May 16, 2016 |
The nadir of the Phillies' Latin American scouting and development program is easily identifiable. Look back at the 1989 season, and you'll find an opening-day roster that included as many players born in France as the Dominican Republic. When Juan Samuel was traded to the New York Mets later that season, the French population ruled over the Latin one inside the Phillies clubhouse. Vive la France never was a great slogan for a big-league baseball team, and since born-in-Paris shortstop Steve Jeltz was the only French representative, it really would have been a rotten one. Not surprisingly, the Phillies of that era were awful.
February 24, 2016
By Amanda Schnetzer and William Inboden Seventy-five years ago, in his landmark "Four Freedoms" speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt warned Congress that "at no previous time has American security been as seriously threatened from without as it is today. " The United States had not yet entered World War II, and Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor still loomed ahead. Yet Roosevelt's speech redefined America's role in the world by intertwining our national security with the fight against tyranny beyond our shores.
April 17, 2015 |
When President Obama and Raul Castro exchanged a historic handshake at a Summit of the Americas in Panama last weekend, Pamela Ann Martin watched on TV in Havana. "It was an exhilarating feeling," said the Ambler resident who has been arranging trips to Cuba for business people, academics, and Cuba aficionados for more than a decade and has made 66 trips to the island. "This is what I've devoted my entire life to for the past 16 years. " There is something about Cuba that gets people's juices flowing.
April 18, 2014
A CHILD starving in South Sudan should matter to Americans. That was the message delivered last week by Nancy Lindborg, whose job at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to lead a federal bureau spreading democracy and humanitarian assistance across the world. That world has reached a critical danger zone, with three high-level crises combining military conflict with humanitarian catastrophes affecting millions of innocents in Syria, the South Sudan and the Central African Republic.
May 10, 2013 |
For all the talk about immigration, rarely does the conversation veer into why so many Latinos have come to the United States. Harvest of Empire attempts to fill in the gaps, and the reasons don't include some naive notion about streets being paved with gold. The documentary, based on the book by journalist Juan Gonzalez, makes a persuasive argument that immigration from Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, and other nations is the direct result of American maneuvering in Latin America. The film follows a pattern, looking at each country individually and hearing personal tales from immigrants before taking a deep dive into the history of that nation.
May 5, 2013 |
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - President Obama, concluding a three-day visit to Mexico and Costa Rica, is cheering Mexican economic advances and pressing other Central American leaders to deal with poverty and security while reaching out to a politically powerful Latino audience back home. Boosted by reassuring jobs numbers, Obama is calling for greater trade and economic cooperation with the U.S.'s southern neighbors, arguing that economic prosperity is the best antidote to drug and gang violence and, by extension, to the illegal immigration that the United States is seeking to control.
February 12, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - From the parishes of Poland to the churches of Chile, Roman Catholics around the world were stunned Monday at the first papal resignation in six centuries, even as many prayed for a new charismatic pontiff who could lead the church into a new era after decades of disaffection and mistrust. "We received the news with great regret and much surprise," said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who was discussed as a possible successor to Pope John Paul II when he died in 2005.
July 30, 2012 |
Every year, Mexican immigrants in the United States send tens of billions of dollars to relatives still south of the border, and for their largesse are hit with billions more in fees. Born in Mexico and now an American citizen living in South Philadelphia, Rosalba Meneses, 24, knows the bite of commissions and foreign-exchange charges when she sends money three times a year, totaling $1,000, to an aunt in Puebla state. "She uses it for groceries, clothing and spending," said Meneses, who pays commercial services - including Western Union, Sigue, and the online Xoom - to make the transfers, known as remittances.
April 14, 2012 |
Latin American countries are rightfully fed up with fighting Washington's war on drugs. In the four decades since President Richard Nixon declared the war on drugs, its battles have been fought predominantly in Latin American nations, leaving behind a trail of death and corruption while failing to achieve any of its goals. After a bloody, decades-long war in Colombia, the epicenter of drug trafficking simply moved north, to Mexico. Upon taking office five years ago, Mexican President Felipe Calderón fully embraced the war on drugs, and the country quickly entered a downward spiral of violence that has left tens of thousands dead, even as the cartels remain as strong as ever.
May 4, 2011 |
Handing out huge signing bonuses is no more a guarantee of landing future stars in Latin America than in the domestic draft. Consider the case of first baseman Angel Villalona, who received a $2.1 million signing bonus from the Giants in 2006 and was subsequently rated the team's No. 1 prospect by several baseball websites. Three years later, it was reported that he was the main suspect in the murder of a 25-year-old man in the Dominican Republic. There has been no further news about a trial or pending charges, but he's not currently listed in the Giants' media guide.