Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 5, September-October

A Common Destiny?
In the 1930s, Professor Herbert Bolton asked the rhetorical question--do the Americas have a common history?--and answered it in the affirmative. Scholars and politicians have offered many different responses to that question, which usually reflect...
A Painter's Bridge of Surprises: In the Treasure Houses of Giancarlo Puppo, Disquieting Creatures Converge to Tell Intriguing Stories
As modern as he is timeless, this artist uncovers secrets and creates areas of convergence, like hinges, where architecture and painting overlap, offering us a play of colors that melt from canvas onto brick. Bricks are always visible on Puppian walls',...
Astride a Border
ONCE A YEAR, the citizens of Stanstead, Quebec, come together to celebrate "the friendliest border in the world." While clusters of spectators wave from the sidelines, a down-home procession of fire engines, horse-drawn wagons, and assorted civic groups...
Bred to Soar: Despite Setbacks, Captive-Hatched California Condors Are Now Surviving at a Higher Rate When Released into the Wild
It was three o'clock one cold November morning two years ago, and Mike Wallace was trudging up a steep canyon in the Sierra de San Pedro Martir in the northern part of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. Tired and hungry, Wallace carried a California...
Coastal Cleanup
THE ISSUES ALONG Uruguay's expansive littoral zone are as complex as the landscape is enticing. Groves of pine and palm trees and clusters of German-style chalets dot miles of rolling sand dunes, lagoons, and beaches. Behind the inviting view, however,...
Conflicts of a Giant Conifer: Long a Valuable Economic Resource and Now a Tool for Climate Research, Chile's Alerce Tree Endures Ongoing Controversy
Antonio Lara, a Chilean forest ecologist, reached into the back of his pickup track and pulled out an orange STIHL chainsaw. He stepped onto a grassy field littered with enormous stumps and walked toward one of the last surviving patches of alerce...
Fired from Jamaica's Heart
As I navigated the roller-coaster road inland from Jamaica's resort town of Ocho Rios, I swerved to miss a falling palm branch that grazed my windshield. I was sensitive about driving, attentive to this verdant yet narrow, snaking route, and thankful...
Forests on a Fast Track Forward
THE DREAM OF A VIRGIN rain forest untouched by the hand of man is merely that--a dream. Scientists warn that even the most remote, old-growth forests are changing as a result of human activities. Veteran researcher William Laurance of the Smithsonian...
Message from New Secretary General
THE FOREIGN MINISTERS of the Americas elected by consensus former Costa Rican president Miguel Angel Rodriguez as the new OAS Secretary General during the General Assembly in Quito, Ecuador. Rodriguez will succeed former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria...
Moving Memorial to Jewish Settlers
LUIS HESS LIVES ALONE in a modest house fronting Avenida Pedro Clisante in the little Dominican town of Sosua. At the age of ninety-five, he's the oldest of a dwindling group of European Jews rescued from Nazism in the 1940s by the country's dictator,...
Odyssey of Harmony: Uruguayan Pianist Luis Batlle Ibanez Has Excelled as a Performer and Teacher, Inspiring Young Artists from the Southern Cone to New England
In Uruguay, on the eastern shore of the Rio de la Plata, the name Batlle is synonymous with a political dynasty that has shaped much of that country's history. Catalan in origin, locally it is pronounced "Bah-zhay." The first notable member of the...
Portraits from beyond the Palette: Photographing Them in Their Studios or Homes, Miguel Sayago Captures the Personal Hues of Noted Chilean Painters
As if locked in a circle, my book Chilean Painters had several starting points. The first one was shortly after I decided to devote myself to photography. It was the summer of 1985 and I had returned to Chile after living outside the country for a...
Pouring Aid to Hispaniola
WHEN HEAVY RAINS fell over the island of Hispaniola in late May, causing massive flooding along the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the OAS and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) took immediate steps to help. The two...
Rescuing Regal Ruins: Inspired by His Archaeologist Father, a Passionate Entrepreneur Has Restored a Crumbling Mansion in the Yucatan to Its Past Glory
In the eyes of Jorge Ruz there is a glint of nostalgia tinged with a dash of resentment. He is in the main plaza of the vast complex of Maya ruins in Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico, dwarfed by some of the most breathtaking buildings in Mesoamerica while...
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