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Costa Rica Considers Higher Taxes On Foreign Truckers

Costa Rica Considers Higher Taxes On Foreign Truckers

Q COSTA RICA – The Costa Rican Government is to consider hiking taxes on foreign haulers. Meetings were held with domestic companies after protests concerning competition from other neighboring countries. The Government and local firms reached an agreement that lawmakers will consider hiking the current 15 percent income tax rate charge to 20 percent and […]

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 […]

Nicaragua Eliminates Tax on Colombian Imports

Nicaragua Eliminates Tax on Colombian Imports

Nicaragua Eliminates Tax on Colombian Imports TODAY NICARAGUA – Goods and services imported from the South American country will no longer incur the “patriotic” tax of 35%, which has been levied since 1999. From a statement issued by the National Assembly, said: “With the unanimous approval this March 7, of the Bill Repealing the law […]

Money Laundering in Central America

Money Laundering in Central America

Q24N – The housing market, casinos, concert halls, and the livestock sector are all used to launder money in Central American countries. Excerpted from the report “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Volume II, Money Laundering and Financial Crimes” by the US State Department: Nicaragua Weak governmental institutions, deficiencies in the rule of law, and concerns […]

Fracking, mining, murder: the killer agenda driving migration in Mexico and Central America

Fracking, mining, murder: the killer agenda driving migration in Mexico and Central America

(Q24N) On January 19, Mexican indigenous activist Isidro Baldenegro López, who in 2005 won the Goldman Environmental Prize for his efforts to protect ancestral old-growth forests from logging, was gunned down in Chihuahua State. His murder follows that of fellow Goldman recipient Berta Cáceres, whose March 2016 death in Honduras appears to have been “an […]

Australia May Not Take Central American Refugees in Costa Rica in U.S. Deal

Australia May Not Take Central American Refugees in Costa Rica in U.S. Deal

Q COSTA RICA – The 200 Central American refugees offered temporary protection in Costa Rica and to be taken in by Australia, are getting caught up in a political row between Australia and the United States. Last July Costa Rica agreed with the U.S. to temporarily host up to six months 200 refugees of the […]

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region

Q COSTA RICA – The volatility of international prices of fuels in the oil market persists, being the main factor affecting prices in Central America. Despite the instability of oil prices and their fluctuations are permanent factors, predictions about future prices is unpredictable, however, in the recent weeks trends in international prices have been caused […]

History Shows President Trump Will Face Legal Challenges To​ Detaining Immigrants

History Shows President Trump Will Face Legal Challenges To​ Detaining Immigrants

(Q COSTA RICA) OPINION – Practically everyone I talk to these days shows an air concern of what will be their future in Trump’s America. And without fail, ask my opinion of what will happen. As if I have the answer. I don’t. This past week’s news reports of Costa Ricans being turned away by […]

The campaign to eradicate Zika has trampled over women’s rights

The campaign to eradicate Zika has trampled over women’s rights

(Q24N) Pia Riggirozzi, University of Southampton – The World Health Organization declared that the Zika epidemic was an international emergency in February 2016. While the WHO lifted the declaration nine months later, the crisis is far from over. Zika, which has been linked to various neurological and developmental conditions such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, […]

Is Costa Rica The World’s Happiest, Greenest Country?

Is Costa Rica The World’s Happiest, Greenest Country?

(Q24N) Costa Rica was the most environmentally advanced and happiest place on earth last year, followed by Mexico, Colombia, Vanuatu and Vietnam. That was the conclusion of the World Economic Forum’s Happy Planet Index, which recently released its 2016 ranking of “where in the world people are using ecological resources most efficiently to live long, […]

Cargo Robberies in Northern Triangle Hamper Regional Commerce

Cargo Robberies in Northern Triangle Hamper Regional Commerce

Q24N – Criminal groups are stealing commercial shipments transiting Central America’s Northern Triangle, illustrating how insecurity in the region is negatively impacting regional trade. A recent report from Nicaraguan news outlet El Nuevo Diario delves into the issue of highway robberies in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, focusing particularly on […]

Northern Triangle Deploys Tri-National Force to Combat Gangs

Northern Triangle Deploys Tri-National Force to Combat Gangs

Q24N NEWS (Insightcrime.org)- The Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will launch a tri-national force aimed at disrupting the movements of street gangs that are increasingly crossing borders in order to coordinate criminal activities and flee security crackdowns. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández announced in a November 14 press conference that the anti-gang […]

Central America’s Dangerous Gamble: Militarization and Crime

Central America’s Dangerous Gamble: Militarization and Crime

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org  – A new report indicates that Central American states have increasingly relied on the military to fight crime with help from the United States, a decision which may bear consequences for human rights and levels of violence within the young democracies. The Costa Rica based State of the Nation Program (Programa Estado de […]

