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.

  • Protests Challenge Correa

    Thursday, 23 July 2015

    A combination of factors, including higher taxes and his authoritarian methods of governing, and fears of “venezuelization,” have led to massive protests against Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa. Biggest protests have been in Guayaquil, home of fierce opponent and former mayor Jaime Nebot.

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  • Brazil Reforestation

    Tuesday, 30 June 2015

    Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff put climate change at the top of their agenda at their bilateral meeting on Tuesday, with the US and Brazil agreeing to obtain up to 20% of their electricity from renewable power by 2030. Brazil committed to restoring up to 12m hectares of forest – an area about the size of England or Pennsylvania – in another attempt to reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change.

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  • Costa Rica Life Sciences

    Tuesday, 30 June 2015

    Costa Rica is home to one of Latin America’s leading science sectors. In 2014, the country’s life sciences sector—comprising medical devices, biotech, and pharmaceuticals—drew 27 percent of total foreign direct investment along with nine new investment projects. Exports tripled to $1. 6 billion between 2003 and 2013.

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  • North American Emerging Market?

    Friday, 26 June 2015

    Authors David Petraeus and Paras Bhanayani contend that the United States, Canada, and Mexico are positioned to be “the global economic drivers of the 21st century.

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  • US Must Take Brazil Seriously

    Thursday, 18 June 2015

    Eric Farnsworth, writing in the prestigious journal National Interest, argues that Brazil’s growing strength merits serious attention from the United States. The visit to Washington by President Dilma Rousseff provides an opportunity to “reevaluate and strengthen its approach.”

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  • Top 10 Universities in Latin America

    Wednesday, 10 June 2015

    The ranking of the top 10 universities in Latin America. Brazil has 5, Chile 2, Mexico 2, Colombia 1. Among the top 50, Argentina has 8, Mexico 7, Colombia 5.

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  • Pope Francis and Liberation Theology

    Monday, 08 June 2015

    Pope Francis has taken steps to rehabilitate Liberation Theology in the Catholic Church. This story deals with the founder of the theology, Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez of Peru.

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  • Learning Journalism in Cuba

    Friday, 05 June 2015

    The US Interests Section in Havana provides instruction in journalism for Cubans, and the Cuban government doesn’t like it.

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  • U.S. Defense Cooperation in Latin America

    Monday, 01 June 2015

    General John F. Kelly, Commander of the United States Southern Command discusses defense relations with Latin America.

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  • Pope Francis on Beatification of Archbishop Romero

    Friday, 29 May 2015

    “The beatification of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero Galdámez, who was Pastor of that dear Archdiocese is a cause for great joy for the Salvadoran people and for those who rejoice by the example of the best children of the Church. Archbishop Romero, who built peace with the strength of love, gave witness to the faith with his life, given to the extreme.”

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