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GOP Divided on Proper Role for US Abroad – New York Times

Now, a new generation of Republicans like Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is turning inward, questioning the approach that reached its fullest expression after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and signaling a willingness to pare back the military budgets that made it all possible. That holds the potential to threaten two wings of […]

A Catholic Comeback for Latin America? – New York Times

A Catholic Comeback for Latin America? – New York Times

Introduction Mauricio Lima for The New York Times Parishioners and beggars outside Sé Cathedral in São Paulo, Brazil. The world is rapidly reading up on Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 76-year-old Argentine who is now Pope Francis. What can we deduce from his age, his choice of a papal name, his background as a Jesuit? Most […]

America’s March Madness Problem – by Marc Lynch – Foreign Policy

With March Madness rolling into view, the sports website Grantland ran a brilliant bracket of the most hated college basketball players in the last 30 years. It presented one bracket each for the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s … and one just for Duke. It says something profound about the national loathing for my alma mater […]

‘Tears in the streets’ in Latin America – NBCNews.com

>> this first ever leaatin american pope is a nod to hispanics who make up 40% of all catholics around the globe. there was, as we said, happiness throughout the region following the announcement today. nbc’s miguel almaguer is in rio for us tonight. >> reporter: […]

First Latin American pope ‘very exciting,’ faithful say – CNN

First Latin American pope ‘very exciting,’ faithful say – CNN

.cnn_html_media_utility::before{color:red;content:’>>’;font-size:9px;line-height:12px;padding-right:1px} .cnnstrylccimg640{margin:0 27px 14px 0} .captionText{filter:alpha(opacity=100);opacity:1} .cnn_html_slideshow_media_caption a,.cnn_html_slideshow_media_caption a:visited,.cnn_html_slideshow_media_caption a:link,.captionText a,.captionText a:visited,.captiontext a:link{color:#004276;outline:medium none} .cnnVerticalGalleryPhoto{margin:0 auto;padding-right:68px;width:270px} ]]> The new pope is Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, who takes the name Pope Francis. The announcement came on Wednesday, March 13, the first full day of the cardinals’ conclave in the […]

Latin America sees change under region’s 1st pope – Houston Chronicle

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The famous words uttered to announce that a leader of the Catholic Church has been chosen now have special resonance for Latin America, which had felt neglected by the Vatican and has finally produced the New World’s first pope. “”Habemus Papam.’ ‘WE have a pope,’” said Tom Quigley, former policy adviser […]

Miami Pushes Global Hub in Luring Latin America Companies – Bloomberg

Miami Pushes Global Hub in Luring Latin America Companies – Bloomberg

Alex Mantovani scanned Miami’s financial district from the fourth-floor office of Brazilian digital marketing company Grupo Avadora he opened in January. Golden keys to the city and the county, symbols of welcome, lay on a table. Avadora represents an opportunity for Miami-Dade County as it battles an unemployment rate higher than Florida’s and the nation’s. […]

North Korean propaganda video ‘explains’ what life is really like in America – Washington Post (blog)

North Korean propaganda video ‘explains’ what life is really like in America – Washington Post (blog)

<!– Text Size Print Reprints –> Correction: As the Huffington Post points out, this video is real but the English overdub is fake, the work of a British travel writer named Alun Hill. The original North Korean propaganda video does indeed portray life in Western countries as bleak, impoverished and hopeless, but […]

Pope pick another sign of South America’s worldly rise – USA TODAY

The fact that newly elected Pope Francis is from Argentina gives a boost to the morale and image of a continent that is coming into its own and overcoming many negative stereotypes. A worshiper holds up the front page of a magazine showing a photograph of new Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio during Wednesday celebrations of […]

The new pope will be one of America’s biggest employers – Washington Post (blog)

The new pope will be one of America’s biggest employers – Washington Post (blog)

<!– Text Size Print Reprints –> The big news out of the Vatican is that the Roman cardinals have selected a new pope: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who took the name Francis I. And that got us thinking, naturally, about the economics of the Catholic Church. As it turns out, the church […]