Tim Padgett http://blog.wlrn.org en Zahra Burton Of "18 Degrees North" Aims To Make A "60 Minutes For The Caribbean" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/zahra-burton-18-degrees-north-aims-make-60-minutes-caribbean <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eighteen degrees north is the latitude where Jamaica and much of the Caribbean sit. It’s also the name of a new television newsmagazine show, perhaps the first to take an unflinching look at the problems and potential of the Caribbean.</span></p><p><a href="http://18dn.anishaconcepts.com/" target="_blank">“18 Degrees North”</a> is in its second season. It debuted in South Florida this summer, airing Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on CBS affiliate WBFS-TV, My 33. It’s hosted by former Bloomberg TV reporter Zahra Burton.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:50:56 +0000 Tim Padgett 35793 at http://blog.wlrn.org Zahra Burton Of "18 Degrees North" Aims To Make A "60 Minutes For The Caribbean" How Panama Cut Poor Kids Out Of A Florida Millionaire's Will http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-panama-cut-poor-kids-out-florida-millionaires-will <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Panama today is best known for its economic boom, and rightly so. But unfortunately, poverty and piracy remain as much a part of the country's image as the Panama Canal.</span></p><p>According to the World Bank, half of Panama’s children are poor. A fifth of them are malnourished. Those underfed kids cram Panama charity centers like Nutre Hogar. On a recent visit there I saw the devastating effects of child malnutrition, including brain damage.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:11:21 +0000 Tim Padgett 35616 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Panama Cut Poor Kids Out Of A Florida Millionaire's Will Why Brazil's Futebol Failure Is the Best Thing For The Country http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-brazils-futebol-failure-best-thing-country <p>I’m as speechless as any sports fan on this planet. Seven-to-one. That’s how badly Germany defeated – no, demolished – Brazil in the semi-finals of the soccer World Cup on Tuesday.</p><p>Granted, Brazil was without two of its best players, team captain Silva and star striker Neymar. But even so: 7-1? The Bloodbath in Belo Horizonte – at a World Cup Brazil is hosting, no less – was the worst humiliation South America’s soccer superpower has ever and probably will ever suffer.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:14:41 +0000 Tim Padgett 35241 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Brazil's Futebol Failure Is the Best Thing For The Country Jetting To Venezuela Just Got Harder: Why American Is Slashing Flights http://blog.wlrn.org/post/jetting-venezuela-just-got-harder-why-american-slashing-flights <p>It’s going to get even tougher to find a seat on a flight to Venezuela now. International airlines are cutting if not ending their service to the South American country. And&nbsp;that now includes the major U.S. carrier&nbsp;&nbsp;– American Airlines.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 21:33:13 +0000 Tim Padgett 35027 at http://blog.wlrn.org Jetting To Venezuela Just Got Harder: Why American Is Slashing Flights Power To Peru: The (Quiet) Latin American Boom That's Making South Florida Swoon http://blog.wlrn.org/post/power-peru-quiet-latin-american-boom-thats-making-south-florida-swoon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Peru is the loudest Latin American boom you’ve probably never heard – but should.</span></p><p>These are the kind of macroeconomic data that made the world swoon over Brazil in the 2000s:</p><p>Ÿ● Peru’s economy has grown an average of almost 7 percent the past four years. Wall Street expects equally robust growth for the next five years.</p><p>Ÿ● Wall Street also ranks Peru No. 2, behind only South Korea, when it comes to resisting external shocks to its economy.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:35:58 +0000 Tim Padgett 34836 at http://blog.wlrn.org Power To Peru: The (Quiet) Latin American Boom That's Making South Florida Swoon The Suárez Scandal: Why Uruguay Should Banish Luis The Lout http://blog.wlrn.org/post/su-rez-scandal-why-uruguay-should-banish-luis-lout <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From Chile to China, soccer fans like to think their teams reflect their national characters.</span></p><p>That’s a delusion, of course. These are jocks, not exchange students. But if international <em>fútbol </em>really is the continuation of war by other means, you at least want to believe your soccer soldiers share your values.</p><p>Which is why Uruguay – a nation whose progressive values are so often applauded these days – should follow this advice: Lose Luis.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:17:21 +0000 Tim Padgett 34631 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Suárez Scandal: Why Uruguay Should Banish Luis The Lout Child Migrant Crisis Growing In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/child-migrant-crisis-growing-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s easy to think the current crisis of undocumented child migrants from Central America affects only the U.S. Southwest. But the problem is very much South Florida’s too.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:54:52 +0000 Tim Padgett 34578 at http://blog.wlrn.org Child Migrant Crisis Growing In South Florida Brazilians: Look At Our Businesses, Not Our Bikinis http://blog.wlrn.org/post/brazilians-look-our-businesses-not-our-bikinis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To see Brazil for the first time is to see the New World for the first time.</span></p><p>That’s not a travel brochure cliché. If you’re in Rio de Janeiro, standing atop the Pão de Açúcar and surveying the Baía de Guanabara, it’s easy to recall what F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the way any European must have felt upon arriving in the Americas five centuries ago:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“…face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity to wonder.”