Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 3, May-June

A Probe of Truth and Justice
IN AN HISTORIC turnaround, the Argentine government has admitted for the first time that it covered up an eleven-year-old investigation into who was behind the worst terrorist attack in Latin American history. The long-awaited admission of guilt...
Artist of Spheres, Seas, and Arrested Time
The home of Peruvian potter, sculptor, and installation artist Carlos Runcie-Tanaka announces, upon first sight, the vocation of the person who lives there: Clusters of flaming orange flowers, the color like a refiner's fire, spill down the outer walls...
Boosting a Flavorful Bean: Entrepreneurs in Veracruz, Mexico, Are Cultivating the Comeback of the Region's Formerly Lucrative Vanilla Industry
A rutted dirt road descends a steep hillside to Tlan Nacu, Victor Vallejo's vanilla plantation on the outskirts of Papantla, in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz. Two years ago, this former head of the Veracruz Vanilla Council and ardent bean booster...
Brazil's Ruins of the Double Crosspiece: Now Mere Remnants of a Turbulent Past, the Missions in This Nation's Southeast Were Once Bustling Commercial and Religious Centers for Guarani Indians
The night bus rolls into the interior of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil's southernmost state, passing lonely towns throbbing softly from street lights. Once in a while, the bus pulls to the side of the road to let off passengers. A woman clutching several...
Classroom Keys to Mexican Music
IT IS SHORTLY BEFORE four on a weekday afternoon and music teacher Elizabeth de la Cruz Palomeque is giving an impromptu concert for visitors to her classroom at La Casa de la Musica Mexicana, headquartered in a sprawling two-story building in the...
Crusader of Puerto Rican Culture
MOST VACATIONERS to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico would consider their trip incomplete without a visit to historic Old San Juan for a stroll along its cobblestone streets where pastel-colored colonial homes, museums, galleries and leafy plazas...
Drive to Register Haiti's Voters
THE OAS IS giving key support to Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to conduct a massive voter-registration drive, in preparation for local, legislative, and presidential elections scheduled to take place later this year. The OAS Electoral...
Fertile Fossils of a Wetland
SCIENTISTS HAVE discovered one of the earliest complex societies in the Americas in an unexpected place--the wetlands of southeastern Uruguay. Traditionally, archaeologists believed that the oldest organized societies in the Americas were found exclusively...
Fighting Discrimination
A NEW EFFORT TO address the problem of racism and promote the rights of Afro-descendants in the Americas has been launched by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Commission president Clare K. Roberts was named the first Special Rapporteur...
From the Editor
Years ago I visited the remains of the seven eighteenth-century Jesuit missions known as the Sete Povos, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The article by Kathleen de Azevedo in this issue of Americas brought back memories. In the evening...
Guambianos: High Stakes for Tradition: With Scarce Economic Resources, These Colombian Indians Are Caught between Cashing in on the Drug-Related Poppy Trade and Preserving Age-Old Traditions
In the Andes central cordillera, in a southwestern corner of Colombia, live some seventeen thousand Guambiano Indians. Since the Spanish conquest they have gradually been pushed out of the best parts of their original land. Today they eke out a difficult...
Pianist of Measureless Mystique: Legendary Martha Argerich Enjoys Making Music with Internationally Renowned Artists, While Sharing Her Passion with Aspiring Musicians in Her Native Argentina
It is late summer in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. At Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, guest conductor Charles Dutoit is about to start rehearsing Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major. During the...
Preparing for the Fourth Summit
THE CENTRAL THEME of the next Summit of the Americas--"Creating Jobs to Confront Poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance"--responds to challenges created in the region by inequality and extreme poverty, said Acting Secretary General Luigi R. Einaudi....
The Beagle's Native Son: Among the Observations of Charles Darwin on His Famous Voyage Is the Strange Story of Jemmy Button, a Yamana Indian Taken from South America to England and Later Returned to His Homeland
When Charles Darwin sailed from England on December 27, 1831, aboard the HMS Beagle, he took the first notes that were to culminate many thousands of pages later in his celebrated works, On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man. He acknowledged...
The Fairest of Crafts
OVER THE YEARS, Puerto Rico has earned a solid reputation as one of the region's major craft capitals, and nowhere are its handmade creations better viewed than at the Barranquitas Artisans Fair. The island's oldest craft fair and a favorite with locals...
Uniting against Terrorism
THE COUNTRIES OF the Americas must continue to build a "culture of cooperation" if they are to develop effective anti-terrorism strategies, Acting Secretary General Luigi R. Einaudi told a meeting of the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE)...
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