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.

  • Immigration from Latin America Slowing

    Monday, 03 April 2017

    Weak labor-supply growth in Mexico and other Latin American countries means immigration to the U.S. of young, low-skilled workers will continue to slow until it reaches zero in 2050—even without the implementation of Trump’s border policies…In light of the changing demographics of migrant-sending nations, the current emphasis of the U.S. government on further intensifying immigration enforcement is puzzling. Why build a wall to stop an immigration surge that has largely already occurred?

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  • Peron and Trump

    Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Article explores the similarity between Argentina’s Juan Peron and Donald Trump: both are called authoritarian populists. Moreover, “Even if Trumpism remains an authoritarian response within democracy — one that doesn’t dissolve the institution altogether, as it has been the historical case in Latin America — an intolerant xenophobe holding the greatest megaphone on earth threatens the integrity of other representative democracies and may yet usher in more Trumps.”

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  • Argentina Warns Trump About Protectionism

    Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Argentina, which is poised to take over the leadership of the G20 group of developed and developing nations later this year, has warned Donald Trump that protectionist trade strategies do not work. Nicolás Dujovne, the country’s finance minister, said that Argentina’s own recent anti-free trade policies showed that closing borders did more harm than good. “We’ve been there,” Dujovne told the Guardian. “Protectionism and nationalism will not make your economy richer and will not accelerate growth. It will increase stagnation and poverty.”

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  • Lima Cuisine Capital

    Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Lima now has the best cuisine in the world, according to new ranking. Of the world’s 50 best restaurants 3 are in Lima, outpacing New York, London, and Mexico City.

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  • Colombian Colonial Town

    Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Colombia is famous for the charm of its Spanish colonial cities and towns. Salento is a jewel in the coffee growing region.

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  • Argentina Lithium

    Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Argentina is poised to become a world class producer of lithium. “If all of the projects go ahead, Argentina's annual output of the metal used in electric-vehicle batteries would surge to 165,000 metric tons, or about 45 per cent of global supply, according to government projections. Prices will increase as much as 15 per cent this year.”


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  • Cocaine Up

    Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Bad news. Cocaine production is up in Colombia and so is consumption in the US. “This surge in consumption can be traced directly to Colombia’s bumper harvest. The country’s illegal coca crop doubled between 2013 and 2015, reaching nearly 400,000 acres. That’s almost twice as much as the combined output of Peru and Bolivia, the world’s second- and third-largest producers.”

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  • Scrapping NAFTA

    Wednesday, 01 March 2017

    The U.S. and Mexican auto sectors have become so intertwined since the inception of the North American Free Trade Agreement that the industry itself is baffled as to how it would wean itself off the brisk cross-border trade in car parts. President Donald Trump has vowed to renegotiate the 23-year-old trade pact, a move he says would shift plants — and jobs — back to the United States, but it’s not clear that even tearing up NAFTA and existing supply chains would do that. The automotive industry is at the heart of U.S.-Mexico trade — and not just in finished vehicles. Steering wheels, dashboards, circuits, and other car parts zigzag across the borders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States many times before ending up in a vehicle in Detroit or Monterrey, Mexico. Disentangling those complex international supply chains could imperil the industry, more than a dozen industry participants and experts told Foreign Policy.

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  • Press Conference - US-Mexico

    Monday, 27 February 2017

    Colegas:

    Fascinating press conference among US and Mexican officials, dealing with delicate issues about the wall, undocumented immigrants, Central America, responsibilities, and security cooperation. The comments by Mexican officials are quite frank, overshadowing the careful diplomatic talk of Secretaries Tillerson and Kelly.

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  • Vital Partner

    Thursday, 23 February 2017

    Former American Ambassador to Mexico comments that the United States should treat Mexico as a vital partner, not a punching bag. He reviews the strength and benefits of the deep bilateral ties.

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