Florida International University

Adrianne Gonzalez / WLRN News

Colorful body paint, light-up styrofoam sticks and electronic dance music attracted thousands of students from all local colleges to Florida International University's sixth annual SummerFest celebration Thursday night.

Isabella Cueto / WLRN News

More than 500 Latin American officials gathered downtown this week for the annual Inter-American Conference of Mayors and Local Authorities.

 

The conference, which is hosted at the Hilton Downtown, includes panels and workshops about how to create sustainable development in Latin American municipalities by decentralizing government.

 

Miami Herald

The new United States labor secretary and the only Hispanic in President Donald Trump's Cabinet is a South Florida native.

Florida International University Law School Dean R. Alexander Acosta was confirmed by the Senate last Thursday.

Acosta was born in Miami to Cuban parents,  attended Gulliver Preparatory School, went away for college and law school at Harvard University, and returned to Miami in his professional life.

Miami Herald

Once every 20 years a group of people gets together to change the Florida Constitution, the most fundamental law of the state. That’s happening right now and anyone can be a part of those discussions as the group holds two meeting in South Florida.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

President Trump’s rough rhetoric toward Mexico suggests his relationship with Latin America could be rocky. But the security challenges there remain daunting. That was the subject of a major Florida International University gathering on Thursday - a conference that made it clear the U.S. will need to summon a more involved hemispheric strategy than just building a wall.

Tim Padget / WLRN.org

President Obama’s policy of normalizing relations with communist Cuba enjoys larger than expected support among Cubans in Miami-Dade County, according to a new poll.

Florida International University’s biannual Cuba Poll shows almost two-thirds, or 64 percent, of Miami-Dade’s Cuban cohort back normalization, which Obama announced in December 2014. Sixty-nine percent back last year’s re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Tim Padgett / WLRN

Imagine you’re an ambitious 25-year-old business school grad in Spain. But it’s 2013 – and unemployment there is a scary 26 percent. Where do you take your entrepreneurial talents?

Communist Cuba. Seriously.

Florida International University

President Obama’s National Security Advisor – Ambassador Susan Rice – came to Miami Wednesday.

And she was recruiting.

Tom Hudson / WLRN.org

HAVANA - President Obama is betting that business owners will be engines of change in communist Cuba. Especially millennials. Two of them will meet the President on Monday in Havana – and then head to Miami this summer for more intense biz training.

Oscar Matienzo is a 25-year-old Afro-Cuban with a sharp head for fashion and computer marketing. He’s put both those talents to work for Procle, the private clothing business his family owns in Havana.

Dieu Nalio Chery / AP via Miami Herald

Haiti still doesn’t have a real President. One is supposed to be elected next month  –  but don't hold your breath.

WLRN spoke today with the leading candidate, Jovenel Moïse, about whether that’s actually going to happen – and the consequences if it doesn’t, as Haiti's food crisis worsens.

Haiti’s presidential runoff election has been called off twice since December amid charges of electoral fraud. When President Michel Martelly left office last month, Haiti’s Congress chose a temporary president, Jocelerme Privert.

Sports Vs. Nature At FIU To Be Decided Friday

Mar 9, 2016
Caitlin Granfield

  This Friday, Florida International University's Board of Trustees will decide whether  two sports fields will be built over part of the school’s nature preserve.

Joshua Muñoz-Jiménez oversees an organic garden that encompasses a portion of the preserve on FIU’s south campus.

He started a petition that more than 8,000 students and faculty have signed opposing the development.

Jeffery Becar is one of those students. He says he signed it because the preserve is “valuable.”

FIU Panel Offers Reassurance On Zika

Feb 3, 2016
Cynthia Goldsmith / Centers for Disease Control via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

There's no need to panic about zika, experts told concerned South Florida residents at a panel discussion at Florida International University on Wednesday.

 

Although nine cases of the virus had been confirmed in Florida as of Wednesday morning, all of those cases were contracted outside the United States, said Matthew DeGennaro, an FIU mosquito researcher.

Courtesy Maryanne Rodriguez

A year ago Thursday, U.S. officials confirmed that South Florida journalist Steven Sotloff had been brutally murdered in Syria by the terrorist group known as ISIS.

ISIS reaped the global shock it thrives on. But in this case there’s at least one reason to claim the terrorists are losing. True, the West remains a good five or six clueless steps behind ISIS in the social media war. Still, Sotloff left an important legacy that a growing number of his fellow millennials are embracing – one that could eventually help counter the propaganda potency of Arab extremists.

Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald

As recently as just a few years ago, this would have been unthinkable: A U.S. presidential candidate coming to Miami and calling for an end to the U.S trade embargo against Cuba. But Hillary Clinton did just that on Friday.

In a speech at Florida International University, the Democratic president front-runner said U.S.-Cuba relations are at a "crossroads," and that she'll "double down" on President Obama's policy of engaging the communist island: “The Cuba embargo," Clinton declared, "needs to go once and for all.”

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