Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 2, March-April

Building on Strong Foundation
Grands old houses in Port of Spain, Trinidad, are getting more than a face-lift, as public and private sectors promote historic restoration Joseph Agostini once built a house in Port of Spain. He built it just west of the Queen's Park Savannah, so the...
Dark Memories, Eternal Glow
On Holy Thursday, March 31, 1983, Popayan, Colombia, a picturesque colonial-era town nestled among volcanoes and Andean foothills, experienced the worst earthquake in its four-hundred-year history. In eighteen seconds, the towers of Popayan's most-loved...
Digital Illusions in Frames of Reality
USING COMPUTER MANIPULATION, MEXICAN PHOTOGRAPHER PEDRO MEYER CREATES STARTLING IMAGES THAT REVEAL POIGNANT SOCIAL TRUTHS Pictures, says one of society's newest adages, don't lie. Pedro Meyer, Mexico's enthusiastic exponent of digital photography, would...
Henry Ford's Amazonian Suburbia
The lazy towns of Belterra and Fordlandia are all that remain of this auto tycoon's Brazilian venture in rubber production Belterra sits like a Great Lakes resort, perched above a stretch of sandy beach overlooked by white wooden cottages with green...
Lada Latino
Russian automaker Lada, whose boxy little cars have long been a common sight throughout Cuba, will soon begin assembling vehicles outside Russia for the first time ever. Within the next few months, factories are to begin churning out Ladas in Uruguay...
Lights Up in Carhua
Thanks to a deeply rooted communal tradition and government participation, this once-isolated Peruvian village is now wired for the future The village of Carhua hangs off a mountain, over a mile straight up from the banks of the Chillon River. Some...
Saving the Seed Spectrum
A small Colorado town is an unlikely site for the world's largest seed bank, a kind of Borgesian library containing nearly every food plant eaten by man, but Fort Collins is nevertheless the best place to set off in search of the Western Hemisphere's...
The Craft of Sustainable Development
In Latin America there are some twenty-five million artisans and thousands of middlemen, many of whom are farmers who use craft to supplement their income. Seventy percent of these craftspeople are women, and many are indigenous. These artisans generate...
The Fighting Irish of Mexico
On the morning of September 10, 1847, Major John Riley was tied to a post in the plaza of San Angel on the outskirts of Mexico City. The shirt was ripped from his back as a muleteer stepped forward and laid on fifty lashes, reducing his flesh to pulp....
Tito Beltran: Chile's Opera Prince
Sometimes it is talent alone that insures an artist's success. But more often it is the role that any number of intangible factors play that elevates one from the ranks of the unknown to stardom. In the case of Tito Beltran, the opera tenor who has been...
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