Americas http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/18759/all en Meet Mexico's Al Gore http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/mexico/081208/meet-mexicos-al-gore <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> He'll start by turning the capital green, and likely run for president, too. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marion Lloyd </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/mexico">MEXICO</a> CITY — For decades, Mexico City has been famed for two things, its sprawl and its smog.</p> <p>But if Mayor Marcelo Ebrard has his way, one of the world's most populous cities will also soon be one of its most green.</p> <p>Under the mayor's ambitious Green Plan, a 15-year eco-roadmap launched in late 2007, the Mexican capital will have more bike lanes than <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/benelux">Amsterdam</a> and more rent-a-bike stations than <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/france">Paris</a>. New buildings will be solar-powered and once-filthy rivers will run clean — or at least cleaner.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/mexico/081208/meet-mexicos-al-gore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Green Mexico Mon, 08 Dec 2008 21:18:51 +0000 Marion Lloyd 1497 at http://www.globalpost.com Read All About It http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/brazil/081209/read-all-about-it <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/brazil/081209/read-all-about-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Business Brazil Thu, 08 Jan 2009 15:01:00 +0000 Seth Kugel 1546 at http://www.globalpost.com Habla Espanol? Si. Now let's learn some English, too http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/mexico/081222/habla-espanol-si-now-lets-learn-some-english-too <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The state of Tamaulipas aims to create the country's first bilingual populace. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marion Lloyd </div> </div> </div> <p>CIUDAD VICTORIA, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/mexico">Mexico</a> — "What animal live in dee snow and ice?" asked the teacher in heavily accented English.</p> <p>"Polar bear!" shouted the Mexican fifth-graders, who were rewarded with an approving "very goot!"</p> <p>It may not be the Queen's English, but for public school students in the border state of Tamaulipas, this class offers a coveted chance to learn the language.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/mexico/081222/habla-espanol-si-now-lets-learn-some-english-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Mexico Thu, 08 Jan 2009 14:49:11 +0000 Marion Lloyd 4161 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazilian drivers spoiled for choice at the pump http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/brazil/081223/brazilian-drivers-spoiled-choice-at-the-pump <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seth Kugel </div> </div> </div> <p>SAO PAULO, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/brazil">Brazil</a> — Here’s an alternative fuels word problem that might baffle even the best U.S. math students:</p> <p>Jose drives his black flex-fuel Toyota Corolla into a Esso station on Rua Henrique Schaumann, a busy thoroughfare in Sao Paulo. He sees that gas costs 2.60 Brazilian reais per liter and ethanol costs 1.55 reais per liter. If Jose wants to get the most mileage for his money, which fuel should he choose?</p> <p>But for Brazilians, especially the millions who drive flex-fuel cars that run on any mixture of gasoline and ethanol, that question is a breeze.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/brazil/081223/brazilian-drivers-spoiled-choice-at-the-pump" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Business Green Brazil Technology Tue, 30 Dec 2008 00:20:03 +0000 Seth Kugel 4462 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which it Stands: Venezuela http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/081229/which-it-stands-venezuela <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Obama's popularity may force Chavez to change his tune </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charlie Devereux </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CARACAS, Venezuela &mdash; In recent months, a new style of coffee has been served in Venezuelan cafes.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> They call it an &quot;Obama.&quot; It's black coffee and it's served with a spot of milk. In a lot of places that could be seen as a pretty racist image. But here in a country with a large black and mixed-race population it's meant as a warm tribute to the president-elect&rsquo;s ethnic roots. In Venezuela, Obama&rsquo;s ethnicity makes him instantly more acceptable than any other American president.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/081229/which-it-stands-venezuela" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Diplomacy Venezuela Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:18:49 +0000 Charlie Devereux 4534 at http://www.globalpost.com Americas http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/americas <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-section-nav-icon"> <div class="field-label">Navigation Icon:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_section_nav_icon" width="300" height="127" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/nav-icons/nav-icon-america.png?1294211084" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-section-article-icon"> <div class="field-label">In-Article Icons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_section_article_icon" width="97" height="97" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/section-icons/americasmap.png?1302039853" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-seo"><legend>SEO</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-metatitle"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Latin America News | Central American News | North America </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-metadesc"> <div class="field-label">Meta Description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Latin America News, Central America News. 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Learn more about becoming a <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/members">GlobalPost member.