Americas http://blog.wlrn.org en 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 Caribbean Airlines Flights Resume After Pilots' Sick-Out http://blog.wlrn.org/post/caribbean-airlines-flights-resume-after-pilots-sick-out <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Due to a labor dispute, dozens of Caribbean Airlines pilots called in sick Tuesday, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.</span></p><p>Nearly all of the Trinidad-based airline's flights were disrupted across the Caribbean and in major hubs such as Miami, New York and London.</p><p>Airline spokesman Clint Williams says the company is in touch with travelers affected by the sick-out and has provided alternate flights for them.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:48:09 +0000 Nadege Green 34902 at http://blog.wlrn.org Caribbean Airlines Flights Resume After Pilots' Sick-Out 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 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 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 Locked Up In Latin America: Why These Controversial Cases Are Hard To Resolve http://blog.wlrn.org/post/locked-latin-america-why-these-controversial-cases-are-hard-resolve <p>There’s an old saying among Mexican officials when dealing with the United States: Always tell the gringos yes, but never tell them when.</p><p>That dance is the result of two centuries of tortured bilateral relations marked by U.S. insensitivity and Mexican hypersensitivity. And it’s most likely what’s playing out now as Washington and Mexico City haggle over the fate of a former U.S. Marine, Andrew Tahmooressi.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:52:54 +0000 Tim Padgett 33508 at http://blog.wlrn.org Locked Up In Latin America: Why These Controversial Cases Are Hard To Resolve How Central American Kids Gave Us An Immigration Reality Check http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-central-american-kids-gave-us-immigration-reality-check <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We thought we had the border licked.</span></p><p>Both President Obama and his Republican opposition had been patting themselves on the back of late for making the 2,000-mile-long <em>frontera </em>between the United States and Mexico more forbidding for undocumented migrants. Fewer and fewer had been crossing each year, because of beefed-up border security and because Obama had made a policy of deporting <em>indocumentados</em> in record numbers.</p><p>And then a bunch of Central American kids had to spoil the celebration.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:39:04 +0000 Tim Padgett 33374 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Central American Kids Gave Us An Immigration Reality Check Riding The Beast: A Migrant Crisis President Obama Calls Urgent http://blog.wlrn.org/post/riding-beast-migrant-crisis-president-obama-calls-urgent <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>There’s a network of freight trains that runs the length of Mexico, from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States. In addition to grain, corn or scrap metal, these trains are carrying an increasing number of undocumented immigrants who aim to cross into the U.S.</p><p>And despite the many deadly challenges it poses, more and more children—both with adults and alone—have been risking the journey. That prompted President Obama this week to warn of "an urgent humanitarian situation."</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:31:49 +0000 Wilson Sayre 33380 at http://blog.wlrn.org Riding The Beast: A Migrant Crisis President Obama Calls Urgent Jailing Of Florida's Aqua Quest Crew Raises Honduran Justice Issues http://blog.wlrn.org/post/jailing-floridas-aqua-quest-crew-raises-honduran-justice-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six U.S. crew members of the Aqua Quest, a&nbsp;65-foot&nbsp;ship out of Florida,&nbsp;have been sitting in a jungle jail in Honduras for almost a month now. The charge against them: bringing weapons into the violent Central American country illegally. But the case is questionable&nbsp;– especially since Aqua Quest International, the Tarpon Springs ocean exploration and recovery company that owns the vessel, was invited by Honduran officials to carry out development projects like river clearing.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:32:35 +0000 Tim Padgett 33339 at http://blog.wlrn.org Jailing Of Florida's Aqua Quest Crew Raises Honduran Justice Issues Please Don't Call Yoani Sánchez A Hero If You Really Don't Want To Help Her http://blog.wlrn.org/post/please-dont-call-yoani-s-nchez-hero-if-you-really-dont-want-help-her <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s hard to tell what’s most striking these days: </span>Yoani<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Sánchez’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> heroism or America’s hypocrisy.</span></p><p>Last week, when communist authorities tried to block Sánchez’s new digital newspaper, <strong><a href="http://www.14ymedio.com">14ymedio</a></strong>, Florida Senator Marco Rubio called her “one of Cuba’s most courageous” dissidents. And rightly so.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:38:16 +0000 Tim Padgett 33123 at http://blog.wlrn.org Please Don't Call Yoani Sánchez A Hero If You Really Don't Want To Help Her Why So Many Latinos Are Leaving Catholicism – And Religion Altogether http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-so-many-latinos-are-leaving-catholicism-and-religion-altogether <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To </span>gauge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> how dramatically things have changed in the Latino community, look no farther than the gold chain around Marisol Medina’s neck.</span></p><p>The necklace, which Medina’s devoutly Roman Catholic mother gave her, once held a cross – which has been replaced by a globe.</p><p>“It represents my shift from religion,” says Medina, “to the world, which I now believe in more than the cross or religion.”</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 05:06:09 +0000 Tim Padgett 33008 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why So Many Latinos Are Leaving Catholicism – And Religion Altogether Colombia Election: Is President Santos On The Run-Off Ropes? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/colombia-election-president-santos-run-ropes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s on to Round Two in Colombia. Challenger Oscar </span>Iván<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Zuluaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a right-wing former Finance Minister, pulled an upset over&nbsp;the incumbent, President Juan Manuel Santos, in Sunday’s presidential election. But </span>Zuluaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> didn't get a majority ­­­– far from it at 29 percent to Santos' 26 percent&nbsp;– so they'll go to a run-off on June 15.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 20:30:46 +0000 Tim Padgett 32951 at http://blog.wlrn.org Colombia Election: Is President Santos On The Run-Off Ropes? Venezuela's Socialist Millionaires May Be Appalling, But Can We Sanction Them? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/venezuelas-socialist-millionaires-may-be-appalling-can-we-sanction-them <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">El Nuevo Herald journalist Antonio Delgado reported something pretty nauseating this week.</span></p><p>In his<strong> <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/19/4125546/globovision-owners-leave-socialism.html">excellent&nbsp;May 19 article</a></strong>, Delgado details the opulent Coral Gables lifestyle enjoyed by the new owners of the Venezuelan television news network Globovisión.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:20:45 +0000 Tim Padgett 32786 at http://blog.wlrn.org Venezuela's Socialist Millionaires May Be Appalling, But Can We Sanction Them? Could Trying To Forge Peace With Guerrillas Cost Colombia's President An Election? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/could-trying-forge-peace-guerrillas-cost-colombias-president-election <p></p><p>Any presidential election in Colombia these days is a matter of high stakes.</p><p>That’s because the country – now South America’s second-largest economy and the United States’ most important ally on that continent – is in the midst of peace talks with Marxist guerrillas known as the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces, or FARC, to end a half-century-long civil war.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:39:11 +0000 Tim Padgett 32642 at http://blog.wlrn.org Could Trying To Forge Peace With Guerrillas Cost Colombia's President An Election?