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US Occupation Disguised as Humanitarian Aid: Southern Command in Costa Rica

US Occupation Disguised as Humanitarian Aid: Southern Command in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – From the top of the great Talamaca mountain range in southern Costa Rica, you can see the Caribbean Sea and the houses of the Bribri and Cabécar Indigenous groups. According to their cosmology, their ancestors are in every tree, in every river and in every living being found in this reserve […]

Who Would Marry A Serial Killer?

Who Would Marry A Serial Killer?

Q COSTA RICA – Before moving back to Canada, Leanne Bordelais lived with her new husband Thierry Bordelais, the brother of her lawyer, and their children, in Costa Rica. Since her release from prison in 2005, after serving 12 years, Leanne, now 46, has lived the suburban life in the Montreal suburb of Chateauguay. By […]

Trump Administration Upholds Obama Donation Offer To Costa Rica To Combat Drug Trafficking

Trump Administration Upholds Obama Donation Offer To Costa Rica To Combat Drug Trafficking

Q COSTA RICA – Washington, with Donald Trump at the helm, is keeping its pledge for police equipment to deal with drug trafficking that Barack Obama offered Costa Rica last August. President Luis Guillermo Solis on Friday received confirmation by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during a meeting at the White House. The day before, […]

Why Did US Blacklist Most LatAm Countries for Money Laundering?

Why Did US Blacklist Most LatAm Countries for Money Laundering?

Q24N via Insightcrime.org – The United States has blacklisted nearly all Latin American countries for money laundering in 2017. InSight Crime explores why this is the case, and discusses some of the achievements and failings of regional anti-money-laundering efforts over the past year. Of the 88 countries and territories included in the US State Department’s […]

Airbnb Hosted 228,000 Visitors To Costa Rica In The Past 12 Months, 8% Of All Visitor Arrivals

Airbnb Hosted 228,000 Visitors To Costa Rica In The Past 12 Months, 8% Of All Visitor Arrivals

Q COSTA RICA – A tree house, a beachfront condo or a room in Heredia is the choice of some 228,000 visitors to Costa Rica who preferred Airbnb for their accommodation rental in the past 12 months. This number represents 8% of all arrivals in 2015 (2,925,128) according to the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) […]

President Solis In Washington Expressed Concern About The Effect Of Possible Deportations

President Solis In Washington Expressed Concern About The Effect Of Possible Deportations

Q COSTA RICA – Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solis, Thursday in Washington, expressed his concern about the flow of migrants through Central America, on their way to the United States, saying that the issue will be part of his dialogue with the government of Donald Trump. “We have a migrant situation in the region […]

Whoopi Goldberg To Sue Costa Rica Blogger For “Fake News” Report

Whoopi Goldberg To Sue Costa Rica Blogger For “Fake News” Report

Q COSTA RICA – “Costa Rica is not big enough for the lawsuit that’s coming your way,” are the words by American actor Whoopi Goldberg, hitting back at a “fake news” website, allegedly based in Costa Rica, that ran a story she claims endangered her life. “I’m coming for you,” says the host of The […]

Amazon Invests in Costa Rica As Country Carves Out Profitable Niche

Amazon Invests in Costa Rica As Country Carves Out Profitable Niche

Q COSTA RICA – In the 19th century, the customs house (aduana in Spanish) here brimmed with the imported wares that first helped this tiny nation become part of the wider world economy. During a balmy weekend last month, the old brick and iron warehouse  in San Jose was packed again, this time with multilingual […]

US Report: Central America’s Revitalized Cocaine Corridor

US Report:  Central America’s Revitalized Cocaine Corridor

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) The US State Department named the seven Central American countries as havens for laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking and organized crime, and described the region as a main cocaine corridor for US markets, confirming the importance of Central America in the international drug trade. This is the first time since 2013 that […]

In Costa Rica, 76% of Women Would Prefer To Work, But Only 39% Find It

In Costa Rica, 76% of Women Would Prefer To Work, But Only 39% Find It

Q COSTA RICA – Three out of four women in Costa Rica (76%) would prefer to work rather than devote themselves to household chores. That was clear in the latest survey conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Gallup in 142 countries. The Costa Rica results of the survey reveal that 30% of the […]