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When Is Too Many Pets Too Many? When Does It Become Animal Hoarding?

Last year the National Animal Health Service - Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal (SENASA) -  attended 69 cases of people who hoard pets in their homes; so far this year 19 complaints are recorded. Why do situations like these happen and what should be done? The...

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...

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,...

Pompeo: ‘Iranian Money Remains In Latin America’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there is "no doubt" that Iran has a financial presence in Latin America and that Tehran remains a "global threat." Questioned about whether Iran has some presence in Latin America, Pompeo told Voice of America, "There's no doubt....

Pepsico Launches New Initiative to Boost Recycling in Latin America

The new program involves an alliance with recycling incentives technology provider ecoins, an initiative founded in Costa Rica designed to increase the collection of PET bottles and other materials. In an initiative founded in Costa Rica designed to increase the collection of PET bottles and...

5 of 17 nations with diplomatic ties with Taiwan are in Latin America

Five of the 17 countries that have direct diplomatic ties with Taiwan are in Latin America: Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Paraguay and Nicaragua. Around the world, the 17 nations recognize Taiwan’s independence. But No country recognize Taiwan as an independent country. Taiwan’s current foreign relations bind stems...

Costa Rica, one of two countries in Latin America where it’s safe to drink tap water

Drinking tap water is not something that everyone is used to, much less if you are visiting another country. When traveling around the world, it's important to keep your health in mind, and one of the things many take for granted is access to...

Why I’m still a Chavista (and how I think the political crisis will end)

Angela Villarreal is 24 years old and comes from a professional middle-class family from a satellite city in Caracas. It is not easy for her to be a Chavista now in Venezuela. Photo Fabiola Ferrero However, Angela Villarreal, 24, remains firm in her ideas despite the economic...

While China robotizes its workforce, Latin America is falling behind

By Andres Oppenheimer. I was in Ecuador a few days ago when China’s official Xinhua news agency announced that it will launch the world’s first female robotic news anchor this month. It was only the latest example of how rapidly China is robotizing its...

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...

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