From the editor.



In March, the countries of the region experienced a tense, complex, and difficult situation, precipitated by Colombia's incursion into Ecuadorian territory to attack a clandestine encampment of Colombian guerrillas. In this issue, we look at the role of the Organization of American States (OAS) in seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis, which drew the world's attention and concern. A special OAS commission traveled to the jungle area where the incursion took place to get a better understanding of the situation.

Beyond the headlines, Americas goes to the farthest reaches to find stories that in one way of another capture the spirit of the hemisphere. Culture is one element that unifies people from different countries. In Haiti, Tequila Minsky visited several libraries that ate opening doors to the future for children and teens. We linger a while on the island to rediscover Haiti's colors, myth, and magic through the art of Edouard Duval Carrie, who talks with Adriana Bianco about his work.

The sound of violins floats unexpectedly through the air in a remote area of Bolivia visited by Jordi Busque. And two great figures of Latin American literature, Eduardo Galeano and Mario Benedetti, reflect on victories and defeats in futbol, the sport that moves multitudes.

With the majestic Statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro, we...

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