Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 3, May-June

Addressing the Causes of Violence
THE PERMANENT COUNCIL of the Organization of American States (OAS) welcomed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya Rosales to its protocolary session on February 19. Zelaya spoke about the central theme of the 39th Ordinary Period of Sessions of the OAS...
Amazon at Risk: Climate Change Threatens Region Amazon Ecosystem Vulnerable Deforestation Devastates Forests Poor Water Quality Affects Health
They read like the headlines of some sensationalist newspaper, but they aren't. These are some of the disturbing facts detailed in the Global Environmental Outlook assessment of the Amazon Basin area (GEO Amazonia) recently conducted by the United...
Banking on Culture: Through Its Small Grants Program, the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center Is Investing in Projects within the Americas That Will Yield Immeasurable Returns
While Latin America's pop stars, painters, and Nobel novelists have turned the region into a cultural superpower, making it a land of arts icons known and loved around the world, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been sustaining culture--in...
Calculating the Cocoa Comeback: With International Markets Hungry for Quality Chocolate Products, Cacao Growers in Ecuador Are Revitalizing an Industry of Historic Relevance and Significant Revenue
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] About 40 hules northeast of Guayaquil, near the town of Vinces, a highway sign proudly welcomes visitors to the obscure Republica del Cacao. The name conjures up images of a whimsical new country rather than the cultivation,...
Carol Miller: Going to the Improbable Place
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Why" is author and sculptor Carol Miller's favorite word. Her curiosity about McNeo spurred her to move there from her native California at the age of twenty. During the ensuing 55 years, she has let the country and its culture...
Classical Champion of Latin America
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Peruvian Miguel Harth-Bedoya is an ascendant star in the competitive world of classical music conducting. He is also a man with a mission. Currently in his ninth season as the Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra...
Climate for Conservation: By Using Market-Based Mechanisms to Provide Financial Incentives, Guyana Is Becoming a Global Model for Environmental Policies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A left in a small plane over Guyana, the view is an unbroken blanket of trees to every horizon. In the 21st century it is startling and heartening to see so much untrammeled wilderness. These pristine forests hold the promise...
Festival of John the Baptist
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ONE OF THE MOST storied cultural celebrations in South America, the festival of San Juan Bautista (John the Baptist), will take place this June in Barlovento. Located in the state of Miranda, Barlovento is the region of Venezuela...
From the Editor
In the midst of the world economic crisis, Americas reminds our readers of some of the encouraging happenings in our hemisphere: beautifully preserved environments that continue to exist in spite of global warming; a cultural bank that creates jobs...
Humble Creator of an Iconic Novel
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Little did she realize when she crafted a series of brief, poetic narratives about growing up in an inner city barrio that her accounts would forever mark the inception of women's participation in Chicano literature. At the...
Island Jewel: Carved and Shaped by the Sparkling Rivers That Feed Its Valleys and Ravines, Coiba-The Largest, Most Untouched, and Unpopulated Island of Central America-Is Part of a Larger Regional Initiative Designated a World Heritage Site
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On terra firma, the raucous sounds and flashes of red over the enormous forest canopy have disappeared. The boisterous scarlet macaws have departed, perhaps forever, from the continental forests of mainland Panama. But while...
Luis Felipe Noe: Chaos as Structure: By Applying Unconventional Procedures and Methods, This Argentine Artist Has Developed a Unique Style between Energized Aesthetic and Political Avant-Garde
The 1960s were a particularly significant time in Argentina, a time of cultural and artistic revolution propelled by the Instituto Di Tella, a cultural hub in Buenos Aires life. It was in this decade that Jorge Luis Borges took Argentine literature...
Nature, Space, and Light
THE VISUAL ART of Margot S. Neuhaus shows a consistent focus on reflection and a subtle dialogue with the materials. Also consistent is her love of nature, the spiritual thread that joins the various phases of her work. Neuhaus studied art in Brazil...
Pulitzer for Diaz
LAST YEAR, Dominican-American author Junot Diaz was given the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. In it, Diaz tells the tragic story of a family forced into exile by dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, who ruled the Dominican...
Tale of Two Cities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On Friday, October 28, 1746, not long after dark, one of the finest cities in all the Americas--a multicultural mixing pot founded just over two hundred years earlier by one of the world's greatest empires and still treasured...
Trophy Heads
AN EXPANSIVE collection of skulls from defeated enemies symbolized power in many early societies. The Jivaro tribe in the Amazon would remove skulls and shrink soft tissue to make "shrunken heads." The Munduruchu of Brazil decapitated fallen enemies...
Violence against Women
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is under-recognized and underreported, but it is one of the most significant epidemics in the world today: gender violence, manifested primarily as violence against women. Women of an social classes and religions are subject...
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