Tim Padgett http://blog.wlrn.org en Latin America's Small Businesses Come To Miami To Thrive http://blog.wlrn.org/post/latin-americas-small-businesses-come-miami-thrive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six years ago I visited an indigenous village in southern Mexico called Santa Cruz </span>Mixtepec<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It was, or used to be, one of those impoverished rural hamlets that sent most of its population over the U.S. border to find living-wage work.</span></p><p>Until somebody got the bright idea to start promoting small businesses there. Through micro-lending and other assistance, Santa Cruz Mixtepec began sprouting small but viable enterprises. A carpentry shop. An irrigated tomato greenhouse. A window-frame maker.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 07:54:08 +0000 Tim Padgett 22179 at http://blog.wlrn.org Latin America's Small Businesses Come To Miami To Thrive Sea Level Limbo In The Caribbean: How Low Can You Go? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sea-level-limbo-caribbean-how-low-can-you-go <p>The folks in the Bahamas hamlet of Dunmore Town seem blissfully unaware of sea level rise. One resort hotel operator I called in Dunmore, which sits on Harbour Island, dismissed it altogether.</p><p>“I was just down at our beachside bar,” she said. “I didn’t notice the sea level rising.” (Yes, she was serious.)</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:55:15 +0000 Tim Padgett 23338 at http://blog.wlrn.org Sea Level Limbo In The Caribbean: How Low Can You Go? Miami Versus Pinochet: As Chile Holds An Election, It Recalls Justice in Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-versus-pinochet-chile-holds-election-it-recalls-justice-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chile’s northern </span>Atacama<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Desert is arguably the driest place on Earth. In some parts of it, rainfall has never even been recorded.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:07:34 +0000 Tim Padgett 23243 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Versus Pinochet: As Chile Holds An Election, It Recalls Justice in Florida Battling For Brazilians: Broward Challenges Dade For Latin American Tourists http://blog.wlrn.org/post/battling-brazilians-broward-challenges-dade-latin-american-tourists <p>In the 1980s, after the bolívar crashed and Venezuelans suddenly couldn’t fly to Miami every weekend, a gaita band recorded a sardonic song whose chorus lamented, "Qué triste domingo sin Miami Beach."<br /><br />How sad Sunday is without Miami Beach.<br /> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 23071 at http://blog.wlrn.org Battling For Brazilians: Broward Challenges Dade For Latin American Tourists Why The Reign Of Argentina's 'Queen Cristina' Is All But Over -- And How Miami Benefits http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-reign-argentinas-queen-cristina-all-over-and-how-miami-benefits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I met Cristina </span>Fernández<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> de </span>Kirchner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in 2007, just before she was first elected president of Argentina. In our interview, she talked a good deal about the rise of women leaders in the Americas, from then Chilean President Michelle </span>Bachelet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to then U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary </span>Rodham<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Clinton.</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 22883 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why The Reign Of Argentina's 'Queen Cristina' Is All But Over -- And How Miami Benefits Cuba's Currency Correction: Will Castro Fall Short Again? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/cubas-currency-correction-will-castro-fall-short-again <p>Last year I spoke by phone with a frustrated woman in Santiago, Cuba, who was trying to start a seamstress business. It’s the sort of small private enterprise that Cuban leader Raúl Castro claims to be encouraging as part of free-market reforms meant to salvage the island’s threadbare, communist economy. (But don’t dare say Raúl is copying China’s communist-capitalist system. That makes him mad.)</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 22749 at http://blog.wlrn.org Cuba's Currency Correction: Will Castro Fall Short Again? Why Dilma's Doldrums Nixed Her State Visit To Washington http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-dilmas-doldrums-nixed-her-state-visit-washington <p>Washington was supposed to fete Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff today. But she canceled her formal state visit, the only one the White House had scheduled for a foreign head of state this year.</p><p>By now most people know why. Rousseff is protesting revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on her personal phone calls and e-mails.</p><p>“Without respect for sovereignty,” she said in a blistering speech last month at the United Nations aimed at the Obama Administration, “there is no basis for relationships among nations.”</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 22509 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Dilma's Doldrums Nixed Her State Visit To Washington A Look Back At The Protests That Have Bedeviled Brazil And Dilma Rousseff http://blog.wlrn.org/post/look-back-protests-have-bedeviled-brazil-and-dilma-rousseff <p><i style="letter-spacing: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">Preocupado, sim. Surpreendido, não.