Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 6, November

A New Face for the Zocalo
AN ANTIQUE JEWEL set in a crown of marvelous Spanish colonial architecture, Mexico City's zocalo, or central square, seems weighted down with centuries of human transgression--inquisitions, revolutions, political protests, student uprising, demonstrations....
Ayacucho on the Rise
With the return of its rich folk art and new development, this once war-torn colonial city in Peru is again a popular tourist destination Teresa Carrasco, like all who weathered the violent years in Ayacucho, remembers how it was to live with fear....
Batting for Immunization
ONE DAY LAST AUGUST, over sixty people gathered for the official opening of the Sammy Sosa Children's Medical Center for Preventive Medicine, in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. The clinic was launched amid great expectations that it will...
Echoes of a Village Exodus
Small settlements throughout Zacatecas, Mexico, will grow silent as more residents emigrate to the U.S., leaving behind an irreplaceable life-style The people of El Ranchito de los Perez say it's a ghost town in the making. "There won't be any more...
Five Languages, One Dictionary
MARIA MURILLO, director of the Kechuaymara agricultural development organization, sometimes has difficulty communicating in rural areas, even though she speaks Spanish and understands Aymara, one of Bolivia's three major indigenous languages. "If...
Island ALLIES of a REVOLUTION
From munitions shipments to the first salute of the new nation, the West indies played a key role in the American battle for independence "If not for the West Indies, the United States would still be a British colony," historian Gregor Williams...
Mothers March On
NOVEMBER 9, 1976, was the last day Juana de Pargament saw her son Alberto Jose. Sometime that night, soldiers kidnapped the leftist thirty-one-year-old doctor and dragged him away, leaving behind his pregnant wife, who later fled the country. Six...
Nicaragua's Pulse of Politics and Poetry
Twenty years after the Sandinista Revolution, this country's changing heartbeat reverberates in the voices of its prolific artists Not even the name of the airport was the same. But maybe I had just remembered it wrong. "Wasn't this called Augusto...
OAS
Heads of State at Headquarters IN AN UNPRECEDENTED EVENT at the OAS, five presidents, one prime minister, and a vice president all addressed the Permanent Council during a single session, bringing the concerns of Central America and the Caribbean...
Osvaldo Ayala: Panama's Accordion King
Panama's most popular musician is a husky, gregarious fellow with a quick smile and hands that look more suited to doing masonry work than making music. But Osvaldo Ayala's thick fingers know their way around an accordion keyboard as few others' do....
Special Perspectives on Human Rights
The history of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has been marked by innovation. Since its establishment in 1959 by an OAS meeting of consultation of foreign ministers in Santiago, Chile, the Inter-American Commission has devised...
Stalwart State of Nature
From dense tropical forests to rugged mountains and trackles deserts, Venezuela's diversity calls for an innovative, forward-looking conservation agenda "That virgin land, steadily enriched by the leaves and fruits falling upon it, is so heavily...
Upfront
Lost in Translation? Reading the article on Alberto Manguel (Vol. 51, no. 3), I noticed that on page 48, Mr. Manguel is quoted as saying, "... Eventually he [Franco Maria Ricci] published an edition of Borges's stow `El congreso' (from the collection...
WRITER ON THE Rivers of Time
THE POETIC NARRATIVES OF JUAN SAER CAPTURE LIFE IN THE BACKWATERS OF PARANA, WHILE EVOKING INFINITE SPACES AND UNIVERSAL CHARACTERS JUAN JOSE SAER is that chronicler who, in the words of Walter Benjamin, "recites events without distinguishing between...
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