Reference Corporation

Home / Tordesilla: Hispanic and Lusitanian World Database

Tordesilla: The Hispanica & Lusitania World Database

(Through mid-2007: 150,000 records; 50,000 fulltext records.) Tordesilla: The Hispanica & Lusitania World Database is a bibliographic and fulltext database that provides area coverage for Spain (including Basques and Catalans), Portugal, Brazil, Latin America and Caribbean, Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking states worldwide, and Chicano Studies. The database is designed to provide easy bibliographic and fulltext access to journals, newspapers, conference proceedings, press releases, books, manuals, magazines, and ephemera.

Core area country coverage (two core areas):

Latin America and Caribbean: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Trinidad, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Spanish- and Portuguese-Speaking Nations: Angola, Canary Islands, Ceuta, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Goa, Guinea-Bissau, Mellila, Mozambique, Philippines, Portugal, Sao Tome & Principe, Spain, Western Sahara.

All Reference databases are constantly expanded and enriched, both with additional records from journals that have been abstracted for many years, but also from new journals, new sources and new books, whether by abstracts or fulltext.

Hispanica and Lusitania World Database Sample Abstract 1

McKinley, James C., Jr

"Drug Trade, Once Passing By, Takes Root, and Toll, in Mexico", in New York Times, October 3, 2007. pp. A1, A10.

Mexico used to be mainly a conduit for the limitless tons of narcotics that flowed unimpeded into the United States. Now, as the drug cartels' power has grown, they are increasingly cultivating domestic Mexican markets for narcotics. Methamphetamine (ice) and crack used to be almost unknown in Mexico: Now the country is flooded with the drugs. Cities like Zamora, a community of 170000 people in Michoacan state, have a large and growing population of addicts. Zamora Police Cmdr. Juan Carlos Espinosa notes that fifteen years ago the town only had marijuana, and that suddenly, only three years ago a range of new narcotics became a problem. Zamora has seen the rise of homeless addicts, rising street crime, open air drug bazaars and crack houses. Inevitably, addicts have turned to dealing, prostitution and theft. Private drug rehab facilities, often very primitive, have sprung up throughout the city.

The rise of drug addiction in Mexico has trigger a national response: Pres. Felipe Calderon has called for national drug testing of high school students.

Geographic Descriptors: Mexico, Michoacan

Subject Descriptors: Addiction, Crack, Crime, Homelessness, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Narcotics, Organized Crime, Police Agencies, Prostitution, Public Health

Corporate Descriptors: Zamora Police Department

Named Persons: Espinosa, Juan Carlos [Mexico]; Calerdon, Felipe [Mexico]

Return to top of page

Hispanica and Lusitania World Database Sample Abstract 2

Silberling, Louise S.

"Displacement and Quilombos in Alcantara, Brazil: Modernity, Identity and Place", in International Social Science Journal (UNESCO), March 2003. pp. 145-156.

In the last two decades, the residents of the peninsula of Alcantara, Maranhao state have struggled against the development of 155000 acres for the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) Alcantara Launch Center (Centro de Lancament Alcantara, CLA). In the last two years there have been renewed efforts to remove the local population in anticipation of the implementation of a bilateral accord with the United States (Technical Safeguards Agreement).

The population of the peninsula is mainly poor farmers and fishermen, many being Afro-Brazilians, descendants of Afro-Brazilian slaves. They identify themselves as the quilombos "traditional" communities. They acquired the land after it was abandoned by plantation owners. Their land claims were formalized by Article 68 of the 1988 Brazilian Constitution. What is unusual about the quilombos is that they are resisting development and resettlement, which would move them into "agrovilas". The quilombos are very aware of what resettlement means. For many of the resettled quilombos, the agrovilas are just a stepping-stone on the path to the favelas (slums) of Sao Luis, the capital of Maranhao. Agrovilas foster family disintegration and have increased teenage pregnacy and prostitution.

However, the land rights of the quilombos stand in the way of the national program to establish Brazail and technological and space power. The quilombos are not so much pursuing a nostalgic search for their racial roots as they are "testing the possibilities of citizenship in multicultural and pluralizing state" and are an integral part of the national Movimento Negro.

In 1995, the quilombos held their first national meeting, the National Encounter of Rural Black Communities in the national capital of Brasilia. The quilombos have become the center of a broad coalition supporting their claims, including: the Rural Workers Union of Alcantara, the Maranhense Society for Human Rights (UFMA), the Black Cultural Center of Maranhao (CCN), the Black Life Project (PVN), the Brazilian Anthropological Association (ABA), and the Association of Qulimobos of Maranhao (ACONERUQ). The quilombos advanced their claims at the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) in South Africa in 2001 and the World Social Forum in Brazil in 2001.

However, the role of the state in "protecting and entitling private citizens" is reduced or destroyed in the sociopolitical environment created by globalism. Nevertheless, the quilombos movement is struggling to find a Pan-Africanist response, rooted in democratic human rights, to modernity in the guise of global Military-Industrial development.

