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.

  • 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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  • Can Republicans Attract Latinos?

    Thursday, 20 August 2015

    Article argues that “a moderate-sounding approach to immigration could take the rough edges off the party’s image, reduce Latino opposition to it and diminish the issue as a Democratic Party advantage.”

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  • Pope Francis's Argentine Roots

    Monday, 03 August 2015

    Article discusses the influence of Argentine history, particularly Peronism’s third way with respect to social justice. His “moral and political convictions” were formed during a troubled time.

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  • New OAS Secretary General

    Tuesday, 28 July 2015

    The new Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro Lemes, faces many challenges. These include modernizing the organization, overcoming hemispheric tensions, and promoting democratic change.

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  • Urban Innovation in Medellin

    Thursday, 23 July 2015

    Mayor Aníbal Gaviria explains how Medellín, Colombia, undertook urban renewal in the midst of violence and poverty. Violence is down to the lowest in 35 year, so is social inequality, and the city is far more livable.

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  • Migration Policy for Cuba

    Thursday, 23 July 2015

    Richard Gioioso writes on changing American policy on Cuban migration:
    ‘’American foreign and migration policy should reflect Cuba in 2015, not in 1960. Changing migration policy to Cubans recognizes those who are truly politically persecuted or fear persecution to become refugees or seek asylum. It will expand the currently small class of Cuban travelers to the U.S. who, as members of and stakeholders in the Cuban polity, will return the island with greater motivation, know-how, and support for more political and economic change. A new official U.S. migration policy for Cubans will be a fresh approach to stimulating the political and economic reforms through openness and exchange that five and a half decades of isolation have failed to achieve.”

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