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Costa Rica’s Mafia

When the word mafia is mentioned, the first things that usually comes to mind are the likes of Al Capone, La Cosa Nostra, The Mob or Pablo Escobar. Well, the government mafia in Costa Rica is not as evil as those just mentioned but...

It Takes At Least Six Months To Fire A Corrupt Public Employee In Costa Rica

Corruption in the government of Costa Rica is a real thing. So is the lengthy process of firing an alleged corrupt public employee. In 2018, corruption was the second cause of dismissal of the central Government. In 199 of the cases of dismissals registered in...

Brazil’s Authorities Show Suspicious Funds Transfers to President’s Son Account

Brazilian financial authorities have identified suspicious money transfers into an account of President Jair Bolsonaro's son in 2017, the Globo news outlet reported Saturday, citing the country's Council for Financial Activities Control. According to the outlet, in 2017, 48 cash transfers of 2,000 reals (US$500)...

Judge denounces doctors who issued a medical report in 7 minutes

Three forensic doctors were denounced by Judge María Victoria Salas, for a medical report that they made in just 7 minutes and that served as the basis to pension her - unjustly - at age 33. Salas was diagnosed with Sjogren syndrome, a disorder of...

Maduro Doesn’t Care That People Call Him a ‘Dictator’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday that he was not a ‘dictator,’ but a ‘modest man’. © REUTERS / Miraflores Palace “I don’t care that people call me a dictator. Those who say I’m a dictator can go to hell. I know who I am...

Is Latin America Harboring a Mafia State?

(Panam Post) Many analysts are shocked at the collapse of Venezuela, a nation that was once showcased as the cradle of modernity in Latin America. This surprise of course springs from the fact that most observers failed to realize that the ascent of the...

Peru: Odebrecht Strikes Again as Fujimori Dynasty Teeters on Brink of Collapse

To say that it’s been a bad week for the Fujimori family would be putting it mildly. First Peru’s Supreme Court overturned a pardon for former president Alberto Fujimori, which will send him back to jail to complete a 25 year prison sentence for...

Guatemala Responds After President Attacks Anti-Corruption Protests (Photos)

Guatemalans took to the streets Friday to protest president Jimmy Morales' announcement that the government would not renew the work visas of the members of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), just days after Congress announced they would move forward with a...

Guatemala Independence Marked by Calls for Morales to Resign

As President Jimmy Morales gave a speech Friday night to celebrate Guatemala's 197 years of independence in the Constitution square, citizens chanted the slogan "Get Out! Get Out!" Annually on September 14, Guatemalans carry the fire of the independence in symbolic marches. This year, in...

Referendum on Proposed Anti-Corruption Laws Falls Short in Colombia

A set of anti-corruption initiatives in Colombia failed to attract the required number of votes Sunday, despite earning nearly 100 percent support of the voters. Supporters rallying for the nation’s new peace agreement with FARC hold a giant flag during a march in Bogota, Colombia,...

Brazil: Poll Shows Jailed Lula Extending Lead for October Election

BRASILIA — Jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has increased his support by 5 percentage points and would win Brazil's October presidential election if he was allowed to run, a poll by CNT/MDA showed on Monday. The survey, which was last taken in...

‘Kick them all out!’ Peruvians Continue Anti-Corruption Protest

Peruvians marched in the streets across the Andean country late Thursday, many carrying effigies of rats or vultures, to demand anti-corruption reforms clean up the country's institutions following the resignation of the head of the judiciary. Thousands took to the historic district of the capital...

Former Minister Self-Exiled In Costa Rica Sentenced By Romania Court

UPDATE: Costa Rica's immigration service, Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) said, "what proceeds now is to assess or review the actions that will be carried out by the country where the person was convicted (as per international arrest warrant, alert by Interpol,...

Brazilian Police Under Pressure to Catch Killer of Campaigning Politician

A city councillor in Rio de Janeiro has denied any involvement in the assassination of campaigning politician Marielle Franco, who was gunned down in March. Franco was a black lesbian who believed paramilitary groups were targeting people in impoverished neighborhoods for extra-judicial killings. On Thursday,...

Fiscalia Raids Home Of Former Supreme Court Magistrate Celso Gamboa

This Wednesday at 6 in the morning, the Fiscalia (Prosecutor's Office) raided the home former Supreme Court magistrate Celso Gamboa, in search of evidence of alleged influence peddling linked to the Chinese cement scandal and Costa Rican businessman Juan Carlos Bolaños. Gamboa is being investigated...

Venezuela: ‘Lula’s Imprisonment Directed by US Empire’

Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has approved a resolution demonstrating solidarity with Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the Brazilian people. Brazil’s former President Lula (R) and Venezuela’s former President Chavez during a ceremony in Salvador City in 2013. | Photo: Cubadebate Constituent...

