Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 4, July-August

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The 39th General Assembly of the Organization of American States held in San Pedro Sula, Honduras has opened an important space for the frank discussion of our continent's most pressing issues. The theme of the Assembly, "Towards a Culture of Non-Violence,"...
Beyond the International Crisis: Economy, Politics, and Culture
THE CRISIS WE APE FACING today is the culmination of a process of changes that have been occurring over the last 40 years. The primary change was a technological revolution that was a decisive factor in the collapse of the Soviet system and in the...
Commemorating Human Rights: The Organization of American States Continues Its Commitment to the Recognition of the Dignity of Mankind through the Work of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
In 2009, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will celebrate its 50th anniversary. * The decision to create the Commission was made during the Fifth Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, held in Santiago, Chile,...
Commitment to Education: From Agricultural Instruction in Central America, to Rural Teaching Experiences in Argentina, to Advances in Sign Language Communication in Jamaica; Fundamental Developments in Learning Are Advancing the Next Generation of Intellectuals Who Will Be the Leaders of the Future
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With a wide smile and a twinkle in his eyes, Alexi Antonio Mendoza Flores proudly holds the newest member of his family, a male lamb just weeks old. On the lawn next to him the flock he cares for is doing what they do best:...
Economic Crisis: A Response Based on Social Justice and Decent Work
WE ARE CURRENTLY FACING the worst world financial and economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The situation is serious and continues to worsen at an alarming pace. In a matter of months, what looked like the problem of just a few banks...
Fifth Summit of the Americas
Statement by the Chairman of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, the Honorable Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago April 19, 2009 As Chair of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, I must say how very pleased I was with...
G20 Summit in London
Statement by the Prime Minister of Great Britain during the G20 Press Conference April 2, 2009 This is the day that the world came together to fight back against the global recession, not with words but with a plan for global recovery and for reform...
Heart and Soul: Colombian Singer-Superstar Juanes Is Raising Awareness about the Devastating Effects of Landmines in His Country and throughout the World
In the past decade, tens of thousands of Colombians have become personally involved in efforts co combat one of their strife-torn country's most daunting issues: landmines. An insidious byproduct of modern warfare, landmines contaminate virtually every...
Latin America and the Global Crisis: A Firm Foundation Yields Dividends
THE CURRENT CRISIS IS very serious and it is affecting the entire globe. The world economy is expected to have its worst performance since the Great Depression and it is likely that no region will be immune to its effects. For Latin America, the crisis...
Masters of Migration: Thanks to the Efforts of Scientists and Nature Enthusiasts World-Wide, the Majestic Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries in Mexico Are Being Protected for Future Generations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From time immemorial, monarch butterflies have been migrating thousands of miles from the Great Lakes region of North America to spend their winters in the dense oyamel forests of the Mexican states of Michoacan and Mexico....
Memory and Democracy: Close, Ongoing Collaboration among States, Civil Society, and the Inter-American Commission and Court Has Been Central to the Functioning of the Inter-American Human Rights System
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the summer of 1968. student activists in Mexico issued their first calls for democracy. On August 13, 1968 at the mass demonstration in the main plaza of Mexico City, Fausto Trejo, from the Teacher's...
OAS General Assembly: Towards a Culture of Non-Violence
With the 39th OAS General Assembly rapidly approaching, it may be an opportune time to reflect on the economic, environmental, and political changes affecting our region, and their impact on citizen security in the Americas. One of the most critical...
Our Diassapeared
Juan Mandelbaum's documentary film Nuestros desaparecidos (Our Disappeared) is about the aftermath of Argentina's 1976 military coup, when tens of thousands of people, mostly young leftists were jailed tortured, and killed. In this highly personal...
Political Effects of the Economic Crisis
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The economic crisis has been doubly bad news for Latin America and the Caribbean. First, because a recession that was not caused in the region threatens to inflict serious harm to it, reducing or paralyzing growth and causing...
Political Ramifications of the Economic Crisis
"NO ONE CAN POSSIBLY KNOW how long the current recession will last or how deep it will go." That is the view of Nobel Economics Laureate Robert Solow, writing in the most recent NY Review of Books. What we do know is that the longer and deeper the...
Responses to the International Financial Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean
LATIN AMERICA AND THE Caribbean are facing a difficult situation. The region, which has enjoyed favorable macroeconomic performance and sustained growth during the last few years, must now confront the rigors of one of the most severe international...
Some Reflections on the Crisis
THE WORLD HAS BEEN SHAKEN by an economic crisis of historic proportions. Comparisons with past experiences are always difficult. In some ways, this reminds us of the crisis of 1929, but there are also significant differences. What is clear is that...
The Current State of Affairs and Challenges Facing the Region in the Next Five Years
AS A CRISIS WITH A foreign epicenter and uncertain consequences continues to unfold, Latin America is starting to sink deeper into what looks like the collapse of the global financial and economic system, and it is using instruments that were made...
The Economic Crisis: A Major Challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean
"I know all of this by heart.... It's as if time had turned around and we were back at the beginning." --Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude A LITTLE LESS THAN a year has gone by since September 15, 2008 when Lehman Brothers...
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