Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1, January

Caricom: 25 Years of a United Caribbean Voice
When the Caribbean Free Trade Association (Carifta) was established in 1968 by Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, few islands enjoyed direct air service from Miami. No one had touch-tone phones, and much of the English-speaking Caribbean...
Green Reserves for Suriname
Huge investment in the timber, mining, and petroleum-extraction industries of South America is rarely viewed as a bad thing. But a new study by Conservation International (CD--especially in the three Guianas--warns that the region's most biologically...
Lens of Ritual & Revelation
Even without the crown of live iguanas encircling her head, the vendor of Juchitan captured by the lens of Graciela Iturbide makes for a memorable portrait. Her features radiate the kind of serene self-confidence that distinguishes an unforgettable...
Making Space
Argentine designer Emilio Ambasz melds elegant structures with organic elements of the environment The idea of integrating elements of nature with architecture is an old one, but few have taken it as far as has Argentine designer and planner Emilio...
New Vines from Uruguay
When a connoisseur mentions South American wine, consumers think of Argentina, Chile, or Brazil--rarely Uruguay. Fernando Deicas, president of Establecimiento Juanico, would like to change that. His company recently signed a joint venture with French...
Oaxaca: Trimmed in Tradition
The word is out. Christmas celebrations in the city of Oaxaca are among the most wonderful in all of Mexico. International tourism during Christmas week has flourished, and last year hotel occupancy rates were 100 percent. But with the tourist boom...
Opening Hidden Gateways
In the last decade, the study of pre-Hispanic archaeology in South America seems to have become the science of the unexpected. Surprising discoveries and counterintuitive explanations have become commonplace. Long-cherished interpretations of major...
Pondering the Pawi
The pawi, or Trinidad piping guan, is so rarely seen that many Trinidadians thought its existence was more myth. But, thanks to the efforts of forester Ken Fournillier, the plight of the pawi, which resembles a wild turkey, is now well known on the...
Recovery and Discovery in Peru
With generations of undisturbed tropical forest growth, Rio Abiseo National Park holds ecological signposts for the future and shrouded monuments to the past In Rio Abiseo National Park, in the upper elevations of Peru's eastern Andes, rivers rise...
Responding to the Wrath of Mitch
The OAS and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) are coordinating a relief effort for the, Central American countries devastated by Hurricane Mitch, one of the most destructive storms of this Century. Volunteers are gathering and shipping...
Richie Zellon's Hybrid Hits
If there is one contemporary musician who truly personifies the successful synthesis of the myriad pan-American genres into unconventional and compelling new forms, it is undoubtedly Lima, Peru-born guitarist, composer, and all-around music alchemist...
Savvy Navigator of a Turbulent Canal
Two decades ago, the United States and Panama entered into historic agreements related to the operation, management, and defense of the Panama Canal. The treaties--which will result in Panama's assuming full control of the critical waterway at the...
THE GLITTER of BRAZIL'S BAROQUE BOOM
THE DISCOVERY OF GOLD IN MINAS GERAIS SPARKED THE RISE OF OPULENT CITIES AND A DISTINCTIVE ARTISTIC MOVEMENT The Portuguese had long been looking for silver. If the Spanish had discovered a mountain of silver (Potosi) in their half of South America,...
The Volcano's Flower
One of the region's most fertile voices, this Nicaraguan-born poet captures the joy and struggles of the people of Central America Claribel Alegria has a transparent face, just like her verses, clear and defined. Jose Coronel Urtecho, in his biography...
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