Politics

Canada and Colombia will establish a “bilateral police initiative”

Colombia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning president, Juan Manuel Santos, thanked Canadians Monday for their support of his country’s peace process – support that was bolstered by what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a “bilateral police initiative,” and the prospect of peacekeepers. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos...

Presidential Candidates Bet On Private Higher Education To Strengthen Economy

The debate among the six presdiential candidates held at the Universidad Latina auditorium lasted for two hours. (Jeffrey Zamora) Three presidential candidates promise to reform the National Council of Private Higher Education (Conesup) in case they win the elections when Costa Ricans go to the...

Is Trump as Anti-Immigrant as the Media Makes Him Out to Be?

(Panampost.com) The mainstream media delights in painting Trump’s policies as rooted in a toxic blend of virulent xenophobia, racism, and nativism centered around an irrational fear of immigration. Former White House green jobs tsar turned CNN commentator Van Jones deemed Trump’s victory a “whitelash...

US Threatens to Brand Colombia Not Compliant on Anti-Drug Efforts

TODAY COLOMBIA via Insightcrime.org – In an annual designation of major drug trafficking and producing nations, US President Donald Trump broke with decades of precedent by calling out the anti-narcotics efforts of Colombia, potentially complicating cooperation with one of the United States’ closest anti-drug...

US Ambassador to Colombia Says FARC Hasn’t Earned Removal from List of Terrorist Organizations

“What does the agreement say?” Whitaker asked. “It says that the FARC need to provide information about drug trafficking so that research can give way to a judicial follow-up, which has not happened.” . Photo César Melgarejo / EL TIEMPO The United States Ambassador to...

Ecuador’s populist electoral victory for Moreno shows erosion of democracy

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa (L) and Presidential candidate Lenin Moreno greet supporters. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (Q24N) After 10 years in power, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa will step down. However, political power isn’t falling far from the tree. Correa’s hand-picked successor and former vice president, Lenin...

Alvarez Desanti The PLN Choice For 2018!

Antonio Alvarez Desanti, the PLN candidate for the 2018 presidential elections Q COSTA RICA – After a short but intense campaign, on Sunday the Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN) held its convention to elect a candidate for the 2018 presidential elections. Although voting ended by 6:00pm Sunday...

Alvarez Desanti The PLN Choice For 2018!

Q COSTA RICA – After a short but intense campaign, on Sunday the Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN) held its convention to elect a candidate for the 2018 presidential elections. Although voting ended by 6:00pm Sunday night, the definitive, but not final, results weren’t available until...

US Migration Policies To Dominate Mexico-Central America Summit To Be Held in San Jose

San José (AFP) – US President Donald Trump’s hardline anti-immigrant policies are likely to dominate a summit of leaders of Mexico, Central America and Colombia this week meant to focus on regional infrastructure, analysts said. People from Ciudad Juarez protest against the politics of US...

Otto Guevara Confirms He Will Run For President. Again.

Otto Guevara conferring with fellow legislator Natalia Diaz. Photo John Duran, La Nacion Q COSTA RICA – If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. In the case of the Otto Guevara it is try, try, try, try and try again, as the leader...

Costa Rica’s Former Ambassador In Havana Sees It Difficult to Do Business With Cuba

At age 69, Rodrigo Carreras, decided to hang up his diplomatic life resigning as ambassador to Cuba, partly due to “internal decisions by the Foreign Ministry” and part due to President Luis Guillermo Solis’ handling of foreign relations. Q COSTA RICA / Rodrigo Carreras, who...

Otto’s Crew Take Control Of Congress: Stopping The Government’s Tax Plan High On Their Agenda

Libertarian José Alberto Alfaro (right) sitting in the chair of the legislative president, Antonio Álvarez Desanti. Starting January 22 Alfaro will have the chair pernanenty. On the left,  is fellow ML legislator Natalia Diaz and, behind, Rosibel Ramos of the PUSC party, who predicted...

Trump in Colombia Is As Unpopular as Maduro Is In Venezuela: CID Gallup

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump TODAY COLOMBIA – Outgoing US President Barack Obama remains a superstar to Colombians, while incoming President-elect Donald Trump’s disapproval rating is exceeded only by that of Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, according to the year-end Gallup Colombia poll. Obama is viewed favorably by an...

The Trump Effect on Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) To the surprise of many Donald Trump won “bigly” the presidency of the United States.  In Costa Rica, the big question is how will a Trump presidency affect Costa Rica and the rest of Latin America, especially when it comes to trade, jobs,...

Colombian Goverment Spokesmen Travel to Cuba for Peace Dialogue

  (Prensa Latina) Colombian lawyer Humberto de la Calle confirmed today that he will travel to Havana along with the presiding government delegation to discuss with the insurgent FARC-EP some proposals for possible adjustments to the peace pact. We will rapidly work with commitment to achieve...

“Costa Rica Essential” in Seoul

Costa Rica Opens Trade Office in South Korea. Photo Casa Presidencial/Procomer With an eye to opening up new business opportunities for domestic exporters, the Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (PROCOMER) inaugurated Thursday a new headquarters in the Seoul, South Korea’s capital city. “With this new sales...

Will Or Will He Not? The Answer Maybe Tonight. Or Not.

Oscar Arias, the two time president of Costa Rica and winner of the Nobel Peace prize is expected to announce this week whether he will or will not seek the party nomination for a third presidency QGOSSIP – Oscar Arias is expected to take to...

Draft Bill Proposes 72% Reduction In Price of LPG; To End Monopoly

File photo (QCOSTARICA) Being a product of mass consumption in Costa Rica households, legislators of the Movimiento Libertatio (ML) party presented a draft bill that aims to substantially reduce the price of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and end the monopoly for its import and distribution. Spearheaded...

