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After a century of plunder, US imperialism turns away Central American refugees

Q REPORTS (WSWS.ORG) An unprecedented human exodus is underway across the Americas, as 2 million people—nearly a 10th of the population of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala—are expected to flee to the United States in the coming months. The US government has responded by closing...

US operations helped offset Fifco’s lower sales in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's Florida Ice and Farm Company S.A (Fifco) beverage business in the United States and the food business in Central America offset, during 2020, the sharp decline in the real estate and beverage segment in Costa Rica. In the US, the Costa...

Travel restrictions in key markets for Costa Rica delay tourism reactivation

QCOSTARICA - The restrictions for travelers imposed by the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain and the United Kingdom, six of the main sources of tourists by air to Costa Rica, are part of the obstacles that delay the reactivation of international tourism. Despite this,...

Central America gets ready for a possible wave of migrants on the way to the United States

Q24n - Central American countries presented a plan on Monday in the face of a possible migratory wave of Haitians, Cubans, Asians and Africans who seek to reach the United States illegally, a Guatemalan official reported. The proposal, prepared by Guatemala, was made during an...

72 tons of drugs seized in Costa Rica were destroyed with plasma in Miami

HQ - The 71.7 tons of illegal drugs (a record number) seized from drug traffickers in 2020 were flown on US planes to Miami, (USA), to be destroyed by an innovative process called plasma gasification, saving Costa Rica money. In Miami, the seized drugs are...

U.S. eliminates ‘safe third country’ agreement with Guatemala for asylum seekers

Q24N -  Guatemala reported Friday that Washington notified it that it will end an agreement that forced the Central American country to receive migrants seeking asylum in the United States and await the resolution of the Washington authorities. In a statement, the Guatemalan government stated...

‘Please, Wait’: Biden Administration Pleads to Be Patient, as Migrant Camp on US-Mexico Border Grows

Q REPORTS - US President Joe Biden’s senior aide Roberta Jacobson said on Friday, January 29, that the administration is working on a system to process the migrants who are waiting in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. "We're reviewing now how we...

Trump’s Right wing supporters seek what to do with their anger

AFP - WASHINGTON: The American far right is angry: Angry at Joe Biden, angry at Donald Trump, angry at the enigmatic “Q” and angry with themselves. The online postings and chatrooms of extremists have been brimming with disappointment and dissent since the failed Jan 6...

The US, Mexico and Guatemala agree to prevent the passage of migrant caravans

Q24N (Guatemala city) The governments of the United States, Mexico and Guatemala agreed on Friday to prohibit the passage of migrant caravans through their territory due to the pandemic, days after one from Honduras was forcibly dissolved at the Guatemala border with Honduras. "Regarding any...

Covid-19: Private labs will test anyone who travels to countries that require testing

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Seguro, announced this Tuesday afternoon an agreement for private laboratories to help in conducting covid-19 tests for travelers bound for the United States, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom and other countries that require a negative covid-19 test...

Guatemala uses tear gas and sticks to stop migrant caravan

Q24N - With a new administration in sight and the possible relaxation of immigration policies, thousands of migrants from Central America have decided to once again make their run at the United States border. Entering eastern Guatemala on foot, on their journey from Honduras, they...

Tourist arrivals to Costa Rica fell 68% last year compared to 2019

QCOSTARICA - Arrivals of foreign tourists to Costa Rica by all routes fell 67.7% last year, compared to 2019 figures, although that third is estimated to be a good result in the middle of a pandemic. According to a statement from the Instituto Costarricense de...

ICT seeks to make COVID-19 tests cheaper for tourists returning to the United States

QCOSTARICA -  Costa Rica's Tourism Board, the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) said Wednesday that is coordinating with private laboratories the lowest possible cost of covid-19 tests for Americans visiting the country and locals who want to travel to the United States. The ICT announcement...

Costa Rica condemns acts of violence in the United States Capitol

QCOSTARICA - The Government of Costa Rica condemned the acts of violence that took place Wednesday in the United States Capitol, in Washington D.C. "Costa Rica reiterates its condemnation of any act of violence that interferes with the healthy development of the democratic system," the...

Cuban doctors arrive in Panama to attend Covid-19 crisis, despite warnings from the U.S.

TODAY PANAMA – A group of 220 Cuban health workers arrived in Panama, despite calls from the United States not to hire them. The U.S. government considers the sale of Cuban medical services as “a government pattern of forced labor, which serves as propaganda for...

