Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 2, March-April

A Mirror on the Maritime Maya
A CENTURY-OLD TOWER, survivor of many a hurricane, marks the southernmost tip of Mexico's Cozumel Island. Celarain Lighthouse rises from Punta Sur Ecological Park, a 247-acre expanse of mangroves, lagoons, reefs, and beaches that supports a variety...
Brazil's Father of Flight
WHEN BRAZILIANS want to taste an immediate sense of national pride, they need do nothing more than look to the sky. That's because the man they consider the "Father of Aviation," Alberto Santos-Dumont, conquered the skies of Europe when he made the...
City in the Sky: Business Ventures at Acoma Pueblo Establish Financial Stability and Spark a Cultural Renaissance for an Ancient People in New Mexico
The people of the Acoma pueblo in west-central New Mexico understand survival. About 6,000 strong, they are heirs to one of the oldest continuous civilizations in North America. The abandoned cities of their Anasazi ancestors dot the canyons and mesas...
Flamingos: A Rosy Flush on the Top of the World: High in the Bolivian Andes, Three Species of Flamingos Harmoniously Compete for Survival against Overwhelming Odds
Ice weighed heavily on the tent flap as I pushed it to one side and gingerly poked my woolly-hat covered head out into the rarified and frigid morning air. Fifty yards in front of me, each perched on one leg, stood a baker's dozen of Chilean flamingos....
Gabriel Casaccia Centenary
APRIL 20, 2007 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of a Paraguayan writer, storyteller, and novelist who became known as the founder of the Paraguayan contemporary narrative. Born in Asuncion, Benigno Gabriel Casaccia Bibolini moved to Posadas, Argentina,...
Julia Alvarez: Progenitor of a Movement: This Dominican-American Writer Weaves Passionate Sensibilities through Her Works with the Gift of Seeing through Others' Eyes
History demonstrates that literary periods are launched by daring, intrepid writers or poets who appear to have suddenly sprouted from nowhere. Later these writers are acclaimed as initiators of movements, but the many years they barely subsisted while...
Mindful of the Mines
For over 15 years, the Organization of American States (OAS) has been responding to a little-known crisis that has threatened the lives of thousands of people in Central and South America. The conflicts that took place in the region during the 1980s...
Mobilizing and Recognizing Resources in St. Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas Shares His Insight on the Impact of Economic Development on This Island Country
Nestled among a cluster of volcanic islands in the Eastern Caribbean region, Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest independent country in the hemisphere. This tranquil two-island nation located in the Leeward Islands extends only 101 square miles and...
No More Mines!
THE ANTI-PERSONNEL landmine is a manifestation of man's cruelty to man. It is the product of war whose effects can last decades beyond the conflict itself. According to E-Mine, the Electronic Mine Action Network, it is estimated that between 15,000...
OAS Committed to Fight HIV/AIDS
AT THE CARIBBEAN Summit on HIV/AIDS, held in January, OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert R. Ramdin said the pandemic poses "a threat to the development, social stability, and human security of the Caribbean." He reaffirmed the OAS commitment to...
Sports Helps through Hard Times
LAST NOVEMBER, Eduardo Seis, First Sergeant in the Ecuadorian Army, finished second in the ambulatory disabled category of the New York City Marathon. "Sports have helped me through hard times," he said. With over 36,000 runners, the New York City...
Swimming to Galapagos
AROUND SAN CRISTOBAL, in the Galapagos Islands, many open-water swimmers would breathe a sigh of relief if the oceans were cleared of sharks. But keeping the sharks swimming nearby is the goal of Galo Yepez and Diego Quiroga, a pair of Ecuadorian swimming...
The Other Borges: Often in the Shadow of Her Older Brother, Norah Borges Embodies the Artistic Movement of the Early Twentieth Century
Being related to a famous person can be both a blessing and a curse. While the glow of celebrity may offer added exposure, it can also cast a shadow that obscures one's identity and accomplishments. Such was the case of Norah Borges, whose career as...
The Way of the Waterfalls
More than two decades ago, Valdir Cruz began a photographic journey devoted to the preservation of the landscape and people of his native Brazil. For him nature and humanity are one, rooted in a symbiotic relationship that reveals the health of the...
Visual Metaphors of Human Ironies: Peruvian Photographer Ana De Orbegoso Artistically Accentuates Her Social Commentary with Unusual and Inspirational Images
It's always entertaining to watch Peruvian photographer Ana De Orbegoso transform verbal concepts into visual comedy. Her humor arises from the realities of daily life, but her images of the human comedy never document day-to-day occurrences. She approaches...
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