Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 2, March-April

A Fresh Look at River Dolphins
In the Amazon scientists are discovering how these ancient animals are adapting to an ever-changing environment In January 1986 I visited the Amazonian rain forest for the first time. Jorge Reynolds, a Colombian electronic engineer who for more than...
A New Age for the Ancient Potato
At the International Potato Center in Lima, scientists are revolutionizing potato cultivation worldwide Of the world's four major food crops, the potato has always been treated as the poor cousin of wheat, rice, and maize. But things are looking up...
In the Land of Sun, Sand, and Legends
Yours is a unique frontier, Your Highness . . . Beyond that headland immense dunes rise on which sea gulls glide in languorous gyrations, in unutterable solitude. Facing the majestic wall of sand dunes, in what looks like a bay that to the south is enclosed...
Maria Luisa Bemberg Tells the Untold
One of Argentina's leading film directors speaks candidly about her art and her commitment to women's issues It is an improbable script to which few film directors would give credence: Into the largely male-dominated world of moviemaking, an Argentine...
NEA Sponsors Artist Exchange
WHAT DO AN ALASKAN playwright and a Mexico City theater director have in common? A Guadalajara writer and an Indiana furniture maker? They were all part of the first international arts exchange partnership between the U.S. National Endowment for the...
On Drug Abuse Prevention and the Control of Illicit Drugs
Increased cooperation to prevent drug abuse and control the trafficking of illicit drugs in Central America will be the outcome of a meeting that was held in Mexico City on January 24 and 25. At the initiative of the Mexican Government, and in the framework...
Pondering "Parks vs. People" in Belize
THE CONSERVATION GOALS of ecotourism generally get laudatory, press, but they are also beginning to generate a certain amount of skepticism. What does ecotourism mean in practical terms? Is it, as some critics think, a boon to nature but a dead end for...
Rio Rates High in Beach Cleanup
IN A DUAL EFFORT to protect the environment and its people, Rio de Janeiro's state and city governments have succeeded in greatly reducing water pollution at the popular beach resorts of Leme and Copacabana--lowering contamination levels to below the...
Something Special ... in the Way We Fly
I am not one of those people who is scared of flying. Quite the opposite. I love flying, and even took a few flying classes. A wonderful experience. The knowledge of flying is extremely helpful to me because I am always "on the road," rather, in the...
The Exposure of Light and Line
For New York-based photographer Valdir Cruz, the view camera is an instrument for disclosure and interpretation, not simply a means of exposure and recording. Through an increasingly complex series of photographic studies, Cruz demonstrates the commitment...
The Marchioness and the Marshal
Twice a widow and twice a marchioness, Dona Mariana Carcelen y Larrea died at age fifty-six, after having regretted all her betrayals. According to her death certificate, she passed away in Quito, on December 15, 1861, "with fever, having practiced all...
Warming Up to Latin Rhythms: Cheek-to-Cheek and Chest-to-Chest, Latin Dancing Is Bridging Cultures & Peoples
The dance studio at Bette Runge's house is a glassed-in porch with tile floors, and it's about the size of a one-car garage. It was an afterthought, built to accommodate her passion for dance, and on Monday and Wednesday nights it also accommodates the...
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