First Costa Rican vaccinated against covid-19 in the US: ‘I did it and I feel good’

QCOSTARICA - Carlos Abarca is the first Costa Rican who received the vaccine against covid-19 in the United States. The Costa Rican, a resident of Houston, Texas, was vaccinated Thursday morning at his workplace, the Texas Children's Hospital, where he works in the financial area...

Jill Biden, the future first lady who wants to continue teaching

QREPORTS -  Jill Biden is no stranger to the glare of the political spotlight. Her husband was a part of Washington when she met him, and she was already America's second lady. However, now that Joe Biden has won the White House, his wife will...

Biden’s victory marks a setback for Bolsonaro

(Q24N) Brasilia - Joe Biden's victory in the US elections marks a setback for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the so-called “tropical Trump” who professed fervent support for Donald Trump and, according to analysts, is isolated abroad and more vulnerable at home. So far, the Brazilian...

Former Costa Rican presidents celebrate Biden’s victory

QCOSTARICA - Far from the neutrality on political and international issues to which they were obliged when they held the Presidency, several former presidents of Costa Rica celebrated the victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential elections. Although in-person voting took place on...

Biden to bring benefits to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The arrival of Joe Biden to the White House in January will imply, for the world economy, the return of the United States to respect and strengthen multilateral entities such as the World Trade Organization (WTO). The shift to the policy established by...

Enigma persists due to the disappearance of an American in Heredia for 18 days

QCOSTARICA - An employee saw him leave San Isidro de Heredia in his car on the morning of Sunday, September 27, without imagining that from that day his boss, Albert George Lusk, 67, would disappear. This Thursday, the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) redistributed his...

The U.S. votes on Tuesdays to comply with God and Caesar

QREPORTS - Why is election day in the United States on a Tuesday in November? For the answer, let's go back to 1845. That year, the United States Congress passed a law that established when the presidential and legislative elections are held: the Tuesday next...

Avianca Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in US

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – Avianca, the second-largest airline in Latin America, filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States on Sunday to reorganize its debt “due to the unpredictable impact” of the coronavirus pandemic. n a statement issued in Bogota, Avianca said that along with “some...

Central American migrants: The tragedy in the midst of the pandemic

Those who stayed face a precarious reality, with job losses, overcrowding, without access to medical. Those who return, deported, were in many cases exposed to contagion risks in prisons, detention centers and on the journey back. The Donald Trump administration has been - in fact...

Lysol maker: Please don’t drink our cleaning products

CNN - The company that makes Lysol and Dettol is urging customers not to consume its cleaning products after President Donald Trump suggested the possibility of injecting disinfectants to protect people from coronavirus. Reckitt Benckiser (RBGLY), a British company, warned Friday that human consumption of...

Dictator Daniel Ortega reappears without any plan to face the Covid-19 pandemic

After 34 days of being absent from public and sparking speculation about his health, even rumors of his death, and his administration’s handling of the new coronavirus, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega reappeared on Wednesday in public and assured that the country is fighting “patiently”...

The President Is Trapped

The Atlantic - For his entire adult life, and for his entire presidency, Donald Trump has created his own alternate reality, complete with his own alternate set of facts. He has shown himself to be erratic, impulsive, narcissistic, vindictive, cruel, mendacious, and devoid of...

Costa Ricans would have different treatment when entering the United States

Costa Rica formalized the process to be part of the Global Entry Program of Reliable Travelers of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This week, Fernando Llorca, Costa Rican ambassador to the United States, delivered the formal request to that US department to include...

The Best Places To Retire Abroad In 2020 (Podcast)

The number one for cheap and safe to retire is Austria, dubbed the Swiss alternative... number 3 is Costa Rica, the Swiss of Central America...where you can judge the friendliness of town by how friendly their stray dogs are. Listen to the entire postcast from...

Countries evacuate citizens from China as coronavirus infections rise

Japan and the US were the first to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan on Wednesday as the death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 132. With the number of confirmed cases now at nearly 6,000, the scale of the crisis has now...

The American Dream is much easier to achieve in Canada

(CNN) If you're born in the United States, having wealthy parents matters a great deal to your chances of success, according to a new report. Individuals born into poorer families have a better chance of owning a home, getting a good education and experiencing a...

Costa Rica Keeps On Winning In Tourism

Costa Rica got into 2019 on European catwalks, fashion items, French cuisine, public roads, buses, electric cars, trams and subway stations. Also in film festivals, television programs, biodiversity conservation gardens, sporting events, and social networks. This “Only the Essentials,” tourism campaign by the Instituto Costarricense...

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