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.

  • 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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  • Obama's Trip to Argentina

    Thursday, 03 March 2016

    President Obama will shortly travel to Cuba and Argentina. Article reviews the state of US-Argentine relations and the prospects for improved relations, given the new direction in foreign policy by the Macri government. Bottom line: “The United States, for its part, should seize this opportunity to work closely with Macri in the handling of hemispheric issues. U.S. policymakers would also do well to keep in mind that the time is now, and that the window of opportunity for making the most out of its relationship with Argentina is not likely to be open forever.”

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  • Washington Diplomacy

    Friday, 26 February 2016

    The delay in Senate approval of the Ambassador nominee for Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, is a case study in how Washington power politics works. A senator from each party, Democrat and Republican, has put a hold on Jacobson being considered for approval by the Senate. Jacobson is the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

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  • Trump, a Latin American Caudillo?

    Tuesday, 23 February 2016

    While nationalist-populist politicians thrive in the U.S. and Europe, they are losing support in Latin America. Like Latin America’s populist leaders, Donald Trump blames foreigners and free trade for his country’s problems. Trump’s campaign sounds very much like that of Latin American demagogues: it’s all about him, and staying at center stage.

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  • Morales, No!

    Tuesday, 23 February 2016

    Evo Morales lost the national referendum to allow him to serve a fourth presidential term. This is important for Bolivia as well as the rest of Latin America, which has been riding a wave of leftist populism. It follows the defeat of Cristina Kirchner in Argentina and the loss of the parliament setback by the chavista government in Venezuela. It also shows the resilience of democracy, even in a country that is multiethnic.

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  • Argentina Seeks Pragmatic Relationship with US

    Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    Argentina's President, Mauricio Macri, said on Friday he had told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that his recently installed government was ready to build a "pragmatic, intelligent" relationship with Washington.

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