Honduran Health Ministry Accused of Corruption, Fiscal Fraud

Honduras' Health Ministry is sinking deeper into a corruption scandal, with the National Anti-Corruption Council (CNA) introducing fresh allegations to an ongoing investigation. Presented to the Public Ministry on Thursday, investigators say new evidence and testimonies support the theory of fiscal fraud which has robbed...

Disgraced Ex-President Kuczynski Banned From Leaving Peru

Disgraced former Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned last week in the face of impending impeachment, has been banned from leaving the country while the corruption investigation against him continues. Judge Juan Carlos Sanchez, a member of the Specialized System for Crimes of Corruption,...

Nicaragua Claims to Be Safest Country in Latin America

Nicaragua claims to be the safest country in Latin America says a report by the Latin American Herald due to its sophisticated “Containment Wall” public safety strategy. The report says that Nicaragua's capital city deputy police chief Fernando Borge told EFE, “We have a comprehensive...

Latin America Falls Short on Anti-Crime Efforts: US State Department

(Insightcrime.org) An annual report by the US State Department on international drug trafficking suggests that Latin America continues to struggle with developing effective strategies to combat criminal activities due to a variety of factors ranging from corruption to shifts in regional drug dynamics. The annual...

Emilia Navas Is Costa Rica’s New Fiscal General (Chief Prosecutor)

Emilia Navas was elected this week as Costa Rica's new Fiscal General or Chief Prosecutor, a position she had been holding in in the interim following the announcement of Jorge Chavarria retiring following links to the #Cementazo scandal.

Only One Country Ready to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, According to Scientists

Brazilian mathematicians considering humanity's chances of surviving a zombie uprising have calculated that to have any sort of shot, civilians would need help from a fairly large standing army. Their estimates led them to a surprising conclusion. According to the researchers' standard model, which requires a...

Guatemala to Claim US$122 Million From Odebrecht

Following the Brazilian construction company's abandonment of the road work contract that had been awarded, the government intends to make a claim on the advance payment and performance bails which amounts to US$122 million dollars. The contract consisting of the extension of 140 kilometers of...

Panama Company Pleads Guilty In U.S. To Bribing Costa Rican Soccer Official

The Panama-based company, Mimo International Imports and Exports, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to the former president of the Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefútbol), Eduardo Li, in yet another case in the FIFA corruption mega-scandal. The company entered its plea before U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen...

Guatemalan Authorities Detain Oxfam International Chairman Over Corruption

Guatemalan authorities have detained Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight, the chairman of the Oxfam International charity's board, over corruption charges during his tenure as the finance minister of the Latin American country, media reported Tuesday. According to the Financial Times, Fuentes was detained along with a...

The Never Ending Problem of Tax Refunds

Guatemalan businessmen claim that their operations are being affected by delays up to three years in the tax refunds, when the established periods are 30 to 60 days. Last week, the Public Prosecutor's Office announced the dismantling of a structure that facilitated refunds of the...

Our Future…?!

If Costa Rica, the land of plenty and of nothing much is truly the backyard of the U.S., then this election for President does not leave us much to be optimistic about. These are the same old pundits, born to make a living off politics,...

Swearing-in Day ‘Last Chance’ to Avoid Dictatorship in Honduras

Salvador Nasralla, the former Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship, said Friday that the “last chance” to prevent current President Juan Orlando Hernandez from acquiring a new term was Saturday, when he is expected to be sworn-in, because his re-election...

Guatemala business leader wanted for graft seeks U.S. asylum

(Reuters) - Former Guatemalan presidential candidate Manuel Baldizon, who is wanted on graft charges, has sought asylum in the United States after he was arrested while trying to enter the country, authorities from both nations said. Baldizon, a wealthy businessman who ran for president twice,...

Mexican Governor Invokes Pancho Villa, Shakes Up Elections

"We want a true revolution in this country," mustachioed governor Javier Corral said in his office, hung with a large portrait of Villa, the legendary general of the Mexican revolution. Invoking Pancho Villa's revolutionary legacy and armed with a hard-hitting corruption investigation into the country's...

OAS Members Avoiding the “Honduras Issue”

The Organization of American States (OAS) said it will wait till after Hernandez is sworn in to sign off on the organization's report on the Honduran presidential elections. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro had been pushing for the 35 American nation organization whose members include...

Costa Rica – Ecuador Swimway Proposed To Protect Marine Life

A group of scientists, marine ecosystem protectors and government officials from several countries throughout the Americas are working together to create the “Galapagos-Cocos Swimway.” The swimway will be a “new type of international (marine) management” system, Carlos Chacon, Director of Pacific Network (Red Pacifico in...

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