Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 5, September-October

African Ties to the Americas
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE TIES THAT BIND the nations of Africa and the Americas were once stained by the blood of slaves, participants in a conference at the OAS recalled; now these regions are joined by a commitment to democracy. "The historic...
A History of Hospitality: Once the Mainstay of a Booming Agrarian Society, These Restored Estates Are Again Contributing to Economic Growth in the Andean Region Known as the Avenue of the Volcanoes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Walking through the iron gates at Hacienda Cusin is like stepping into an impressionist painting. Bursts of sunlight alternate with fast-moving clouds to brighten gardens rampant with bougainvillea, fuchsia, jasmine, and orchids....
Alvaro Uribe Seeks Justice and Peace: In an Interview with Americas, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Reveals His Plans for Eradicating Guerrillas, Paramilitaries, and Drug Trafficking, While Advancing Free Trade and Democracy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Americas magazine spoke with President Alvaro Uribe Velez at a time when two issues were dominating the news in Colombia: peace negotiations with illegal armed groups, and the signing of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the...
Ancestry of the Land before Time: More Than Crude Oil Is Being Uncovered in Northern Alberta's Vast Boreal Forests, Where People Have Lived for Eleven Millennia
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Locked up in the sands of northeastern Alberta lie some 175 billion barrels of crude oil--the world's second-largest reserves, after Saudi Arabia. Now producing over a million barrels a day, the area could triple its output...
Back from the Brink
MIKE COFFEEN breathes a little easier these days. A US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist who heads the agency's Sonoran pronghorn recovery program, Coffeen has seen wild pronghorn numbers in the United States triple in the last four years. The increase...
Buenos Aires Bravado
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sofia Laski arrived in Buenos Aires from Poland in the 1930s, and her earliest memory of life in Argentina is anchored in the theater--the Yiddish theater. "My father, Moises Florman, laid down the law," she recalled. "I was...
From the Editor
Our hemisphere offers a bottomless store of surprises. Archaeologists always seem to be finding previously unknown civilizations, and scientists discover new species or come up with resourceful ways to protect those at risk. The region's natural beauty...
Ice Roads on Track
IT'S NOT THE SMOOTHEST stretch of road--and for much of the year it's not a road at all. As in many other parts of northern Canada, this ice road is built every winter over rivers, lakes, and muskeg, once the weather is sufficiently cold. Winter...
Potrayals of Female Power
Irony and passion are strong elements of four recent books with very different themes: the abuse of power in colonial Hispanic tradition, US-Mexican family history related through food, the pervasive influence of the Mafia in pre-Castro Cuba, and the...
Puerto Rico's African Roots
THERE'S ANANA, bochinche, and burundanga;funche, gardinga, and guarapo, malangga, mofongo, and nangotao--and these are only a few of the African words that spice up Puerto Rico's rapid-fire version of the Spanish language. Prominently inscribed on...
Suriname's New Species
Encouraging news from the amphibian world comes from Suriname, where biologists have discovered five new frog species in an area that shows no sign of the chytrid fungus. The frogs were found along with nineteen other species believed to be new to...
The Artistry of Amate: From Pre-Columbian Times to the Present, Artists from the Indigenous Nahua People of Mexico Have Used Amate Bark to Record the History of Their Culture
April is the hottest time of year in the Rio Balsas valley, midway between Mexico City and coastal Acapulco. A half-finished dirt highway coils up and down steep ochre hillsides, dotted with low trees and many-armed cactus. Between the hills, the river...
The Frogs and the Fungus: Thanks to Dedicated Teams of International Scientists, Endangered Amphibians in the Central, Mountain Region of Panama Are Getting Help in Their Struggle against a Deadly Disease That Threatens Their Survival
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Death lurks silently in the jungles of Panama. It can come in an instant, in a viper's strike or the jaguar's neck-breaking bite. But for other creatures, death may arrive slowly and mysteriously, brought on by undetectable...
Thirteen Towers of Peru
IN A DESERT IN Peru, a mysterious series of thirteen stone towers lines a ridge like the spine of some giant dinosaur. The towers are part of an ancient ceremonial center named Chankillo, in the Casma-Sechin River Basin on the coast of Peru. Although...
Uncovering the Bounty of Boyaca
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Trrential rains soak the Boyaca landscape, two hours north of Colombia's capital, Bogota, Small brick and adobe houses with faded whitewash or chipped paint dot the roadside, looking cozy in the February downpour. Snug behind...
Viva Venezuela!
With all it has to offer, it's surprising that the rich tradition of music and dance of Venezuela hasn't made a bigger and more lasting impression on the world stage. True, discerning cognoscenti of many lands have long been aware of Venezuela's remarkable...
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