Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 1, January-February

A Bug of Reds & Riches: Since Pre-Columbian Times, an Insect Harvested in the Americas Has Provided the World with a Highly Valued Dye
Imagine a world where for every color you wore, there was a price to be paid. One and a half times more for green than for yellow. Ten times more for dark red than for sky blue. And if you were not careful, and bought your cloth from an unscrupulous...
A Chaco Wordsmith Rises to Risks
From his birthplace in this desolate, Argentine province, Mempo Giardinelli continues to produce socially conscious works and promote literacy among the underserved Often called the Green Hell of Argentina, Chaco Province suffers from weather's...
A Devil of an Ant
IN THE PERUVIAN Amazon there are mysterious clearings scattered throughout the jungle that the local residents try to avoid. Unlike any other part of the forest, these clearings have only a few small trees, a clean forest floor, and are open to the...
A Nonmedical Paradigm for Public Health
In the last decades, Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved measurable gains in some important health indicators, such as life expectancy, infant mortality, reduction in the prevalence of several infectious diseases, and the eradication of poliomyelitis....
Blueprint from the Summit
HEADS OF STATE and government from thirty-four countries of the hemisphere met in Mar del Plata, Argentina, to debate how best to achieve sustained economic growth, create decent work, raise the standard of living, and promote democratic stability....
Columbia's Bold Bamboo Builder: Using a Native Variety of This Strong, Flexible Plant, Simon Velez Creates Structures That Defy Traditional Architectural Codes
And he reports no difficulty with customs when he brings his seedling specimens home, because it's for science after all, and once on Colombian soil he plants them and studies them. But, he says, "without being nationalistic," he hasn't found a stronger,...
Ebbs and Flows on Vieques: Locals on This Caribbean Island Have Strived to Balance a Fast-Growing Tourism Industry with the Preservation of Natural Resources
Since the early days of World War II, the U.S. Navy had used Puerto Rico's offshore island municipality of Vieques as target practice, turning two-thirds of its territory into a vast artillery and bombing range. But few people here were happy about...
Enrique V. Iglesias: Man of Culture
A time of departure is always a time for reflection. As the numerous daily distractions subside, it's time to take inventory of what has been done, what has been accomplished. After serving as president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)...
From the Editor
This my last issue of Americas as editor; having reached retirement age, I am obliged to leave the OAS. Over the past twenty-eight years, I have held a number of positions at the Organization and have never had a job I didn't enjoy doing. However,...
Guiding Mexico's Jewish Legacy
THE PALACIO DE Marmol is just one of many majestic buildings fronting busy Tacuba Street in Mexico City's historic center, but no other, public or private, comes close to matching its unusual past. Originally part of the sprawling Convento de Betlemitas,...
Last of the Cuban Crocodile? with Shrinking Habitat and Threatened by Hunting and Crossbreeding, This Ancient Reptile Faces Possible Extinction
It can leap from its hiding place at the water's edge or sprint through tall grass. Its powerful, vise-like jaws are equipped with sixty-eight or more oversized teeth. Some researchers suspect that, at, one time, it may even have hunted in packs like...
Like Father, like Son
Give credit to the Brazilians for perpetuating creative gene lines and keeping talent in the family. Perhaps nowhere else on earth have so many second generation musicians successfully followed their parents' career path, building on important artistic...
Nature's Value in Gold
IMAGINE A PEOPLE for whom gold held no monetary value. Instead of weighty bars accruing in airless bank vaults, for them gold symbolized the sun, and was the favored medium for expressing their physical and spiritual relationship with their environment....
Rescuing the Colon
FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES and bitter labor disputes notwithstanding, Buenos Aires's Teatro Colon marked the eightieth anniversary of its Ballet Estable with a gala celebration last September. On the program were solos and pas de deux by the international...
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