Americas

Franklin Reyes / AP

As part of his effort to normalize relations with communist Cuba, President Obama wants to make it easier for Americans to travel there. But there’s still some confusion. So the Administration wants folks to bring their questions to the Twittersphere.

U.S. tourist travel to Cuba is still illegal. But Americans have long been able to travel there if they obtained U.S. government permission for purposes like family visits or academic exchanges.

Al Diaz / AP

It was the first major story I ever covered here in Miami.

The first – and quite possibly the worst. But it’s worth recalling because it led us to the Cuba moment Miami is living right now.

This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the end of the Elián González drama – the ugly international custody battle that gave the cable news networks bizarre fodder for seven long months in 1999 and 2000.

Mirissa Neff

June 18, 2015 is a day many Haitians dreaded.

It is the final day Haitians could receive residency documents allowing them to remain in the Dominican Republic permanently or else be deported.

In 2013, the Dominican Republic Supreme Court ruled that anyone born to non-citizens, even as far back as 1929, must have legal residency papers or else they will be expelled. 

Nadege Green / WLRN

Haitian-rights activists rallied in Little Haiti Thursday morning to decry a Dominican Republic court ruling that strips thousands born in the Dominican Republic of their citizenship.

In 2013, the Dominican Constitutional Court passed a ruling retroactively denying citizenship to anyone born after 1929 who doesn’t have one parent of Dominican blood.  

After public outcry and pressure from the international community, the Dominican Republic passed new legislation allowing people with Dominican birth certificates to regain their citizenship.

Dieu Nalio Chery / AP

Haitians living in the Dominican Republic face an urgent deadline Wednesday night if they want to stay in that country. But the Dominican Republic faces renewed international criticism if it carries out mass deportations of Haitians.

The Dominican Republic shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti. And Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. So hundreds of thousands of Haitians have emigrated to – and were born in – the more economically stable Dominican Republic.

Venezuela: Emigration Nation

Jun 16, 2015
Andrew Rosati

As Venezuela’s crime and inflation keep spiraling, anti-government protests are starting up again. But a growing number of Venezuelans have decided to leave the country rather than take to the streets.

Venezuela has become an emigration nation.

TECHO

In disaster relief circles, the report this month by NPR and ProPublica registered a good 8.0 on the Richter scale of wake-up calls.

Their investigation looked at what the American Red Cross had done with the half billion dollars it raised for Haiti after the country’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake.

Alexia Fodere / El Nuevo Herald

The U.S. Census Bureau considers Hispanics an ethnic group only and not a racial group. But a growing number of Hispanics have urged the census to allow them to be defined as both - and a new survey out today gives them more ammunition.

The Pew Research Center in Washington D.C. has released a new report called “Multiracial in America.” As part of the study it examined how U.S. Hispanics view themselves in terms of race.

U.S. Southern Command

Honduras gives us so many reasons to cry. The world’s worst murder rate. Grinding poverty. All those desperate, unaccompanied child migrants who poured into the U.S. last summer – and who just might come knocking on our border again this summer.

These days Honduras is giving us some good laughs, too. As in: I’m laughing so hard I’m crying, because the Honduran hilarity makes me nervous about the fate of the $1 billion the Obama Administration wants to send Honduras and Central America this year.

Shirley Bahadur / AP

More than a dozen people have been indicted in the U.S. investigation into corruption at international soccer’s governing body, FIFA. But one former FIFA leader with South Florida connections is emerging as the scandal’s poster boy.

Jack Warner is a former FIFA vice president and a member of parliament in Trinidad and Tobago. And if mounting allegations against him in the FIFA corruption scandal are true, he’s also destined to be called one of the most corrupt men in the Caribbean.

dnguah / YouTube

In March, hundreds of Brazilian-Americans in South Florida gathered at Miami’s Bayfront Park to protest massive corruption in Brazil. But many may not have known that one alleged perpetrator of all that graft back in their mother country owns a home – a really big one – just across Biscayne Bay.

Carolyn Kaster / AP

I’m waiting any moment now for Marco Rubio to demand that President Obama recall our ambassador to China and shut down our embassy there.

Courtesy Peter Zimble

Part 2 of Cuba Online

Some people visit Cuba to drink up rum mojitos. Peter Zimble goes there to dream up web services.

“The woman who runs the apartment where I’m staying was lamenting that she had to walk my visa to a government office to register me as a guest,” Zimble told me by phone from Havana’s seaside Malecón. “It would be so much easier if there were an app for that.”

C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

The soccer world is in shock today because of a massive corruption scandal involving the sport’s international governing body. The case reaches into Miami – and the accusations deal a big blow to soccer’s image in this hemisphere.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Part 1 of Cuba Online

When Cuban bikini maker Victor Rodríguez visited Miami this month, he was on a pilgrimage – not just for bathing suits but for bandwidth.

The most important stop on Rodríguez’s schedule was lunch in Wynwood, Miami’s high-tech district, with Mel Valenzuela, who owns the online swimwear store Pretty Beachy.

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