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What happened when the Donald Trump of Costa Rica demonized neighboring Nicaraguans?

What happened when the Donald Trump of Costa Rica demonized neighboring Nicaraguans?

Costa Rica is often thought of as the “Switzerland of the Americas.” With a stable democracy and no standing army, the small Central American country of 4.8 million is often referred to as the “exception” to the conflict, violence and poverty faced in other Latin American countries. In particular, Costa Ricans pride themselves on their […]

Costa Rica Financial Institutions Victim Of North Korea Hack?

Costa Rica Financial Institutions Victim Of North Korea Hack?

Q COSTA RICA – North Korea’s hacking operations are growing and getting more bold, increasingly targeting financial institutions worldwide, now linked to attacks on banks in 18 countries, including Costa Rica. According to a new report from Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider Kaspersky, the same hacking operation (cyber-heists) – known as “Lazarus” –  attempted […]

Alvarez Desanti The PLN Choice For 2018!

Alvarez Desanti The PLN Choice For 2018!

Q COSTA RICA – After a short but intense campaign, on Sunday the Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN) held its convention to elect a candidate for the 2018 presidential elections. Although voting ended by 6:00pm Sunday night, the definitive, but not final, results weren’t available until a few minutes before noon on Monday, leaving both the […]

Father Accused of Raping and Impregnating 14-year-old Daughter Avoids Prison On A Technicality

Father Accused of Raping and Impregnating 14-year-old Daughter Avoids Prison On A Technicality

Q COSTA RICA – A man accused of raping and impregnating his 14-year-old daughter will not be going to prison due to the statute of limitations. The accused, José Alberto Orozco Ramírez, on the run in the United States, a fugitive of Costa Rica law for the last 14 years before being caught, was in […]

US Migration Policies To Dominate Mexico-Central America Summit To Be Held in San Jose

US Migration Policies To Dominate Mexico-Central America Summit To Be Held in San Jose

San José (AFP) – US President Donald Trump’s hardline anti-immigrant policies are likely to dominate a summit of leaders of Mexico, Central America and Colombia this week meant to focus on regional infrastructure, analysts said. The gathering, officially the 16th Tuxtla Summit, named after the Mexican city where the first took place in 1991, will […]

100 Convicts Currently With Ankle Bracelet Monitoring In Costa Rica

100 Convicts Currently With Ankle Bracelet Monitoring In Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – It started a month ago, with the first eight inmates, the project of outfitting convicts with electronic ankle bracelets (tobilleras electrónicas in Spanish) now is up to 100 inmates (11 of which are women), who are being monitored around the clock by 16 prison police officials, working out of monitoring centre, […]

Costa Rica Detains Suspected ‘International Terrotist’ At Border

Costa Rica Detains Suspected ‘International Terrotist’ At Border

Q COSTA RICA – Fingerprinting of African migrants daily entering Costa Rica at the Panama border helped detect the arrival to country of a suspected ‘international terrorist’. The man, a Somali national, identified as Mohamed Ibrahim Qoordheen, 25, was detained Wednesday night after the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) received an alert from the United […]

Former Costa Rican VP : ‘Window of Opportunity Can Close’ on Latin America-EU Relations

Former Costa Rican VP : ‘Window of Opportunity Can Close’ on Latin America-EU Relations

Q COSTA RICA – The head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) has insisted that an alliance between Latin America and Europe is crucial to achieving “ambitious agendas” like the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, EURACTIV Spain reports. SEGIB Secretary General Rebeca Grynspan, who was also vice-president of Costa Rica between 1994 […]

It’s Open, The South Half of the ‘Platina’!

It’s Open, The South Half of the ‘Platina’!

Q COSTA RICA – As promised last week, the three lanes of the south half of the ‘platina’ bridge – officially known as the “Alfredo González Flores” – opened to traffic this morning. With television news cameras grabbing the action, President Luis Guillermo Solis at 6:00am this morning donned the role of traffic cop and […]