Costa Rica Is Seen As A Leader In The Region: U.S. Ambassador

Presidents Luis Guillermo Solis (L) and Barack Obama (R) at the White House on Monday (QCOSTARICA) The presence of Barack Obama at Luis Guillermo Solis’ meeting with U.S. vice-president Joe Biden on Monday “means that the relationship with Costa Rica is very important,’ said the...

Everything Was Ready: Stage, Microphone, Camera and Script For The Improvided Event

Oscar Arias in front of his home in Rohrmoser giving an “improvised” speech to his supporters, who are asking to run for president for a third time An improvised show of support in front of Oscar Arias’ house on Saturday, to ask him to run...

Daniel Ortega’s Stepdaughter Speak Out From Exile in Costa Rica

Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo, daughter of Rosario Murillo, first lady of Nicaragua and stepdaughter of President Daniel Ortega. Zoilamérica, who in 1998, denounced alleged sexual abuse by her stepfather, decided to live in Costa Rica after the case was “closed”. Photo from La Prensa, Nicaragua (QCostarica)...

Daniel Ortega’s Stepdaughter Speak Out From Exile in Costa Rica

Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo, daughter of Rosario Murillo, first lady of Nicaragua and stepdaughter of President Daniel Ortega. Zoilamérica, who in 1998, denounced alleged sexual abuse by her stepfather, decided to live in Costa Rica after the case was “closed”. Photo from La Prensa, Nicaragua (QCostarica)...

Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega Governs In The Style Of East Germany

A 2015 banner in support of Daniel Ortega (La Prensa) (QCostarica) Without any political opposition, the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) is the only party that controls the country, the critics accusing President Daniel Ortega of governing in the old style of...

Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega Governs In The Style Of East Germany

A 2015 banner in support of Daniel Ortega (La Prensa) (QCostarica) Without any political opposition, the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) is the only party that controls the country, the critics accusing President Daniel Ortega of governing in the old style of...

Cuba Remains Russia’s Most Trustworthy Partner in Latin America

Cuba Remains Russia’s Most Trustworthy Partner in Latin America. Flickr/Chris Pawluk (Sputnik) — Cuba remains the most trustworthy Russian partner in Latin American and Caribbean States, the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, Sergei Naryshkin, said Thursday. “Cuba remains our most reliable and trustworthy partner in Latin America and the...

Cuba Remains Russia’s Most Trustworthy Partner in Latin America

Cuba Remains Russia’s Most Trustworthy Partner in Latin America. Flickr/Chris Pawluk (Sputnik) — Cuba remains the most trustworthy Russian partner in Latin American and Caribbean States, the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, Sergei Naryshkin, said Thursday. “Cuba remains our most reliable and trustworthy partner in Latin America and the...

Costa Rica’s Christiana Figueres Nominated Candidate To Be Next U.N. Secretary-general

In this Nov. 28, 2015 file photo, United Nations Climate Chief Christiana Figueres looks on during a press conference ahead of the U.N Climate Conference in Le Bourget, outside Paris, France. Costa Rica’s government announced on Thursday, July 7, 2016 that they are nominating...

Some 270 Public Officials In Costa Rica Earn More Than ¢10Million Monthly

Costing him almost ¢300.000 colones, legislator for the Movimiento Libertario, Otto Guevara, said he was able to obtain a list of public officials earning more than ¢10 million colones (US$18.500 dollars) monthly. Guevara said the list is from the April payroll report to the Caja...

Costa Rica Rejoins SICA

The members of the SICA committed to strengthen the regional political bloc and to more transparency. Photo Costa Rica Foreign Ministry. Costa Rica has rejoined the Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana (SICA) – Central American political bloc – six months after abandoning it over a...

Why Is President Solis in London?

President Luis Guillermo Solis is in London this week to promote investment in Costa Rica. Photo Casa Presidencial QCOSTARICA – London is the third most important destination of Costa Rican exports to Europe. For that President Luis Guillermo Solis arrived there on Monday, where he...

Colombia fails to enforce US standards, say unions

Colombia Embassy in Washington D.C. Colombia has failed to enforce worker protections in a free trade agreement with the United States, U.S. and Colombian labor unions said on Monday, raising questions about similar provisions in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. In a complaint filed with...

“Costa Rica Will Not Censor The Internet”, Telecommunications Minister

Governmenr of Costa Rica says it will not block any app, be it Uber, Cabidy or any other QCOSTARICA – Both Uber and Cabify are assured operations in Costa Rica with the statement by the Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT), Marcelo Jenkins, that...

One Year Since Costa Rica Banned Mexican Avocadoes

The graphic depicts the decision to ban avocadoes from Mexico QCOSTARICA – A year ago last week, Costa Rica took the unilateral decision to stop importing the Hass avocado from Mexico after claiming that it had a plague that could endanger the country. Now, avocado prices...

One Year Since Costa Rica Banned Mexican Avocadoes

The graphic depicts the decision to ban avocadoes from Mexico QCOSTARICA – A year ago last week, Costa Rica took the unilateral decision to stop importing the Hass avocado from Mexico after claiming that it had a plague that could endanger the country. Now, avocado prices...

Immigration Director Must Quit Her Old Job To Stay On

Kathya Rodriguez has been the director of immigration since 2010, on loan from the Ombudsman’s Office. Being denied an extension of her leave of absence, she must now quit her old post to stay at Migracion. QCOSTARICA- The answer is “no”, the Ombudsman’s Office (Defensoría...

Immigration Director Must Quit Her Old Job To Stay On

Kathya Rodriguez has been the director of immigration since 2010, on loan from the Ombudsman’s Office. Being denied an extension of her leave of absence, she must now quit her old post to stay at Migracion. QCOSTARICA- The answer is “no”, the Ombudsman’s Office (Defensoría...