Americas http://wlrn.org en Why Brazil's Futebol Failure Is the Best Thing For The Country http://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://wlrn.org Why Brazil's Futebol Failure Is the Best Thing For The Country Why Chikungunya – And The Mosquitoes – Are Overwhelming Haiti http://wlrn.org/post/why-chikungunya-and-mosquitoes-are-overwhelming-haiti <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The case of&nbsp;Marie Therese </span>Lindor<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;helps explain why </span>chikungunya<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is spreading so widely and rapidly through Haiti.</span></p><p>As she’s done so many times before, Lindor traveled from New York earlier this year to visit relatives in Haiti. But in May, about a week before she was due to return, she got sick.</p><p>Really sick.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:35:37 +0000 Jephie Bernard 35220 at http://wlrn.org Why Chikungunya – And The Mosquitoes – Are Overwhelming Haiti Jetting To Venezuela Just Got Harder: Why American Is Slashing Flights http://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://wlrn.org Jetting To Venezuela Just Got Harder: Why American Is Slashing Flights Rivalry: Spanish Speakers Flood Portuguese-Speaking Brazil http://wlrn.org/post/rivalry-spanish-speakers-flood-portuguese-speaking-brazil Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>All right, we're introducing you to a new word today. It's Portunol. It's a language - well, sort of. It's a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese and it is how many Spanish-speaking fans at the World Cup are communicating with their Portuguese-speaking, Brazilian cousins. The results are not always pretty. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro has this reporter's notebook on South America's great language divide.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: At this World Cup, the soccer has been amazing. The parties have been epic. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:02:17 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 34911 at http://wlrn.org Caribbean Airlines Flights Resume After Pilots' Sick-Out http://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://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://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://wlrn.org Power To Peru: The (Quiet) Latin American Boom That's Making South Florida Swoon Child Migrant Crisis Growing In South Florida http://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://wlrn.org Child Migrant Crisis Growing In South Florida Brazilians: Look At Our Businesses, Not Our Bikinis http://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://wlrn.org Brazilians: Look At Our Businesses, Not Our Bikinis Why Brazilians Worship Soccer -- And Why Their Leaders Can't Hide Behind It Anymore http://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://wlrn.org Why Brazilians Worship Soccer -- And Why Their Leaders Can't Hide Behind It Anymore Colors Of The Caribbean Event Celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage Month http://wlrn.org/post/colors-caribbean-event-celebrates-caribbean-american-heritage-month <p>The music of several Caribbean island nations will play this Saturday at Young Circle Park in Hollywood, for the<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.colorsofthecaribbean.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Colors of the Caribbean</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> festival.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The event will celebrate the eighth anniversary of Caribbean-American Heritage Month.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:55:30 +0000 Selima Hussain 33818 at http://wlrn.org Colors Of The Caribbean Event Celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage Month How Brazil's Hubris Jeopardized Its World Cup http://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://wlrn.org How Brazil's Hubris Jeopardized Its World Cup Locked Up In Latin America: Why These Controversial Cases Are Hard To Resolve http://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://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://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://wlrn.org How Central American Kids Gave Us An Immigration Reality Check Riding The Beast: A Migrant Crisis President Obama Calls Urgent http://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://wlrn.org Riding The Beast: A Migrant Crisis President Obama Calls Urgent Jailing Of Florida's Aqua Quest Crew Raises Honduran Justice Issues http://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://wlrn.org Jailing Of Florida's Aqua Quest Crew Raises Honduran Justice Issues