Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 1, January-February

Abel's Eden
I have a picture by Abel Quezada in my dining room. It's the portrait of a middle-aged woman seated next to a red column looking lonely and dejected, with an almost empty carafe of rose and a half-drained glass. She has a white shift printed with April...
Airwaves to Courage: In Troubled Haiti, Community Groups Are Working with Women to Create Radio Plays That Raise Awareness of Life-Threatening Issues
"Men who beat their wives." "No hospitals." "The state doesn't fulfill its responsibilities." The women nod their heads in agreement. Roosters crow outside, cheerful shouts from a nearby football game punctuate the afternoon discussion, the...
A Landmine-Safe Nation
HONDURAS WAS declared to be officially safe of landmines, during a government ceremony held in Tegucigalpa last October. Some sixty-five thousand Honduran families who live in and around the previously mined area will benefit from the completion of...
Chip of the Spider
TWO RESEARCHERS have come up with a novel way of documenting the impact of land use in Belize by using an overlooked, yet fascinating animal--the tarantula. Steven B. Reichling, curator of reptiles at the Memphis Zoo, and veterinarian Chris Tabaka...
Daughters of Clay: In the Village of Quinchamali in Central Chile, Women Carry on an Age-Old Tradition That Continues to Model Daily Life
IN EARLY APRIL, autumn takes hold of this region and transforms it with cooler temperatures and the yellow-ocher colors that dominate the landscape. Thousands of leaves drift from the poplars and cover the roads, giving a decidedly pastoral feel to...
Elegant Homes of Diplomacy: A Recently Published Book on Embassy Residences in Washington, D.C., Captures the History and Architectural Grandeur of These Once Private Mansions
There is something magical about entering an embassy residence. It is like being instantly transported to a faraway place. And that is precisely how it should be, because an embassy represents a foreign country, and the ambassador's residence is supposed...
Embassy Residences in Washington, D.C
Washington is a city of timeless ideals embodied and expressed in the nearly timeless stone and marble of world-famous monuments. The White House, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, the majestic dome of the Capitol--they are as familiar to us as...
Fostering Feral Cats and Fertile Gardens
THE DIMINUTIVE ENCLAVE of Old San Juan in Puerto Rico has long garnered attention for its Old World ambiance, lively cultural offerings, and incomparable seaside setting above the Atlantic. Now, this Spanish colonial gem is adding still more luster...
From the Editor
Recently, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) met in Washington to estimate the success of their efforts to advance the equity of women in public life and dignity of women at work. The cardinal focus of their meeting was to measure the extent...
Infectious Melodies, Organic Rhythms
Tania Libertad Negro Color (World Village 468032) Eva Ayllon Eva! Leyenda Peruana (Times Square Records 9040) Tania Libertad, a native of Peru and longtime resident of Mexico City, is known for her ability to interpret a wide range of styles...
Linking Science and Development
THE COUNTRIES OF the region have agreed to work together to promote greater investment in science, technology, engineering, and innovation, recognizing that these are important factors in economic and social development. Dining a meeting held in...
Mexico's Ritual of Chance: In Colorful Cards and Riddles That Reveal This Nation's Psyche, Two Contemporary Artists Re-Create the Popular Culture of Loteria
!Looooh-teh-ree-ah! ... The sound still resonates in my ears. Pepe and Lalo Gutierrez, a charismatic set of siblings who lived next door to my childhood house in Colonia Copilco, in the southern part of Mexico City, often organized impromptu tournaments...
Moving Monuments to Dark Memories
THREE SOUTH AMERICAN nations that weathered years of often-harsh military rule in the 1970s and 1980s have found effective ways of turning symbols of repression into monuments to human rights. In Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city and strongest center...
Passing the Ancestral Torch: Newfoundlanders Pay Homage to the Resilient Acadian Community, While Recovering Their French Heritage
If the residents of tile Port-au-Port Peninsula, Newfoundland, are ringing out the old year and ringing in the new with extra fervor, their joie de vivre is well founded. For one thing, the celebrations mark the end of an extraordinary year--a commemoration...
"Preventive Diplomacy" in Nicaragua
RESPONDING TO A request by the presidents of Central America, the OAS Permanent Council sent a high-level mission to Nicaragua to look rote potential political instability in that country. The mission--led by the Chair of the Permanent Council,...
To Draw the Possible Dream: While Well Known for His Satirical Cartoons of Mexican Society, Abel Quezada Painted Private Works of Joy and Optimism
For nearly half a century most Mexicans have known cartoonist Abel Quezada as the inventor of Don Gaston Billetes, El Charro Matias, El Campesino Flaco, and a host of other memorable characters who appeared in major newspapers throughout the country....
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