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Baby Boom in Colombia’s Farc Rebel Army

Baby Boom in Colombia’s Farc Rebel Army

TODAY COLOMBIA – Since the landmark Colombian peace deal came into force last December, the Farc rebel group has been been experiencing a baby boom. During the 50 year-long conflict, female Farc fighters were banned from getting pregnant and some were even forced to have abortions. Now that peace has come many women are putting […]

Women’s Group Warns Hurricane Otto Will Increase Violence Against Women

Women’s Group Warns Hurricane Otto Will Increase Violence Against Women

Women’s Group Warns Hurricane Otto Will Increase Violence Against Women TICO BULL by Rico – What is totally bull is the message posted on Crhoy.com by Yaslin Cabezas on the call by the Acción Estratégica por los Derechos Humanos (Acceder) – Strategic Action for Human Rights – organization, saying that “Hurricane Otto will not only affect […]

Think the U.S. election has been a dumpster fire? Try voting in Nicaragua

Think the U.S. election has been a dumpster fire? Try voting in Nicaragua

AFP/Getty Images (Today Nicararua) Somewhere at a palatial banquet table in a gaudy seaside mansion guarded by an excessive police detail, Sandinista officials are determining the final vote count in next Sunday’s presidential election. It’s a delicate task. Daniel Ortega’s landslide win needs to look authoritative, but without appearing absurd. A 75% margin of victory […]

Cuba Remains Russia’s Most Trustworthy Partner in Latin America

Cuba Remains Russia’s Most Trustworthy Partner in Latin America

(Sputnik) — Cuba remains the most trustworthy Russian partner in Latin American and Caribbean States, the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, Sergei Naryshkin, said Thursday. “Cuba remains our most reliable and trustworthy partner in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin… I would love to stress one more time, that we are fully satisfied with the level of our countries’ multidimensional cooperation, […]

BBC’s Hardtalk With President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis

BBC’s Hardtalk With President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis

QCOSTARICA – HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis. In the 23 minute interview, President Solis talks about he is certain that he will succeed in his mandate and is willing to discuss the legalization of cocaine and marijuana in Costa Rica. The interview aired on the BBC on […]

Oscar Arias: Will He Or Won’t He?

Oscar Arias: Will He Or Won’t He?

QCOSTARICA – Former two-time President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias (1986-1990 / 2006-2010), is said to be close to a decision to run (or not) for a third term. Sources close to the Q say that Arias has in recent weeks held intensive meetings with various community and business leaders, the influential within his party, […]

Manitoba’s Pallister Elected Premier Despite Spending “Too Much Time” in Costa Rica

Manitoba’s Pallister Elected Premier Despite Spending “Too Much Time” in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Despite being on the hot-seat this past week for spending “too much time” in Costa Rica, Brian Pallister on Tuesday was elected Premier of Manitoba. Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives,captured 40 seats and 53% of the popular vote, trashing Greg Selinger’s New Democratic Party (NDP) government. The NDP went into the election with a solid […]

Costa Rica Importers Seeking Dialogue With US Ambassador

Costa Rica Importers Seeking Dialogue With US Ambassador

QCOSTARICA – Following an interview with La Nacion, where the United States Ambassador to Costa Rica, Stafford Fitzgerald Haney, said the Solis administration policy on agriculture is straining bilateral trade, the Chamber of Exporters and Importers of Perishables, want a meeting with the Ambassador. Randall Benavides, president of the Cámara de Exportadores e Importadores de […]

Transport Entrepreneur Looking To Be Mayor of San Jose

Transport Entrepreneur Looking To Be Mayor of San Jose

(QCOSTARICA POLITICS) Local businessman, Oscar Alfaro Zamora, wants to put aside driving people around Costa Rica to driving the city of San Jose, announced his bid for the mayor’s chair. Alfaro, owner of the Transnica bus line (among other businesses, including a number of real estate projects), joins Luis Alvarez – former minister of Economy […]

Costa Rica: Examples of How to be Like Greece

Costa Rica: Examples of How to be Like Greece

(QCOSTARICA) Information about salaries of officials at the state run telecoms company have been released, which include the more than ¢2 million colones (US$4,000) a month paid to a chauffeur. An article in Prensalibre.cr reports that “… legislator Otto Guevara unveiled the list of salaries of 22,000 officials working in the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad […]

Poverty-Crusader Solís Cannot Give What Has Not Been Created

Poverty-Crusader Solís Cannot Give What Has Not Been Created

(QCOSTARICA BLOGS) The key ingredient necessary for greater tax collection is a growing nation. If you want to generate more revenues, look for ways to foster productive activity, as opposed to squeezing a stagnant economy. Otherwise, at some point, higher rates and burdensome compliance will kill the golden goose and bring in less revenue.+ Higher […]

President Solis Considers Arias Criticism “Inappropriate and Disrespectful”

President Solis Considers Arias Criticism “Inappropriate and Disrespectful”

(QCOSTARICA) – President Luis Guillermo Solis called “inappropriate and disrespectful” the comments made by former president Oscar Arias (2006-2010), posted on the social media over the weekend criticism against his current administration. Solis when he learned of the commentary on Sunday, he was attending flood victims in Turrialba. On Sunday, on his personal Facebook page, […]

Left Alliance Created by PAC, FA and Unions

Left Alliance Created by PAC, FA and Unions

(QCOSTARICA) – The left leaning groups inside and outside the Legislative Assembly signed a pact to work together on pushing forward bills that will benefit unions, public workers and also oppose certain bills proposed by conservative parties in congress. The Frente Amplio (FA), the Coalición Sindical Patria Justa, umbrella group for public worker’s unions and […]

