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In Costa Rica, “Women are born in a hunting ground with their legs, hands and mouth tied”

In her "foros" (forum) article published in La Nacion Thursday, February 14, 2019, professor and researcher at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), Isabel Gamboa Barboza, relates her story of the reality of being a girl and a woman in Costa Rica. In her article...

PriceSmart Declares 70 Cent Dividend

PriceSmart declared a US$0.70 per share dividend at the company's 2019 annual meeting of stockholders held on January 30, 2019, in San Diego. A $0.35 per share is payable on February 28, 2019, to stockholders of record as of close of business on February 15,...

While America slept, China gained a stranglehold on the Panama Canal

St.Louis Post-Dispatch - Decades have passed since tiny Panama ranked among Washington’s big national security concerns. The 1989 U.S. invasion notwithstanding, the two nations have enjoyed largely cordial relations since the Panama Canal handover in December 1999. A boom in canal transits that include two-thirds...

U.S. to Boost Pressure on Venezuela, Cuba to Curb Russia, China in Region

The United States has unleashed a full-blown campaign to force out Nicolas Maduro, having reaffirmed its commitment to continue supporting Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president. The US attempts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro mark a new step in implementing the current administration’s plan to reinforce control...

Could Latin America be a great investment opportunity in 2019?

Latin America is generally viewed as comprising twenty independent sovereign states, stretching from Mexico to Cape Horn. As well as the countries shown in the infographic below, it includes Panama, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Guatemala and ten more nations. While there are challenges to overcome, we...

South America does not help self-employed individuals thrive, study shows

Uruguay and Argentina finished last and next respectively in a study carried out by international consultants Expert Market on the difficulties faced by self-employed individuals in 57 countries, it was reported Saturday. The researchers, who specialize in comparing products and services worldwide, have concluded that...

Populism is not an ideology, it’s a political technique which thrives on angry people

Five of the world’s largest democracies now have populist governments, claimed The Guardian last week, and proceeded to name four: the United States, India, Brazil and the Philippines. Which is the fifth? At various points it name-checks Turkey, Italy and the United Kingdom, but...

US Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Attempt to Reinstate Asylum Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco denied Friday the Donald Trump Administration's judicial maneuver to delay Judge Jon Tigar's order blocking enforcement of its asylum policy. "We agree with the district court that the rule is likely inconsistent with...

US Scrambling to Counter Growing Chinese, Russian Influence in Latin America

The United States should pay more attention to Latin America, lest China and Russia take root in the region, US Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein said in the wake of a trip to Colombia. General Goldfein visited the South American country to persuade...

U.S. Military Targets Growing Russian and Chinese Influence in Latin America

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, returning from a trip to Colombia, said over the weekend that the Trump administration is making a push to strengthen alliances across Latin America as part of an effort to counter rising Chinese and Russian...

Is Latin America Harboring a Mafia State?

(Panam Post) Many analysts are shocked at the collapse of Venezuela, a nation that was once showcased as the cradle of modernity in Latin America. This surprise of course springs from the fact that most observers failed to realize that the ascent of the...

Declining Export Competitiveness: Latin America Urgently Needs a Quality Leap

BUENOS AIRES—In the first quarter of 2018, the value of exports from Latin America and the Caribbean grew at a year-on-year rate of 9.7 percent in comparison with the same period in 2017, according to a new report from the Inter-American Development Bank...

Latin American Rural Women Call for Recognition and Policies

LIMA, PERU (IPS) - Rural women in Latin America play a key role with respect to attaining goals such as sustainable development in the countryside, food security and the reduction of hunger in the region. But they remain invisible and vulnerable and require recognition...

Latin America Showcases the Desperate Need for Term Limits

In 2010, Alvaro Uribe’s two terms as president of Colombia were drawing to a close. Uribe had won two decisive presidential contests, without the backing of a major political party. Rather than running with the Liberal or Conservative parties, he formed his own party,...

Latin America is facing its worst refugee crisis in its history

Venezuela is in the throes of a severe economic and humanitarian crisis. The incompetent, repressive policies of President Nicolás Maduro have propelled Venezuela into a downward spiral, and political turmoil is deepening the chaotic situation in the country. The economic and humanitarian crises, coupled with...

‘They Tortured a U.S. Citizen’: Communist Repression Continues Against Students in Nicaragua

Marco Noel Novoa survived over a week of intense torture in a Nicaraguan prison, exacerbated by the communist regime knowing his status as a U.S. citizen and fearing he was working for the CIA. In remarks to Breitbart News this week, Novoa says the violence...

