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The 40-year itch: Populism and polarization threaten Latin America

It was one of the greatest waves of democratization ever. In 1977 all but three of the 20 countries in Latin America were dictatorships of one kind or another. By 1990 only Mexico’s civilian one-party state and communist Cuba survived. Several things lay behind the...

Nicaraguan businessmen set their eyes on Costa Rica

The owners of the Runway, NK Collection and Todo Jeans stores in Nicaragua plan to open at least five stores in Costa Rica over the next five years. The first step was taken when they inaugurated, on April 25, their first point of sale under...

Nicaragua Justice Trumps Costa Rica’s. Once Again.

Rico's TICO BULL - Justice in Nicaraguan had no doubt to convict Moisés Francisco Sándigo Fernández for the murder of a hotel entrepreneur and his two children, on February 9, 2013, in La Fortuna de San Carlos, in Costa Rica. For Costa Rica's judicial system,...

The exception that is Costa Rica

In the ongoing debate about immigration in the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala are mainly in the news because many of the caravans and those crossing into the U.S. from Mexico are from these countries. Why isn’t Costa Rica experiencing a similar...

In Nicaragua, the violence of Ortega does not stop

On the first anniversary of the crisis in Nicaragua, April 18, 2019, we remember five of the caricatures by Mecho published on crhoy.com. In the year, thousands of Nicaraguans have taken refuge in Costa Rica. This situation continues. The most recent data released by the Dirección...

Nicaragua: Lucia Piñeda’s Sister On Her Recent Visit To La Esperanza Prison

Dual citizen - Costa Rican and Nicaraguan - Lucia Piñeda remains in a Nicaragua prison following her arrest last December while she worked as 100% Noticias news anchor in Managua. She was arrested, along with the owner of the television news cable channel Miguel Mora,...

One year into Nicaragua crisis, more than 55,000 Seek Refuge In Costa Rica

(UNHCR) April 16, 2019 - A year into Nicaragua’s political and social crisis, an estimated 62,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, with the vast majority - some 55,500 – seeking refuge in Costa Rica. Many – in what is overwhelmingly a refugee flow –...

One year after Nicaraguan uprising, Ortega is back in control

One year ago, Nicaragua’s government was on the verge of collapse.  Protests against President Daniel Ortega exploded nationwide on April 19, 2018 after the government quietly passed a tax on retirees’ pension checks. Demonstrators barricaded highways and main roads, paralyzing Nicaragua’s economy. By May 2018,...

Nicaraguan boy, aged two, struck in throat by bullet, seeks asylum at U.S. border

MATAMOROS, Mexico (Univision News) – William Gonzalez, Meylin Rugama and their two-year-old son William, have spent weeks living in a makeshift camp at one end of the international bridge in Matamoros. William González (r), Meylin Rugama (l) and their infant son, William, aged two. Photo:...

Which are the favorite Cell Phone brands in Costa Rica and Central America?

Although Samsung and Apple mobile phones represent more than half of the devices used in the region's markets, there is an upward trend in the preference for devices from the Chinese brand Huawei. An analysis of the Trade Intelligence Area at CentralAmericaData provides interesting data...

Pope Francis Lifts Sanction on Nicaraguan Poet Ernesto Cardenal

After 35 years, the Vatican reversed the punishment again former priest and member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal. After hearing the news, Cardenal celebrated mass from his hospital bed. Nicaraguan Poet and Liberation Theologist Ernesto Cardenal delivers a speech...

Carlos plans to travel through Latin America to advocate for Nicaragua and Venezuela

President Carlos Alvarado is considering to travel through Latin America to advocate for a solution to the socio-political crisis in Nicaragua and Venezuela. In the caricature by Crhoy.com, we see the prez with his suitcase packed with "soluciones para las crisis en esas dos naciones"...

Costa Rica Says 13 Ticos Detained and One Assassinated in Nicaragua Since The Beginning of the Protests Against Ortega

Thirteen Costa Ricans have been arrested and one was killed in Nicaragua since the April 18, 2018 protests broke out over pension reforms that became a demand for the departure of President Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice-president Rosario Murillo. The Consul General of...

Expropriation of Private Property: the Socialist Dream of Bill de Blasio, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez

With the rising influence of socialism in the Democratic Party, and the real power and influence of groups like the Democratic Socialists of America, it’s hardly outlandish to suggest that the ideology is playing an increasingly important role on the national stage. Bernie Sanders,...

Nicaragua Police attributes murder of four its officers to a gang based in Costa Rica

Police in Nicaragua assure that the four officers killed in the country's southern border, is by members of a criminal gang based in Costa Rica In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the Nicaraguan National Police say that "a police patrol was attacked cowardly, coming under...

Ortega Top Supreme Court Judge Resigns, Denounces Dictatorship in Nicaragua and Takes Refuge In Costa Rica

The ex-magistrate of Nicaragua's Supreme Court of Justice, Rafael Solis Cerda, entered Costa Rica one day before submitting his resignation his position and denouncing the existence of "a dictatorship" and "a state of terror" in his native country. Solís, a man considered close to President...

