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Costa Rica Soccer Fans Stranded At San Jose Airport When Travel Agent “Deal” Fell Apart

Costa Rica Soccer Fans Stranded At San Jose Airport When Travel Agent “Deal” Fell Apart

Q COSTA RICA – We’ve all fallen into a ‘deal to real to believe’. That was the case of a group of Costa Rican soccer fans who at the gates of the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport, ready to board, were told, the deal was off. They were the lucky ones. It was Wednesday morning, […]

Mexico Faces A Great Opponent In Costa Rica’s Sele

Mexico Faces A Great Opponent In Costa Rica’s Sele

Q SPORTS, CUERNAVACA, Mexico – Costa Ricans are euphoric as the national team, the Seleccion Nacional or “Sele” readies to face Mexico, in a World Cup qualifying match today in Mexico City. As these top two teams in the CONCACAF’s Hexagonal table square off, the home team is expecting a strong showing from the visitors. […]

Mexico Files WTO Complaint Against Costa Rica Over Avocado Imports Ban

Mexico Files WTO Complaint Against Costa Rica Over Avocado Imports Ban

Q COSTA RICA – On Wednesday Mexico launched a trade complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Costa Rica’s restrictions on imports of fresh avocados from Mexico, the WTO said in a statement. The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter […]

Mexicans Blame Wrangler Firing 600 Employees and Factory Closing To The “Trump Effect”

Mexicans Blame Wrangler Firing 600 Employees and Factory Closing To The “Trump Effect”

(Q24N) American clothing factory Wrangler has fired 600 workers from its Mexico-based factory, claiming a lack of personnel as well as difficulty in sending products at a reasonable cost to the United States. After 19 years of operation, the company so popular for its jeans and other clothing products closed its plant in the city of Aldama, located […]

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 […]

As US closes borders, thousands of Haitian refugees trapped in Mexico lose hope

As US closes borders, thousands of Haitian refugees trapped in Mexico lose hope

(Q24N) A United States federal court has blocked President Donald Trump’s January 27 executive order barring citizens from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the US, but the impacts of the travel ban are already being felt at the nation’s borders. The suspended order halts general refugee admissions for 120 days and Syrian admissions until […]

Trump Administration Stumbles On Mexico Message

Trump Administration Stumbles On Mexico Message

(Q24N) United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly held meetings with Mexican Government officials Thursday in Mexico City, during which they promised not to use the army to attack undocumented immigrants, or disrespect their other rights, but were then later contradicted by the President. Donald Trump was giving […]

El Chapo, Story Of A Kingpin

El Chapo, Story Of A Kingpin

(Q24N) Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong – Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka “El Chapo” – currently faces 17 drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping and money laundering charges in the US, accrued over the past quarter-century. The timing of his extradition, on President Barack Obama’s final day in office, led to […]

U.S. Offers Mexico To Take On “Bad Hombres”

U.S. Offers Mexico To Take On “Bad Hombres”

(Q24N) US President Donald Trump offered aid to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in the fight against drug trafficking, according to the transcript of the call that both leaders held last Friday, which was initially misrepresented as a threat of military invasion. According to the text obtained by CNN, President Trump‘s words were: “You have […]

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 […]

“We are not going to buy from companies that agree to treat Mexico as a second-class country,” Mexico Mayor

“We are not going to buy from companies that agree to treat Mexico as a second-class country,” Mexico Mayor

(Q24N) Mayor of Tlajomulco de Zuñiga in the Mexican state of Jalisco Alberto Uribe said he blocked purchase of Chevrolet and Ford auto companies because Mexico “is united with dignity” against the threats of President-elect Donald Trump. Ford reportedly gave in to Trump’s warnings about a “big border tax,” and stopped exporting cars made in […]

Nieto Promises Defending Mexico

Nieto Promises Defending Mexico

(Q24N) Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto reaffirmed he will defend the interests of his country and a constructive agenda with the United States. The Mexican president said that his government will punctually set Mexico’s position in the negotiation process that will define the bilateral relationship with the United States, which will include the North American […]

Mexico Extradites ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán

Mexico Extradites ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán

(Q24N) This morning, Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, long considered one of the most powerful cartel bosses in Mexico and in the world, is waking up in the U.S., after the Mexican government extradited him. Earlier on Thursday, the Mexican Supreme Court dismissed appeals filed by Guzmán’s lawyers in an attempt to halt […]

