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.

  • The PETROBRAS Scandal

    Tuesday, 31 March 2015

    Brazil faces a world class corruption scandal associated with its national oil company. 53 politicians from 6 different political parties, including 2 from the party of President Dilma Rouseff, have been implicated in receiving bribes. The news comes at a time when the country faces a host of problems, including a record drought, slow economic growth, and declining popularity for Dilma.

    Read More »

  • Tough Times in Venezuela

    Tuesday, 31 March 2015

    Rising poverty, food scarcity, inflation, and the low price of oil make for tough times for the followers of Hugo Chavez. Moreover, the low popularity of President Maduro has plummeted to an all time low of 23%. Many chavistas are questioning their future.

    Read More »

  • Brazil's Dim Voice

    Monday, 23 March 2015

    New York Times editorial criticizes Brazil for its failure to assume international responsibilities. It could, for example, play a constructive role with respect to Cuba and Venezuela.

    Read More »

  • Woman General in Bolivia

    Monday, 23 March 2015

    A 53 year-old Bolivian mother of two becomes the first general in Latin America to command troops. Her father, also military, led the unit that captured and killed Che Guevara.

    Read More »

  • No Laughing Matter

    Monday, 16 March 2015

    Political cartoonists is no laughing matter in some Latin American countries. They risk being hounded by irate government who cannot take the humor.



    Read More »

  • US Southern Command Strategy

    Monday, 16 March 2015

    Attached is the annual posture statement to the Senate by General John Kelly, United States Southern Command. The document is a very good source of information on the security environment and strategy for the Americas.



    Read More »

  • Americas Let Venezuela Self Destruct

    Saturday, 07 March 2015

    Chris Sabatini criticizes Latin American leaders for not speaking out against the Venezuelan government:

    “Latin America has reverted to an earlier time. The diplomatic imperative seems to be for each country to mind its own business, never mind what a neighboring regime may be doing to its own population. In retrospect, it’s become easier to appreciate how exceptional the turn of the century moment was for Latin America, in terms of the cohesion and optimism around a shared democratic vision.”





    Read More »

  • Colombia: Latin American Powerhouse

    Thursday, 05 March 2015

    After years of violence and destruction Colombia has been transformed into an economic powerhouse. This article examines the both the positive and negative aspects of the country’s growth.

    Read More »

  • Panama Central American Singapore?

    Monday, 02 March 2015

    Article examines whether Panama can become the transportation hub, logistics, and international financial center that Singapore is. Panama’s advantages and shortcoming are pointed out.

    Read More »

  • Why the Nicarauga Canal?

    Monday, 02 March 2015

    Experts and shipping companies are quite skeptical about the need for the inter-oceanic canal that may be built in Nicaragua. Some of the skepticism:

    “The canal would need to generate an annual income of about $5 billion…But the Panama Canal, with a transit of 13,482 ships, carrying 327 million tons, generates annual revenue of only about $2 billion, according to 2014 figures. Naturally, the lack of an apparent financial feasibility has raised questions about whether the Nicaragua Grand Canal is a commercial project for HKND—or a geopolitical project for the Chinese government…But if the Nicaragua canal has to adhere to what any other business has to, from an investment standpoint, I think the canal wouldn't be much of an impact for the Panama Canal," he said. "Based on investment requirements, the prices of the Nicaragua canal would be very high, and the Panama Canal would be able to maintain its profits and lower prices."




    Read More »

Page 15 of 34

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...

Join Now

Membership has its priviledges:

• Member Discounts
• Quarterly Newsletter
• Social and Political Dialogue
• Networking
• Annual Schedule of Events