Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 4, July-August

A Letter from Brokopono
The Organization of American States was invited last January by the Government of Suriname to observe the electoral process in that country in the framework of the elections held on May 25. With the inauguration of Runaldo Ronald Venetiaan as the...
A Modern Investment in Age-Old Cures
GIVEN THEIR CHOICE of a physician, most people, it is safe to say, would not select a bush doctor from Belize. But according to Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a former Chicago doctor who has spent the past eight years studying medicinal plant remedies with a...
Antunes Filho: In Search of a National Identity
To be around theater director Antunes Filho is to find oneself in the presence of a piercing, intense artist who prefers the search for "pre-mythical language" to the sound of "polished, empty talk." In 1988, Filho's artistic trajectory was...
Architect of the Intangible
INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED among artists and intellectuals, Luis Barragan (1902-1988) is revered as one of the masters of contemporary Mexican architecture. Barragan dedicated himself to a lifelong search for an artistic expression that would embody...
Blame It on the Media
It's not that the world is in worse shape than before. The problem is that news reports are better than ever. Through newspapers, magazines, radio and television, one learns about more things that happen in more places faster all the time. Nowadays...
From Benny Goodman to Atahualpa Yupanqui
There are a pair of musical groups in Buenos Aires that perform the task of making music with infinite relish, total commitment and untrammeled verve. One is Les Luthiers and the other is La Banda Elastica. The former creates comedy with good music...
In and around the Cayo
WHEN MICK FLEMING took over an abandoned farm in the hills of western Belize some 14 years ago, he unknowingly planted the seed for a kind of low-key "ecotourism" that has since grown into one of the country's most important industries. "I moved here...
Mario Bencastro on the Character of Words
MARIO BENCASTRO stepped into the international limelight with his first novel, Disparo en la catedral (A Shot in the Cathedral) set in his native El Salvador. Published in Mexico in 1990 (after being selected as a finalist in the 1989 International...
More Light on the Subject
Sebastiao Salgado demonstrates a serene faith in the power of still, black-and-white photography in an age where color photographs and video reportage reign supreme. He can sum up worlds of experience and decades of time in a single image. Consider...
Opus for the Hemisphere
Friday evening, April 18, 1958. The lights went down in George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium and conductor Howard Mitchell strode on stage to begin a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. An ordinary event in...
The Enduring Allure of Colonia
ON THE IMAGINARY LINE of the 34th parallel south of the equator, at 65 degrees longitude, rests the city of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Bathed in the waters of the River Plate, a short distance from its meeting with the Atlantic Ocean, this cosmopolitan...
Weaving a Niche in the Economy
AS THE CENTURY of ever-advancing technology comes to an end, two thousand women with minimal formal education are reviving an ancient tradition in the interior of Brazil. Working together in an artesan cooperative, they recreate with their skilled...
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