JetBlue Brings EatUp Café Fresh Food to More Latin America & Caribbean Routes

JetBlue announced Thursday (September 20) that starting this month it will now offer fresh food on select Latin America and Caribbean routes for the very first time. Popular on domestic long-haul flights, EatUp Café menu items are now available for purchase on international flights longer...

Coffee farmers struggle to adapt to Colombia’s changing climate

In Colombia’s coffee-producing region of Risaralda, small trees run along the sharp incline of the Andes Mountains, carefully tended in tidy rows. Thousands of green coffee berries turn brilliant red as they ripen, ready to be harvested by hand. The steep hills here prevent...

Venezuelan oil fueled the rise and fall of Nicaragua’s Ortega regime

The downfall of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has been dizzyingly fast. In January 2018, he had the highest approval rating of any Central American president, at 54 percent. Today, Nicaraguans are calling for Ortega’s resignation. Chávez greets Ortega during a welcoming ceremony in Caracas. Reuters/Carlos...

What Is Behind Growing Violence In Costa Rica?

Insightcrime.org - Costa Rica’s recently elected President Carlos Alvarado Quesada has officially hit 100 days in office. But his government is still struggling to stall worsening violence that is being driven by local criminal groups battling for control of domestic drug markets. Costa Rica has...

Can India compete with China in Latin America? Not likely

Starting at the beginning of this decade, academics and policymakers started to point to India as a potential source of investment, trade, and economic diversification for Latin America. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released a report called “India: Latin America’s Next Big Thing?” and a...

Islam on Lands of Ancient Maya: Closer Look at Muslim Community in Mexico

Few would be surprised at seeing a girl wearing a hijab in Mexico’s San Cristóbal, as for more than 20 years there have been Muslim communities living there. Today the city may be considered the unofficial center of Muslims in the state of Chiapas. The...

Latin America’s largest solar park turns Mexican desert green

Driving through the endless dunes and cacti of the Chihuahuan desert in northern Mexico, a shimmering blue field suddenly appears on the horizon -- not a mirage, but the largest solar park in Latin America. This silent stretch of sand in the state of Coahuila...

Latin America One of Three Regions With Persistent Deforestation

Latin America is one of three regions where deforestation continues, according to The State of the World’s Forests 2018, published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO. The FAO report indicates that between 1990 and 2015, the world's forests decreased...

How Maradona Supports Anti-Imperialism Across Latin America

The Argentine soccer legend is a strong supporter of social causes in the continent, following the steps of his compatriot Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Over the years Argentine soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona has proven to be a strong supporter of the Latin American governments that...

Nicaragua Used ‘Lethal Strategy’ On Protesters: Amnesty International

Amnesty International issued a report Tuesday detailing the Nicaraguan government’s deadly response to recent protests that almost 90 people, many of them students, protesting in anti-government demonstrations since April. In “Shoot to Kill: Nicaragua’s Strategy to Repress Protest,” the human rights group documents the use...

US Easing of Gun Export Controls Could Send New Wave of Arms to Latin America

(Insightcrime.org) US President Donald Trump has proposed a new reform that would ease firearm export controls for US weapons manufacturers, which could increase the already high number of US-sourced firearms used in criminal activities in Latin America. The proposal, published May 14, would shift authority...

The Dominican Republic Switches Allegiance from Taiwan to China; Global Chess Game Continues

The Dominican Republic government broke diplomatic ties with Taiwan and switch allegiances to China, in a move that highlights the growing economic and geopolitical power of China across the globe. Just last year Panama did the same, accelerating a growing trend in Latin America as...

Pence calls on Latin America to join US in isolating Venezuela, suspend election

Washington - The Trump administration called on Latin American and Caribbean nations Monday to take bold moves against Venezuela that will make allies squirm, including kicking the crisis-ridden country out of the region's main diplomatic body and launching money-laundering probes of Venezuelan officials in...

Financial Experts: US Will Fail to Undermine China-South America Free Trade Deal

Financial experts discussed remarks by Argentine Ambassador to China Diego Ramiro Guelar, who said recently that talks about a possible free-trade deal between China and South America’s major economies could start as early as next year. Following the Summit of the Americas held in Lima,...

Argentina’s abortion legalization debate ignites soul searching on women’s rights

As an Argentinean scholar of gender in politics, I’m normally called to provide commentary on some fairly depressing statistics. For example, there are just two women who head Argentina’s 20 federal government ministries. And last year, Argentinean women earned nearly 25 percent less than men...

Chinese Start-Ups Turn To Latin America as New Land Of Tech Opportunities

The golden opportunity for Chinese start-ups to "go Latin" may have arrived. Things have been looking good between China and Latin America, with trade multiplying 22 times since the year 2000, a stark contrast to Latin American trade with the United States, which merely...

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