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.

  • Venezuela's Destruction

    Monday, 08 August 2016

    Ricardo Hausmann, a distinguished Venezuelan scholar at Harvard, discusses why people and countries, such as Venezuela, adopt self-destructive policies.

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  • Republican Platform on Latin America

    Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    The Republican platform on Latin America can be read here. While party platforms seldom have decisive effect on foreign policy, this one suggests returning US-Latin American relations to a Cold War framework. The document also has an educational value, which is perhaps more important.

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  • Brazil's Problems

    Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    This article does not make for easy reading. Anyone who has landed at this Rio de Janeiro airport has the same visual reaction: how awesome the environmental problem is. In view of the upcoming Olympics it is an especially dangerous situation.

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  • Latin America & US

    Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    Article examines the progress that Latin America has made in reducing poverty and creating more optimism and hope about improvements in the future. Author compares and contrasts the situation in the United States, and recommends taking lessons from Lain America to restore the American dream. Counter-conventional thinking.

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  • Venezuela's Tragedy

    Thursday, 07 July 2016

    Two prominent Venezuelan writers portray the disaster that makes Venezuela the sick man of Latin America. Moisés Naím and Francisco Toro: “Riots and looting have become commonplace, as hungry people vent their despair while the revolutionary elite lives in luxury, pausing now and then to order recruits to fire more tear gas into crowds desperate for food.”

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  • OAS and Venezuela

    Wednesday, 01 June 2016

    The response of the OAS to the crisis in Venezuela is an important test of the effectiveness of that organization. Secretary General Luis Almagro
    has invoked the Democratic Charter to promote respect for democracy in that country.

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  • Brazil's Crime of the Century and US Investors

    Wednesday, 01 June 2016

    “Brazil’s oil company Petrobras will finally get its day in a U.S. court on Sept. 19 in a trial that pits 18 former executives and 13 investment banks, including J.P. Morgan Securities, against U.S. and U.K. investors. Claimants are seeking “tens of billions of dollars” in losses. The company is the centerpiece in what has become Brazil’s crime of the century. The scandal involving contract rigging, bribery and money laundering recently brought down a sitting president and promises to devour a chunk of Brazil’s career politicians in criminal probe.”

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  • Impeachment of Dilma

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016

    Brazil’s lower house has voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff for corruption. Some Brazilians see this as the only way to promote change in the nations’ politics.

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  • Hiding Money

    Monday, 18 April 2016

    Offshore banking has been a way to hide money. Attached is a report that looks at how international politicians and criminals hide money in places such as Panama, British Virgin islands, and other locations. An excerpt:
    “The documents make it clear that major banks are big drivers behind the creation of hard-to-trace companies in the British Virgin Islands, Panama and other offshore havens. The files list nearly 15,600 paper companies that banks set up for clients who want keep their finances under wraps, including thousands created by international giants UBS and HSBC. The records reveal a pattern of covert maneuvers by banks, companies and people tied to Russian leader Putin. The records show offshore companies linked to this network moving money in transactions as large as $200 million at a time. Putin associates disguised payments, backdated documents and gained hidden influence within the country’s media and automotive industries, the leaked files show.”

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  • Colombia's Success Story

    Monday, 18 April 2016

    Article examines Colombia’s remarkable emergence from the drugs, violence, and criminality of the 1990s into a more secure and economically dynamic country. There is also prospect of ending 50 years of guerrilla war.

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News & Commentary

Diego Castellanos, long-time friend of the Pan American Association, dies at 88

Friday May 6, 2022

The Pan American Association of Philadelphia mourns the passing of Diego Castellanos, the host of "P...

Russia in the Americas: What Now?

Wednesday March 2, 2022

Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine raises urgent questions about the full scope and nature of Russian ac...

Crypto in the Americas: Policy Considerations

Saturday January 29, 2022

Please join the Council of the Americas for a virtual discussion with industry, regulatory, and huma...

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  • 82nd Annual Meeting and William J. Clothier II Award

    Wednesday October 26, 2022 - 11:45 am
    The Union League of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    The Pan American Association of Philadelphia is excited to announce that it will hold its 81st Annual Meeting and William J. Clothier II Memorial Award on October 26, 2022 at the Union League of Philadelphia. We are pleased to announce H.E. Nestor Forster, Jr., Brazilian Ambassador to the United States, will be our Keynote Speaker.

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