Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 2, March-April

Abraham Lincoln and the American Dream
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Abraham Lincoln's influence on the history of the United States was so great that poet Wait Whitman maintained that Lincoln's legacy would be even stronger and more lasting than that of George Washington. This year in 2009,...
A Canadian Oasis: The Dry Grasslands and Open Pine Forests of Southern British Columbia Are an Endangered Ecosystem Being Threatened by the Human Settlement It Attracts
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There is a place in British Columbia where a landscape of caves and semiarid wilderness harkens back to another era. Eagles hunt rattle snakes here, and horses gallop free amid sage, cactus, and dunes, as if in a scene from...
A Contribution to Peace
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN AN EPILOGUE to the intense negotiations that have taken place over the years, the governments of Belize and Guatemala recently signed an historic Special Agreement in the headquarters of the OAS. The countries have agreed...
Art Theft Online
IN A STRUGGLING world economy, top dollar art sales may be going down, but international art thefts are on the rise. Such a trend will certainly worry museum directors and church sacristans, especially in Latin America where valuables are often left...
Belize Takes Chess
COULD LITTLE BELIZE produce a chess giant along the lines of Garry Kasparov one of these days? Well, that's no sure thing, but the Central American country does have a lot more young people learning the finer points of castling lately, thanks to transplanted...
Cafe De Los Maestros
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Buenos Aires, Virginia Luque is one of but a small handful of artists who can lay claim to the title of "living legend." The 81-year-old entertainer is remembered both for her role as a glamorous leading lady of the silver...
HIV/AIDS Managing a Pandemic: As Advances in Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS Are Being Made, Some Areas of the Americas Are Making Progress in the Battle against This Devastating Disease
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Finally, some good news in the fight against HIV in the Americas, and it's coming from Haiti, one of the countries hardest hit by the epidemic. According to recent statistics from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS...
Interview with Jose Miguel Varas
The last few years have been especially busy for Chilean writer, journalist, and octogenarian, Jose Miguel Varas. After winning the National Prize for Literature (beating out such heavy weight contenders as Isabel Allende and Diamela Eltit) Varas has...
Participatory Mapping Empowers Patrimony: A Team of Geographers and Archaeologists Are Collaborating with Indigenous Communities in Tiltepec, Mexico to Put Their Lands and Languages on the Map
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In his account of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, Bernal Diaz del Castillo tells us that in 1521 Hernan Cortes dispatched him and Gonzalo de Sandoval from Tenochtitlan south to the Provincia de los Zapoteccas. Cortes instructed...
Port of Spain Takes Center Stage: Trinidad and Tobago's Capital Has Been Preparing for Its Star Turn as Host of Two Major International Summits in 2009
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The old Breakfast Shed was a weather-beaten, too-hot structure made of galvanized metal; still, it was a beloved, brightly painted landmark on Port of Spain's waterfront. It was the kind of place where hungry dockworkers might...
President Obama and the OAS
It is no surprise that the new administration of Barack Obama has been getting a lot of advice about how it should approach US policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean in the coming years. There is an enormous sense of opportunity right now,...
Remnants of an Intercontinental Railway: Considered One of the Most Difficult Engineering Tasks in the World, the Guayaquil-Quito Railroad Continues to Inspire Awe and Admiration 100 Years after Its Completion
THE BIRTH PANGS OF THE new nation were protracted and painful. For the first seven decades of its existence as an independent republic, from 1830 to the turn of the century, Ecuador struggled to overcome obstacles to nationhood that seemed all but...
Response to the World Crisis
DURING VARIOUS MEETINGS, conferences, and expositions on the subject, the OAS and its member states recently analyzed the world economic crisis and debated the impact it would have on the hemisphere. The topic was the subject of debate in a session...
Spotlight on Central American Art
THE SAO PAULO Biennial, the Venice Biennial, the New Orleans Biennial ... It seems that at any given moment, an art biennial is taking place somewhere on this planet. Even so, the Sixth Biennial of Visual Arts of the Central American Isthmus (BAVIC)...
The Future of Hydroelectricity from Patagonia?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Aaron Sanger grimaced at the sight of the tumultuous Rio Quiroz, a 50-yard-wide river of glacial meltwater surging off Patagonia's Southern Ice Field. A pair of torrent ducks skimmed across its swirling waters, peering curiously...
The Future of the Region in the Global Context
As IT CONFRONTS the world financial crisis, Latin America must find a way to keep its promises in essential areas of education, health, housing, and security while making the best of small governments and reduced fiscal income, said OAS Secretary General,...
The Houses That Bottles Built
WHEN INGRID Vaca Diez received a letter from a little girl asking for a house where she could protect herself from the rain and floods, she decided to build a housing project for low-income families in Warnes, Bolivia. Today the little girl's dream...
The New Master of Horror Movies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Gwilermo! Enthusiastic gringos call out to Guillermo del Toro outside of the Directors Guild of America where he is receiving a New Yorker Film Festival award. Wearing a dark jacket, grey pants, and military boots, he is a...
Water-Energy of the Earth: High in the Clouds of the Andean Paramos, Wetlands and Grasslands Are Storing a Vital Lifesource for Bogota and Its Surrounding Municipalities
Andean winds blow dense clouds of fog in waves over steep mountain crags carpeted with hundreds of species of tropical plants that trap in moisture here high above Colombia's capital. Wager is everywhere in this treasure trove, held in place by an...