</i></p><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">Worried, yes. Surprised, no.</span></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:37:13 +0000 Tim Padgett 16170 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Look Back At The Protests That Have Bedeviled Brazil And Dilma Rousseff Think Driving In South Florida Is Scary? Try Brazil http://blog.wlrn.org/post/think-driving-south-florida-scary-try-brazil <p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal; ">Like Miami&nbsp;</span><i style="letter-spacing: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal; ">Herald</i><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal; ">&nbsp;sportswriter David J. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:19:34 +0000 Tim Padgett 14926 at http://blog.wlrn.org Think Driving In South Florida Is Scary? Try Brazil Why So Many Latinos Are Becoming Muslims http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-so-many-latinos-are-becoming-muslims <p>Most Latinos know the country is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month right now. What far fewer Latinos know is that next week marks&nbsp;Eid&nbsp;al-Adha, one of Islam’s most sacred holidays.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 21838 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why So Many Latinos Are Becoming Muslims Deja Vu Venezuela: How Rotted Is The Revolution? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/deja-vu-venezuela-how-rotted-revolution <p>Anyone who’s traveled to Caracas in the past few years knows the drill. As soon as you clear customs, you scan the airport terminal for the guys in trench coats.</p><p>They’ve got the good stuff: bolívares, the Venezuelan currency, which they exchange for your dollars at the black market rate. That means what the bolívar is actually worth -- about six times less than the laughably overvalued official rate of 6.3 to the dollar.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 21729 at http://blog.wlrn.org Deja Vu Venezuela: How Rotted Is The Revolution? Why Uruguay Is Latin America's Marijuana Reform Laboratory http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-uruguay-latin-americas-marijuana-reform-laboratory <p></p><p><em>This article was originally published in October and has been updated.</em></p><p>Uruguayans love it when you tell them what a resort paradise Punta del Este is. Or how tasty the country’s Tannat wine is. Or what a stable democracy their small nation (pop. 3.5 million) has turned out to be.</p><p>What they don’t like is to hear Uruguay called, as many do label it today, “the Switzerland of South America.” Not that Uruguayans dislike Switzerland. But many if not most of them think the comparison is cliché, exaggerated, inaccurate, condescending.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 21497 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Uruguay Is Latin America's Marijuana Reform Laboratory How Miami (And The U.S.) Are Becoming Latin America http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-miami-and-us-are-becoming-latin-america <p>There&#39;s an old joke about Miami: Latin Americans love to visit the city because it&#39;s so close to the United States.</p><p>Then there&rsquo;s the chestnut about Miami being the capital of Latin America. Or, Miami is Latin America where the phones work. And so on.</p><p>The point is, Miami takes pride in saying, We are Latin America as much as we are America. And that&rsquo;s a good thing.</p><p>Except when it&rsquo;s not.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:00:16 +0000 Tim Padgett 21276 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Miami (And The U.S.) Are Becoming Latin America Capriles in Miami: Are Venezuelans For Henrique Or Just Against Nicolás? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/capriles-miami-are-venezuelans-henrique-or-just-against-nicol-s <p>I know&nbsp;Henrique&nbsp;Capriles&nbsp;speaks decent English. So because I work for English-language radio, I asked him during his visit to Miami last week if I could put a question to him&nbsp;<em>en&nbsp;inglés</em>.</p><p>“Go ahead,” he told me. “But I’ll answer it in Spanish.”</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:20:57 +0000 Tim Padgett 21155 at http://blog.wlrn.org Capriles in Miami: Are Venezuelans For Henrique Or Just Against Nicolás? New Book Explains Why Simón Bolívar Is Both Deified, Demonized http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-book-explains-why-sim-n-bol-var-both-deified-demonized <p>During his glorious military career he logged 75,000 miles on horseback. Some might slyly suggest he also logged 75,000 lovers.</p><p></p><p>But as "The Liberator" that his admirers call him, or as the libertine that his detractors call him, Simón Bolívar’s life was epic – and so were the paradoxes that marked that life.&nbsp;Was South America’s 19<sup>th</sup>-century independence hero, best known to Americans as the George Washington of Latin America, the founder of his continent’s democracy? Or was he the archetype of its long line of dictatorial caudillos?</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 20754 at http://blog.wlrn.org New Book Explains Why Simón Bolívar Is Both Deified, Demonized