Acapulco Listed as Mexico’s Most Dangerous City

Acapulco Listed as Mexico’s Most Dangerous City

(Q24N) Acapulco is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico, but it is also the most violent municipality in the country, according to the National Security Commission (CNS). The CNS has labeled 20 locations in Acapulco as dangerous, including the coastal tourist zone, but there are four especially dangerous areas due to their high level of homicide, […]

Costa Rica No. 4 Of The World’s 10 Best Places to Retire in 2017

Costa Rica No. 4 Of The World’s 10 Best Places to Retire in 2017

From International Living – For just over a quarter of a century, International Living has ranked, rated, and named the best retirement destinations in the world. Each year we’ve refined and improved the process, bringing new categories and considerations into play, gathering new data, and asking more and better questions of a greater number of […]

Costa Rica Among The Countries With The Best Healthcare In The World

Costa Rica Among The Countries With The Best Healthcare In The World

(Q24N )From International Living – One of the main concerns of any person looking to retire overseas is the quality of healthcare. Is it possible to get medical treatment as good as what’s available in the U.S. and Canada? The answer…a resounding yes. Sometimes it’s even better than what’s on offer at home, and at […]

Drug War Makes Mexico World’s Third Most Dangerous Country

Drug War Makes Mexico World’s Third Most Dangerous Country

  Q24N – Mexico was ranked the third most dangerous country in the world recently due to the violence created by drug-related organized crime. The Crime Rate Index for 2016 was released this month by consulting firm Verisk Maplecroft, listing Afghanistan as the most dangerous country in the world, followed by Guatemala, Mexico, Iraq and Syria, among others. Venezuela, El […]

Costa Rica Among 5 Best Places to Move to if You Don’t Like the Election Results

Costa Rica Among 5 Best Places to Move to if You Don’t Like the Election Results

(QTRAVEL) Amy Schumer said she’d move to Spain. Bryan Cranston said he’d move to Canada. Jon Stewart said he’ll move to another planet. At last count, 23 celebrities have claimed they’ll leave the country if their preferred candidate doesn’t win the presidential election…. Celebrities—and anybody else who’s found themselves saying, “I’m outta here”—take note: Many […]

Countries Americans Should Visit Before Trump Becomes President

Countries Americans Should Visit Before Trump Becomes President

(QTRAVEL) Though Costa Rica is not on the list, the article by Jessie Beck post on Onyourterms.com has us thinking, will American travel really suffer under a Trump administration. Without exception we can expect it so in the six countries listed in below, but what about the rest of the world? …read on. With the […]

“Historic Error” Mexicans Accuse Their President In Welcoming Donald Trump

“Historic Error” Mexicans Accuse Their President In Welcoming Donald Trump

(Q24N) “It’s a historic error,” said Enrique Krauze, a well-known historian of Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto inviting Donald J. Trump to visit Mexico for a dialogue in the interest of democracy. “You confront tyrants. You don’t appease them.” For many Mexicans, who feel that Trump offended them with his disparaging comments and promises to […]

Mexico’s President Fact Checks Donald ‘Mexicans Are Rapists’ Trump To His Face, In Spanish

Mexico’s President Fact Checks Donald ‘Mexicans Are Rapists’ Trump To His Face, In Spanish

(Q24N) Following a controversial and hastily thrown together bilateral meeting behind closed doors on Wednesday, Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto held a tense press conference in which they politely disagreed about immigration, trade, and jobs. Speaking first, President Peña Nieto tore into the core argument of Trump’s campaign — that illegal immigration across the […]

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, […]

Pacific Alliance, under Chilean presidency will speed closer links with Mercosur

Pacific Alliance, under Chilean presidency will speed closer links with Mercosur

Q24N – The Pacific Alliance under the helm of Chile, beginning next July first will reach out for closer links with Mercosur, particularly since Argentina’s decision to join the block as an observer. “The Argentine decision to join the Pacific Alliance as an observer fully harmonizes with Chile’s strategy of making both blocks converge”, according […]

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 […]

One Year Since Costa Rica Banned Mexican Avocadoes

One Year Since Costa Rica Banned Mexican Avocadoes

QCOSTARICA – A year ago last week, Costa Rica took the unilateral decision to stop importing the Hass avocado from Mexico after claiming that it had a plague that could endanger the country. Now, avocado prices have almost doubled, the smuggling of Mexican avocados from the borders with Panama continues to increase, and Costa Rican […]