</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sectionrss"><legend>RSS</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-rsstitle"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost - America and the World </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sponsor"><legend>Sponsorship</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-sponsored-section"> <div class="field-label">Sponsored Section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Americas Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5615937 at http://www.globalpost.com Alex Leff http://www.globalpost.com/bio/alex-leff <div class="field field-type-text field-field-biofirstname"> <div class="field-label">First Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-biolastname"> <div class="field-label">Last Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leff </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-position"> <div class="field-label">Position:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Regional editor for the Americas </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Alex Leff is now the Americas editor for GlobalPost, moving back to the US after being its Costa Rica correspondent since the website's inception. Alex was also Costa Rica stringer for Reuters. Previously the Tico Times online editor, Alex also contributed to such publications as Miami Herald, Voice of San Diego and Americas Quarterly as well as appeared as commentator on BBC radio and CBC television.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-biophoto"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/all/modules/contrib/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/leff_alex.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=39627">leff_alex.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-info"><legend>Social Media</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-twitter-handle"> <div class="field-label">Twitter handle:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> alexleff </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-google-plus"> <div class="field-label">Google Plus:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 106472352152033214606 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-bioblogroll"><legend>Blogroll</legend><div class="field field-type-link field-field-blogroll3"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.89decibeles.com/">Good website about what&#039;s going on</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blogrolldesc3"> <div class="field-label">Description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &lt;br /&gt; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blogrolldesc4"> <div class="field-label">Description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &lt;br /&gt; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-bioglobalblog"><legend>Global Blog</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-bioblogenable"> <div class="field-label">Enable:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-syndication"><legend>Syndication</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-striphtml"> <div class="field-label">Strip HTML:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/bio/alex-leff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5079 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Brazil http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/081231/which-it-stands-brazil <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Colorblind melting pot or racially divided society? Either way, Afro-Brazilian leaders welcome Obama. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seth Kugel </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MARAGOJIPE, Brazil&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;Walking through this colonial-era fishing town of 44,000 across the Bay of All Saints from the city of Salvador, your average U.S. resident would come to a quick demographic conclusion: Most people here are black.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/081231/which-it-stands-brazil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Brazil Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:21:35 +0000 Seth Kugel 5390 at http://www.globalpost.com Westward Look, the Land is Bright. http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/america-and-the-world/090101/westward-look-the-land-bright <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON &mdash; A great platform is being built on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Along Pennsylvania Ave., the bleachers are going up. And in front of the White House the heated, enclosed reviewing stand is nearing completion for the new president of the United States, his aides and the members of his family.</p> <p>The world has changed (9-11, Iraq) and not-so-changed (Gaza) since the day, eight years ago, that George W. Bush took the oath of office. There are high expectations here, now that change has come again.</p> <p>A new administration makes everyone a foreign correspondent, for a time. As Barack Obama takes the oath of office at the Capitol, a small army of packers and movers will drive vans up the curved driveway at the White House, and efficiently remove all traces of the Bush regime from the West Wing.</p> <p>At the State Department, the Pentagon, the CIA and the other big federal agencies, where embedded bureaucracies pride themselves on outlasting administrations, change won't be so stark. But there will be new bosses, and priorities, and internal power struggles to chronicle. &nbsp;</p> <p>I like to hope, as a GlobalPost reporter in Washington, that I will keep the fresh eyes and legs of a newly-landed foreign correspondent, and write as if I&nbsp;were in Moscow, Berlin or New Delhi, consumed with curiousity, and trying to decipher the politics and intrigues of a distant land.</p> <p>For at least a few months, the new faces will help. Hillary at State. Biden as Veep. John Kerry on Foreign Relations. And, of course, Barack Obama &mdash; a mystery still to the country that chose him.</p> <p>By way of introduction: I'm New York-born, and Southern-educated, and trained Out West and in New England. I grew up reading Mailer, Hemingway and Theodore White. And Robert Penn Warren, of course. I've been to every state but North Dakota. I've spent far too much of my life&nbsp; in Iowa, New Hampshire and the back rows of the White House press room. I'm a Jeffersonian in a town of Hamiltonians. And I'm Irish-American, but you probably have figured that out.</p> <p>I have loved, and sometimes loathed, the American political process,&nbsp; but I&nbsp;have never found it less than fascinating &mdash; waiting, as&nbsp; Seamus Heaney would put it, for those too rare instances when hope and history rhyme.</p> <p>Since 1980, when Ronald Reagan moved the inauguration from the eastern plaza to the flip side of the Capitol, American presidents have taken the oath of office facing West, toward our old frontier.&nbsp; It is a fitting shift. Inaugurations are a time of promise, and audacity and hope &mdash; never more, perhaps, than in these grim times, with America at war, its economy lamed, and a new generation taking power.</p> <p>In far bleaker times, as the Nazi bombers marred the English skies, Winston Churchill took to the BBC to rally his people.