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Nicaragua Immigration On Monday Closed Border Crossing To Tica Bus

The cross-border bus operator Tica Bus has its only daily stopped at the Peñas Blancas border by Nicaragua immigration officials. The company said only Nicaraguans would be allowed to enter on its service today, March 31, as a measure in the face of the Covid-19...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: “Be Like Ortega,” The Viral Message in Nicaragua

The situation in Nicaragua is at its worst, a people that are slowly coming out of the April 2018 crisis, now embattled by the coronavirus pandemic. And where is its leader, the man that for decades Nicaraguans and loved and hated? I published this article...

Nicaragua Army To Close “Blind Spots” In Border With Costa Rica

The Nicaraguan Army will close starting today, Wednesday, March 25, the "blind spots" on that country's southern border with Costa Rica, not allowing anyone to leave or enter Nicaragua. Today Nicaragua reports that Nicaragua's main independent news outlet, La Prensa, learned unofficially of the deploying...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: Threatening to take away residency is ‘mala vibra’

Yesterday, the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, announced that as of today, March 24, any foreigner resident in the country that leaves will lose their migratory status, that is their legal residency. Although I am still working on getting the full details, the loss...

Delegations of Costa Rica and Nicaragua meet at the Peñas Blancas border in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, officials from Costa Rica and Nicaragua gathered a Peñas Blancas border to discuss mutual issues in dealing with the coronaviurs covid-19. The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry confirmed the meeting through a tweet, "a technical meeting to reinforce prevention...

Nik Wallenda Walks Tightrope Over Nicaragua’s Masaya Volcano (Photos)

In his most daring feat yet, Nik Wallenda, on Wednesday night walked high above the lava pool of the Masaya Volcano, one of the most volatile and dangerous volcanoes in the world, located in the heart of Nicaragua. The day before, in an interview with...

Coronavirus threatens Central America textile industry

In Central America, where 200 million pounds of yarn thread and fabric are imported monthly to produce apparel, manufacturers are facing US$300 million worth of feedstock delays, said Alejandro Ceballos, president of top trade lobby Vestex in Guatemala. The coronavirus outbreak is causing supply-chain disruptions...

SKECHERS Launches New Subsidiary in Latin America

SKECHERS USA, a global leader in the lifestyle and performance footwear industry, announced that the Company is transitioning its business in Latin America from a third-party distributor to a wholly-owned subsidiary, SKECHERS Latin America LLC. The subsidiary will oversee more than 30 countries in the...

Costa Rica captures three Nicaraguans suspected of killing a family in their homeland

The Policía Profesional de Migración de Costa Rica (Costa Rica's immigration police) reported on Wednesday the capture of three Nicaraguans wanted for the killing of a family in the Maio Indian Reserve, in Nicaragua, in October 2019. Nicaraguan authorities never confirmed the finding of the...

Costa Rica calls for aid, grappling with spike in Nicaraguan refugees

Costa Rica's president, Carlos Alvarado, earlier this week requested urgent international aid for refugees, due to the tens of thousands of Nicaraguans after a political crisis triggered months of violent protests in the neighboring country. The demonstrations in Nicaragua erupted in April 2018, when President...

Three dictatorships in Latin America on International Human Rights Day

In Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, above all, no reference will be made. Or if any is done it will sound ironic. Like the one made on the morning of December 10 by Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, regarding a new...

Vogue: “Goodbye Costa Rica, Nicaragua is the new great destination”

"Goodbye Costa Rica, Nicaragua is the new great destination of Central America", is the headline in various publications, referring to the article (but not the title as it is inferred) published in Vogue magazine, Mexico and Latin America edition. The prestigious magazine dedicated an extensive...

CAFTA Diet May Be Bad For Health, Say US Experts

A study on a trade deal between the U.S. and smaller, developing countries in Central America and the Caribbean - the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) - highlights how free trade agreements impact diet and health The study analyzes the availability of non-nutritious food...

Canadian Deported Back To Costa Rica After Fleeing To Nicaragua

A Canadian man identified as Jonathan Gallota, 35, who destroyed his ankle monitor and fled to Nicaragua, was deported back to Costa Rica, after being captured while attempting to leave that country on a private flight. The Canadian had entered Costa Rica through the Juan...

The Latin American left isn’t dead yet

Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay will all hold presidential elections in October. And, for now, leftists are strong contenders in all three countries. This is a somewhat unexpected development. Beginning in 2015, conservatives toppled major leftist strongholds, including in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The socially progressive...

“Sicarios” in Nicaragua: The Business Of Murder

The “sicariato” is a reality in Nicaragua. They are murderers hired by people seeking revenge or to silence the voice of those who think differently, the latter is called “sicariato politico.” For the man who sent her to kill, the life of Belkis Muñoz was...

