Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 4, July-August

A New Dawn for the Paria Peninsula
A MULTIFACETED PLAN IS SEEKING TO REVITALIZE THIS ONCE PROSPEROUS PART OF NORTHEASTERN VENEZUELA The Paria Peninsula, at the northeastern end of Venezuela, was the first bit of the American continental mass unveiled to European eyes. In 1498, on his...
A Writer's Life: A Country's Transition
I discovered that by writing I could overcome some of the obstacles that faced me as a woman, a Belizean, and later on as someone who was living away from Belize. It helps me to be. If I don't write--I feel unconnected. The soft voice of Zee Edgell...
Chile's Salmon Rush
On a cold July afternoon four men armed with long nets stand on a platform in the middle of a vast blue lake, while the snow-crowned summit of Osorno, Chile's Mount Fuji-like volcano, pokes through the clouds. The tranquility is broken only by the men's...
Classical Echoes, Modern Rhythms
Latin American music exhibits an amazing diversity--whether serious, popular, folk, or religious--yet still remains identifiable as Latin American. It cannot hide its distinctive accent, if not voice. In these five selections, an almost unnameable matrix...
Naval Technology from Dixie
The evening watch officer strode the deck of the USS New Ironsides, the Union navy's pride, peering into the surrounding blackness for Confederate threats. His ship led the blockading fleet, guarding the harbor at Charleston, where the conflict known...
Racing toward a New Disability Strategy
A factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that produces artificial limbs has become a model for development in the hemisphere. In a region where most technical aids for the disabled are imported from North America or Europe and are either prohibitively expensive...
Still Making Waves
In the still blackness of the predawn hours, the passengers dozed or sat in silence in the back of the open truck, sacks of cargo as mattresses. Soon they will begin their fourteen-hour journey from the frontier village of Chiwankeri, in eastern Peru,...
Tapestries That Transcend
At first glance, Montserrat Castedo's tapestries are simple renditions of landscapes, images of the countryside surrounding her home in northern Chile. Typically, they depict valleys, a moon, or a lunar-like figure, tucked between rolling hills. These...
Yucatan's Ancient Roots
ON MEXICO'S YUCATAN PENINSULA, HENEQUEN SPURRED AN ECONOMIC BOOM WHOSE ELOQUENT ARCHITECTURAL REMNANTS SPEAK OF A PROSPEROUS AGE "Yucatan is the country with the least earth that I have ever seen, since all of it is one living rock," remarked Friar...
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