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.

  • 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.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2016/0320/Colombia-s-big-comeback

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  • Nicaraguan Canal Problems

    Tuesday, 05 April 2016

    The Chinese have a deal to dig the Nicaraguan Canal. But after much fanfare there is no visible progress, and little is anticipated in view of the costs and environmental concerns.

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  • Hiding Money

    Tuesday, 05 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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  • Death of Latin American Left

    Friday, 01 April 2016

    The pink tide of leftist governments is receding. An example is President Obama’s visit to Argentina, where he will build bridges of cooperation with the new centrist government of Mauricio Macri. The pattern is visible elsewhere in Latin America.

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  • 2016 Hispanic Vote

    Friday, 18 March 2016

    Article analyzes the prospects for the 2016 election and how the Hispanic vote will go. According to the analysis the Republicans will lose the Hispanic vote by a margin of nearly 3 to 1.

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  • Obama in Argentina

    Thursday, 17 March 2016

    President Obama will visit Argentina after he travels to Cuba. The visit will help reestablish cooperative relations with one of the most important countries in Latin America. President Mauricio Macri wants a better relationship with Washington as well as relaunching Argentina on the global stage.

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