Miami Empire – Honduras


This week I’ve been in Honduras and El Salvador – regions I like to think of as part of the “Miami Empire”. By Empire I mean a zone of economic and cultural influence , places where a large part of the population has moved to Miami. This would generally be a ring around the Caribbean, northern South America and down to Peru and even to a lesser extent – the Southern Cone. People here look to Miami for leadership – not Washington or New York. I’m here on an Enterprise Florida Trade Mission. Honduras is quite poor , but with CAFTA things should improve.

3 Comments so far

  1. anon (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

    Don’t believe the hype. In the US, CAFTA squeaked through the House in a historically close vote of 217 to 215.

    “Todd Tucker, research director at Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch (, cited polls showing plummeting public support for the trade agreement throughout the region: 76 percent of Salvadorans believed that CAFTA would not help their country; 65 percent of Guatemalans said it would worsen conditions; 61 percent of people in the Dominican Republic opposed the deal; and 77 percent in Honduras regarded their pro-CAFTA government as corrupt.”

    Article at

  2. enh (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 10:38 pm

    if CAFTA is so great how come NAFTA is a complete failure? these agreements could be a good thing if the were structure more like the entrance requirements to the european union.

  3. carlos (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 11:55 am

    I guess you mean well, but I’m still sorry you went to my Beloved homeland Honduras and all you could do is post a raggity photograph and talk about CAFTA as a good thing!…Honduras is indeed poor, but you are not helping. For those interested, visit
    and enjoy!

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