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.

Fernando Llano / AP via Miami Herald

For the past year, the border between Venezuela and Colombia has effectively been closed. That’s only worsened the suffering of Venezuelans who can’t find enough food and medicine inside their collapsing economy. But relief may be coming tomorrow. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro shut down his country’s western border last year for what he called “security reasons.” Critics said he was just trying to deflect attention from his catastrophic mismanagement of Venezuela’s economy – which has...

Logan Riely / Miami Herald

COMMENTARY Dr. Esper Kallas shared a prediction about Zika with me earlier this year. And I could have made big bucks betting that unfortunately he’d be right.

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Since the U.S. and Cuba normalized relations almost two years ago, Cuban migration here has surged. But a new study shows us just how dramatic that wave has become.

Ariana Cubillos / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY Even after thugs broke into Anahís Montiel’s house, dragged her into the street, murdered her with machetes and threw her corpse into a nearby ravine, they still had time to return to her home and rob everything while her husband and six children were forced to watch it all. They had about eight hours, in fact, since local cops did nothing. This happened Monday night in Maracay , west of Caracas. But it’s the sort of atrocity that occurs most nights in...

Military officials from 18 Latin American nations are meeting in Jacksonville to discuss the security of the Panama Canal. It’s been a little more than a month since the first super-vessels made it through the newly expanded canal, but the future of trade in the region is uncertain. Listen to the story airing on 89.9 WJCT-FM

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At a Brazilian restaurant in Doral called Brazuca’s, Danilo Leão is whipping up his most popular dish, feijoada. Pronounced fay-ZHWAH-dah , it's a heavenly stew of black beans, meats and spices created centuries ago by Brazilian slaves.

The photos wouldn't be out place in a Craigslist ad: "Three-room suite features tiled walls, plush chairs, flat-screen TV and plenty of storage. With a conference room and a cozy living room, it's perfect for both work and relaxation. Treadmill included!" Except it's not an apartment: It's a three-room cell at the crowded Tacumbu prison in Asuncion, Paraguay. Brazilian drug trafficker Jarvis Chimenes Pavao was serving an eight-year sentence for money laundering at the prison, Agence France...

Carolyn Kaster / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY (Updated July 29, 2016) On immigration, this month’s Republican and Democratic conventions were as different as pit bulls and collies.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Hillary Clinton enthusiasts weren’t the only people who attended Saturday’s rally at Florida International University. Donald Trump supporters brought their signs and T-shirts too. One made fun of Clinton’s public email scandal, one read quote Lock her up, and one more said: “Latino Para Trump”. Holding signs was 24 year-old Matthew Delfay . He said, he came to the rally because he doesn’t believe Clinton supports Latino family values. “I just want to let my neighbors know that he is in fact...

Carolyn Kaster / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY Here’s a flashback from the Cold War tape loop we used to call Cuba policy: In 2004, then U.S. President George W. Bush tightened the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, including stricter limits on how often Cuban-Americans could visit family on the island. The aim was to pressure the communist regime in Havana to adopt democratic reforms. “We’re not waiting for the day of Cuban freedom,” Bush said, “we are working for the day of Cuban freedom.” But a...

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