Americas

Brazilian investors buy Miami real estate. Haitian earthquake survivors attend South Florida schools. It's clear what happens in Latin America and the Caribbean has a profound effect on South Florida.

WLRN’s coverage of the region is headed by Americas editor Tim Padgett, a 23-year veteran of TIME and Newsweek magazines.

He joins a team of reporters and editors at the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and NPR to cover a region whose cultural wealth, environmental complexity, vast agricultural output and massive oil reserves offer no shortage of important and fascinating stories to tell.

Marco Ugarte / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY You’ve heard of the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program, right? Don’t worry, neither have most Americans – even though what TAA does should have been front and center in the presidential campaign. More important than Hillary’s crafty emails. More significant than Donald’s creepy libido. Sorry, the President-elect’s creepy libido. What’s at the core of TAA is at the heart of what got Donald Trump elected POTUS. Namely, the infuriated (and not...

Robin Thom / Insight Cuba

Last month they ran the Key Biscayne Half Marathon – with a big new prize. “They said, 'You’re gonna go to Cuba,'" says Elliott Mason, who won the race and gets a paid trip to run in the Havana Marathon this Sunday. “I had no idea that Havana had a marathon.” But like a growing number of U.S. runners, now that he knows, he wants to get to the starting line.

THE MIAMI HERALD

This week on The Florida Roundup ... On Election Day, Broward voters rejected a ballot measure that would have raised the sales tax from its current 6 percent to 7 percent. It was crafted for transportation projects. Now that the measure has failed, where will Broward find the funds to improve public transit? And on the same day, Palm Beach County voters approved a similar referendum. What does that mean for public schools? The Sun-Sentinel's Brittany Wallman joins Greg Stuart, the...

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

COMMENTARY If you’re a U.S. presidential candidate – and you’re running against Donald Trump – it takes complacency or cluelessness or both to underperform with Latino voters. Hillary Clinton seems to have pulled it off. From the moment Trump launched his campaign – when he branded Mexican immigrants “rapists,” “killers” and “drug-traffickers” – he dragged Latinos through the bigoted mud, scapegoating them for America’s ills. He tweeted Latino voters photos of...

Tom Hudson / WLRN.org

When the U.S. and Cuba normalized relations two years ago, hope sprang eternal that Americans could now do business on the island. But we got another reminder this week that it may also require eternal patience. Last February, President Obama approved plans by an Alabama enterprise to build the first U.S. factory in Cuba in more than half a century. The company, Cleber, would build small, low-cost tractors in a new free trade zone at the port of Mariel. The Cleber project symbolized all the...

Esteban Felix / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY I understand why Miami Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is outraged at Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. Ortega’s a strongman, autocrat, caudillo, whatever authoritarian label you want to give a guy who’s mugged Nicaragua’s democracy and turned much of the impoverished Central American country into his fiefdom. Heading into Sunday’s presidential election, Ortega and his crony-packed Supreme Court – the same banana-republic bench that tore up the...

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Before Wynwood was the heart of hipster Miami, it was a Puerto Rican enclave. So Puerto Rican community leaders and business owners recently gathered there at Jimmy'z Kitchen for a campaign fundraiser.

Ariana Cubillos / AP

COMMENTARY Last December – when Venezuela’s opposition demolished the ruling socialists in parliamentary elections – a lot of folks got ready for an Andean Spring.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

On Labor Day there was a good Puerto Rican party on Hollywood Beach – classic Willie Colón salsa music playing on the boom box – hosted by a South Florida group called Boricuas Realengos. Boricua means Puerto Rican, and so the group’s name translates to “Far-Flung Puerto Ricans.”

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