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A villager holds three liquor bottles for use in the fiesta celebrations of the Guatemalan village of Todos Santos. He is a member of Cofradia, a religious brotherhood.

Happiness and Despair in Guatemala

A young boy participates in the holy week procession in Santiago, Atitlan. A boy enjoys the festive day as crowds gather in front of the church in Todos Santos. The village of Todos Santos celebrates its name-sake holiday, All Saints Day, with an

Hundreds of youths marched on Lexington Avenue on July 17, 1964 to the 67th Street police station to protest the death of James Powell, who was killed the night before by a police lieutenant. Photo by AP Wide World Photos

How a Campaign for Racial Trust Turned Sour

Glamorous young mayor John Lindsay had been in office all of two months when he threw down the gauntlet on the issue of civilian police review. The occasion, in February 1966, was the inauguration of a new police chief, a man known to

NEW YORK--Traders at the New York Merchantile Exchange bid on oil contracts amid falling prices. AP/Wide World Photo

Approaching Financial Meltdown

On March 27, an Azerbaijani missile hit an Aeroflot jet and bounced off without exploding. But the news broke into bank trading rooms as rumors of war between Russia and the Ukraine, sending shivers throughout the international currency market. SIDEBAR – What, Me

Protests in Harlem in 1964 erupted after policeman Thomas Gilligan shot a 15-year-old black youth, James Powell, to death on July 16th. Gilligan said the shooting was self-defense. The killing precipitated several days of violence in Harlem. Photo by AP Wide World Photos

How a Campaign for Racial Trust Turned Sour

Glamorous young mayor John Lindsay had been in office all of two months when he threw down the gauntlet on the issue of civilian police review. The occasion, in February 1966, was the inauguration of a new police chief, a man known to

Gay families are becoming more public and finding greater acceptance.

A Gay Family

Photos by Marc Geller Derek grew up in Washington, D.C. in a strong, stable dual income family with a number of brothers and sisters. He was trained as an accountant and made rapid progress; by his late twenties he was named head of

Farms across the entire Appalachian region have at least a few rows of Christmas trees growing, now that western North Carolina has become the nation’s major source of holiday trees. This small Christmas tree farm is in Pickens County, South Carolina. Photo by APF Fellow Dorothea Jackson

The Ways and Means of Holding on in the Highlands

If one only had an aviator cap of thin, fine leather, with earflaps and a chin strap that one snapped in a gesture of importance while settling into the feed trough, er, cockpit, one could shout, “Contack!” (an important aviator word) with a

McDonnell Douglas’ huge long-range airliner, planned for 1997, would have had its wings built in Taiwan under an arrangement crafted in part by Brock, who now represents the Taiwanese. Drawing Courtesy of McConnell Douglas

Bill Brock’s Global Visions

Former U.S. Trade Representative William Brock and John McDonnell, the chairman of McDonnell Douglas Corp., were talking at a business conference in southern California about two years ago when the conversation turned to the company’s future. McDonnell Douglas, a $17 billion-a-year enterprise, was

At Chimbai, in the delta of the Amu River, the plentiful fish from the nearby Aral Sea used to be part of the daily diet. Now the market offers only a handful of fish from local canals.

How the Soviets Destroyed a Sea in Thirty Years

Muynak, Uzbekistan – In this frightened town, life has always meant fishing. Men’s faces are leathered by lifetimes on the Aral Sea; their arms thickened by the weight of countless nets hauled from the waters. The women’s hands are scarred from millions of

The view near the top of the Appalachian range at Craggy Gardens, on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville. Mist and clouds brush the mountain tops after a spring rain. The rhododendron gardens are natures own.

Living at Home: Money and Migration

Photos and text by APF Fellow Dorothea Jackson The Old South Carolina highway that snaked through the first wave of the Blue Ridge Mountains ends now in Lake Keowee. Literally, just short of where a covered bridge used to span the formidable green

In an annual tribute to early settlement, a wagon train moves into Tatham Gap, outside Andrews, North Carolina. Some of the road ahead is dirt, though much improved since thousands of Cherokee Indians were herded along it in 1838, on the first 12 miles of the Trail of Tears.