Costa Rica’s New Chancellor Will Have A “More Active Role” In The Crisis in Nicaragua and Venezuela

President Carlos Alvarado said on Tuesday his government will give greater impetus to the approach of the crisis in Nicaragua and Venezuela, as part of a new phase in the foreign policy of the country. The president made the statement was made during the official...

PXMOLINA: The Flutist of Central America…

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Skeleton of ‘Ripped’ Woman Who Lived 5,900 Years Ago Discovered in Nicaragua

The skeleton of a ‘muscular’ woman who lived 5,900 years ago and had bulging forearms has been discovered in what is now Nicaragua. The excavated burial (top) of the ancient woman, next to an illustration (bottom) of how she was buried in a shallow oval...

Beatriz Becerra: The MEP Fighting for Freedom in Nicaragua and Venezuela

Two days before the end of 2018, the MEP and vice president of the Human Rights subcommittee of the European Parliament, Beatriz Becerra, said through her Twitter account: “I promise to remain firm with Venezuela, accompanying their struggle to recover their freedom and future....

Costa Rica: ‘It’s not Nicaragua Who Determines The Legality of the Application of the Democratic Charter’

Costa Rica rejected the statements of the Nicaraguan Foreign Minister, Denis Moncada, who described as illegal the process that could suspend his country from the Organization of American States (OAS). "It is not the Nicaraguan Chancellor who determines the legality or otherwise of the application...

OAS Asks Costa Rica to Activate Democratic Charter on Nicaragua

Costa Rica said Saturday it has received a request from the head of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, to activate a process of invoking the Inter-American Democratic Charter against Nicaragua amid alleged abuses in the country. In a statement, Costa Rica's Foreign Ministry...

Costa Rica Will Promote In International Forums Strategy To Protect Nicaragua Journalists

The government of Carlos Alvarado is working on the development of a protocol to protect Nicaraguan journalists due to the recent repressive attacks against the independent press in that country. "We are developing a strategy because we are very concerned about the escalation of violence...

Costa Rican Journalist Remains in Nicaragua Jail; Costa Rica Reacts

The Costa Rican - Nicaragua journalist, Lucía Piñeda, jailed in Nicaragua for alleged crimes of instigation of terrorist acts and inciting hatred, now in her sixth day in the infamous El Chipote prison in Managua, will be going to trial on January 25. Piñeda, 45,...

Costa Rican – Nicaraguan Journalist Detained For ‘Terrorism’ In Nicaragua’s press crackdown

Lucia Pineda, a dual citizen and managing editor of cable news television station 100% Noticias, is accused by the government of Daniel Ortega for the “provocation, proposition, and conspiracy to commit terrorist acts” and of inciting hate for the national police, according to a...

Honduran president during US-funded ‘Contra’ war on Nicaragua dies

Roberto Suazo Cordova, president of Honduras during the US-financed "Contra" war against Nicaragua of the 1980s, died on Saturday, officials said. Suazo, who was president from 1982 to 1986, was being treated at a military hospital near Tegucigalpa for cardiac issues when he died, the...

Costa Rica Concerned Over Daniel Ortega’s New Plan

A New Diplomatic Conflict Brewing With Nicaragua in the face Daniel Ortega's plan to declare the Harbor Head lagoon as a wild refuge

Nicaragua qualifies president Carlos Alvarado as ‘ill-educated, meddlesome, contemptuous and snoopy’

The government of Daniel Ortega did not hold anything back to offend President Carlos Alvarado for his criticism of the internal situation in Nicaragua. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua issued a statement Friday where it calls Alvarado, among others things, "ill-educated, meddlesome, contemptuous...

They charged ¢3,000 ($5) For Crossing Illegally Into Costa Rica

The Policía de Fronteras (Border Police) at the Los Chiles border post with Nicaragua, in the north, detained two alleged human traffickers on Friday. The men were surprised by the border police when they were entering the country through an illegal crossing with a group...

Nicaragua’s Ortega Accuses Costa Rica of ???

The government of Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega, last week, before an international stage, on Friday, accused the Costa Rican government of “many dead” during the ongoing strike by public sector workers against the Plan Fiscal (tax reform) and incurring “massive human rights violations” during the...

Man Who Murdered His ‘Significant Other’ in Costa Rica Was Convicted in Nicaragua

After three years on the lam, a Nicaraguan man was arrested and convicted in his country for murdering his significant other in the Guanacaste town of Filadeldia, in Costa Rica. The man was identified as Misael García Calero, sought by Santa Cruz authorities for the...

Nicaragua accuses Costa Rica of ‘numerous deaths’ and ‘massive human rights violations’ during strike

As a distraction to the current situation in Nicaragua before the international stage, on Friday, the government of Daniel Ortega accused the Costa Rican government of "many dead" during the ongoing strike by public sector workers against the Plan Fiscal (tax reform) and incurring...

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