Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 1, January-February

Argentina's Historic Herald
A MILESTONE IN journalism history was observed in Argentina last fall when the country's noted English-language newspaper, the Buenos Aires Herald, celebrated its 130th anniversary. The daily newspaper is not only a keen observer of the remnants of...
Beating to the Rhythm of Desire: In Salvador, Bahia, the Traditional Wisdom of Brazilian Candomble Has Combined with the Innovative Ideas of an Italian Educator to Inspire an Impoverished Neighborhood's "Children of Exclusion"
It's one of the last remnants of the great Atlantic rainforest that once blanketed the whole coast of Brazil. But to get a view, you've got to walk very carefully, or drive very slowly, down muddy, rutted roads through the helter-skelter neighborhood...
Dancing Queen
With her urban chic, trim figure, and vermillion and gold streaked hair, Ana Maria Stekelman looks ready to tango. She is, in fact, a dancemaker, and she fuses the concert idiom with the traditional moves of Argentina's most celebrated art to stunning...
El Salvador: Expanding Ties of a Far-Flung Diaspora: Long Battered by Civil War and Natural Disasters, Central America's Smallest Nation Taps into the Talent and Knowledge of Salvadorans Living Abroad to Boost Its Economy
Guadalupe de Romagoza, a 48-year-old entrepreneur living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, loves ceramics. For years, her four employees back home in El Salvador have been turning out a dizzying variety of colorful, oven-baked enamel souvenirs ranging from...
Expansion Approval
RESPONDING TO the government's call for a national referendum, on October 22, Panamanians approved a project for expanding their interoceanic canal. Nearly 80% voted in favor of the project, and the abstention rate was similar to other elections of...
Growing Food and Friendship
In January 2005, my associate, Martha Luz Atkinson, and I set out for the village of El Remate, in the Peten region of Guatemala, to introduce a program of nutrition education, intensive gardening, and micro-enterprise. Called the Women's Self-Reliance...
Laws to Limit Public Puffing
IN THE WANING DAYS of Argentina's brisk winter season, thousands of Buenos Aires residents crowded into the city's cozy neighborhood bars to enjoy a cherished rite that would soon be relegated to the annals of the country's storied social customs--enjoying...
Model for Democracy
How do you get the youth of the hemisphere actively involved and engaged in political issues? The OAS has been doing just thai for over twenty years through the Model OAS General Assemblies (MOAS) for high-school and university students. Just recently,...
Observing Democracy
CAPPING OFF AN unusually packed electoral year in the Americas, the OAS observed recent presidential contests in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Nicaragua, as well as general elections in Saint Lucia. The succession of peaceful, transparent elections in the...
On a Quest for the Quetzal: Trekking through the High Reaches of the Guatemalan Cloud Forests, Our Author Is on the Lookout for That Bijou of Birds, the Mythic Feathered Jewel, the Ever-Elusive Resplendent Quetzal
IN THE HALF-LIGHT OF DAWN, when the wake-up call in the Guatemalan cloud forests is a recital of contralto bird songs with the wind in the trees providing the bass notes, a presence is felt. Some describe it as mystical. Others say it's merely the...
Soccer and Life
Soccer has always had a special place in my life, both in the country where I was born and in my adopted country. When I was a boy I lived for school and for soccer. It was the strongest connection I had with my father, who traveled all the time. He...
The Irishman Who Translated Mexican Poetry
Samuel Beckett, that Irish master of brevity and wry observer of the human condition, would have been one hundred years old last year. In honor of the centennial, plays have been performed and conferences and seminars organized in various parts of...
Tracks of Timeless Tunes
Los Amigos Invisibles Super Pop Venezuela (Gozadera Records 003) Daniel Carlomagno Dan/el Car/omagno (Trama 821-2) Along with beauty queens and oil, Venezuela has given the world another export of note: one of the planet's most eclectic pop music groups,...
Trains Rumble in Honduras
THE CASH-STRAPPED Honduran communities of Salado Barra and Boca Cerrada, long dependent on fishing, are now literally training for tourism. The communities are located a stone's throw from the Caribbean coast of Honduras on a former coconut plantation...
Trinidad and Tobago: The Magic of Doing a Lot with a Little: Prime Minister Patrick Manning Talks with Americas about Developing His County's Wealth of Human and Natural Resources
When Prime Minister Patrick Manning of Trinidad and Tobago visited OAS headquarters in Washington last fall, he spoke of how "the focus of our efforts at development must be the welfare and productivity of our peoples." If societies are to flourish,...
Weighing the Future, a Lock at a Time: Six Years after Taking Control of the Panama Canal, Panamanians Face New Challenges to Keep This Vital Waterway Economically Viable and to Protect Their Livelihood
A huge tower, a patchwork of hundreds of containers, is passing through the dense tropical forests outlying Panama City. Seen from the avenue that circles around Balboa Harbor in the middle of the capital, the image defies reason. The multicolor, rectangular...
What Sharp Teeth You Have!
A MAN FOUND UNDER twelve feet of volcanic ash in Michoacan, Mexico, appears to be the earliest dental patient in the Americas. Scientists estimate that approximately forty-five hundred years ago, he suffered through multiple painful procedures to have...
Zorro Behind the Mask: Was He a Thief, Scoundrel, Murderer, or Savior of His People? New Critical Interpretations Explore the Many Identities of One of the New World's Most Swashbuckling Icons
By melding elements of his own personal biography with newspaper stories and adding a few campfire tales, John Rollin Ridge helped to foster a Robin Hood-like image for the ill-fated Murieta Zorro was the Americas' first cross-cultural hero. A charismatic...
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