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Amid Elite Crime Scandals, Central America Continues Anti-Gang Focus

QCostarica via InsightCrime - Authorities in Central America have arrested hundreds of suspected gang members in recent days during coinciding operations, but their willingness to mount such large-scale efforts against gangs has not been matched by an equivalent committment to tackle recent allegations of...

Mexican and Central American Independence: A Historic Backdrop for Present Challenges

On September 15th, five Central American nations — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua — will celebrate 193 years of independence. On this day in 1821, Central American leaders accepted a plan drafted by the Mexican Agustin de Iturbide, declaring the five...

Painting The Independence

September is Independence month, each 15th of the year Costa Rica celebrating its Independence Day from Spain back in 1821. And each year, besides the traditions such as adorning the Autopista General Cañas and public spaces with the pride of the flag, some get creative....

Having A Blast In The Land of Volcanoes and Jungle

It was the elegant Costa Rican footballers in the 2014 World Cup that first got me thinking about a holiday in Central America. I knew Costa Rica was famous for its geographical diversity – it has active volcanoes alongside misty rainforests – but I also...

Emigrants from Africa and Asia increase, Catholic Church Denounces Government’s Indifference

The tragic incident of the sinking of the boat carrying migrants from Africa and Mongolia last Friday (Sept. 1) in the waters off Costa Rica's Guanacaste coast, confirms that in recent months the number of people trying to reach the United States has increased. In...

Central American refugees hope to call Mexico City home

MEXICO CITY – Offering a menu based around local dishes, the busy diner is like many others in the sprawling Mexican capital. What is unique are the staff. The cooks, waiters and waitresses have all fled violence and persecution for safety in Mexico, and are...

Costa Rica Outplayed U.S. In Historic Defeat

Costa Rica is one step closer to Russia next year, defeating the United States in their home Friday night. The final score was 2-0. Costa Rica's win last night means the national soccer (futbol in Spanish) team maintains its second place, behind Mexico, who has...

Gangs: the real ‘humanitarian crisis’ driving Central American children to the US

The spectacular arrival of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children at the southern frontier of the US over the last three years has provoked a frenzied response. President Obama calls the situation a “humanitarian crisis” on the US’s borders. News interviews with these vulnerable...

Central America Consumes More Candy and Chocolate

Eating chocolate has been tied to a reduced risk of heart disease. Using data from a large Danish health study, researchers have found an association between chocolate consumption and a lowered risk for atrial fibrillation, the irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke, heart...

Amid escalating violence, El Salvador’s young people are struggling to build a future

In a quiet side street of one of San Salvador’s infamous northern districts, lies a small community centre. All day, it is filled with small groups of children playing, paying little attention to how precarious their surroundings are. Severe violence is an established reality in...

Lawmakers Pressure Trump To Let Central Americans Stay In The US

Lawmakers from across the country are trying to build support in Congress to pressure President Donald Trump to allow nearly 300,000 immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador to stay in the country, adding to a growing pile of requests facing a White House that...

More Motorcycles from China and India in Central America

QBUSINESS - In 2016 Central American countries imported US$420 million worth of motorcycles, and compared to 2015, purchases from China and India increased by 15% and 10%, respectively. Figures from the information system on the the Motorcycle market in Central America, compiled by the Business...

60 Central America Migrants Found in Freezing Truck in Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials discovered 60 migrants from Central America packed into a frozen food truck at a South Texas border checkpoint. A number of the migrants wore hooded jackets and trousers as they lay flat on sheets of ice, according to BBC...

By Any Means Necessary: Refugees Fleeing Violence in Central America

Women and children from Central America began arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers during the summer of 2014. Referring to the “urgent humanitarian situation,” President Barack Obama called on Congress to build new detention centers, hire new immigration judges, and increase border surveillance...

Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast Pools Efforts Against Climate Change

(IPS) - Jonathan Barrantes walks between the rows of shoots, naming one by one each species in the tree nursery that he manages, in the south of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coastal region. There are fruit trees, ceibas that will take decades to grow to...

Lawrence Pezzullo, Who Brokered End Nicaragua’s Somoza Regime, Dies at 91

Lawrence Pezzullo, an American diplomat who brokered the 1979 resignation of Nicaraguan strongman Anastasio Somoza Debayle, whose family had ruled the country for more than four decades, died July 26 at his home in Baltimore. He was 91. The cause was heart ailments, said a...