Nicaragua’s Major Newspaper Calls It Quits

Nicaragua's national newspaper El Nuevo Diario called it quits, on Friday announcing its closure due to “economic, technical and logistical difficulties, which made its operation unsustainable”. The closure of its print and online publication is  a result of the pressure of the Daniel Ortega administration...

Central America suffers massive power outage

A major power outage hit Central America on Monday that left Nicaragua and Honduras without power for over an hour, according to Nicaragua's state-owned Empresa Nacional de Transmisión Eléctrica (ENATREL), blaming the problem to "technical failures". In Nicaragua, the power failure lasted from 30 minutes...

Saprissa Women’s Team Will Have To Travel By Bus To Nicaragua

Though the coach of the Saprissa's women soccer (Fútbol Femenino) team is playing down the situation, it has to hurt, for when the men's team travels they do so by air, while the women's team will be traveling to the Torneo Interclubes Uncaf next,...

Central America’s 10 best tours: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Panama and beyond

If it’s volcanoes, colonial towns, Mayan ruins and abundant nature you’re after, head to Central America. From Belize to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama adventure is guaranteed. Step back in time in Nicaragua Visit the rural backwaters and remote Caribbean islands of Nicaragua on this...

Treasury set to expand sanctions for Ortega regime

The United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control will add regulations to strengthen previously imposed sanctions against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s regime. OFAC said in a Sept. 4 Federal Register notice that it will “supplement” its Nicaragua Sanctions Regulations with additional guidance, general...

Nicaraguan Army In Line With Ortega’s Version Of An Attempted Coup

The head of the Nicaraguan Army, General Julio César Avilés Castillo, for the first time made his position publicly clear, in line with the official discourse, he considers the civil protests an attempted coup against the Daniel Ortega. President Daniel Ortega described the speech of...

“There Is No Religious Freedom, We Feel Persecuted”: Nicaragua Bishop

Monsignor Juan Abelardo Mata, bishop of Estelí, 73 years old, is famous for being the most hard-line bishop of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua.  He has spent all his life harshly criticizing anything remotely suggesting Marxism-Leninism. Juan Abelardo Mata, Bishop of Esteli, Nicaragua and Secretary...

Nicaragua Confirms Agreement with South Korea

Nicaragua is the first Central American country to establish a date of entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with South Korea, which is agreed for October 1, 2019. After it was announced on the night of August 2 that the National Assembly...

South Korea Ratified FTA with Central America

It was announced that the National Assembly of South Korea ratified the Free Trade Agreement signed with Central America. The announcement was made by Seok-hyun Lee, deputy of the Korean assembly, who reported on the evening of August 2: "... We, the Korean National Assembly last...

After Venezuela, Nicaragua will be the economy that will fall most this year in Latin America

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said that Nicaragua will be one of the three economies where imports will be contracted, as well as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a forecast that is in line with the International Monetary Fund...

Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Richer Than Pellas?

In 2006 Daniel Ortega declared before the Comptroller General that his total assets barely reached a little more than US$217,000 dollars, however, today after 11 years of office, he has two vehicles that twice exceed all his net worth at that time. Daniel Ortega (left)...

Daniel Ortega’s most wanted: Nicaragua’s exiles in Costa Rica

Forty years ago, Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo hid together in safe houses around Costa Rica’s capital while waiting for the imminent fall of the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza. Nicaraguan students Carlos, 21, Moises, 19, Cristopher, 19, and Randol, 30, at the house...

Costa Rican schools open their doors to displaced Nicaraguan children

The first day at a new school can be nerve-wracking for any child. But for Lina* and Miguel*, their first day of class in Upala, a small city near Costa Rica’s northern border with Nicaragua, was nothing short of life-changing. That is because the two...

Nicaragua Deports Alleged ISIS Terrorists To Costa Rica

The Nicaraguan Police deported to Costa Rica Tuesday night four men allegedly linked the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), confirmed Costa Rica's immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME). Two of the men, Egyptian nationals were identified as Mohamed Ibrahim...

President Alvarado laughs it off being compared to Ortega and Maduro

While taking part in the Marcha de la Diversida (Gay Pride March) in downtown San Jose Sunday afternoon, Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado Quesada, rejected the comparisons with the dictators in Nicaragua and Venezuela; Daniel Ortega and Nicolás Maduro, respectively. The prez also rejected the...

Farmers in Nicaragua living in uncertainty

Across the Central American Dry Corridor (CADC), communities are facing increasingly extreme weather. The air is dry and the heat intense in the village of La Grecia in north-western Nicaragua. Across the Central American Dry Corridor, communities are facing increasingly extreme weather. In Nicaragua, the...

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