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Murders on the rise in Costa Rica: 60 homicides in the last 28 days

QCOSTARICA - In the last 28 days, there have been 60 homicides, pushing the number of murders for the year to 438, according to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). Police statistics show how there is an increasing trend compared to the number of homicides...

48% of COVID-19 deaths in the last month concentrated in 19 districts of the GAM

(QCOSTARICA) A total of 19 districts of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) had 111 of the 233 deaths from COVID-19 that occurred in the country from July 12 to August 12. In other words, these districts accumulated 47.6% of all deaths registered during that period. La...

Ten cantons at “unprecedented risk” from COVID-19 and winter

(QCOSTARICA) This year, a group of cantons in the country will have to take extreme measures to safeguard their population from the COVID-19 pandemic and the emergencies associated with the rainy season. According to an investigation by the State of the Nation Program (PEN), said...

Los Angeles, El Salvador are mirror images of poverty

(QREPORTS) As the signposts we call civilization decrease in frequency, cars accelerate. Speeds rise as storefronts and suits taper off — at the point where the asphalt begins to crack. From her perch on 6th Street, one of the invisible watches the cars pass by...

Food banks are a lifeline for Mexico’s needy, and never more than during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every Friday, early in the morning, Arsenia Cortes packs two huge nylon bags in her worn backpack and sets off on her journey. It takes the 47-year-old Mexican a full hour from her village of Amozoc to the provincial capital Puebla, and she has...

Carlos Alvarado: ‘My pain as president is that today we do not have resources to eliminate poverty’

“Today we have the technical capacity and data analysis to identify all people in poverty, or living marginally, or who suffer a sharp drop in their income. This makes it technically possible to eliminate poverty in Costa Rica, through the proper targeting of resources.” “My...

Isolation with great inequality, warns State of the Nation

The measure issued by the central government that the population" stay at home" to avoid a massive spread of COVID-19 is experienced unevenly by Costa Rican families, according to an article published by the State of the Nation report. The analysis developed by researchers Pamela...

More Costa Rican households fell into poverty in 2019 despite indicator remains at 21%

Although the poverty indicator in Costa Rica registered a slight reduction from 21.1% in 2018 to 21% this year, 7,047 new households fell into this condition in the country during 2019. The data is derived from the Encuesta Nacional de Hogares (Enaho 2019) - National...

FaceApp Has A Different Name in Costa Rica: Poverty!

What is the name of the app that makes people look older? In the whole world, it is called FaceApp, but in Costa Rica, we know it as poverty. The app (mobile application), that became a trend in recent days, uses neural network technology to...

President Doesn’t Measure Up!

Industrialists reject (Carlos) Alvarado in the fight against poverty and unemployment

Migrants’ stories: Why they flee

Massive influxes of Central American families seeking asylum in the United States are overwhelming U.S. immigration facilities. The crisis along the U.S. southern border led directly to the forced resignation on April 7 of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom President Donald Trump believed ineffectively...

Argentina’s Economy Continues to Spiral Downwards

Poverty in Argentina is currently at 36% from around 26% in 2018. The numbers are alarming, as inflation currently stands at 45% and is expected to increase within this year. The massive International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan came with strict conditions, Argentina is required to...

Poverty hits thousands of seniors in Costa Rica

Every year, poverty in Costa Rica reaches more seniors (adultos mayores), a situation that, paradoxically, condemns thousands to have a worse quality of life in what should be the stage of development of greater fullness of people: old age. Between 2010 and 2018, the percentage...

Women are the hope to lower poverty and reduce unemployment in Costa Rica

Studies on the transformation of the population of Costa Rica indicate that the era in which the greatest number of inhabitants will be in productive ages will end in 2020, without the country having taken advantage of the maximum potential of the so-called demographic...

Could Costa Rica go the same way of Argentina?

Argentina is in crisis. The fiscal deficit experienced by the country, added to inflation and the devaluation of the currency versus the US dollar has the country on the edge of another possible economic debacle. What is happening in Argentina, a country with the third...

Tico Humor: Costa Rica’s Middle Class!

The president of the highest court in the land, Fernando Cruz, with a take home salary of ¢6.3 million monthly claims he is "middle class". In an interview with La Nacion on Tuesday (October 23), he said, 'If they take away my salary, I will...