Central America Fights Climate Change with Minimal Foreign Aid

(IPS) - Despite the fact that Central America is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, it has half-empty coffers when it comes to funding efforts against the phenomenon, in part because it receives mere crumbs in foreign aid to face the...

Central America Emerges As Leading Source For Value-added Products

  Central America is working hard to present itself as a good alternative to Asian manufacturing, Sourcing Journal reported Monday, based on a panel discussion in New York City. The region's greatest advantages are flexibility for rules of origin, proximity to the U.S., quicker reaction and...

Trump’s Pick As Costa Rica Ambassador Has Easy Senate Hearing

Sharon Day of Fort Lauderdale moved a step closer on Wednesday to become the new U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica. Day told senators of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee she was humbled by the nomination, mindful of her responsibilities and grateful to her family and...

Low Cost Carrriers (LCCs) Flying High in Central America

  Low cost carriers (LCCs) airlines are finally starting to penetrate the intra-Central America market, driven primarily by the launch of the region’s first local low-cost operator.   Mexico’s Volaris launched a subsidiary in Costa Rica at the end of 2016 and the new airline has so...

Would impeaching Trump restore the rule of law? Lessons from Latin America

Some Americans and members of Congress have called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. What happens after a president is impeached? The vice president would take his place, but other parts of the government continue unchanged. That may not be a bad thing. However, partisan...

The Investment Climate in Nicaragua According to the US

Nicaragua has emerged as a fast-paced growing economy in the Central American isthmus. The US government has highlighted tax incentives and public-private sector dialogue, but warns that deficiencies in the rule of law, and extensive executive control can create significant challenges for those doing business...

Despite Being Ilelgal Cockfighting Event In Costa Rica Annouced In Social Media

Q COSTA RICA  - Despite it now being illegal with a new law against animal abuse, an unknown group is promoting a 'pelea de gallos' (cockfight) on the Costa Rica side of the border with Panama. According to a report by Elguardian.cr, in the social...

More families fleeing Central America resettling in Mexico

The armed, masked gang members showed up on a motorcycle at the home in northern Honduras last fall with a stark warning for the occupants: Leave town within 24 hours, or else. Laura Maria Cruz Martinez, another single mother and the nine kids in their...

Governments Support Trump’s Aim to Block Central American Migrants

Q REPORTS (IPS) - Trying to make it into the United States as an undocumented migrant is not such an attractive option anymore for Moris Peña, a Salvadoran who was deported from that country in 2014. “The situation in the United States is getting more...

China Seeks to Displace Taiwan in Central America

Q24N - Could Nicaragua be the next Central American country to switch diplomatic relations from Republic of China to People’s Republic of China? Last month, Panama became the second country in the region to do so, following the example of Costa Rica in 2007. Concerned about...

El Salvador Cracks Down on Death Squads From Police, Military

(Q24N) El Salvador's authorities dismantled criminal “death squads” led by military and police members in the eastern part of the country linked to 36 murders perpetrated between 2014 and 2016, the office of the attorney general reported today. According to Will Walter Ruiz, the head...

Latin America’s Rural Exodus Undermines Food Security

Q24N (IPS) - In Latin America and the Caribbean, which account for 12 per cent of the planet’s arable land, and one-third of its fresh water reserves, a number of factors contribute to soil degradation and to a rural exodus that compromises food security...

Guatemalan Newspaper Calls Out US For Contradictory Stance on War against Drugs

Guatemala’s most influential newspaper, Prensa Libre, published a strong criticism of the United States’ recent comments about fighting drugs. The editorial, published this Friday, June 16, was a strongly worded critique of the Trump administration’s contradictory approach to fighting the “War on Drugs.” Vice President Mike Pence, it said,...

Latin America Lacks Clear Policies to Tackle Human Trafficking

Q24N (By Daniela Pastrana, IPS) Each year, some three million undocumented immigrants enter the United States, half of them with the help of traffickers, as part of a nearly seven-billion- dollar business, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Although Mexico is...

Why isn’t Nicaragua in the Paris agreement?

    TODAY NICARAGUA - Ever since US President Donald Trump declared that he would withdraw the US from the landmark Paris climate change agreement, much has been made of the fact only two other countries have not signed up. They are Syria, and Nicaragua - but...

Central America Imports More Chinese Washing Machines

In 2016 Central American countries imported US$27 million worth of washing machines and parts from China, 14% more than in 2015. Variation of regional imports Between 2015 and 2016, the total value of imports of washing machines and their parts into Central America remained unchanged: imports...

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