Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 6, November-December

Anniversary of a Charter. (OAS)
AT THE OAS to mark the first anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, President Alejandro Toledo of Peru underscored the need to develop "a true democratic culture in our countries" and to ensure that all citizens have a voice in decision-making....
An Ode to the Sea. (Ojo!)
THERE'S A SAYING among Chileans. God created their country last and built it out of the world's leftovers. The linguini-strip of a nation has mountains, deserts, rivers, fjords, glaciers--the works. Spend some time pondering menus of baby conger...
At the Service of Children. (Inter-American System)
The Americas, home to an enormous concentration of young people alive with hope and frustration, have historically shown a special concern for the well-being of their boys and girls. In 1927, long before the United Nations set up its own prestigious...
Behind Bountiful Banners: Pursuing a Lifelong Passion, Whitney Smith Has Documented the Origins and Significance of Hundreds of Flags of the Hemisphere
Many people might be vexed by the word vexillologist, but not Whitney Smith. Because that is what he is: one who studies the history and symbolism of flags. In fact, as a teenager, Smith himself coined the term vexillology, by combining the Latin...
En Route to the Real Robinson Crusoe: A Simple Story That Started on Chile's Juan Fernandez Archipelago Spawned a Legend That Has Inspired Numerous Books and Films over Centuries and across Oceans
October 1574 When the Spanish captain Juan Fernandez set sail from Lima bound for Santiago, he expected a voyage of no less than three months. Running against the Humboldt Current and contrary winds, ships often took three times that--a female...
From the Editor
Click a shutter, write a novel, even shoot a rocket. These are all ways to tell stories, really. By doing so, we create new borders of our own, and challenge accepted norms of understanding. In this issue, Argentine photographer Marcos Zimmermann...
Into the Light of the Night Sky: Scientists at a Research Center near Fairbanks, Alaska, Are Shooting Rockets into the Aurora Borealis to Measure the Phenomenon's Effect on Telecommunications and Other Activities
The Poker Flat Research Range is eerie at night. Located about thirty miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, at the end of a winding gravel road, the place is desolate and bitterly cold as winds blow off the snow fields. Trees line the road and are...
Popular Passions, Variations, and Tangos. (Music Notes)
Osvaldo Golijov La Pasion Segun San Marcos (Hanssler Classic CD 98.404) An international cast of vocalists and musicians brings to life this ambitious, panoramic contemporary classical work by Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov. Recorded live...
Reality in the Raw: With an Eye for Detail and Emotion, Argentine Photographer Marcos Zimmermann Captures Often Overlooked Historical and Physical Landscapes of His Native Country
Think Argentina and the first image that comes to mind is almost always urban. Even ifthe country's grueling economic crisis has dimmed the normally bright, blinding lights of Buenos Aires, there's no denying that Argentina is identified as much...
Resort with a Past. (Ojo!)
NICARAGUA'S BARCELO Playa Montelimar Resort & Casino is a tourist retreat that, if not fit for a king, was at least suited for a dictator who became fabulously wealthy by dipping his hands into seemingly every aspect of the Central American...
Sao Paulo's Counterculture. (Ojo!)
THE ONLY CONSISTENT in the career of independent music producer Luiz Calanca has been change, and in recent years, it's come at, an increasingly bewildering pace. Since he opened his record shop in 1978 in one of the most popular shopping centers...
Staking out Survival for Sonoran Pronghorns: Racing against Extinction, the Fastest Land Mammal in North America Is the Focus of New Recovery Efforts on Both Sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border
At the U.S.-Mexico border in southwestern Arizona, the old Peligroso/Danger signs dangling from the barbed wire do little to stop a furtive flood of foot traffic through the desert, despite its unforgiving conditions. In fact, this was the grim...
Wry Modernist of Brazil's Past: Often Considered the Father of His Country's Literature, Machado De Assis Created Humorous and Dark Works of Implicit Social Criticism, Free of the Conventions of His Nineteenth-Century Rio
Last year the Brazilian film Memorias Postumas, directed by Andre Klotzel, collected honors at film festivals everywhere from Berlin to Kerala, in southwestern India. This faithful incarnation of the 1881 novel by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis...
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