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President has to act quickly on tourist insurance requirements

(QCOSTARICA) OPINION - Today, August 1, is an important day. The day that Costa Rica's international airports reopen to the much-needed tourists that is expected to revive the country's economy. It is also one day after Costa Rica's president ordered to evaluate the use of...

Closed borders pose risk to Costa Rica’s tourism and economic recovery

(Rico's DIGEST) OPINION - If the country, come August 1, continues to prohibit the arrival of foreign tourists, more than half of hospitality operates are at risk going out of business before the end of the year. As long as the borders are restricted to...

Even if you think the pandemic is a lie, wear a mask, keep your distance

(Rico's Digest) OPINION - To all who believe, are convinced the coronavirus pandemic is a lie, a complot to new world order, an invent of the Costa Rican government to control, I ask: where would Costa Rica be right now, today, without the intervention...

We need the international voiced raised, not a wall!

by Jose Antonio Solano S - I have earned the animosity of many for defending Nicaraguan immigrants. I still think that as a nation, not as a people, they deserve the ignorant, shameful and ridiculous Orteguista dictatorship. I have also heard absurd positions and proposals,...

Should Costa Ricans have the right to take care of themselves and not the government?

EDITORIAL - In an interview on Fox News Thursday morning, Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke about his op-ed, stating that Americans should have the right to take care of themselves and not the government. In Costa Rica, the government has chosen for a slow phased process...

Costa Rica Needs To Work, Work, Work (Trabajar, Trabajar, Trabajar)

Rico's Digest - It's been some time since I've heard the words "trabajar, trabajar, trabajar" (work, work, work). They were made famous by President Carlos Alvarado during his presidential campaign and then in the first part his presidency that in a few weeks, May 8,...

Should I Cancel My Trip Because Of Coronavirus?

OPINION - It has been some years since I visited my birth country, Italy. And 2020 was to be the year that I and my wife would visit, get to know the country, in particular the north, from where most of my Italian friends...

Socialism: The Problem of Venezuela (and Latin America)

The economic, political and social disaster of Venezuela is the result of leading a nation to socialism. There are two ways to achieve this goal: the revolution, proposed by Karl Marx; and the progressivism, introduced by the Fabians—an English school that promotes the transition...

For Tortuguero Murder Suspect Nicaragua Justice May Better Serve

Rico's TICO BULL (Opinion) - The OIJ have their main. Following DNA and forensic evidence, for them, there is no doubt Alvin Diaz Hopkins is guilty of killing 31-year-old Arancha Gutiérrez López, on August 4, while the Spanish national was visiting Costa Rica with...

Is it really over? Is anyone really buying it?

(OPNION) Is it really over? The violence has stopped, peace and tranquility has now taken over Nicaragua. If you believe Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, it is. If you believe the ‘fake news’ sources like El Nuevo Diario, La Prensa or 100% Noticias and...

Editorial: Daniel Ortega, the Butcher of Nicaragua

(Panam Post) One of the latest victims of the repression of the Ortega regime, was a child just over a year old. Renowned Cuban journalist and writer Carlos Alberto Montaner opined: “The murder of a 14-month-old baby was the straw that broke the camel’s...

Why No one Washes a Rental Car

“In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car.” That saying, attributed to the economist Lawrence Summers, former President of Harvard, is a delightful metaphor for the relevancy of a culture of private property ownership in human affairs. A...

Nicaragua: Will Revoking Pension Reform Be Enough?

On Sunday, President Daniel Ortega revoked the controversial law to reform the Instituto Nacional de Seguridad Social (INSS) – national social security fund – but the demonstrations continue and businessmen call the government to dialogue. The revocation came Sunday afternoon, five days after the clashes...

In 1895 Argentina Had the World’s Highest GDP Per Capita: What Went Wrong?

It is widely known that towards the end of the 19th century Argentina had managed to position itself as one of the richest countries in the world. Immigrants often pondered, in those years, the choice of emigrating to New York or Buenos Aires. Many families...

The FIFA Scandal: A Lesson in Socialization and Culture

(QCOSTARICA BLOG) The recent “take-down” of some very high profile FIFA Directors by the U.S. Authorities in Switzerland, on bribery, corruption, and money laundering charges, is actually an interesting study in socialization and culture. The bulk of the accused are from either Latin American Countries,...

Why Aren’t Flights Diverted to the Liberia Airport????

TICO BULL - The closure of the San José (Juan Santamaria - SJO) international airport due to the volcanic ash from the Turrialba has caused many to ask the question, why not divert flights to Liberia (LIR)? The problems for doing so, to the best...

[BLOG] Role Of The Press in Democratic Societies

QCOSTARICA BLOG - During this past week, we’ve listened to our esteemed President, Don Luis Guillermo Solis, angrily denounce the press in Costa Rica, for only reporting on the failings of his Government and not on the achievements. For the ten month period that he...

The Power Of Football To Unite, Despite Rivalries

COSTA RICA JOURNAL - We want to share with you the article by former president Oscar Arias, published today in Forbes: My beloved Costa Rica, a little country of fewer than five million souls, has arguably captured the attention of billions by advancing into the...

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