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Airline Wars: Southwest Airlines Objects to Volaris Costa Rica’s FACP Application

Airline Wars: Southwest Airlines Objects to Volaris Costa Rica’s FACP Application

Q COSTA RICA – Southwest Airlines has lodged an objection against the application by Volaris Costa Rica for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) and Exemption Authority from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). The US carrier contends that Volaris Costa Rica is not a Costa Rican company but is wholly owned by a […]

Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America

Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America

Q24N (via Crisigroup.org) Born in the aftermath of civil war and boosted by mass deportations from the U.S., Central American gangs are responsible for brutal acts of violence, chronic abuse of women, and more recently, the forced displacement of children and families. Estimated to number 54,000 in the three Northern Triangle countries – El Salvador, […]

The Face of Latin American Migration Is Rapidly Changing

The Face of Latin American Migration Is Rapidly Changing

A fundamental shift in U.S. immigration patterns is well underway. Recent rhetoric from President Donald Trump and the focus of U.S. immigration policies suggest that Mexicans entering the U.S. without authorization are the principal challenge facing policymakers. That is no longer the case. The era of Mexico as the primary source of immigrants to the […]

Guatemala President Admits State Responsibility in Shelter Fire

Guatemala President Admits State Responsibility in Shelter Fire

Q24N – As many outraged Guatemalans are calling for his resignation over the fire, Morales said that the state wasn’t paying attention. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales acknowledged Friday the responsibility of the state in a tragic fire days before in a government-run shelter for abused teens which left at least 37 children dead and dozens […]

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 […]

Guatemala Judge Flees Country Fearing Own Judiciary Colleague

Guatemala Judge Flees Country Fearing Own Judiciary Colleague

(Q24N via Insightcrime.org) A Supreme Court magistrate in Guatemala has allegedly pressured a judge handling her son’s case, leading the latter official to leave the country in an affair symbolic of Guatemala’s ongoing struggle against corruption and elite interference with anti-corruption efforts. Judge Carlos Giovanni Ruano Pineda left Guatemala on January 12 after reportedly being […]

Shake Up In Low-Cost Airlines In Costa Rica?

Shake Up In Low-Cost Airlines In Costa Rica?

Q COSTA RICA – The low-cost airline Wingo that began operations in Costa Rica last month announced the cancellation of its San José – Guatemala, reports La Nación. According to Wingo, its low-cost flights to that destination do not have enough market to maintain operations. “We take this opportunity to inform that from January 10, […]

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 Banker Bargains Way Out of Prison in Guatemala

Central Banker Bargains Way Out of Prison in Guatemala

(Q24N) A former president of Guatemala’s Central Bank who admitted involvement in laundering $30 million will avoid serving jail time, a mixed result for an otherwise successful effort by prosecutors to counter corruption at the highest levels of the country’s bureaucratic elite. Édgar Barquín, the former president of Guatemala’s Central Bank and 2015 vice-presidential candidate, […]

Panama IS NOT Part of Central America. Or Is It?

Panama IS NOT Part of Central America. Or Is It?

Independence Day in Costa Rica . Photo from costaricalearn.com TICO BULL by Rico – Every so often the debate comes up, especially when getting together with Tico friends (yes, though difficult to believe, I do have one or two Tico friends), is Panama is part of Central America. Yes and no. Independence Day in Panama […]

MS13 Gang Sought High-Powered Arms in Mexico, Guatemala

MS13 Gang Sought High-Powered Arms in Mexico, Guatemala

(InsightCrime.org) Prosecutors in El Salvador have filed court documents alleging that MS13 leaders sought to arm an “elite unit” of the gang with high-powered weapons purchased in Mexico and Guatemala, an indication that the group’s transnational connections contribute to its domestic clout. According to a 1,355 page document filed by El Salvador’s Attorney General’s Office, […]

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 […]

Panama Papers Reveal Offshore Account of Guatemala Drug ‘Queen’

Panama Papers Reveal Offshore Account of Guatemala Drug ‘Queen’

(Q24N) The Panama Papers data leak exposed an offshore account belonging to a Guatemalan drug trafficker and money launderer, providing intricate details into the shady dealings of Guatemala’s prolific narco “queen.” A report by Univision highlights the involvement of Marllory Chacón Rossell, often referred to as the “Queen of the South,” in an offshore company established […]

Costa Rican Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison in Guatemala

Costa Rican Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison in Guatemala

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rican Alejandro Jiménez González, alias Palidejo, was sentenced Thursday in Guatemala to 50 years in prison for being the mastermind of the attack that killed Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral. The target of the attack in Guatemala City on July 9, 2011 was Nicaraguan businessman Henry Fariñas Fonseca, who on that day […]

The First Group of 180 Cuban Migrants To Leave Costa Rica Has Been Selected

The First Group of 180 Cuban Migrants To Leave Costa Rica Has Been Selected

QCOSTARICA – The first 180 of the Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica since November has been selected and will be travelling by air to El Salvador on Tuesday, confirmed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Gonzalez. The Director of Immigration, Kathya Rodriguez, in charge of the selection process, said the selection was of the migrants […]

Mexico Takes Costa Rica To WTO Over Avocado Import Ban

Mexico Takes Costa Rica To WTO Over Avocado Import Ban

(QCOSTARICA) Mexico and Guatemala have brought Costa Rica’s import ban on avocados (aguacate in Spanish) before the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The case will be heard on July 15th in the committee in charge of Sanitary Measures in Geneva, Switzerland. The ban was issued by the Ministry of Agriculture (Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia – […]

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 […]

Say Goodbye To Roaming

Say Goodbye To Roaming

(QCOSTARICA) Claro was the first, then followed by Movistar, to remove the mobile telephony barriers in Central America, eliminating “roaming” charges. Both Claro and Movistar have service in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, and Mexico, where users visiting other countries can now make and receive calls and text messages on their cellular phones […]

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, […]

Costa Rica Bans Avocado Imports Due To Sun Blotch Virus

Costa Rica Bans Avocado Imports Due To Sun Blotch Virus

QCOSTARICA – The Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAF) closed off all imports of avocados (aguacate in Spanish) to Costa Rica from eight countries and the State of Florida, due to a virus called Sun Blotch (Mancha del Sol in Spanish). The countries under the ban are: Australia, Spain, Ghana, […]

Guatemala Communities Near Volcano Remain on Alert

Guatemala Communities Near Volcano Remain on Alert

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – The Guatemalan Coordinator for Reduction of Disasters (CONRAD) is maintaning preventive measures in 25 communities near the volcano Fuego, although the activity of the volcano, located 50 kilometers southwest from this city, has normalized. After the eruption last Saturday and Sunday, the volcano Fuego shows normal levels with weak and moderate […]