Latin America Report http://wlrn.org en Gang Violence Pushes Even The Prosperous To Flee Central America http://wlrn.org/post/gang-violence-pushes-even-prosperous-flee-central-america <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The country is grappling with how to handle the influx of Central American children who have come to the United States over the past few months. And as Central America has become more and more violent, more families have been coming to South Florida too.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the last year more than 55,000 families were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s almost six times more than the same time period a year ago.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:08:22 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 36331 at http://wlrn.org Gang Violence Pushes Even The Prosperous To Flee Central America 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 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 Could Trying To Forge Peace With Guerrillas Cost Colombia's President An Election? http://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://wlrn.org Could Trying To Forge Peace With Guerrillas Cost Colombia's President An Election? Why Caribbean Rum Is The New Cognac – And Why Miami Is Its Showcase http://wlrn.org/post/why-caribbean-rum-new-cognac-and-why-miami-its-showcase <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was a time when rum was rotgut. </span>Blackbeard<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the pirate liked to mix his cane alcohol with gunpowder and light it. Rum and croak.</span></p><p>Fast forward a few centuries to rum respectability – specifically, to Rob Burr’s patio deck in Coral Gables.</p><p>From the waterfall pond to the tiki bar, it sets a mood not for swilling rum but for tasting it. Not the way spring-breakers chug Captain Morgan but the way cognac drinkers sip Napoleon. Not with Coke (or gunpowder) but neat, in a snifter.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:57:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 31211 at http://wlrn.org Why Caribbean Rum Is The New Cognac – And Why Miami Is Its Showcase How A Doral Woman Became A Victim Of Anti-Chavista Witch Hunts http://wlrn.org/post/how-doral-woman-became-victim-anti-chavista-witch-hunts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pietra </span>Diwan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes pride in the master’s degree she earned in history back in her native Brazil. But a passion for historical accuracy may cost her the business she built here in South Florida.</span></p><p>As a historian, Diwan pays attention to document details. That’s why she raised flags last month when Venezuelan friends here started posting Facebook photos of the ongoing anti-government protests in Venezuela.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:29:04 +0000 Tim Padgett 29078 at http://wlrn.org How A Doral Woman Became A Victim Of Anti-Chavista Witch Hunts What My Talks With Hugo Taught Me About Chavismo In Venezuela http://wlrn.org/post/what-my-talks-hugo-taught-me-about-chavismo-venezuela <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back in 1998, just before he was first elected President of Venezuela, Hugo </span>Chávez<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> described his socialist revolution to me:</span></p><p>“Our revolution is like a river and the rain,” he said with typical bravado. “It’s a natural force.”</p><p>These days, it’s looking more like a spent force.</p><p>Today, March 5, marks the first anniversary of Chávez’s death from cancer. He was still in power when he died, and his revolution still rules Venezuela.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:16:24 +0000 Tim Padgett 28716 at http://wlrn.org What My Talks With Hugo Taught Me About Chavismo In Venezuela Colombia's Peace Crisis: Pres. Santos Confronts The Skeptics – And The Spies http://wlrn.org/post/colombias-peace-crisis-pres-santos-confronts-skeptics-and-spies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week’s Colombian voter poll had to feel like a back-handed compliment for President Juan Manuel Santos.</span></p><p>The new survey by the Bogotá research firm Ipsos-Napoleón Franco shows Santos with a 17-point lead over his closest competitor in his bid to win re-election in May. But Santos garners just 25 percent of the vote. Half of those polled said they were undecided or intend to cast a blank protest ballot. That’s hardly cause for cumbia dancing at the Casa de Nariño presidential palace.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:36:17 +0000 Tim Padgett 27401 at http://wlrn.org Colombia's Peace Crisis: Pres. Santos Confronts The Skeptics – And The Spies