Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

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Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

From the Editor

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In the Inter-American Year of Women, we recognize that the quest for equality of rights and opportunities for women is a struggle that has changed human relationships around the world. While much progress has been made; violence, discrimination, and marginality continue to be obstacles that keep women in our hemisphere from participating fully and equally in the benefits of development.

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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the greatest ecological catastrophe in the history of the United States, and dramatic images show the "black tide" devouring the coasts of the Gulf states. This disaster occurring at a time of increased global warming points again, and with greater urgency, to the need to wean ourselves from dependence on fossil fuels and diversify our energy options.

To what extent does modernity promise better urban living? Panama City's historic downtown area is changing daily with new skyscrapers that attract international investors even as they erase some beloved traditions. …

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