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Former Costa Rican VP : ‘Window of Opportunity Can Close’ on Latin America-EU Relations

Former Costa Rican VP : ‘Window of Opportunity Can Close’ on Latin America-EU Relations

Q COSTA RICA – The head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) has insisted that an alliance between Latin America and Europe is crucial to achieving “ambitious agendas” like the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, EURACTIV Spain reports. SEGIB Secretary General Rebeca Grynspan, who was also vice-president of Costa Rica between 1994 […]

Time Is Running Out for WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy

Time Is Running Out for WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy

Q24N – An opinion poll has suggested the next President of Ecuador is set to be the man who has promised to kick Julian Assange out of the country’s embassy in London, but the WikiLeaks founder claims it is a “sellout” to the US. On Wednesday (March 8) WikiLeaks published 8,700 files, the first part […]

How Violence Against Women Fuels More Crime

How Violence Against Women Fuels More Crime

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) Across Latin America, the incredibly high levels of violence against women have long been denounced by non-governmental organizations and the media. Ignoring this phenomenon would be dangerous, as this form of violence can help lay the groundwork for criminal behavior, perhaps especially in the next generation of youths. Women from across Latin America […]

There’s no such thing as gender equality if you’re a woman in politics

There’s no such thing as gender equality if you’re a woman in politics

By Virginia García Beaudoux, University of Buenos Aires – In my work as a gender and communications specialist I have met – and in some cases professionally advised – female ministers, legislators, mayors, community leaders and judges across the world, from the Dominican Republic and Honduras to the Netherlands and Sweden. I’m Argentinean, so the […]

“A World Where Many Worlds Fit:” Zapatismo and Chavismo in Conversation

“A World Where Many Worlds Fit:” Zapatismo and Chavismo in Conversation

(Q24N) There is much to learn from studying Black and Indigenous liberation processes across the Americas. The Zapatistas and Chavistas embody two critically important revolutionary movements part of a greater historical trajectory spanning Haiti, Cuba, Grenada and Bolivia among others for their conception of people’s power. While admittedly different contexts, both Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution (VBR) […]

Cops Break Up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship for No Good Reason

Cops Break Up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship for No Good Reason

(Q24N) Some Canadian cops apparently have nothing better to do than ruin the weekend for hundreds of martial arts athletes and enthusiasts. Canada’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu championship was supposed to have been hosted in Montreal over this past weekend. As CBC News reported, “About 240 competitors, some as young as nine, were registered to take part.” […]

Starving Venezuelans Are Eating Flamingos and Anteaters as Socialism Destroys Economy

Starving Venezuelans Are Eating Flamingos and Anteaters as Socialism Destroys Economy

Flamingos are no longer safe as starving Venezuelans turn to desperate measures in order to feed themselves. (Elbilluyo) TODAY VENEZUELA – Starving Venezuelans are eating flamingos: As 21st Socialism continues to leave the Venezuelan economy in utter ruins, undernourished citizens who have grown tired of looking for food in garbage bins are seeking alternative ways of […]

After a tense election, Ecuador is divided over its political future

After a tense election, Ecuador is divided over its political future

(Q24N)  After three tense days of waiting, Ecuador’s National Electoral Council has confirmed that former vice president Lenin Moreno, of the ruling Alianza Pais (AP) party, won the first round in the country’s presidential election, with 39.36% of votes. His main rival, banker Guillermo Lasso, of the right-wing CREO party, received 28.09%. This outcome ensures […]

A warning from Latin America: Trump is opening the door to military rule

A warning from Latin America: Trump is opening the door to military rule

(Q24N) America’s military is having its day in the sun. On February 27, President Donald Trump published a proposed new federal budget boosting military expenditure by 10% while drastically reducing funding for the arts, education, environmental protections and social programs. He also recently appointed three military men to high-level cabinet positions – retired general James […]

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, […]

The 9 Worst Anti-Immigrant Measures by Hypocrite Latin American Governments

The 9 Worst Anti-Immigrant Measures by Hypocrite Latin American Governments

(Q24N) U.S. President Donald Trump’s confirmation that he will keep his campaign promise and build a wall along the Mexican border has outraged the Latin American ruling classes. Mexico’s former president Vicente Fox eloquently wrote on his Twitter account that his country “is not going to pay for that f***ing wall.” The Latin American media […]

Predictions for Latin America almost never come true. Here are ours for 2017

Predictions for Latin America almost never come true. Here are ours for 2017

(Q24N, via Fusion.net) Predicting the future in Latin America is a bit like trying to hit a knuckleball. It involves more luck than skill. And even if you choke up on the bat, it’s still easy to overswing and look foolish. But here’s the thing. Year-end tradition demands that journalists write either an old year-in-review […]

Expanding Your Business Into South America

Expanding Your Business Into South America

QBUSINESS – Are you ready to take your business international? Do you want to expand into other markets where you can generate even more interest in your products and make even more sales? Well, South America is a great place to start because it offers you a host of opportunities for long-term growth. Check out […]

Can Latin American Governments Keep Up with Cyber Criminals?

