Issue of March, 31, 2003
he Mayan civilization for more than 3,000 years shone throughout Mesoamerica, which continues to be inhabited by its descendants. The imprints, achievements and mysteries these ancient peoples left can also be explored via cyberspace.
Q & A
Carlos Monsiváis"Leaving future generations with the right to breathe once every three days"
By Pilar Franco
any in Mexico agree that it is impossible to categorize writer Carlos Monsiváis, but he defines himself as "a reader". Regardless, his active participation in an array of cultural, social and political movements in this country has made him a privileged witness of contemporary history.
Squid under Siege
By Marcela Valente
oreign ships clandestinely fish for this profitable species in Argentine waters.
Eden in the Line of Fire
By María Amparo Lasso
inety-three percent of the wetlands have disappeared in Mesopotamia, the great oasis of the Middle East. Now, war threatens to destroy what little remains.
BRAZIL: Dam Dilemma Resurfaces
Brazil faces the dilemma of whether to build big hydroelectric dams, weighing the need to keep up with the demand for greater electricity generating capacity -- to avoid a repeat of the 2001 energy crisis -- and the fears of environmental and social harm.
VENEZUELA: Drought Triggers Religious Quandary
The drought hitting Venezuela set off a debate with religious nuances when the state-run Parks Institute decided to limit the gathering of palm fronds on Avila mountain, which separate Caracas from the Caribbean coast, a traditional activity in the days before Catholic Holy Week
CHILE: Water Protection Rules Complete
The Chilean government has finalized rules to protect water from contaminating emissions, expediting regulation on water courses and aquifers, reports the National Environment Commission (Conama).
CUBA: Educational Expedition
Scientists will provide environmental education in the eastern Humboldt National Park to improve the living conditions of the residents of this important preserve of Antilles flora and fauna.
NICARAGUA: Iodine in the Salt
The Saltworks Association of Nicaragua and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have signed an agreement to ensure the addition of iodine -- a nutritional necessity -- to 95 percent of the salt consumed in this Central American country.
GUATEMALA:: Reforestation of Two River Basins
Some 4,000 hectares of Los Esclavos and María Linda river basins, in central and southern Guatemala, will be reforested by the ministries of Agriculture and of Energy and Mines
HONDURAS: Illness Blamed on US Mining Firm
Residents of Valle de Siria, in the central department of Francisco Morazán, suffer skin diseases and respiratory illnesses, which they blame on the mining activities of the U.S.-based transnational Entre Mares.
Lessons From a Unique Decade
José Graziano da Silva *
Rio+20 and Beyond: Together for a Sustainable Future
José Graziano da Silva *
Why Inclusive Green Growth Can Sustain Recent Gains in Latin America
The Global Food Crisis and the Latin American Paradox
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Crisis Sows Community Gardens in Spain
CDs Become Weapon in Political Armoury
Private Interests Infiltrate G20 Summit
Pakistanis Blame CIA for Fresh Polio Cases
Setting Goals to Protect Half the Planet
Defining Green Economy May Stymie Rio Summit
"We All Have to Start Being City Changers"
Tension Around Possible Islamic State in Northern Mali
Health Warnings Loud and Clear on Cigarettes in Argentina
Biggest Economies Still Lagging on Renewables
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