Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 5, September-October

A Dialogue for the Future
LAST MAY, THE WASHINGTON-BASED Inter-American Dialogue hosted a roundtable discussion about the OAS, based on the findings of its own task force report, entitled "Responding to the Hemisphere's Political Challenges." Identifying the critical political...
A Grand Plan for Nature in Grenada
IT MEASURES A mere twelve miles by twenty-one miles, but corralled within Grenada's balmy borders, are found some of the Windward Caribbean's most spectacular natural vistas. Despite the severe pummeling it received from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 (see...
A Mind in Motion: Venezuelan Artist Pancho Quilici Is on a Journey to Uncover the Mechanism of Thought
The landscape seems immediately familiar. A few steps to one side or another and we're certain that the view before us will somehow resolve itself and we'll be able to name the place. Wander as we might, the site remains unrecognized--yet the sensation...
Bocca's Good-Bye
FOR MOST AUDIENCES on the 2006 itinerary of Arm Maria Stekehnan's blazing "Boccatango," this is Julio Bocca's farewell. Now thirty-nine, the premiere classical dancer gives his last performance with American Ballet Theater this summer, and in December...
Comeback Island: After Two Devastating Hurricane Seasons, the Caribbean Island of Grenada Attempts a Spirited Recovery
From a shady perch on Market Square in the Grenadian capital of St. George's, Deborah Redhead carefully surveys the milling crowd before calling out to a clutch of sunburned tourists. Her throaty voice with its West Indian lilt is commanding yet unfailingly...
Daniel Santiago on the Way (Adventure Music AM 1025 2)
Daniel Santiago On the Way (Adventure Music AM 1025 2) Hamilton De Holanda Quintet Brasilianos (Adventure Music AM 1026 2) Marcos Amorim Sete Capelas (Adventure Music AM 1024 2) Jovino Santos Neto Roda Carioca (Adventure Music AM 1023 2) Rogerio Botter...
Giant Teeth and Whale Tales
IF THERE'S ANYTHING Roberto Penny Cabrera enjoys more than finding prehistoric shark teeth in the Ocucaje Desert, twelve miles inland from the Peru's southern coast, it's witnessing one of his expedition clients discover a fossilized tooth of the Carcharodon...
Help for Haiti
DURING AN INTERNATIONAL donors conference in Port-au-Prince, Assistant Secretary General Albert R. Ramdin assured the government of Haiti that the OAS would continue to support its efforts to meet the many challenges that remain on the path to building...
Hot Dog! Jamaica's New, Cool Runnings
COULD TROPICAL Ocho Rios, Jamaica, soon be reminding people of the Yukon of Jack London fame? It might be, once local tour operator Chukka Caribbean Adventures' latest project gets off the ground. Later this year, the company plans to begin offering...
Human Rights Hearings in Guatemala
WHEN THE INTER-AMERICAN Commission on Human Rights convened a special session in Guatemala City, people from around the country and the neighboring region--victims, advocates, and defenders--came to make their voices heard. Around 175 nongovernmental...
John Kenneth Galbraith: A Giant
When John Kenneth Galbraith died last April, at the age of ninety-seven, we lost one of the great American social thinkers of the twentieth century. Economist, author, academic, diplomat, and presidential advisor, he was one of the most prolific and...
Lima's Buried Treasure
ALTHOUGH BUENOS Aires's famed Recoleta Cemetery, resting place of Eva Peron, may be better known, Lima's Presbitero Matias Maestro Cemetery is an equally distinguished resting place of many of Peru's most notable citizens of the past two centuries....
Los Jardineros the Best of Los Jardineros (Yazoo Records 7018)
Vicente Fernandez The Living Legend (Norte/Sony 8287) Suni Paz Bandera Mia (Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40532) These three packages speak of noble traditions deeply reflective of the times and cultures in which they were born and evolved. All pay...
Reviving the Romance of the Rails: Thanks to a Major Government Initiative, Chile's Once-Esteemed Railway System Is Beginning to Relive Its Glory Days, with a Strikingly Modern Image
In his pressed navy blue suit, white shirt, golden-hued necktie, and jaunty conductor's cap, Rodrigo Gutierrez is the public face of the Chilean government's passenger train service, the Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado. or EFE. as it is widely...
Sergio Ramirez between Reality and Fiction: The One-Time Vice President of Nicaragua Talks about Latin America's Great Surprises, the Revolution That Crossed His Path, and What We Can Learn from the Animal Kingdom
The short stories in Sergio Ramirez's newest book, El reino animal, combine to create a common atmosphere, according to the author. "I realize that they can be read as a great parable that has to do with our discomfort with the 'other,' with the person...
Unraveling an Inca Mystery: In the Andes, a Burial-Site Discovery of Knotted String Called Khipu Has Experts Wondering What the Ancients Were Trying to Tell Us
AT LAGUNA DE LOS CONDORES near Chachapoyas in Peru, laborers are cutting down trees to gather lumber for a hacienda under construction. As they watch a tree fall, one of the men glances across the lake and spies a painting on a cliff face. Motivated...
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