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.

  • Not a Good Year for the Left

    Monday, 09 November 2015

    The Latin American left is considerably weaker these days. The most striking examples: Argentina and Venezuela. This article asserts that governments of the left are becoming less popular, but the old right is not making a comeback.

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  • Argentina Moves Right?

    Tuesday, 03 November 2015

    The runoff election for president in Argentina (November 22) is likely to move the country to the right. In any case it’s good bye to Kirchnerism. So says Foreign Affairs magazine.

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  • Why So Much Crime?

    Tuesday, 03 November 2015

    According to this report, the reasons for so much crime in Latin America are: 1. The disorganized growth of cities; 2. police and justice systems did not adjust; 3. 32 million youth do not study or work. Add drug trafficking and organized crime.

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  • Outrage of Venezuela on UN Human Rights Council

    Friday, 30 October 2015

    One of the worst human rights violators, Venezuela, was just reelected to the UN Human Rights Council. This is outrageous. The government is one of the violators of human rights in the world.


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  • Poverty Down/Violence Up

    Wednesday, 28 October 2015

    Crime, Poverty has been significantly reduced in Latin America since 2000. But violence persists, due to persistent inequality, youth unemployment, “aspirational crime,” drug trafficking, and continued weak security and justice Institutions.

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  • Guatemala's Elects President

    Wednesday, 28 October 2015

    Orlando Perez analyzes prospects for democratic change in Guatemala, a country deeply affected by violence and corruption. Former comedian Jimmy Morales faces great challenges as the new president. Morales has no experience in politics.

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  • Earthquake in Argentina

    Wednesday, 28 October 2015

    No, not that kind. In Argentina’s election on Sunday the heavy favorite, Daniel Scioli, who was backed by the government Peronist apparatus was forced into a runoff election by the center-right opponent, Mauricio Macri. In addition, the governing party lost its congressional majority and the governorship of Buenos Aires Province. The runoff will be November.

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  • What Went Wrong

    Monday, 26 October 2015

    The economic downturn in Latin America can be blamed mostly on China slowing down. Declining commodity prices have reduced exports and investment. If Brazil and Venezuela are subtracted from the equation, the rest of the countries are doing better.

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  • Warning Signs for Latin America

    Monday, 19 October 2015

    Despite good economic performance and the reduction of poverty in recent years, dangerous times lie ahead in Latin America because of slow growth.

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  • Painting Pigs in Cuba

    Tuesday, 13 October 2015

    Despite the warming of relations between the US and Cuba people are still rounded up because of public criticism of the Cuban government. Does this case help the process of normalization? Graffiti artist Maldonado paints names on 2 pigs. Fidel and Raul don’t have a sense of humor.

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