Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 4, July-August

A Plait of Three Colors. (Viewpoint)
President Vicente Fox of Mexico has launched a regional economic development program called the Puebla-Panama Plan. He has received encouragement from President George W. Bush; he has secured financial commitments from the Inter-American Development...
Cineast of the Human Angle: With Keen Sensitivity to His Subjects, Argentine Filmmaker Jorge Preloran Captures Simple Life Stories That Resonate beyond Their Ethnographic Value
"My movies do not use the people about whom they are made," Argentine documentary filmmaker Jorge Preloran once wrote, "but rather they are made in order to serve them." Such words are not commonly heard in today's world of sensationalist and exploitative...
Evolutionary Roads to Rodents. (Americas [??]Ojo!)
SOUTH AMERICA is home to the most diverse collection of rodents in the world. They range in size from the tiny, third-of-an-ounce pygmy rice rat to the world's largest rodent, the 140-pound capybara. They climb through the trees in search of fruits...
From the Editor
Memory is a curious thing. There are shared memories that serve to define us as a nation or as a people. There are common and sometimes not so positive experiences that we collectively suppress from our memories. And memories, vivid pictures, fond...
Guarani from Tongue to Tome: Although This Native Language Has Long Been Spoken throughout Paraguay, Its Literary Boom Is Relatively Recent, Thanks to a Growing Number of Dedicated Writers
In Paraguay, Spanish is the language of business and government, law, and the media. But Guarani, it may be said, is the language of living. The native language's earthy phrases and throaty tones can be heard drifting from under shade trees by Chaco...
Human Rights in Venezuela. (OAS)
THE INTER-AMERICAN Commission on Human Rights visited Venezuela from May 6 to 10, at the invitation of the government. Although the on-site visit had been planned for more than two years, it was dominated by the fallout from the recent political...
Jose Gurvich: Filling Every Space: Through Constant Experimentation and a Reawakened Jewish Identity, This Uruguayan Artist Created a Distinctive Visual Language with Universal Impact
Often called a land of artists, Uruguay is also an "open country." During the modern era, ripples set in motion by innovations in Europe constantly lapped upon its shores. Many native artists served as vehicles for transmission, but perhaps best...
Netting More in Ecuador: A Photographer Captures the Rhythm of Coastal Fishing Towns Where This Industry Continues to Be the Hook to Life
The sardine fishermen of Machalilla are returning from the sea. The pale blue light of dawn is barely enough to see by. But human and animal activity alike has already reached fever pitch. Men come and go between the thirteen boats anchored in the...
New Tracks for Old Maestros. (Music Notes)
Moacir Santos Ouro Negro (MP,B 325912001312) Although he departed his native Brazil over three decades ago to begin a new career in the U.S., the seventy-seven-year-old Moacir Santos Ouro Negro has remained an important source of artistic inspiration...
PAHO: A Century of Healthy Achievements. (Inter-American System)
Health in the Americas has come a long way since the first epidemic recorded in the Hemisphere, a smallpox outbreak that started in Hispaniola in 1515 and spread to neighboring islands and the South American mainland. Decimating Amerindian tribes,...
Responding with the Democratic Charter. (OAS)
THE OAS REACTED QUICKLY to the political crisis that briefly unseated Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in April. Applying the new Inter-American Democratic Charter for the first time, the member states condemned the "alteration of the constitutional...
Temples of Tribute and Illusion
In 1934 Aldous Huxley took a side trip from a Caribbean cruise to visit Guatemala. He boarded a train in the Atlantic port of Puerto Barrios, traveling along the banana plantations that flanked the railroad line most of the way to the Guatemalan...
The Herb That Sustains. (Americas ??Ojo!)
WHEN ENVIRONMENTALISTS look over the Alto Parana region, where the borders of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina meet, their general evaluation is one of great concern: With the exception of a few parks and private reserves, the region's Interior Atlantic...
The Tallest Torre. (Americas [??]Ojo!)
JUST MONTHS AFTER the destruction of New York's World Trade Center, one might suspect that flashy, ostentatious office towers that dwarf everything else around them have become a thing of the past. Tell that to Arturo Aispuro, vice president of...
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