Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 6, November-December

A Cup of Chiapas Culture: In Addition to Its Colorful History and an Abundance of Natural Resources, This Region of Mexico Also Produces a Wide Variety of Eco-Friendly Coffee
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MEXICAN WRITER ROSARIO CASTELLANOS describes the tropical forest of her native Chiapas as a mysterious paradise. Indeed, as the beautiful landscape of this Mexican "Coffee Route" state unfolds before us, paradise does seem...
Alarming Disappearance of Wildlife
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ecuador is one of the seventeen most diverse countries on the planet, rich in biodiversity and endemic species. Even there, however, where it is still possible to find considerable extensions of tropical and subtropical rainforest,...
Antigua's Literary Fest Continues to Grow
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] YOU'RE AS LIKELY TO bump into award-winning science fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson as you are New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey. Such is the drawing power of the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary...
Brush Stroke Explorations: American-Born Frederic Edwin Church, Whose Grand Canvases Were Created with Precise Accuracy and Sublime Form, Exemplified Landscape Paintings during an Age of Discovery
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In an age when a photograph taken with a cell phone can instantly beam across the globe, it may be hard to imagine an unseen, yet to be discovered world, or to appreciate how a young, scientifically-minded American artist,...
Commitment to Quality: Thanks to a Clever Marketing Strategy and a Premium Product, Investments by Colombian Coffee Growers Have Improved Healthcare, Education, and Infrastructure throughout Their Country
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MANY PEOPLE KNOW COLOMBIAN COFFEE for its rich flavor and aroma. Fewer people know that, 375,000 coffee growers have established a governance structure--the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (Federacion Nacional...
Discovering the Caipirinha
It was all recorded by the Brazilian writer Jo Soares. Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson visited Brazil in 1886. He had been invited by Emperor Pedro II, at the suggestion of Sarah Bernhardt, who was in Rio de Janeiro in the midst of her grand...
Free to Speak
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON July 2, 2008, Ingrid Betancourt, a former Colombian presidential candidate, was finally freed from her jungle prison along with fourteen other hostages in a daring rescue by Colombian armed forces. Ms. Betancourt was kidnapped...
From the Editor
In a place where silence reigns in the ocean depths surrounding the remote Isla del Coco in Costa Rica, a group of voracious predators is exercising control over the food chain. They are endangered, however, and if they were to go extinct, ocean systems...
Funding Learning for Fifty Years
From the first summit of the presidents of the American nations, held in Panama in 1956, to the present day, governments of the Western Hemisphere have relied on OAS assistance to train the human resources needed for their developmental and societal...
Guide for Greenhorn Travelers: This Quixotic Travelogue-Hailed as the First South American Guide Book-Gives Practical Details for Journeying along the Royal Mail Route from Buenos Aires to Lima in the 1770s
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When planning a cross-country trip in South America, don't reach for the Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, or South America on a Shoestring. All they will tell you is that (in the words of one of them) "Things change, prices go...
Hernan Miranda, the Illusion of Realism
Born in Concepcion, Paraguay 48 years ago, Hernan Miranda moved with his family to Asuncion at the age of seven, and it was there that he attended some drawing workshops. The rest of his training he accomplished on his own, by studying the great masters...
Leading Ladies Latin America: In Less Than Four Decades, These Commendable Females Have Advanced and Influenced the Role of Women, Transcending the Typically Male-Dominated Political Realm
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AS of 2008--a year when Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton evoked global admiration for her campaign to become the first female standard-bearer of a major US political party--eleven women had served as presidents or prime ministers...
Lifeline of a Lake: Since Bolivia and Peru Share a Common Border with Lake Titicaca, Both Are Working Together to Preserve the Beauty of This Natural Wonder and Enhance the Lives of Its Inhabitants
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Few borders in the world show as much cultural similarity on both sides as the one between Peru and Bolivia. In the Andean highlands, Lake Titicaca is the geographic accident that joins these two countries whose cultures have...
New Boost for Youth Art
CIFO is A NEW SPACE in the heart of Miami dedicated to Latin American art. Created by Venezuelan businesswoman and collector Ella Fontanals Cisneros, this initiative publicizes young artists and exhibits their work and ideas. CIFO, the Cisneros...
Observing Africa
"WE REALLY DON'T KNOW what to expect. We have never voted before." Expectation and anxiety characterized the first election in Angola in sixteen years. It was also the first election since the end of a bloody civil war, which left 4.7 million internally...
Promoting a Culture of Peace
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE INTER-AMERICAN Peace Forum, an OAS program that seeks to promote a regional culture of peace in different sectors of the Inter-American society, was introduced recently by OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and...
Racing towards Survival
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] They were the gems most Antiguans barely appreciated: twenty or so pristine, "uninhabited" offshore islands. One, Great Bird Island, hid an even more precious treasure--a harmless, plain Jane of a snake, the grey-brown Antiguan...
The Great Predator, a Friend of Ecological Balance: As Shark Populations Decrease and Their Habitats Become More Threatened, Mankind Plays a Critical Role in the Survival of These Ancient Marine Creatures
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a place where silence reigns, in the ocean depths surrounding Costa Rica's remote Isla del Coco, a group of voracious predators exercises control over the food chain. They are hundreds of whitetip sharks and hammerheads,...
The Lost Penguins of the Brazilian Coast
THE PATAGONIAN WIND roars and sweeps through the Tierra del Fuego announcing the arrival of the raw and merciless winter at the southern tip of the continent. On the rocky shores of the Straits of Magellan, a large colony of Magellan penguins is scurrying...
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