Income Inequality is Not the Same as Poverty

Over the years I have published a number of columns on inequality. Among these are “Fleeing Equality,” “Redistributive Injustice,” “The Rich Do Not Exist,” and others reproduced in my book “Reflections on Freedom.” Invariably, this topic brings me the most hateful correspondence. Undeterred, I...

Hondurans March Against US Base After Trump Termination of TPS

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa Saturday to protest Washington's decision to cancel the Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which granted protection status to nearly 60,000 Honduran immigrants. The program protected nearly 56,000 Hondurans and offered respite...

Parallel Worlds – Seeing Red Again

Our world. My wife and I drove to a lunchtime party at Los Sueños, (The dreams), an enormous luxury housing development on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. We passed through an imposing security gate and continued for maybe a mile through a complex, dripping with...

Only One Country Ready to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, According to Scientists

Brazilian mathematicians considering humanity's chances of surviving a zombie uprising have calculated that to have any sort of shot, civilians would need help from a fairly large standing army. Their estimates led them to a surprising conclusion. According to the researchers' standard model, which requires a...

Latin America Focuses on Attacking Pockets of Rural Poverty

(IPS) - Identifying territories where rural poverty is most entrenched in Latin America and the Caribbean to apply new tools and innovative policies to combat hunger is the new strategy that will be discussed at a ministerial meeting to be held in early March. Julio...

Venezuela: Maduro Announces 40% Minimum Wage Increase for New Year

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday, just before the new year, a 40 percent increase in the minimum wage — as a protection for Venezuelans against ongoing aggression. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an event in Caracas, Venezuela. | Photo: Reuters Effective January 1, the...

No, Capitalism Is Not Ruining Your Christmas

By Bill Wirtz. Glowing Christmas lights fill the cold streets of medieval European cities with little wooden booths selling steaming hot wine and cinnamon biscuits. However, the traditional look and idyllic atmosphere seem to be threatened by the evil of modern-day capitalism. That is, at...

An estimated third of the Brazilian population live below the poverty line

A new system implemented by the World Bank to measure the number of people who live below the poverty line has meant that in Brazil the number has risen from 8.9 million to 45.5 million, which is almost a third of the population. The WB...

The Roots of Exodus: Why Are People Compelled to Leave their Homes?

(IPS) - Facts are facts, and one of them is that while everybody talks about the growing forced movement of people –be they migrants or refugees—decision-makers haven’t seriously acted on the root causes of why millions of humans are compelled to leave their...

Trying to Make Immigration an Option Rather than a Need in Latin America

(IPS) - The aim is for migration to become just one option among others for the rural population of Latin America, says Brazilian expert Luiz Carlos Beduschi, referring to an issue that causes concern in the region due to its impact on food security. The...

Mexican Immigrants Help Sustain Two Economies – and Are Discarded

(IPS) - They work for years to bolster the economies of two countries. For one, the United States, they provide labour and taxes; for the other, Mexico, they send remittances that support tens of thousands of families and communities. Then they are deported, and...

Can tourism alleviate global poverty?

Wouldn’t it be great if something as simple and pleasurable as international travel could help end something as grinding and enduring as global poverty? After all, the industry is booming, growing at least 4% a year since the 1960s (with a brief slowdown in...

Yes, microlending reduces extreme poverty

A small boost in microlending to the developing world could lift more than 10.5 million people out of extreme poverty. That’s one conclusion of my study, published last month in The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, which found that microfinance not only reduces how many...

Almost Half of Argentina’s Children Live in Poverty

(Q24N) Almost half of Argentina's children live in poverty, a rate that has risen by 17 percent after conservative President Mauricio Macri's first year in office, according to a new report by Unicef released Thursday. The United Nations Children's Fund reported about 5.6 million children...

Thousands of Venezuelan immigrants searching for better life in Colombia

TODAY VENEZUELA - Thousands of Venezuelans have fled their country to escape the hardship and violence of its economic and political crisis only to live in poverty in neighbouring Colombia . To receive government help for food, health and education, they must go back to...

What rural, coastal Puerto Ricans can teach us about thriving in times of crisis

Q FRONT PAGE - Puerto Ricans are searching for solutions to the island’s worst economic and social crisis in a long time. An unprecedented debt level is creating widespread uncertainty about employment and the state’s ability to provide basic services. This crisis is not going...

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