Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 3, May-June

A Day of Dawning Peace in Haiti
Haiti is a country struggling to overcome tragic and persistent poverty and violence, but last February 7 could become a watershed moment in its history: Before and after February 7. On that day, Haitian officials held organized general elections with...
African Perceptions of an Argentine Master
For more than forty years, Argentine artist Eduardo Mac Entyre has been creating a universe of curved lines, circles, and circumferences. On a solid--usually dark--background, they meet and separate, open and close, overlap, and move away from each...
A Shared Vision for Defense Board and OAS
The OAS has another regional entity under its umbrella: the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB). The OAS General Assembly adopted the statutes defining the IADB's role and structure during a special session held at OAS headquarters on March 15, in...
Caribbean Leader Calls for Integrated Development
The OAS member states must place a high priority not only on democracy but on development, Prime Minister P. J. Patterson of Jamaica told the Permanent Council during a visit to OAS headquarters in Washington. "I am convinced that unless we focus...
Classic Crossovers through the Ages
Jorge Federico Osorio Mexican Piano Music by Manuel M. Ponce (Cedille Records CDR 90000086) Although his name is generally associated with the classical guitar tradition, for which he created an extensive body of work, Manuel Ponce was first and...
Costa Rica's Ecological Masks
Earlier this year, Melvin Gonzalez Rojas and Neftali Rojas Morales visited south-western Florida and brought along a sampling of the Central American tropics in their suitcases. The two Borucan Indians, both gifted artists, were invited to attend part...
Filete Fine Lines of Tradition: Inscribed in Argentina's Popular Culture, This Once Purely Commercial Style Is Gaining Recognition as a Legitimate Art Form
Visitors to the home and workshop of Martiniano Arce enter a world where their aesthetic sensibilities are quickly put to the test. Everywhere one glances, bright, curvaceous, filigree-like designs have been painted on virtually everything in this...
Justice Aboard: Every Other Month, a Floating Courtroom Brings the Legal System, and Other Services, to Remote Communities in Brazil's Amapa
It's a small pig, probably not much more than forty pounds, but as the sheriff lifts it over his shoulder and sets off down the boardwalk of this Amazon fishing village, it lets out a cacophony of screams that bring residents to their doorsteps and...
Landing the Spirit of the Air: A Team of Scientists in Ecuador Pursues a Quest to Monitor the Endangered Harpy Eagle, One of the World's Most Powerful Raptors
A freshwater stingray wafted into the muddied murkiness of the Amazon tributary as we sloshed with unsteady footfalls, almost waist high in water, towards the gothic buttress roots of a giant kapok tree. Above me in the union of the majestic, bromeliad-covered...
Peru's Revolution in Tastes: Innovative Chefs in Lima Are Dishing Up a Fusion of Andean and European Cuisines with Seasoning from around the World
Gaston Acurio was a young man when he left his native Peru to study law in Europe. But when he returned home it was with a diploma from Paris's Le Cordon Bleu. In a "rare and fleeting burst of courage," he says, he decided to change his life and follow...
Razed by Rodents?
The Spanish have long been blamed for the downfall of the Aztec Empire. The invaders brought with them diseases such as smallpox, measles, and mumps, which decimated the Indian population. Now after more than a decade of research, Mexican epidemiologist...
Revisiting Chains of Slavery: A Museum in Curacao Opens a Window on the Horrors of the African Slavery Trade and Reflects on Current Human Rights Abuses
Most businesspeople opening a luxury hotel do their best to create a fantasy world of the beautiful and pleasant. But when Dutch businessman Jacob Gelt Dekker opened the Kura Hulanda hotel in 1999 alongside Curacao's harbor in the historic capital...
The Freedom of Political Fiction: This Prominent Mexican Novelist Explores Power, Passion, and Tragedy in Stories That Reveal Another Side of Reality
With La conspiracion de la fortuna, Mexican writer, political analyst, and historian Hector Aguilar Camin has returned to the political novel, one that appears to join the family of Morir en el golfo and La guerra de Galio. The settings have changed...
The Seeds of Food Security
Diners perusing the menu at the elegant Kai Restaurant encounter a perplexing item: "Pecan-crusted Lamb Rack with Native Seeds SEARCH Mole." But given the restaurant's setting in the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, on the Gila River Indian Reservation...
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