The Pan American Association provides News & Notes for the Philadelphia community and for all those interested in developing a better understanding of the vibrant and deep relationship between the United States and the people of the Americas. For over 70 years the Pan American Association has been the preeminent forum for dialogue in the Delaware Valley on a relationship which is intensifying daily. We hope that News & Updates will serve as a solid bridge of communication among all the countries of the Americas. Never in history has the need for such a dialogue been greater than it is today.

  • Guatemala's Elects President

    Wednesday, 28 October 2015

    Orlando Perez analyzes prospects for democratic change in Guatemala, a country deeply affected by violence and corruption. Former comedian Jimmy Morales faces great challenges as the new president. Morales has no experience in politics.

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  • Earthquake in Argentina

    Wednesday, 28 October 2015

    No, not that kind. In Argentina’s election on Sunday the heavy favorite, Daniel Scioli, who was backed by the government Peronist apparatus was forced into a runoff election by the center-right opponent, Mauricio Macri. In addition, the governing party lost its congressional majority and the governorship of Buenos Aires Province. The runoff will be November.

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  • What Went Wrong

    Monday, 26 October 2015

    The economic downturn in Latin America can be blamed mostly on China slowing down. Declining commodity prices have reduced exports and investment. If Brazil and Venezuela are subtracted from the equation, the rest of the countries are doing better.

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  • Warning Signs for Latin America

    Monday, 19 October 2015

    Despite good economic performance and the reduction of poverty in recent years, dangerous times lie ahead in Latin America because of slow growth.

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  • Painting Pigs in Cuba

    Tuesday, 13 October 2015

    Despite the warming of relations between the US and Cuba people are still rounded up because of public criticism of the Cuban government. Does this case help the process of normalization? Graffiti artist Maldonado paints names on 2 pigs. Fidel and Raul don’t have a sense of humor.

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  • China Stumbles in Latin America

    Tuesday, 06 October 2015

    The highly touted Chinese economic penetration of Latin America via grandiose construction schemes faces some stark realities. These include political opposition, environmental considerations, as well as growing wariness about China.



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  • Ecuador's Political Eruption

    Wednesday, 02 September 2015

    The populist government of Rafael Correa faces increasing opposition because of its increasing dictatorial ways. Former journalist who was fired describes the situation.

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  • Panama Canal Expansion

    Monday, 31 August 2015

    Panama Canal expansion includes bigger locks for more ship capacity. The new technology eliminates the old electric mules, causing safety concerns. Where will they get enough water for the larger locks?

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  • Jimmy Carter

    Monday, 31 August 2015

    Former president of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, comments on President carter’s affection for Latin America.

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  • On the Agenda: Cuba

    Monday, 31 August 2015

    Restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba will require addressing a number of questions. Among them are Guantanamo, compensation for property, ending the embargo, appointing an ambassador, cooperation on counternarcotics, and protecting the environment.

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