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Kamala Harris will visit Central America in June and promises more help to immigration

Q24N - The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, promised this Monday to the President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, more help to Central America to address the causes of illegal migration to the north. Harris, who is leading the Joe Biden administration's efforts...

RECOPE asks for another hike in fuel prices

QCOSTARICA - If you haven't gotten over the whopping increase in fuel prices that went into effect this Wednesday, ready for another, the fifth consecutive this year, as the do nothing Costa Rican refinery made its latest request on Friday. The request, that would take...

After a century of plunder, US imperialism turns away Central American refugees

Q REPORTS (WSWS.ORG) An unprecedented human exodus is underway across the Americas, as 2 million people—nearly a 10th of the population of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala—are expected to flee to the United States in the coming months. The US government has responded by closing...

Country by Country Guide to Covid Vaccines in Central America

QCOSTARICA - Covid vaccination in Central America is well underway. Here’s an updated country guide to how they’re doing, as of March 18, 2021. The topic of vaccines is controversial, stirring up strong feelings on both sides of the debate. Just look at the Q's...

US Latin America Policy Won’t Change Much, New ‘Thaw’ With Cuba Can’t be Ruled Out,

Q REPORTS - U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to outline his vision of Washington's Latin America policy at the next Summit of the Americas, to be held in the United States in April 2021. However, the contours of the new administration's Western Hemisphere policies...

Central America gets ready for a possible wave of migrants on the way to the United States

Q24n - Central American countries presented a plan on Monday in the face of a possible migratory wave of Haitians, Cubans, Asians and Africans who seek to reach the United States illegally, a Guatemalan official reported. The proposal, prepared by Guatemala, was made during an...

Costa Ricans the most pessimistic in the Isthmus about the economic situation in 2021

QCOSTARICA - Costa Ricans are the Central Americans who view the country's economic future with the greatest pessimism. The least pessimistic are the Nicaraguans. The foregoing is clear from a virtual survey conducted by Kantar, the largest information, insights and consulting company in Central America &...

Where can Americans currently travel to in Latin America?

The world isn’t as open to US citizens right now as it was nine months ago, but nonetheless, travel prospects are looking much better than they were last spring. Although much of Europe remains off-limits, several countries in Asia have slowly started to welcome back...

Biden administration braces for new wave of migrants as it rolls out new immigration plans

Q REPORTS - Hours after being sworn in as president, U.S. President Joe Biden reversed several Donald Trump immigration policies by executive action, marking a stark change in tone from the previous four years of anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions. The president had a slate of...

Nicaragua still the country with the greatest mobility in Central America in times of pandemic

TODAY NICARAGUA – Eight months after the first case of Covid-19 was registered in Nicaragua, the country is experiencing a feeling of “normality” amid the pandemic. The study collects data from the cell phones of those users who keep Google’s location history enabled This is confirmed...

Hurricane Iota moves towards a devastated Central America

QCOSTARICA - Hurricane Iota strengthened this Monday and rose to category 4 on its way to Central America, where authorities evacuated thousands of people to minimize risks. The region was recently devastated by the passage of Eta, just two weeks ago. The U.S. National Hurricane Center...

Avianca reopens travel to Central and South America

QCOSTARICA - Avianca, the Colombian airline, announced that it will resume its operations to Costa Rica with options for travel to Central and South America, regions that are currently practically without services on flights as a result of the pandemic. Avianca said Monday, October 26,...

It’s official: Volaris will resume flights in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - After months of having its wings clipped by the COVID-19 pandemic, the low-cost airline Volaris will resume its flights in Costa Rica in the coming weeks. On its website, Aeris, manager of the Juan Santamaría International Airport, states that Volaris will resume flights...

Pandemic accelerates democratic decline in Central America

(QCOSTARICA) Curfews, attacks on the press, arbitrary detentions and minimization of the pandemic are all part of the fight against the new coronavirus in Central America that is rapidly undermining the region's shaky democratic stability. The leaders of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are using...

For black and indigenous people in Central America, Black Lives Matter

(Global Voices) Indigenous and black Central Americans expressed solidarity online for the killing of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by four police officers in Minnesota, United States. In Central America, Afro-descendants and indigenous communities are raising awareness for their own suffering due to...

One Cuban Family’s Long And Risky Journey To A New Life In The U.S.

Currently, there are almost 2,000 migrants in Panama shelters from Cuba, Haiti, Bangladesh, Nepal, Congo, Cameroon and India, after crossing the border from Colombia through the dangerous Darien jungle. Prior to the pandemic, Panama had practiced what it called a “controlled flow,” which allowed migrants...

