Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 3, May-June

A Lens for Life's Dreams: A Creative Photography Project in Guatemala and Honduras Is Enabling Children to Experience Worlds beyond Their Imaginations
The moment she most loves is when the photo surprises her. When the image just appears to her spontaneously, and she can lift her camera to her face, feel the cool metal pressing her cheekbone, and lock it into view. When she can make a fleeting...
Barbados: The Climate of Success: This Small Caribbean Nation Plans to Lure a Large Sector of the Tourism Market, While Opening Opportunities for Foreign Investors
BARBADOS which in early June will host the thirty-second General Assembly of the Organization of American States, is one of the tiniest of OAS member nations--and by far the most densely populated. Yet even though 275,000 people call this 166-square-mile...
Caribbean General Assembly. (OAS)
NOWADAYS THE WORD security tends to be linked closely to the need to fight terrorism. Ambassador Michael King of Barbados sees security as a much broader concern. Small island states, in particular, face a range of threats to their stability...
Changing Colors of Cartagena: Restored to Its Former Multicolored Hues, This Historic Coastal City Is One of the Safest and Most Attractive Destinations in Colombia
When I first visited Cartagena, the Spanish colonial town Colombia's Caribbean coast, it was decaying within a thick circle of ramparts under a fortress so strongly buttressed that it had taken the Spanish over 130 years to erect it. After a disastrous...
Cherishing Cheddi. (Inter-American System)
In the early 1960s, Washington considered him Public Enemy No. 2, a dangerous Marxist following in the footsteps of Fidel Castro. Thirty years later, Guyana's Cheddi Jagan was being hailed by President Bill Clinton as a crusader for democracy and...
Colonial Comeback for Campeche: With the Restoration of Its Unique Architectural Legacy and a Revitalized Cultural Life, This Port City on Mexico's Gulf Coast Is Once Again Bustling
From a privileged location overlooking Campeche's historic central plaza, the sprawling Casa Senorial sat silent and brooding under a scorching tropical sun. Decades of benign neglect, abetted by relentless doses of Gulf Coast humidity, had conspired...
From the Editor
Ambassador Michael King of Barbados has expressed the hope that the OAS General Assembly meeting in his country in June will be a "Caribbean General Assembly." He is by no means limiting the scope and focus of the Assembly. The shores of twenty-three...
Green Profits of Tourism. (iOjo!)
A UNIQUE BUSINESS venture is asking conservationists to think like businesspeople as they work to preserve their region's biodiversity. Members of the Mesoamerican Ecotourism Alliance (MEA)--Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico--are...
Low-Tech Prescription for Chagas. (iOjo!)
CHAGAS DISEASE is a serious and sometimes deadly infection that affects some sixteen to twenty million people throughout the Americas. What if there were a simple and inexpensive way to prevent transmission? Rockefeller University and Columbia...
Mapping Change with Mollusks. (iOjo!)
IN THE PAST DECADE the weather phenomenon known as El Nino has dramatically affected the Americas--causing the loss of lives, crop destruction, and devastation of fishing industries. To better understand this weather event, researchers are studying...
Portraits from the Inside Out: The Disarming Works of Mexican Artist Nahum Zenil Reflect Sensitive Personal Issues and Challenge Society's Stereotypes
THE HOUSE OF ARTIST NAHUM ZENIL in Mexico City does not feel like a home, but what might be called a residential installation. It is more a monument to a lost past, an effort to retrieve, through replication of objects, events associated with childhood....
Ricardo Piglia: Between the Lines of a Literary Detective: Writer Ricardo Piglia Creates a Fascinating Amalgam, Mixing Genres and Styles That Reflect Historical and Social Circumstances of His Native Argentina
Writers, like everyone else, labor in the shadow of their predecessors. For some, the relationship can be antagonistic, angry, a resentful struggle to break free, even if it means trashing accomplishments of those who came before. Others prosper,...
Speaking out in Venezuela. (OAS)
SANTIAGO A. CANTON, executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, visited Venezuela to explore the state of freedom of expression in that country, in response to an invitation from the Venezuelan government and expressions...
The Woman on Tape. (Latitudes)
Some years ago I lived for a few months at the Hotel Almagro at the intersection of Rivadavia and Castro Barros. Right around the corner from the hotel is the Boxing Federation and I went to watch the fights every Wednesday night. At the entrance...
Two Brothers, One Instrument. (Music)
Sergio Assad says he is a simple man. He doesn't wear expensive clothes, live in a fancy house, or even own a car. "If I had tons of extra money, I would rather give it away," he says, "because I wouldn't know how to spend it." He's so unassuming,...
Weeds for Wellness. (iOjo!)
WHEN IS A WEED not, well, a weed? The Maya are well known for their use of medicinal plants, and in recent years scientists from around the world have tapped into their knowledge in search of cures for cancer, AIDS, and other devastating diseases....
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