Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 2, March-April

A College Armed for Democracy
As Brazilian Navy captain Glauco Castilho sat amid the cool marble splendor of the OAS Hall of the Americas in Washington, he attempted to grasp the significance of where he was sitting and what was transpiring around him. In a matter of minutes,...
Attuned to the Timbre: In Concert Performances and Recordings, Eduardo Fernandez Explores the Polyphonic Potential of the Versatile Guitar
For nearly three decades Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez has enjoyed a reputation as one of the great masters of his instrument. He has performed hundreds of concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas and has recorded more than thirty...
Barretto Beats the Best
Since then National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) established its "Jazz Masters" award in 1982, the three to seven honorees chosen every year since have been drawn from the extensive ranks of the jazz world's most illustrious practitioners. "They are...
Bizarre Blooms of Baja: With a Variety of Habitats and Weather Conditions, This Pristine Peninsula Harbors a Range of Unique Plants
Mark Dimmitt was puzzled. The creeping devil cacti that he and his colleagues sought on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula were not where memories from previous trips told him to look. Not only could he not fred the mysterious cacti, but the Pacific...
Border Encounters of a Public Kind
Metallic, rigid, corroded, the fence that separates the northwestern corner of Mexico from the southwestern reaches of the United States cuts like a scar across the natural curves of the border region's hills and valleys. Then, as though attempting...
Dominican Heroines of a New Era
Dominican-American writers have not been as prominent as many other U.S. Hispanic writers, but in recent years several have published novels representing both a New York urban existence and the multi-layered heritage of the Caribbean Hispanic. While...
From Sky Sensors to Forest Floors
For more than twenty years, Brazil's Space Research Institute has documented the rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon by analyzing satellite images, but due to technological limitations, scientists have only been able to guess at how much...
Haitian Election Shows Civic Spirit
Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza expressed satisfaction that Haiti's elections of February 7 took place under normal conditions. He attributed the successful holding of elections to the civic spirit that led Haitians to go to the polls. At...
More Than a Woman
Elections in Chile have done much more than usher a woman into the presidency for the first time. The arrival of Socialist Michele Bachelet appears to be I bringing a new generation to power. Her victory follows December 11 legislative elections and...
On the Lookout for Pigeon Island
A prime parcel of oceanfront real estate never seems to lose its appeal and forty-acre Pigeon Island, a stone's throw from St. Lucia's northwest coast, is no exception. This Caribbean islet off a Caribbean island has attracted more than a fair amount...
Queen of Maya Stelae
An international team of archaeologists has uncovered the earliest known portrait of a Maya woman at the remote city of Naachtun, in northern Guatemala. The image was carved on a stela--a six-foot high, three-feet wide stone monument--and dates back...
Silent Witnesses Seismic Sagas: Chilean Scientists Are Studying Historic Accounts of Earthquakes for Clues That Will Help Them Predict the Size and Timing of Future Eruptions
"... and as God was pleased that on the sixteenth of December, two hours before sunset, within the time it takes to recite three credos, with a tremble and earthquake all this city fell down, without leaving any house where one could dwell or dare...
Suriname a Culture of Tolerance: This Thirty-Year-Old Nation Is a Harmonious Home to Diverse Religious and Ethnic Groups and the World's Largest Nature Reserve
It's early Sunday morning, and the distant crowing of roosters punctuates the quiet prayers of Hindu worshipers at the Shri Shiv Mandir temple just outside Paramaribo, Suriname's capital city. Inside this holy abode, an elderly woman named Lackshmi...
Translating in High fidelity/Traducir En Alta Fidelidad: With Unfalling Respect for the Original Text, Rolando Costa Ricazo Has Produced Definitive Spanish Editions of Works by Some of the Greatest British and U.S. Writers
Pasajeros en los trenes de America The Old Patagonian Express "That night I went to a party with a man who had translated by books into Spanish.... He earned my admiration by finding the source of a quotation I had mischievously left unattributed...
Unbeaten Path to Pumalin: With a We Wealth of Natural Resources and Native Species, This Extensive Sanctuary in Southern Chile Is Ideal for Adventure Tourism
In the Argentine Patagonia, the pampa becomes a monotonous panorama after a few hours of driving. Eroded dry gullies and endless plains and grasslands covered with stunted vegetation give the landscape a desolate, almost lunar look. But everything...
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