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Women are the hope to lower poverty and reduce unemployment in Costa Rica

Studies on the transformation of the population of Costa Rica indicate that the era in which the greatest number of inhabitants will be in productive ages will end in 2020, without the country having taken advantage of the maximum potential of the so-called demographic...

Could Costa Rica go the same way of Argentina?

Argentina is in crisis. The fiscal deficit experienced by the country, added to inflation and the devaluation of the currency versus the US dollar has the country on the edge of another possible economic debacle. What is happening in Argentina, a country with the third...

Tico Humor: Costa Rica’s Middle Class!

The president of the highest court in the land, Fernando Cruz, with a take home salary of ¢6.3 million monthly claims he is "middle class". In an interview with La Nacion on Tuesday (October 23), he said, 'If they take away my salary, I will...

Income Inequality is Not the Same as Poverty

Over the years I have published a number of columns on inequality. Among these are “Fleeing Equality,” “Redistributive Injustice,” “The Rich Do Not Exist,” and others reproduced in my book “Reflections on Freedom.” Invariably, this topic brings me the most hateful correspondence. Undeterred, I...

Hondurans March Against US Base After Trump Termination of TPS

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa Saturday to protest Washington's decision to cancel the Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which granted protection status to nearly 60,000 Honduran immigrants. The program protected nearly 56,000 Hondurans and offered respite...

Parallel Worlds – Seeing Red Again

Our world. My wife and I drove to a lunchtime party at Los Sueños, (The dreams), an enormous luxury housing development on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. We passed through an imposing security gate and continued for maybe a mile through a complex, dripping with...

Only One Country Ready to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, According to Scientists

Brazilian mathematicians considering humanity's chances of surviving a zombie uprising have calculated that to have any sort of shot, civilians would need help from a fairly large standing army. Their estimates led them to a surprising conclusion. According to the researchers' standard model, which requires a...

Latin America Focuses on Attacking Pockets of Rural Poverty

(IPS) - Identifying territories where rural poverty is most entrenched in Latin America and the Caribbean to apply new tools and innovative policies to combat hunger is the new strategy that will be discussed at a ministerial meeting to be held in early March. Julio...

Venezuela: Maduro Announces 40% Minimum Wage Increase for New Year

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday, just before the new year, a 40 percent increase in the minimum wage — as a protection for Venezuelans against ongoing aggression. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an event in Caracas, Venezuela. | Photo: Reuters Effective January 1, the...

No, Capitalism Is Not Ruining Your Christmas

By Bill Wirtz. Glowing Christmas lights fill the cold streets of medieval European cities with little wooden booths selling steaming hot wine and cinnamon biscuits. However, the traditional look and idyllic atmosphere seem to be threatened by the evil of modern-day capitalism. That is, at...

An estimated third of the Brazilian population live below the poverty line

A new system implemented by the World Bank to measure the number of people who live below the poverty line has meant that in Brazil the number has risen from 8.9 million to 45.5 million, which is almost a third of the population. The WB...

The Roots of Exodus: Why Are People Compelled to Leave their Homes?

(IPS) - Facts are facts, and one of them is that while everybody talks about the growing forced movement of people –be they migrants or refugees—decision-makers haven’t seriously acted on the root causes of why millions of humans are compelled to leave their...

Trying to Make Immigration an Option Rather than a Need in Latin America

(IPS) - The aim is for migration to become just one option among others for the rural population of Latin America, says Brazilian expert Luiz Carlos Beduschi, referring to an issue that causes concern in the region due to its impact on food security. The...

Mexican Immigrants Help Sustain Two Economies – and Are Discarded

(IPS) - They work for years to bolster the economies of two countries. For one, the United States, they provide labour and taxes; for the other, Mexico, they send remittances that support tens of thousands of families and communities. Then they are deported, and...

Can tourism alleviate global poverty?

Wouldn’t it be great if something as simple and pleasurable as international travel could help end something as grinding and enduring as global poverty? After all, the industry is booming, growing at least 4% a year since the 1960s (with a brief slowdown in...

Yes, microlending reduces extreme poverty

A small boost in microlending to the developing world could lift more than 10.5 million people out of extreme poverty. That’s one conclusion of my study, published last month in The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, which found that microfinance not only reduces how many...

Almost Half of Argentina’s Children Live in Poverty

(Q24N) Almost half of Argentina's children live in poverty, a rate that has risen by 17 percent after conservative President Mauricio Macri's first year in office, according to a new report by Unicef released Thursday. The United Nations Children's Fund reported about 5.6 million children...

Thousands of Venezuelan immigrants searching for better life in Colombia

TODAY VENEZUELA - Thousands of Venezuelans have fled their country to escape the hardship and violence of its economic and political crisis only to live in poverty in neighbouring Colombia . To receive government help for food, health and education, they must go back to...

What rural, coastal Puerto Ricans can teach us about thriving in times of crisis

Q FRONT PAGE - Puerto Ricans are searching for solutions to the island’s worst economic and social crisis in a long time. An unprecedented debt level is creating widespread uncertainty about employment and the state’s ability to provide basic services. This crisis is not going...

Alternatives To Reduce Poverty in Venezuela

Poverty at record high in Venezuela. A woman waits in line to check out at the Dia a Dia supermarket in the Propatria neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela. Popular items with government fixed prices that have been running short are coffee, cooking oil, precooked corn...

Costa Rica Closes Out 2016 with the Lowest Poverty Rate in Seven Years

(Q COSTA RICA) Costa Rica closes out 2016 with the lowest poverty in seven years, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC). More than 10,000 households rose about the poverty line, and 10,000 left what is considered extreme poverty, according to...

What Prevents Us from Eradicating Poverty is Within Ourselves

Q COSTA RICA - Per Bylund, a libertarian thinker, recently tweeted: “What causes poverty? Nothing. It is the original state, the starting point. The real question is: What causes prosperity?” Bylund refers to the original state of humanity as a whole, and not to...

Marx’s Predictions Failed: There are Fewer and Fewer Poor People

Q FRONT PAGE -Karl Marx’s ideas have been put into action dozens of times in different parts of the world. These have always had the same consequences: death and misery. A country’s failure level is proportional to the intensity with which they apply the...

150.000 Young in Costa Rica Don’t Work Or Study

QCOSTARICA - In Costa Rica there are 147,959 young people aged between 15 and 24 who neither study nor work. They are called nini - ni estudia ni trabaja - in Spanish. However, in 2012, there were 10.000 less nini's, according to the State of...

The Most Miserable Countries In The World. Where Does Costa Rica Stand?

QCCOSTARICA - A report by the Cato Institute reveals that Honduras and Costa Rica are the countries with the highest rates of poverty in Central America and in the region. In South America, the most miserable countries at the end of 2014 are  Venezuela...

Minors Alone Cross The Costa Rica – Nicaragua Border

COSTA RICA NEWS - More than one minor, travelling alone, is found by Costa Rican officials to cross the Costa Rica - Nicaragua border. Some cross at Los Chiles, others by boat on the San Juan river. The Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI) -...

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