“We’ll Do Much Better In The Second Year”, Promises President Solis

“We’ll Do Much Better In The Second Year”, Promises President Solis

QCOSTARICA – President Luis Guillermo Solis is the first to admit that his not satisfied with his first year of his administration, assuring on Sunday, in a national television and radio broadcast, that the second year will be better. Solis calls for decisions to take Costa Rica towards a “prosperous future”. “We must be more […]

President Solís, “No One Has to Remind Me What I Have To Do”

President Solís, “No One Has to Remind Me What I Have To Do”

QCOSTARICA – President Luis Guillermo Solis took a strong position on Monday, saying “nobody has to tell me to evaluate it”, referring to the future of his Ministro de la Presidencia, Melvin Jimenez. “Neither Mariano (Figueres), nor Victor Hugo Morales, and Alexander Mora (Minister of Foreign Trade), and Sonia Marta Mora (Minister of Education), and […]

New Zealand Spied On Costa Rica’s Former Minister of Trade

New Zealand Spied On Costa Rica’s Former Minister of Trade

QCOSTARICA – If we are to believe our country’s personalities and local businesses are not the subject of cyber espionage, the revelation that the New Zealand government spied on Costa Rica’s Anabel Gonzalez, in 2013, when she was a candidate for the leadership of the World Trade Organization (WTO), it forces us to rethink the […]

Costa Rican Ambassador to China Has Only A High School Diploma

Costa Rican Ambassador to China Has Only A High School Diploma

QCOSTARICA – All it takes to become a Costa Rica ambassador around the world is a high school diploma. Such is the case of Ricardo León, Costa Rica’s ambassador to China. According to the Foreign Ministry’s official website, León, who was appointed by President Luis Guillermo Solís in September 2014, has only a high school […]

Government Counts Job Offers at Job Fairs As “Jobs Created”

Government Counts Job Offers at Job Fairs As “Jobs Created”

QCOSTARICA – The government of Luis Guillermo Solis tells us it has created more than 7.292 jobs in the first two months of the year, of which 5.750 were through job fairs. But, employers offering jobs at the fairs say they cannot be counted as “immediate” jobs. Following a job fair, it can be months […]

President Solís’ Message “Remains a Literary Fiction”

President Solís’ Message “Remains a Literary Fiction”

QCOSTARICA – Critical of the current administration and President’s message Sunday night on national television is Leislator and former presidential candidate, Otto Guevara, of the Movimiento Liberatio. Guevara said the President’s message on national television, ‘remains a literary fiction.” According to legislator, “the office President is a very serious commitment to come in learning and […]

Government Retracts Over Presidential Plane Offered by China

Government Retracts Over Presidential Plane Offered by China

QCOSTARICA – Through a press release, the Ministry of the Presidency (Ministerio de la Presidencia) today belies the assertion made yesterday by the Minister of the Presidency, Melvin Jiménez, that China offered President Luis Guillermo Solís a presidential plane. The government now says that the plane would be used by the security forces, in aerial […]

[OP-ED] How to Drive Away Business Without Really Trying

[OP-ED] How to Drive Away Business Without Really Trying

QCOSTARICA – When the government officials, all economists and institutional directors say that Costa Rica is expensive; it is! After all, they are the major contributors to costs. Business, each and every chamber has complained out-loud, that we are chasing away investors, losing economic ground to neighboring countries and admitting that it is, in many […]

Remarks By US Secretary of State With Costa Rican Foreign Minister

Remarks By US Secretary of State With Costa Rican Foreign Minister

QCOSTARICA (Via Scoop.com) SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, folks. I’m really happy to welcome to Washington the foreign minister of Costa Rica, Gonzalez Sanz, who is a good partner with the United States. Costa Rica has been doing a great deal on counterterrorism, great deal particularly on climate change, where they have always been a leader. […]

Costa Rican Foreign Minister Meets With U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry in Washington

Costa Rican Foreign Minister Meets With U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry in Washington

QCOSTARICA – The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Washington on Friday met with Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister, Manuel González, reaffirming the long history of friendship and strong relationships between the two countries. During the meeting, Kerry recalled that Costa Rica was one of the first placed he visited in his infancy in the […]

Former President Oscar Arias Blasted Over Comments Of The Ruta 27

Former President Oscar Arias Blasted Over Comments Of The Ruta 27

– A post on Facebook in which former President Oscar Arias said he was “happy” to have built the Ruta 27 between San José and Puntarenas, sparked controversy on the social networks this Sunday. “Yesterday after lunch in Turrucares with a group of ex-legislators, Suzanne an I took the Ruta 27 (designed in the nineties) […]

Costa Rica Officials Assault Press Freedom

Costa Rica Officials Assault Press Freedom

QCOSTARICA – Top officials of the Legislative Assembly have attempted to gag the press, requiring news to be channeled through a member of the elite committee steering congressional affairs, bringing into question as to just what country’s congress they think they are members of. The accord came on Dec. 10 by agreement of three lawmakers, […]

Health Minister Resigns

Health Minister Resigns

COSTA RICA NEWS – The ministra de Salud (Health minister), María Elena López Núñez, is the second to leave the Luis Guillermo Solís cabinet, 11 days after the ministro de Seguridad Publica (minister of Security), Celso Gamboa. López cited “personal and family reasons” for her resignation. The minister, in a telephone interview with La Nacion, […]

Party Charges TSE For Election Expenses

Party Charges TSE For Election Expenses

COSTA RICA NEWS (inews.co.cr)  – The drain on taxpayers continues from political parties trying to bill the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) — and thus taxpayers — for campaign expenses that they did not incur in early 2014, The 2010 election was rampant with ripoffs and now the Accessibility without Exclusion Party (PASE) tried to do […]