&nbsp; One night, in April 1941, speaking of his hope that the United States would join in the battle against fascism, he read them a bit of poetry from an obscure English writer&nbsp; by the name of Arthur Hugh Clough.</p> <p>John F. Kennedy idolized Churchill, and liked the verse, and popularized it in America. I'll think of it on Inauguration Day, and hope America meets its promise.&nbsp; It's aged and sentimental, but then so am I.</p> <p><em>&quot;And not by eastern windows only,</em></p> <p><em>When daylight comes, comes in the light,</em></p> <p><em>In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly!</em></p> <p><em>But westward, look, the land is bright.&quot;</em></p> Americas Diplomacy Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5705 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Canada http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-canada <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The trepidations of living on the American empire's northern flank </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sandro Contenta </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TORONTO&nbsp; &mdash; Every time a new American president is sworn-in, Canadians brace themselves.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The reaction was best explained by a Canadian prime minister, the late Pierre Trudeau, during a speech to a Washington audience four decades ago: &ldquo;Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant; no matter how friendly or even-tempered is the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-canada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Americas Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Canada Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:35:11 +0000 Sandro Contenta 6192 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Wheels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/wheels/090102/which-it-stands-wheels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> America defined: the good, the bad, and the automobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Royal Ford </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>It flows through our music, rumbles through our movies,&nbsp; permeates our&nbsp; literature.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Nat King Cole crooned its promise in&nbsp; &quot;Route 66.&quot; From snarling hot rod to exotic Thunderbird, it was the star of the movie &quot;American Grafitti,'' and a virtual weapon in the hands of Robert Mitchum in &quot;Thunder Road.'' For Jack Kerouac, it was holy deliverance in &quot;On the Road.'' And loaded with all the Joad family had left in this world, it was a beast of burden and hope in John Steinbeck's &quot;The Grapes of Wrath.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/wheels/090102/which-it-stands-wheels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Americas Asia-Pacific Europe Germany Middle East Japan Technology United Kingdom Thu, 08 Jan 2009 22:22:03 +0000 Royal Ford 6401 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Sports http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090103/which-it-stands-sports <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can the new president bring home the gold to Chicago? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Starr </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Amid a vast array of global crises that will severely test the new Obama administration, there may be some small comfort for the president-elect in how his election already appears to have reversed one distressing international trend: America&rsquo;s diminished stature in the Olympic movement.<br />&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/090103/which-it-stands-sports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Culture & Lifestyle Thu, 08 Jan 2009 04:02:29 +0000 Mark Starr 6417 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Commerce http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/commerce/090104/which-it-stands-commerce <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Obama's economists are great, but can Barack channel Miles Davis? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As Barack Obama is about to find out, all-star teams can be funny things. Fortunately, he has some history to guide him.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/commerce/090104/which-it-stands-commerce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Business Opinion Sun, 04 Jan 2009 18:06:37 +0000 Thomas Mucha 7080 at http://www.globalpost.com The starting line http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/wheels/090104/the-starting-line <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> "Wheels" columnist Royal Ford explains his lifelong car passion that began with Faulkner and frozen ponds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Royal Ford </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Give me chaos theory. If a loon flaps its wings on the cove outside my New Hampshire home, will a storm change course over Russia?</p> <p>I don&rsquo;t know. But chaos theory may explain how I got lucky enough to do this job I love, driving cars all over the world and writing about them for GlobalPost.</p> <p>My wing-flap smelled of gasoline when, as a 12-year-old boy, I was skidding cars around wet fields behind my childhood home in the Granite State, and on frozen ponds where ice is thick and counter-steer reigns.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/wheels/090104/the-starting-line" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Europe Germany Technology Mexico United Kingdom Fri, 09 Jan 2009 00:06:44 +0000 Royal Ford 7216 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Worldview http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090104/which-it-stands-worldview <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Opinion: Obama faces a daunting list of foreign policy challenges </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Moran </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW YORK &mdash; Of all the lists drawn up over the past few months &ndash; Barack Obama's cabinet picks, auto industry plant shutdowns, New Year&rsquo;s resolutions and so on &mdash; none will prove as fateful, full of surprises or difficult as the list of international challenges facing the new U.S. administration.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090104/which-it-stands-worldview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Africa Americas Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Europe Iraq China Israel and Palestine Middle East India Opinion Pakistan Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:28:25 +0000 Michael Moran 7245 at http://www.globalpost.com