Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 6, November-December

A Dreamy Oaxacan Fantasy
In Salina Cruz, a coastal town on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico, a dreamer is painting his dreams. Through his canvases, his delicate bark paper scenes (amates) and his pencil drawings, Heteo Perez is creating a universe where day meets night...
Brazil's "Green" Asphalt
THE CONCRETE AND ASPHALT of the big Brazilian cities did not bury the wild animals, which still manage to find food and shelter in the urban jungle and grace it with their vivid beauty. In Rio de Janeiro small monkeys such as the saguicomum or common...
Democracy in the Americas
Democracy is important to the Organization of American States (OAS). The preamble of its Charter characterizes it as "an indispensable condition for the stability, peace and development of the region." Recognizing democracy as fundamental, the Charter...
Last Call at Buenos Aires
ON DECEMBER 14, 1928, THE KOBENHAVN, A GRAND FIVE-MAST DANISH BARQUE SAILED DOWN THE RIVER PLATE TO ITS NEXT PORT OF CALL--ETERNITY THE SEASTRUCK ARGENTINE youth of fifteen stood at quayside on the Buenos Aires waterfront, gazing in unabashed awe at...
Meet the Salamander
PITY THE POOR SALAMANDERS. Few Latin American animals are as rarely seen or little understood by the general public as salamanders. Nevertheless, Central and South America are home to more salamander species than any other area of the world, including...
Memory's Persistence: The Living Art
ONCE A YEAR THE CITY OF SANTA FE BECOMES A SHOWCASE FOR HISPANIC ARTISANS WHOSE WORKS PAY TRIBUTE TO THEIR ANCESTORS SANTA FE, New Mexico, shows its Spanish roots in the heart of town where the traditional plaza is anchored by the Palace of Governors....
New Anti-Drug Strategies
THE TWENTY FOUR MEMBERS of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) met in Washington, D.C. during the last week of October to discuss new strategies to be introduced in the Americas in order to seek solutions to the drug problem. The...
Pooling Forces on a Belizean Caye
THE FOUNDER OF NORTHERN FISHERMAN'S COOPERATIVE HAS ESTABLISHED A MODEL OF ECONOMIC SURVIVAL FOR CARIBBEAN FISHERMAN AS A YOUNG MAN, Orlando Carrasco, a Belizean from the tiny island of Caye Caulker, which lies 21 sun-drenched miles off the mainland...
Rapture of the Heights
With blasting powder, picks, and shovels, they labor in and day out. Dressed in frayed suit coats and dark glasses, they resemble Miami Vice mafiosos fallen on hard times--except for their woolen mufflers and the nature of their work: shattering large...
Seventh Heaven: The Americas Film Festival
As events of a cultural nature often do, the seventh annual edition of the Americas Film Festival (AFF) took on a distinct identity--in fact, identities--of its own far beyond what was envisioned by Americas Film Festival Foundation President Glaucia...
Super Banana
FOR 25 YEARS, scientists at one of Central America's most advanced crop research labs have been trying to breed a pesticide-free banana. It now appears they've finally succeeded--and just in time for the troubled banana industry. In what some are calling...
The Inventions of Adolfo Bioy Casares
A PIONEER OF THE FANTASTIC LITERARY GENRE IN ARGENTINA SPEAKS OF HIS LIFELONG COLLABORATION WITH WRITERS JORGE LUIS BORGES AND SILVINA OCAMPO TO VISIT THE WORKROOM of Adolfo Bioy Casares, in his apartment high above the La Recoleta district of Buenos...
Uphill
The slope that rose before us was terribly steep. The path seemed to climb almost vertically among the enormous yuyos, or weeds, weighed down by a profusion of greenish-centered yellow flowers. From time to time we could hear, from the leaden sky above,...
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