: From Peru to Guatemala and throughout the Hemisphere, Women Are Meeting Challenges and Increasing Opportunities in Their Quest for Better Ways of Life: The Warrior Women of Peru
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] executives, businesswomen, social entrepreneurs. In Peril a whole new group of women has emerged and is working to be an example for their lower income sisters. Their first achievements are already coming...
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