How coronavirus has halted Central American migration to the US

When Angelica turned 30, she realized there was no future for her in Honduras. Although she had a college degree, she was still living paycheck to paycheck and was stuck in a neighborhood of the capital Tegucigalpa ruled by violent gangs. So, after years contemplating...

Nicaragua Needs Massive Testing for COVID-19

Although the Nicaraguan government currently reports only 5 positive cases, the true number of COVID-19 cases remains unknown. Testing, along with social distancing and contact tracing has been the cornerstone of the strategy for combatting the pandemic. Thus, after only five days of the epidemic...

El Salvador President Concerned About Neglect of the Daniel Ortega Government of Coronavirus

The President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele expressed his concern about the negligence and inaction of the Daniel Ortega government in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, which shows that he is aware of the situation in Nicaragua it has endeavored to execute a...

NO Emergency Over Coronavirus In Nicaragua; ALL Tourists Welcome, Even From Countries With Confirmed Covid-19 Cases

While most of the world is in a pandemic over the coronavirus covid-19, in Nicaragua there is no “Emergency” and all visitors, even from countries with confirmed cases of covid-19 will have no restrictions for moving around in Nicaragua Fascade of the Fernando Velez Pais...

“In Central America, when it goes bad for the world, it goes worse for us.”

Univision(Leer en español) - Sherman Anderson has survived a category five hurricane and kept afloat during the global economic recession of 2008. But the impact of the coming crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic could be more severe, he says. “People are scared, they’re...

Panama Reports First Coronavirus Covid-19 Fatality

Panama. The Minister of Health of Panama, Rosario Turner, confirmed Tuesday afternoon the first coronavirus covid-19 death, a 64-year-old man school principal It is the first covid-19 death in Central America. The man, who had also suffered from diabetic complications and bacterial pneumonia, died on March...

Chile and Argentina Report First Confirmed Cases of the Coronavirus

Chile confirmed on Tuesday the first positive case of the novel coronavirus in the country: a 33-year-old man who traveled for about a month to Singapore, Health Minister Jaime Mañalich confirmed. "We have to confirm that we have the first case for coronavirus in our...

U.S. erects billboards in Central America telling would-be illegal immigrants to turn back

The U.S. State Department is stepping up an advertising campaign in Central America to warn would-be migrants against illegally traveling to the United States, Fox News reports. “The message that we’re sending is that the pathway to the United States illegally is a futile journey,”...

‘Bed bugs’ reappear in Costa Rica after 20 years

Four scientists from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) confirmed the reappearance of "bed bugs" (“chinches de cama” in Spanish) in the country and in the Central American region for the first time in the last 20 plus years. The bedbugs were obtained from crevices...

Forever 21 gets a new lease on life

Reuters - Forever 21 has a new lease on life after Simon Property Group Inc., Brookfield Property Partners LP and Authentic Brands Group agreed to acquire the bankrupt teen fashion retailer. Forever 21, which has 815 stores in 57 countries, will continue to operate in...

Graft-busting goes into reverse in Central America

(Bloomberg) Latin America's war on corruption is something to celebrate. In the last few years, 11 presidents have either been driven from office or forced to answer in courts of law for crooked dealings. In a virtuous feedback loop, citizen outrage over official transgressors...

“Open skies” policy would bring cheaper flights

The new president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, is suggesting that Costa Rica should extend the “open skies” proposal that the president of El Salvador has already agreed on. “The open skies policy is necessary for passengers to have the greatest benefit at the level of...

Crime has an economic cost of 16% of GDP in Central American Northern Triangle

The economic costs of crime in the Central American Northern Triangle of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are the highest in the world, according to a study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report entitled Crime and Output: Theory and application to the Nothern...

The Panama Canal is running out of water

For over 100 years, the Panama Canal has been a staple of world trade, allowing cargo ships to avoid the long, tricky route around the southernmost tip of South America. Now things may have to change. Since it opened back in 1914, the canal has...

Recognition of the property rights of women in Central America: Mission accomplished?

It is hard to believe that only 70 years ago, in most Latin American countries, women could not vote. Or even more recently, women’s access to land under agrarian reforms depended on factors like the consent of the male head of household or being...

Central America and BREXIT

During the eleven months that will pass between the beginning of the exit process from the European Union and the entry into force of the association agreement with Central America, trade relations with the United Kingdom will follow the same rules that have been...

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