Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 3, May-June

Access to Lifelong Learning: In Haiti, Where Books Are Scarce and Too Many Children Do Not Know How to Read, a Network of Small Libraries Is Making a Difference
Five thousand books don't seem like much for a public library--the average New York City branch has around has 100,000 volumes--but imagine that collection for a royal with a population of 21,300, where students at the rive primary schools and two...
Alvaro Colom in Search of Social Justice: Guatemala's New President Is Relying on the Support of the People and the Vigilance of the International Community to Bring about Profound Reform
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] From an airplane window, the beauty of Guatemala's altiplano stretches out below, the peaks of volcanoes looming above the clouds like soleran guards and, spread at their feet, tranquil lakes and silent towns. These dramatic...
A Microcosm of Music: In the Remote Tropical Flatlands of Eastern Bolivia, One Sound May Come as a Particular Surprise-The Melody of Violins
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An area of eastern Bolivia surrounded by tropical forests is home to peoples who share an unexpected cultural heritage. Tiffs vast region in the department of Santa Cruz de la Sierra--made up of the provinces of Chiquitania...
Art outside the Box: Haitian Painter Edouard Duval Carrie Revels in Magical Realism as He Explores Such Themes as the Clash of Cultures in the Caribbean and the Melding of Religions in Voodoo
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The name "Haiti" comes from an indigenous word meaning "mountainous land," for its rugged geography that always leads to the sea. It is the birthplace of artist Edouard Duval Carrie, who through his works has created a world...
Commission in Search of Peace
OAS SECRETARY GENERAL Jose Miguel Insulza led a commission to Ecuador and Colombia to meet with leaders from both countries and visit the remote border area in Ecuador where Colombian military and police personnel attacked an encampment of the Revolutionary...
Eduardo Galeano and Mario Benedetti: Futbol in Black and White
They are two literary giants of Latin America, both Uruguayan and both passionate about futbol. Eduardo Galeano and Mario Benedetti were born in the cradle of South American football, a place where "everyone is bona yelling igol!," as Galeano put it...
Empowering Women: For 80 Years, the Inter-American Commission of Women Has Worked to Ensure That Women Are Not Only Seen but Heard on Critical Issues Affecting All Citizens
To even begin to appreciate how indispensable the Inter-American Commission of Women has been In promoting and protecting the rights of women, it helps to step back in time eight decades and imagine a world without it. Most likely, this would have...
From the Editor
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In March, the countries of the region experienced a tense, complex, and difficult situation, precipitated by Colombia's incursion into Ecuadorian territory to attack a clandestine encampment of Colombian guerrillas. In this...
Hot Stuff
CHILE HISTORY WAS MADE at the National Fiery-Foods and Barbecue Show held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in March--and as expected, the news was hot. The 2008 show saw the introduction of the Bhut Jolokia pepper, or "ghost chile" in the Assam region...
Life and Death on the Volcano's Edge: In the Galapagos Archipelago, Fernandina Island Offered This Photographer an Unusual Ringside Seat to a Fiery Spectacle
14 FEBRUARY 1825: At two o'clock a.m. while the sable mantle of night was yet spread over the mighty Pacific, shrouding the neighbouring islands from our view, and while the stillness of death reigned everywhere about us, our ears were suddenly assailed...
March of the Desert Penguins
THE LIFE OF THE ANTARCTIC penguin has been well represented in films and documentaries in recent years, as four-foot-tall emperor penguins have marched across movie screens everywhere. Now, new research shows that even larger, sturdier ancestors of...
Response to a Crisis
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE OAS IS PLAYING a critical role in efforts to reestablish an "atmosphere of trust" between Colombia and Ecuador, following one of the most serious political crises in South America in recent years. A special OAS mission,...
Southern Comforts from Uruguay
A FEW YEARS AGO when J. Crew went shopping for a company to produce the 87,000 woolen scarves, caps, and mittens it needed to aceessorize an upcoming fall fashion collection, the US retail giant looked not to suppliers in China, but to a small knitting...
Statue of Christ the Redeemer: Towering over Brazil's Capital of Hedonism, This Monument Provides Inspiration to Believers, Atheists, and Artists Alike
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ask Cariocas what single image best captures the essence of their complex city, and most residents of Rio de Janeiro will point to the majestic Statue of Christ the Redeemer that crowns Corcovado, the knife-edged mountain...
Woman Power in the Maya World
In Guatemala's Laguna del Tigre National Park, the dense forest hides many treasures: endangered scarlet macaws flit among the treetops, while rare jaguars hunt on the forest floor. Only recently has the world learned about one of Laguna del Tigre's...
Worry-Free Furniture
YOU HAVE THE SAVINGS for a new living room set--but every time you open a home furnishings catalogue, a nagging headline about "illegally logged mahogany" runs through your brain. No mahogany, you decide. Then thoughts arise of Al Gore's Inconvenient...
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