Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 6, November-December

An American Archive: The Vast Collection of Venezuelan Entrepreneur Pedro Manuel Arcaya Is a Comprehensive History of the Western Hemisphere
The Arcaya Collection of more than 147,000 volumes was once the largest private library in Latin America. Until his death in 1958, when the collection was given to the National Library of Venezuela. Pedro Manuel Arcaya--lawyer, sociologist, historian,...
And God Made Me a Woman: Nicaraguan Author Gioconda Belli Intertwines the Erotic, the Poetic, and the Political with a Non-Conformist Feminine Voice
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The fact that the 2008 Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Award went to Infinity in the Palm of her Hand (El infinito en la palma de la mano), a novel by Gioconda Belli, is a fitting recognition of the affinity between the seventeenth-century...
A Passion for Plants and for Mexico
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Shocked that amid a region of such astounding natural beauty and biodiversity, Puerto Vallarta had no botanical garden, an American expatriate created one from scratch, entirely with private fiends. But the Vallarta Botanical Gardens,...
!Aquiii, Cosquiiin!
With this cry, a multitude of voices from around the world will launch Latin America's most important celebration of folk music and culture, in January the scream will be louder and more heartfelt than ever. The small, picturesque city of Cosquin, nestled...
Built to Inspire: Creative Designs and Innovative Structures Are Converting Canada's Largest City into a True Mosaic of Architecture and Culture
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There's nothing in the least bit harmonious about Daniel Libeskind's new addition to the block-long stone and brick Royal Ontario Museum. Shards of aluminum and ribbons of glass jut out onto the sidewalk with knife-like precision,...
Commitment to Haiti
A HIGH-LEVEL inter-American mission headed by OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin visited Haiti September 3-6 to reinforce the hemisphere's cooperation and commitment to this Caribbean nation. "This was an opportunity to see the positive side...
Costa Rica Heats Up
At least twenty volcanoes are erupting in the world right now, and Costa Rica's youngest and most active volcano, Arenal, could be among them. Arenal's eruptions date back 7,000 years but the current surge of continual activity began in 1968. The exact...
Earth, Wind & Fire: Sustainable Energy: A Unique Look at How People Are Utilizing Natural Resources, from the Andean Paramos in Argentina to the Volcanic Fields of Costa Rica and throughout the Caribbean
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the distance, a solitary caravan of llamas crosses the red-ocher stained desert mesa and gradually loses itself in the horizon. Hours later, a male vicuna with his group of females behind him pauses to look at us for a couple...
Exigencies in the Amazon: In This Vast Region of Peru, Guardians of the Forest Struggle to Protect and Preserve One of Earth's Most Valuable Biospheres
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A lot of timber activity is taking place in the port town of Pucallpa the day we set sail for Santa Rosa de Dinamarca on the Ucayali River. Thousands of enormous tree trunks are piled up waiting to be taken to saw mills on the...
From the Editor
Cities often evolve according to expected social and structural patterns. But sometimes, through innovative ideas and designs, they are transformed and bring substantial changes to people's dally lives. This issue of Americas takes us to two cities whose...
OAS and IDB: Democracy and Development
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are the twin pillars supporting democracy and development in Latin America and the Caribbean. These institutions perform complimentary roles in ensuring that the...
Paths of Dialogue
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "TODAY, PERHAPS more than ever, we must re-open the channels of dialogue and understanding, not only inside countries, bur between the various governments of the American continent." This was the main message of Clara Rojas, a...
Regional Partnership for Inclusion
THE OAS HAS formally introduced a hemispheric mechanism aimed at fighting poverty in the region. The Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN) was launched recently in New York during an event whose theme was: "A hemispheric partnership to promote...
Urban Example: Balancing Tradition and Infrastructure, Curitiba Continues to Be the Model Ecological, People-Centered Metropolis of Brazil
It's a typical weeknight in September in the capital city of Brazil's southern state of Parana. Tonight, I'll be exposed to an aspect of this city of 1.7 million that few outside of its gritty bairros know or care much about. After all, in recent years,...
Uruguay's "Peaceful Revolution"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE PRESIDENT of Uruguay, Tabare Vazquez, has presented the OAS Permanent Council with a plan for "a revolution of intelligence and equal opportunity" through the expansion of Plan Ceibal that gives a computer to every girl and...
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