How It Was: The Bedrock of the Appalachian Dilemma

Photos and Article by APF Fellow Dorothea Jackson. It is spring and along the Daniel Boone Parkway, between London and Hazard, Kentucky, yellow wildflowers bloom from the fractured stone faces of mountains that have been dynamited open for the passage of the road.

A semiconductor chip, which technological advances have allowed to be made smaller and smaller. The chip trade is one of the touchiest parts of U.S. and Japanese trade relations. Photo Courtesy of Melgar Photography, Santa Clara, CA

The Quiet Renewal of the Japan Chip Pact

When Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Linn Williams entered the White House Cabinet Room late in May of 1991, he was feeling both exhilarated and apprehensive. Just a few days earlier, he had completed months of delicate negotiations renewing the U.S.-Japanese agreement governing trade

Connie Taylor and three of her eight children. They live in a housing project owned by the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Understanding America’s Poverties and Drowning Mothers

Michael Harrington once wrote that one ought not to talk about “poverty” but about poverties. He meant there are so many ways of being poor that no single description or analysis can apply to them all. The same thing is true of homelessness.

Karabakh official and fighters Prepare to board an MI-8 helicopter from Yerevan to Karabakh.

The Fulcrum that Could Rock Russia and Iran

Photos by APF Fellow James Rupert BAKU, Azerbaijan–In the western Azerbaijani town of Agdam, Fazil Gassimov is a respected man. He is a former school director and collective farm manager who wears his 52 years, like his sweater vest and tweed jacket, with

An evangelical priest gives a eulogy behind black trash bags containing the skeletal remains of eight people murdered in the early 1980’s during the Guatemalan army’s counter-insurgency campaign. They were among the 23 bodies unearthed by anthropologists in August in Chontala, a village in the western highlands of Guatemala.

The Suffering of Guatemala’s Indigenious People

A noticeable hush fell over the small crowd of Guatemalan indigenious people. They watched in horror as forensic anthropologist Luis Miguel Alonso painstakingly unearthed the body of a young Indian boy killed in a massacre in 1983. An evangelical priest gives a eulogy

President Johnetta Cole of Spelman College in Atlanta shows off African figures at a gift shop in the Little Points section of Atlanta. She was shopping for a retirement gift for a professor in the college's art department. AP/Wide World Photos

The Future of Black Colleges and Universities

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA.-Strolling across Lincoln University’s bucolic campus, set in southeastern Pennsylvania roughly equidistant from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Delaware, tempts a visitor to populate walkways, classrooms, playing fields, and the chapel with some of its most famous alumni-Langston Hughes, the poet and

The newest model of the Airbus was unveiled this fall, complete with orchestra. Photo Courtesy of Airbus Industrie

The Failed Crusade Against Airbus

George Prill liked to work on a large scale. As president of Lockheed’s international aircraft unit, he tried to make an unprecedented deal for the sale and production of L1011 jetliners with the Soviet Union in the mid-1970s. Later in the decade, he

An anti-communist demonstration in the center of Dushanbe, in Central Asia. The crowd pressed close at the time of a Supreme Soviet session, which was called to discuss their demands. The demonstrators shouted "Parliament: Resign!" while Tajik militiamen kept the crowd back.

The Strange State of Soviet Central Asia

Photo by James Rupert TASHKENT, U.S.S.R.-On the night last August that masses of Muscovites undid the Bolshevik Revolution, most people here in the Soviet Union’s fourth largest city appeared not to care. On the flickering television image from Moscow, 1700 miles away, a

The Libyan pharmaceutical plant at Rabta, shown in this satellite photo, is believed by U.S. authorities to be producing chemical weapons. The plant was built in the 1980s with the help Of German exports and expertise. When discovered, the ensuing scandal tightened German shipments of war chemicals. The plants continuation shows the ease with which chemical arsenals can be assembled through ordinary commerce. Western diplomats say a second chemical weapons production plant is in the works in the southern Libyan desert near Sabha. Photo ©1991 CNES. Provided by Spot Image Corporation

Outlawing Chemical Weapons

How intrusive searches and disposal problems are hampering talks toward an historic ban on possessing war poisons. At the sound of approaching aircraft, Farouk Abdullah, an elder in the northern Iraqi village of Ekmala, squinted up at the brightening summer sky. It was