Can Latin American Governments Keep Up with Cyber Criminals?

(Q24N) Extensive reports have repeatedly underlined Latin America’s vulnerability to cybercrime, an Achilles’ heel which organized crime is already capitalizing on and that could develop into a serious security threat in the absence of robust countermeasures. According to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), cybercrime cost Latin America $90 billion last year, out of a worldwide […]

Colombia, Chile and Ecuador Reign in the Latin America Green Awards

Colombia, Chile and Ecuador Reign in the Latin America Green Awards

Colombia, Chile and Ecuador Reign in the Latin America Green Awards (Prensa Latina) Representatives of socio-environmental projects in Colombia, Chile and Ecuador today celebrate the awards won in most of the 10 categories in the Latin America Green Awards, held in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil. The 10 winning works are part of the 30 […]

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 […]

Bust Highlights Paraguay to Europe Sex Trafficking

Bust Highlights Paraguay to Europe Sex Trafficking

Q24N – A joint operation involving authorities in Paraguay, Spain and France has broken up a multi-country sex trafficking network, illustrating some of the lesser-known international dynamics of this illicit business. In a recent press release, the Paraguayan Attorney General’s office announced that the National Police, in conjunction with their French and Spanish counterparts, had […]

Organized Crime Profits from Modern Slavery in Latin America

Organized Crime Profits from Modern Slavery in Latin America

Q24N – A new report sheds light on how vulnerable populations subjected to slave-like conditions line the pocketbooks of organized crime networks across Latin America. The 2016 Global Slavery Index (pdf) published by Walk Free Foundation estimates that 2.2 million of the world’s 45.8 million enslaved people live in the Americas. The highest number of regional victims […]

Offenders On The Move: Global Study On Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism 2016

Offenders On The Move: Global Study On Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism 2016

The Global Study initiated by ECPAT International published today reveals that more children are being sexually exploited than ever before and that this is an endemic phenomenon throughout the world The Latin America report raises concerns about countries such as Costa Rica, where despite the presence of a legal framework to punish SECTT, punishment for […]

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 Highlight How Latin America’s Elites Hide Wealth

Panama Papers Highlight How Latin America’s Elites Hide Wealth

(Q24N) A massive leak of confidential documents from a Panamanian law firm shines a light on how elites across the world use offshore shell companies in order to hide their assets, in some cases facilitating corruption and money laundering. Investigative journalists from fifteen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean — as well as Puerto […]

Zika fears increase demand for abortions in countries where it’s illegal to have one

Zika fears increase demand for abortions in countries where it’s illegal to have one

(Q24N) via Latimes.com – As the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, spreads across Latin America, the demand for abortions is increasing in countries where there are few legal avenues to obtain one. “It has made the issue more salient and has highlighted the cruelty behind some of these restrictive abortion laws,” […]

Airlines Worry Zika May Be Hurting Americas Travel: IATA CEO

Airlines Worry Zika May Be Hurting Americas Travel: IATA CEO

Q24N (Reuters) The spread of the Zika virus today could threaten the operations of airlines in the Americas by discouraging travel to the region, said the director general of the Association of International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler. “A number of members have expressed concern that they may already be seeing some effect on […]

Peru Eradicates Record Amount of Coca in 2015

Peru Eradicates Record Amount of Coca in 2015

Q24N – Anti-drug authorities in Peru eradicated a record amount of coca in 2015, but this achievement is unlikely to have a major impact on the regional drug trade. Peru’s National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs, known by its Spanish acronym Devida, announced this week that the government had surpassed its goal of […]

Latin America Soccer Officials Implicated in Latest FIFA Scandal

Latin America Soccer Officials Implicated in Latest FIFA Scandal

Q24N – The US Department of Justice indicted an additional sixteen Latin American soccer officials on corruption charges, shedding more light on a complex network involving multiple sports media companies that agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to the region’s most powerful soccer brokers. US officials first unveiled an indictment against […]

Foreign Ministers of Asia-Latin America Meet in Costa Rica

Foreign Ministers of Asia-Latin America Meet in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica was the site for the 7th Meeting of Ministers of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), focusing on strengthening ties between these regions. During the two days, from August 19 to 21, representatives of the 36 nations of the forum discussed issues of common interest, at the Real Intercontinental […]

Brunei Prince To Visit Costa Rica To Attend FEALAC in San Jose

Brunei Prince To Visit Costa Rica To Attend FEALAC in San Jose

QCOSTARICA –  Costa Rica will have a special visitor this seek, HIS Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, who will be attending the Seventh Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on August 18-21. FEALAC is an association of 36 countries from East Asia and Latin America that came together for the first […]

Ticos Drink More Liquor In A Single Outing, But Do So Less Often Than The Latin America Average

Ticos Drink More Liquor In A Single Outing, But Do So Less Often Than The Latin America Average

(QCOSTARICA) Comparing to Latin America, Costa Ricans drink liquor fewer days a week, but consume more than the average when they do, says a study on alcohol consumption patterns, the Estudio sobre Patrones de Consumo de Alcohol de la Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). Research also indicates that Ticos consumed alcohol on at least […]