Latin America http://wlrn.org en 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 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 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 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 Canal Quarrel: How PortMiami's Future Is Tied To Tiny Panama http://wlrn.org/post/canal-quarrel-how-portmiamis-future-tied-tiny-panama <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">PortMiami is set to open its new, billion-dollar tunnel next week. It’s the jewel of a $2 billion port makeover, which includes a major dredging project and skyscraper-size loading cranes for sending a lot more auto parts to Brazil and getting a lot more handbags from China.</span></p><p>But the long-term success of that effort may depend to a large extent on whether a quarrel gets solved a thousand miles to the south. In Panama.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:33:15 +0000 Tim Padgett 32271 at http://wlrn.org Canal Quarrel: How PortMiami's Future Is Tied To Tiny Panama Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Ali Gua Gua And Miss Bolivia http://wlrn.org/post/mi-casa-es-tu-casa-ali-gua-gua-and-miss-bolivia As a teenager, I fell in love with two very different musical genres: punk rock and cumbia — that Caribbean-born music with a contagious two-beat shuffle.<p>To purists of either, my musical promiscuity might have seemed blasphemous, but to me, it was a logical combination. Cumbia is more punk than punk itself. And many years later, when I discovered Mexican DJ Ali Gua Gua, and her group Kumbia Queers, I was elated with their unique brand of "tropi punk." They got it.<p>I <em>despised</em> cumbia as a kid. Fri, 09 May 2014 12:42:01 +0000 editor 32057 at http://wlrn.org Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Ali Gua Gua And Miss Bolivia Should The Panama Canal Join Classes As Well As Oceans? http://wlrn.org/post/should-panama-canal-join-classes-well-oceans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jorge </span>Quijano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has one of the coolest office views in the Americas: the Pacific port entrance to the Panama Canal. The panoramic vista seems to help </span>Quijano<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who heads the Panama Canal Authority, see the bigger picture.</span></p><p>On the one hand, Quijano understands why Panama has run the canal much more effectively than the United States did.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:58:51 +0000 Tim Padgett 31899 at http://wlrn.org Should The Panama Canal Join Classes As Well As Oceans? Panama Election: Is President Martinelli Pulling A Fast One? http://wlrn.org/post/panama-election-president-martinelli-pulling-fast-one <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Panama Canal is expanding, but is Panama's democracy shrinking? The country is holding a presidential election on Sunday, May 4 -- and there are growing concerns that right-wing President </span>Martinelli<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is trying an end run around the constitution.</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:49:50 +0000 Tim Padgett 31703 at http://wlrn.org Panama Election: Is President Martinelli Pulling A Fast One? Why Miami's Tech Scene Shouldn't Try To Compete With Silicon Valley http://wlrn.org/post/why-miamis-tech-scene-shouldnt-try-compete-silicon-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A lot of people have been throwing a lot of cold water lately on the notion of Miami as a high-tech “Silicon Beach.”</span></p><p>Even Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine this year called it “the dumbest idea in the world.”</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 03:21:37 +0000 Tim Padgett 31548 at http://wlrn.org Why Miami's Tech Scene Shouldn't Try To Compete With Silicon Valley 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 Gabo And Gringos: Did Magical Realism Bridge Or Divide The Americas? http://wlrn.org/post/gabo-and-gringos-did-magical-realism-bridge-or-divide-americas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gabriel </span>García<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Márquez<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who died Thursday at age 87, provided one of the eerier moments of my journalism career.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:59:19 +0000 Tim Padgett 30998 at http://wlrn.org Gabo And Gringos: Did Magical Realism Bridge Or Divide The Americas? Was "Cuban Twitter" Dumb Or Defensible? Or Both? http://wlrn.org/post/was-cuban-twitter-dumb-or-defensible-or-both <p>Confession: When <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/cuba-clueless-covert-twitter-scheme-tweets-us-policy-failure">I criticized ZunZuneo</a> </strong>as the story emerged earlier this month, I left something important unsaid.</p><p>I support its basic intent. That is, the effort to help Cubans or anyone else access news, information and opinions that authoritarian governments around the world try to block.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:56:43 +0000 Tim Padgett 30729 at http://wlrn.org Was "Cuban Twitter" Dumb Or Defensible? Or Both? Miami Shedding Its Tabloid Image, Gaining Int'l Respect – At Least In The Legal World http://wlrn.org/post/miami-shedding-its-tabloid-image-gaining-intl-respect-least-legal-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s never a shortage of unusual legal proceedings in Miami. It’s just that very few of them ever enhance the city’s image, as last month’s court hearings on Justin Bieber’s genitalia so charmingly reminded us.</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:40:12 +0000 Tim Padgett 30469 at http://wlrn.org Miami Shedding Its Tabloid Image, Gaining Int'l Respect – At Least In The Legal World Cuba Clueless: Covert Twitter Scheme Tweets U.S. Policy Failure http://wlrn.org/post/cuba-clueless-covert-twitter-scheme-tweets-us-policy-failure <p></p><p>If you needed any reminding of how archaic and clueless U.S. policy on Cuba can be – and the extent to which it so often actually aids an oppressive communist dictatorship – look no further than Thursday’s excellent <strong><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/03/4036402/us-secretly-created-cuban-twitter.html">Associated Press article</a></strong> about the “Cuban Twitter” fiasco.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:50:29 +0000 Tim Padgett 30290 at http://wlrn.org Cuba Clueless: Covert Twitter Scheme Tweets U.S. Policy Failure Lack Of Reforms During Latin America's Economic Boom Will Hurt The Region http://wlrn.org/post/lack-reforms-during-latin-americas-economic-boom-will-hurt-region <p>For more than a decade, much of Latin America has enjoyed an economic boom. But at its annual meeting in Brazil over the weekend, the Inter-American Development Bank indicated the party is ending. And the situation may be worse because the region didn’t make productive reforms when times were good.</p><p>Hear the full story below.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:07:35 +0000 Tim Padgett 30072 at http://wlrn.org Lack Of Reforms During Latin America's Economic Boom Will Hurt The Region