Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 2, March-April

Argentina's Power Youth
Under a broiling February sun, twenty-five-year-old Beatriz Fernandez--donning a yellow hardhat and brown work gloves drives wire supports into the ground with specialized tools, then helps other construction workers lay bricks for an hour before heading...
A Southern Cone Superman
Still considered a national icon, this comic book hero from the 1930s embodied the roots of Argentine society One of my most cherished memories from my childhood in Buenos Aires is that of reading Harold R. Foster's story of Prince Valiant. the young...
Corridors of Life in the Sand
The linking of diverse protected environments in Peru's arid Nazca region could conserve rare biological species as well as an ancient cultural treasure Sand dunes on top of a mountain? Incredible as it seemed, that was what was indicated on our geological...
For the Love of Borges
The year 1996 marked the tenth anniversary of the death of Jorge Luis gorges, Argentina's greatest writer, variously hailed as the father of Latin American magic realism, a master stylist of the Spanish language, and, some even claim, the world's...
Going Bananas for Eco Safety
The Costa Rican banana industry and international conservation organizations are working together to establish and implement farming practices that are safe for workers and the environment. In the past four years, over 128,000 acres of banana farms in...
Maria Reiche: Protecting Lines to the Past: This Remarkable Woman Has Inspired a New Generation with Her Passion for Preserving the Nasca Lines
This remarkable woman has inspired a new generation with her passion for preserving the Nasca Lines A slow overflight of the desert flatland along the southern part of the Peruvian coast reveals the largest concentration of geoglyphs in the world--the...
Mayor of a Different Mold
Antanas Mockus governs the city of Bogola, Colombia, with eccentric energy, implementing unconventional policies of social reform In many parts of the world, people who drop their trousers in public run the risk of arrest. In Bogota, Colombia, the...
OAS Observers Expand the Region's Horizons
"In view of my country's relatively limited diplomatic presence in the Western Hemisphere . . . it is our considered opinion that a permanent observer status with the OAS would enhance Ghana's presence in this part of the world and facilitate the ability...
Sizzling Point from San Juan
During the eighteen years she has lived in San Juan, Lolita San Miguel has produced a series of ballet miracles: a school, a style, a company, a repertoire, a reputation. "Just like Dance Theater of Harlem represents the black race in classical ballet,"...
The Return of the Golden Monkey
Captive breeding and education programs in Brazil and elsewhere are revealing new information about the behavior and survival of the endangered lion tamarins Cecilia Kierulff quickly traversed a path through a dense Brazilian rain forest. Rounding...
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