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.

  • Property Claims Cuba

    Wednesday, 09 December 2015

    US and Cuban diplomats are discussing the $1.9 billion in claims that Americans have against Cuba for properties seized by the Cuban government after Castro seized power.

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  • Opposition Margin in Venezuela

    Tuesday, 08 December 2015

    The opposition to the Maduro government claims that it’s close to achieving and absolute legislative majority, 112 seats. This is the first time that the government has not controlled the legislature, having already dominated the executive and how Maduro and company will respond to the loss of power.

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  • Coming Turmoil in Latin Ameica

    Friday, 04 December 2015

    The distinguished Venezuelan intellectual, Moisé Naím, argues that the period of prosperity in Latin America, 2004 to 2013, is yielding to slow growth. This will hurt the middle class an may bring what he calls “corrosive social conflict, government paralysis, and political instability.”

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  • Impeachment Proceedings Against Dilma

    Thursday, 03 December 2015

    Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment, an unprecedented event in that country and perhaps Latin America. A summary: “Eduardo Cunha, speaker of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, approved the launching of the impeachment proceedings. The process will examine Rousseff’s possible connection to a huge corruption scandal at the state-controlled oil company Petrobras and the decision by Petrobras to buy an overpriced oil refinery in Pasadena, Tex., in 2006 when Rousseff was the company’s board chairwoman, officials said. More seriously, the proceedings will focus on allegations that she broke the law through irregularities in the government’s accounting and spending.”


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  • The Fearless Nun

    Thursday, 03 December 2015

    For more than 17 years, Sister Neyda Rojas, a Catholic nun, has been serving God in a place described as hell on earth—a Venezuelan prison. If you value human rights this is a powerful story.


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  • What Can Latin America Teach the US?

    Tuesday, 01 December 2015

    Rather than relying on wealthy individual donors, many countries across the Western Hemisphere fund their elections with public money — over half of all Latin American democracies, in fact. Rather than relying on wealthy individual donors, many countries across the Western Hemisphere fund their elections with public money — over half of all Latin American democracies, in fact. And while most allow some corporate financing of campaigns, they impose more stringent limits than in the United States. Colombia forbids corporate money in presidential races. Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Paraguay have banned all corporate donations to political campaigns, due in part to worries about their power to skew the political process.



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  • Hispanic Vote

    Tuesday, 01 December 2015

    Various factors indicate that the Hispanic vote in the United States will double by 2030: aging, naturalization, and immigration.

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  • Impact of Macri

    Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    The election of Mauricio Macri as President of Argentina promises to have hemispheric and global implications, according to Andrés Oppenheimer of the Miami Herald. See this interview:

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2015/1123/Argentina-s-president-elect-Macri-promises-an-end-to-divisive-politics-video

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  • End of the Left?

    Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    The triumph of Mauricio Macri as next president of Argentina is a signal event in Latin American and Argentine politics. Will this be the end of the left? Article argues that more pragmatic and less ideological candidates are emerging. Moreover, the decline in commodity prices is reducing the amount of money that populists can give out to their political bases.

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  • What Does Argentina's Election Mean for South America?

    Monday, 16 November 2015

    Argentina’s presidential election on Sunday, November 22 may bring significant change to that country. The results will have important implications for the rest of the continent.

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