Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 4, July-August

Blueprint for an Eco-Safe City
Act locally, think globally is a maxim Curitiba's unflappable mayor swears by. While many of us listen, dismayed and helpless, to reports of global warming or the shrinking species diversity, Mayor Jaime Lerner has been rallying his constituency towards...
Bowing to Mecca from Caracas
That familiar Muslim call to prayer, a trademark of Middle Eastern capitals from Baghdad to Beirut, will soon be heard throughout downtown Caracas - from atop the largest mosque ever built in Latin America. The Mezquita Ibrahim bin Abdul-Aziz Ibrahimi,...
CICAD Leads Street Youth to a Brighter Future
The streets of the Hemisphere are home to hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of children, some as young as five and six years old. In Latin America and the Caribbean, they typically earn a living by washing car windshields, shining shoes, "protecting"...
Competing for the Encounter
The OAS Quincentennial Office reached out to secondary school students from throughout the Americas with an Inter-American Essay Contest which culminated in June 1992 with an awards presentation. Twelve Latin American and Caribbean high school students...
Enchanting Rhythms from the Other Side
It has been said that going to the southwest of Jamaica is like entering another world. The island's proximity to the mainland of the United States has made it synonymous with sleek, all-inclusive resorts that provide exotic tropical delights mixed...
Making the Mark at MARCO
According to Gertrude Stein, you can be modern or you can be a museum but you can't be both. Mexico's Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey (MARCO), founded in 1989, has proven the contrary. From its conception, MARCO's aim was to promote contemporary...
On the Tightrope to Conservation
Balancing Jamaica's ecology and tourism is a precarious dance to an insistent reggae beat. Tourism generates even more foreign exchange for the country than the bauxite industry, creating jobs and a chance for a brighter future. But with tourism comes...
Sea Kings of the Antilles
One thing everybody knows about the Caribs is that they were cannibals. This indelibly impressed itself on the European imagination when Columbus' crew first pulled up their longboat on the shore of Guadeloupe, poked through a hastily abandoned Carib...
Sewing Success in El Salvador
Out on the horizon of a shallow pond less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean, dozens of women and girls - their arms and legs covered in black mud - slosh around, filling crates with huge, succulent shrimp. When the yellow crates come back full, young...
Sustainable Tourism
The beaches of Central America and the Caribbean not only provide vacationers an opportunity to bathe and bronze, but also generate a quick cash flow for the host country. In Costa Rica, for example, tourism is the second largest source of revenues....
The Fever for Free Trade
In May 1992, President Patricio Aylwin Azocar of Chile met with President George Bush of the United States over a White House state dinner. The main course of conversation included grapes, tomatoes, wine and mining rigs. The menu was in honor of a...
The Science of a Superior Touch
Ask virtually any classical pianist if they spend more time pondering the intricacies of Prokofieff and Paderewski or giving serious thought to physiological theories. The likely response would be a bemused stare - from anyone except Claudio Richerme,...
The Silver Years
Although tales abound of the Spanish conquerors' lust for gold, silver was truly the treasure of the Americas. From the sixteenth century to the early nineteenth century, the Spanish colonial silversmiths turned out pieces of rare beauty that are highly...
Voyages through Absence and Presence
"What remains compelling in Liliana Porter's work is the sense of frailty, of ephemerality and transience in the constitution of her images and subjects. Spare surfaces across which fragments, incidental objects, a thin thread, an open book, a broken...
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