</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:54:13 +0000 Tim Padgett & Julia Duba 34482 at http://blog.wlrn.org Brazilians: Look At Our Businesses, Not Our Bikinis Until Moderate Cuban-Americans Vote, No Poll Will Change U.S. Cuba Policy http://blog.wlrn.org/post/until-moderate-cuban-americans-vote-no-poll-will-change-us-cuba-policy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Cuba policy </span>hardliners<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in this country look more panicked than Fidel Castro trying to find his dentures.</span></p><p>Each month seems to bring more evidence that Americans – and Cuban-Americans – reject Washington’s long and failed strategy of isolating the communist island. The latest is this week’s Florida International University poll: A majority of Miami Cubans favor dropping the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba and engaging the country as a way of undermining the Castro dictatorship.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:35:25 +0000 Tim Padgett 34200 at http://blog.wlrn.org Until Moderate Cuban-Americans Vote, No Poll Will Change U.S. Cuba Policy Why Brazilians Worship Soccer -- And Why Their Leaders Can't Hide Behind It Anymore http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-brazilians-worship-soccer-and-why-their-leaders-cant-hide-behind-it-anymore <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Do Brazilians still care about soccer?</span></p><p>I know, that seems as dumb a question as "Does the Vatican still care about Jesus?" Brazilians are arguably the most soccer-passionate people on Earth.</p><p>But check out this poll result just before the World Cup started last week in Brazil: A majority of Brazilians said they were <em>not </em>happy about hosting international soccer’s biggest event.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:00:11 +0000 Tim Padgett 34124 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Brazilians Worship Soccer -- And Why Their Leaders Can't Hide Behind It Anymore President Santos Is Colombia's Comeback Kid, Wins Re-Election http://blog.wlrn.org/post/president-santos-colombias-comeback-kid-wins-re-election <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is back from the brink. Polls had indicated he could lose his re-election bid in Sunday’s presidential run-off vote. But he won another four years in office&nbsp;– and that also breathes new life into Colombia's peace process.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:49:56 +0000 Tim Padgett 33998 at http://blog.wlrn.org President Santos Is Colombia's Comeback Kid, Wins Re-Election Jamaica Decriminalizes Marijuana: Is This A Hemispheric Trend? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/jamaica-decriminalizes-marijuana-hemispheric-trend <p></p><p>First Uruguay, now Jamaica. Last week, the Caribbean island became the western hemisphere’s second country to make marijuana possession OK. Is this&nbsp;a trend?</p><p>Ganja, as Jamaicans call marijuana, has long been part of their culture. The island’s Rastafarian religious movement promotes it as a means of enlightenment. Still, marijuana has been illegal there. Now Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica will decriminalize small amounts of ganja – up to 57 grams, or 2 ounces. Other Caribbean governments look poised to follow suit.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:40:54 +0000 Tim Padgett 33911 at http://blog.wlrn.org Jamaica Decriminalizes Marijuana: Is This A Hemispheric Trend? How Brazil's Hubris Jeopardized Its World Cup http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-brazils-hubris-jeopardized-its-world-cup <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The line between confident and conceited was pretty thin in Brazil in October of 2007.</span></p><p>The South American giant was in the midst of a boom that would make it the world’s sixth largest economy. Massive new oil reserves were being discovered off its coast. It considered itself a global player that deserved a permanent seat on the ultra-exclusive U.N. Security Council.</p><p>And it had just been awarded the 2014 soccer World Cup.</p><p>“God,” then President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva declared, “is Brazilian.”</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:57:08 +0000 Tim Padgett 33724 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Brazil's Hubris Jeopardized Its World Cup Wasserman Schultz: GOP Relying On "Distractions" In November http://blog.wlrn.org/post/wasserman-schultz-gop-relying-distractions-november <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As chair of the Democratic National Committee,&nbsp;South Florida Congresswoman Debbie </span>Wasserman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Schultz faces a tough task in November: Keeping her party from losing its U.S. Senate majority and keeping the GOP from enlarging its majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Polls so far indicate both could happen.</span></p><p>But in an interview with WLRN, Wasserman Schultz says she's convinced voters will ultimately reject Republican "extremism" and what she calls the GOP's "distractions" strategy.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:05:52 +0000 Tim Padgett 33660 at http://blog.wlrn.org Wasserman Schultz: GOP Relying On "Distractions" In November Why DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Is Cautious On Medical Marijuana http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-dnc-chair-debbie-wasserman-schultz-cautious-medical-marijuana <p></p><p>A new medical marijuana controversy erupted over the weekend when South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz weighed in.</p><p>Wasserman Schultz chairs the Democratic National Committee. So last week,&nbsp;when she voted against legislation in the House that would prevent the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws, Florida took notice. That's because Sunshine State voters will decide in November whether or not to legalize medical marijuana.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:19:29 +0000 Tim Padgett 33658 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Is Cautious On Medical Marijuana