Geographic Descriptors: Afro-Brazilians, Brazil, Maranhao, Quilombos, South Africa, UN, USA

Subject Descriptors: Anthropology, Conferences, Diplomatic Relations, Dissidents, Ethnic Policy, High Tech, Human Rights, Industrial Policy, International Organizations, Land Tenure, Launch Facilities, Megaprojects, Multiculturalism, Pan-Africanism, Plantations, Poverty, Prostitution, Resettlement, Rural-Urban Migration, Rural Development, Subsistence Agriculture, Subsistence Fisheries, Space Policy, Technology Policy, Treaties, Unions

Corporate Descriptors: CLA, Alcantara Launch Center, Technical Safeguards Agreement, Movimento Negro, National Encounter of Rural Black Communities, AEB, Brazilian Space Agency, Centro de Lancament Alcantara, Rural Workers Union of Alcantara, Maranhense Society for Human Rights, UFMA, Black Cultural Center of Maranhao, CCN, Black Life Project, PVN, Brazilian Anthropological Association, ABA, Association of Qulimobos of Maranhao, ACONERUQ, World Conference Against Racism, WCAR, World Social Forum

Return to top of page

Hispanica and Lusitania World Sample Primary Document

Government of Vietnam

Vietnam, Venezuela Joint Statement. ( Hanoi: Government of Vietnam, June 2, 2007.

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam and Venezuela, on May 31, issued a joint statement following an official visit to the South American country by Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh. The joint statement runs as follows:

(1) General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Nong Duc Manh and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation paid an official visit to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from May 30 to June 1 at the invitation of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

(2) The two leaders discussed and agreed upon major directions and measures to develop bilateral relations between Viet Nam and Venezuela; and shared views on international and regional issues of mutual concern.

The two sides agreed that recent political changes in Latin America and the results of the regional people's brave struggle were important steps forward in the process of affirming national independence, defending national sovereignty and executing a democracy of the people, by the people and for the people, constituting an opportunity to establish models of socio-economic development based on humane and socialist principles.

(4) General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez noted with pleasure the achievements of historical significance made by the people of their respective countries in their revolutionary causes to build socialism for national development and independence, which have been encouraged by their national liberation heroes, Ho Chi Minh and Simon Bolivar.

(5) The two sides were pleased with the recent development of bilateral relations and affirmed their determination to boost and develop a comprehensive partnership between Viet Nam and Venezuela on the basis of trust, equal cooperation and mutual benefit, and to actively contribute to peace, stability, cooperation and development in Southeast Asia, Latin America and the world.

(6) The two sides stressed the need for fostering and consolidating cooperative ties between the two countries in all areas, particularly in the areas in which the two countries have made significant achievements, such as economy, energy, mining, culture, science-technology, education and agriculture; and decided to quickly increase their two-way trade. They assigned the Viet Nam-Venezuela Joint Governmental Cooperation Committee to discuss the implementation of cooperation in the above-said areas at its first session, which will take place in the coming time.

(7) Regarding issues of mutual concern, the two sides defined specific cooperation projects in oil exploring, evaluating and tapping at some lots off the coast of Venezuela, oil refinery construction in Viet Nam, building oil tankers, transporting crude oil, and oil and gas services; cooperation in the production and trade of automobiles, motorbikes, agricultural machineries, consumers' industrial goods, electronics, compact light bulbs; agriculture; aquaculture; and human resources training.

(8) The two leaders agreed to increase high-ranking meetings and boost the exchange between the Communist Party of Viet Nam and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, and between different organisations of the two countries, as well as facilitate the exchange of visits and efficient cooperation between industries and agencies.

(9) General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and President Hugo Chavez discussed a number of theoretical and practical issues of socialism through different periods and in different countries, highlighting the humanitarian content and other vital values of socialism in the struggle for nations' right to self-determination and international solidarity. They exchanged views and experiences on building socialism in the face of new challenges in the 21st century and pledged to maintain regular dialogues on this important topic.

(10) The two sides made analysis and exchanged views, in a sincere and constructive manner, on different issues that are coped with by the international community. The two sides reaffirmed their commitment, together with the international community, to promote a new international order for democracy, justice, equality and solidarity as well as maintain peace and security, cooperation and development in the world.

(11) The two sides agreed that conflicts should be addressed through political solutions and peaceful dialogues on the basis of respecting nations' independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and self-determination, not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and not using force or threatening to resort to force.

(12) The two sides applauded the democratization process of the United Nations in order to ensure interests of all member countries, enhance the UN's key role in the world affairs and to prevent all schemes and actions running counter to the UN charter, regulations and standards of the international law.

(13) The two leaders highly valued all efforts for regional and inter-regional dialogues and pledged to increase the role of the Non-aligned Movement as a forum for solidarity and cooperation between developing countries as well as actively promote the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) as a cooperative bridge between the two regions. President Hugo Chavez expressed Venezuela's full support for Viet Nam's bid for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in the 2008-2009 term.

(14) The two sides agreed that the successful Venezuela visit by General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and President Hugo Chavez's visit to Viet Nam in July 2006 have ushered in a new chapter in the Viet Nam-Venezuela relationship, making a great contribution to peace, stability and cooperation between the two regions and in the world.

(15) General Secretary Nong Duc Manh expressed his sincere thanks to President Hugo Chavez, the government and people of Venezuela for their fine fraternity and warm welcome given to the high-ranking Vietnamese delegation. General Secretary Manh invited President Chavez to revisit Viet Nam in an appropriate time and President Chavez accepted the invitation with pleasure. (Source: VNA)

Geographic Descriptors: UN, Venezuela, Vietnam

Subject Descriptors: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Diplomatic Relations, Economic Development, Electronics, Energy Policy, Industrial Development, International Law, International Organizations, Mining, Motorcycles, Natural Gas, Oil, Oil Exploration, Oil Production, Oil Tankers, Political Parties, Refineries, Shipbuilding, Technology Transfer, Trade Policy

Corporate Descriptors: FEALAC, Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation, Vietnamese Communist Party, Venezuelan Socialist Party, Viet Nam-Venezuela Joint Governmental Cooperation Committee

Named Persons: Chavez, Hugo [Venezuela]; Nong Duc Manh [Vietnam]

Return to top of page