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.

  • 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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  • Jews in Argentina after Nisman

    Friday, 29 May 2015

    Article reviews the reaction of the Jewish community in Argentina to the murder of prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Excerpt: “Nisman’s death has also had a profound effect on Argentina’s Jewish community—the largest in Latin America—that once again faces age-old accusations of double loyalties, raising questions about their full inclusion in Argentine society. But worse, Nisman’s death and the official reaction have also presented serious risks for broader civil society in Argentina that go beyond the country’s Jewish community.”

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  • Peace Coming to Colombia

    Monday, 18 May 2015

    The negotiations between the government of Colombian and the FARC have progressed significantly. Author’s assessment: “Though negotiators are walking a dangerous tightrope, the peace process has proven robust so far. So despite several mishaps (including another battle at the end of April), the progress to date and the underlying structure of the conflict are still forcing the parties toward a deal.”

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  • Pope Francis and Cuba

    Monday, 18 May 2015

    The prospective visit to Cuba in late September by Pope Francis has the potential to open up space for Catholicism. This is especially so because the Pope helped make the deal for rapprochement between the United States and Cuba. But it won’t be easy.

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  • Puerto Rico

    Friday, 08 May 2015

    Puerto Rico's struggling economy has led to an exodus of young people moving to the US mainland - while wealthy Americans are starting to call San Juan home. As a result, the economy and identity of both places are changing in surprising ways. BBC reports.

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  • Billions Lost in Venezuela

    Wednesday, 06 May 2015

    The amount of money lost to corrupt schemes in Venezuela is astounding. New York Times reports that making money on government purchases is easy to do, with impunity.

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  • Facts on Hispanic Media

    Tuesday, 05 May 2015

    The Pew Research Center provides some fascinating data on audiences for the Spanish language media in the United States. There are 54 million Hispanics, 60% of whom are bilingual. Note robust growth for Philadelphia’s Al Dia newspaper.

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  • Collapse of Health Care in Venezuela

    Wednesday, 29 April 2015

    Article details the virtual collapse of health care in Venezuela. The shortage of medicines and supplies for operations, corrupt bureaucracy, and the exodus of doctors (including Cuban medics) is creating serious problems. In addition, food subsidies and price controls for foods heavy in carbohydrates, sugars, and fats adds to the high rate of obesity.

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  • Ambassador of Panama talks business opportunities in Philadelphia

    Ambassador of Panama talks business opportunities in Philadelphia
    Tuesday, 21 April 2015

    The ambassador of Panama to the United States, Emanuel González-Revilla, talked about what his country has to offer in terms of business opportunities during the annual luncheon of the Pan-American Association.

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  • What did the Summit Accomplish?

    Wednesday, 15 April 2015

    A range of Latin American experts, from former diplomats, to the former president of Costa Rica, to academics and business people, comment on the achievements of the Summit of the Americas held in Panama last week.

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News & Commentary

The Pan American Association of Philadelphia mourns the passing of its Board Member Emeritus, Charles F. Shreiner.

Tuesday July 23, 2019

Charley was born in Philadelphia on February 18, 1924 and died on July 2, 2019. He is survived by ...

NAFTA Assessment

Tuesday October 30, 2018

Peter Hakim, of the Inter-American Dialogue, examines what he calls the “high cost of tampering wi...

Statement on Attack to Pittsburgh Synagogue

Tuesday October 30, 2018

Following is the statement of the Pan American Association on the recent attack to a synagogue in Pi...

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