Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 4, July-August

An Artist's License to a Child's Dream: Argentine Painter Norma Bessouet Evokes the Still World of Young Girls Disconnected from Life's Adult Realities
NORMA BESSOUET'S world is one of childhood fantasies and dreams, that looking-glass wonderland of a young girl, not quite woman. Her work shares traits associated with such other Latin American narrative fabulists as Leonora Carrington, Dorothea...
Asuncion's Rising Riverfront
EVER SINCE ITS unassuming beginnings in 1537 as a Spanish fort on the banks of the muddy, slow-moving Paraguay River, Asuncion has been closely tied to the river that delineates its western boundary. For centuries, the river has served as an essential...
Chacabuco: Dual Gateway to History: This Ghost Town in Chile's Atacama Desert Echoes Sounds of a Once-Bustling Nitrate Business, as Well as the Cries of Political Prisoners of This Former Concentration Camp
The woman serving coffee at El Oasis truck stop and restaurant, located at the desert junction of the roads to Calama and Iquique, in the middle of the Chilean Atacama Desert, knows Roberto Zaldivar. He is the solitary man who lives in Chacabuco,...
From the Editors
As humans we have no special claim to memories--what we forget to remember is found all around us, not only in the things we create--our dwellings, workplaces, structures we build and abandon--but also on the forests, rivers, deserts; and nature...
In the Moment of the Word: The Late Mexican Author Salvador Elizondo Pursued Spontaneity in the Act of Writing Daring, Unorthodox Works
Salvador Elizondo, Mexico's daring man of letters, wrote this perplexing passage in the early seventies and dedicated it to his close friend, the poet and essayist Octavio Paz. The text introduced a collection of short pieces he called El grafografo...
Lila Downs: Weaving Songs across Borders: This Popular Mexican-Born Artist Gives Voice to Indigenous Communities While Creating a Musical Language of Her Own
One day last summer, arriving at Lila Downs's house in New York City's Chinatown, I realize immediately that she's forgotten about our interview. She and her partner, Paul Cohen, are in the midst of composing--intensely it seems. Cohen is a saxophonist...
Parks on Peaks
ST. LUCIA'S eleven-square-mile volcanic complex, known as the Pitons Management Area, is located on the island's southwest coast near the fishing village of Soufriere. In addition to its two dramatic spires, this unique site encompasses a geothermal...
Press Freedom
DESPITE MAJOR challenges to freedom of expression in the Americas, significant progress is being made, concluded a forum of experts who convened at OAS headquarters in May. Noting positive developments, such as more countries introducing access-to-information...
Public-Private Cooperation
FIGHTING POVERTY, creating jobs, and improving competitiveness in the region will take the combined efforts of both the state and the marketplace, Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza said. Speaking at the signing of a cooperation agreement between...
Quinoa's Natural Comeback
IN THE HIGH, ARID valleys that surround Lake Titicaca, hundreds of farming families on small tracks of land are in the vanguard of an advanced method of agricultural production that promises to open new markets around the world for one of Peru's...
Sea Monsters of Patagonia
It does not look like beach-front property, but that is what it was--140 million years ago. Bordering a bay on the far western edge of the Pacific Ocean, it once swarmed with prehistoric sea life. At the time, this land was part of Gondwana, a mega...
Speaking with the Secretary General by the OAS Press and Communications Team
"It was a good assembly," said Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, summing up the thirty-sixth regular session of the OAS General Assembly--a restrained description for what was an excellent result, according...
St. Lucia's Creole Core: Language and Culture Play a Key Role in This Caribbean Nation's Struggle for a New Path to Economic Development
Many a memorable introduction to another culture comes by way of its favorite foods, and on the Windward Caribbean island of St. Lucia, there's no better time to become culinarily acquainted than at a festival known as Jounen Kweyol, or Creole Day....
The OAS and Chile in Humanitarian Demining Operations
Thanks to a $125,000 contribution from the Canadian government, the OAS's Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines (AICMA) program was able to aid in the destruction of 300,039 land mines stockpiled in Chile, carried out within the regional...
Tortuguero's Fertile Turtles
ENCOURAGING NEWS comes from the beaches of Tortuguero, Costa Rica, where endangered green sea turtles nest by the thousands. Continuing an upward trend, the 2005 nesting season was one of the busiest on record, with a total of 91,615 sea turtle...
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