Report Highlights Importance of Trade-Based Money Laundering

Report Highlights Importance of Trade-Based Money Laundering

  Q24N – A new report from the US Congressional Research Service details the importance of trade-based money laundering for criminal networks in Latin America and outlines some of the ways the region’s governments are attempting to combat illicit financial flows. The CRS report (pdf) describes trade-based money laundering, or TBML, as “among the most […]

Joint Work is Key to Boost Caribbean Development, Says President Solis

Joint Work is Key to Boost Caribbean Development, Says President Solis

QCOSTARICA – In Cuba, Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis said joint work and integration will be essential to carry on with the objectives of development proposed for the coming years by the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in order to achieve prosperity and sustainability in the countries of the area. The need was highlighted […]

Andres Sepulveda, Colombian Hacker, Admits To Rigging 2014 Elections In Costa Rica

Andres Sepulveda, Colombian Hacker, Admits To Rigging 2014 Elections In Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica will be investigating whether hackers interfered with its 2014 presidential elections, following revelations by jailed hacker Andrés Sepúlveda that he rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. Sepulveda, who grew up poor in Bucaramanga, Colombia, eight hours north of Bogotá by car, told Blooomberg how he had used black […]

Gang violence blamed for refugee crisis in Central America

Gang violence blamed for refugee crisis in Central America

Q24N (Reuters) – Gang violence in parts of Central America has created a refugee crisis reminiscent of the 1980s when wars forced large numbers from their home countries, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of refugees from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala – sometimes called Central America’s Northern Triangle – […]

U.S. Plans Mass Deportations of Central American Immigrants

U.S. Plans Mass Deportations of Central American Immigrants

Q24N – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun preparing for a series of raids that would target for deportation hundreds of undocumented Central American immigrant families, says The Washington Post. Early in 2016,  the nationwide campaign is to be carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The raids would be […]

Pope Francis’ Appeal for Cuban Migrants Stranded in Costa Rica

Pope Francis’ Appeal for Cuban Migrants Stranded in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis appealed for Cuban migrants on Sunday, who are often victims of human traffickers, and find themselves at present stranded on the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. He called on the countries of Central America to help the roughly five thousand migrants seeking to reach the United States via […]

Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Q24N – Daily hundreds from Central America seek out asylum from their region’s skyrocketing violence in the United States.  In the following article originally published by the Council on Foreign Relations on 27 November 2015 and updated on December 4, 2015, Danielle Renwick outlines the sources of the mayhem within the so-called Northern Triangle and […]

Costa Rica Still With The Highest Fuel Prices In The Region

Costa Rica Still With The Highest Fuel Prices In The Region

(qCOSTARICA) In a report by Centralamericandata.com of a roundup of gasoline prices in Central America up to July 20, Costa Rica leads the pack with the highest prices. Converted to U.S. gallon and U.S. dollars for comparison, the reports pegs the the price of a litre of super gasoline in Costa Rica at US$4.70 per […]

How the U.S. ‘Solved’ the Central American Migrant Crisis

How the U.S. ‘Solved’ the Central American Migrant Crisis

(Via Alernet.org) La Bestia ‘Train of Death’ is running empty now. For years, the freight trains collectively known as “The Beast” carried Central American migrants north through Mexico on their quest to reach the U.S. border, fleeing extreme poverty and violence in their home countries. Hundreds could be seen crammed on top of the cars, […]

How Central America Can Better Fight Human Trafficking

How Central America Can Better Fight Human Trafficking

The number of successful convictions for human trafficking in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador is miniscule. These countries have made advances in the war against this crime, but judging from the available evidence, at the moment the criminals are winning. She was 12 years old and lived in a remote village in Yoro, Honduras. Her […]

Drug Trafficking Cooperation Between Honduras and the U.S. Proves Positive

Drug Trafficking Cooperation Between Honduras and the U.S. Proves Positive

(QCOSTARICA CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS) – Efforts by the country’s Military and police to shut down drug trafficking routes have effectively thwarted cocaine smugglers from using Honduras as a main transshipment point to the United States. Operations against transnational drug trafficking groups which have done so in the past has been a key component of President […]

35 Women Rescued from Mexican Sex Trafficking Ring

35 Women Rescued from Mexican Sex Trafficking Ring

(Q CENTRAL AMERICA) Mexico’s southern border region is a hot spot for sex traffickers who target migrants traveling from Central America. Thirty-five women were rescued from a sex-trafficking ring, with six suspects arrested in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas, authorities announced Wednesday. According to the National Security Commission, a special team of Federal Police units, […]