Category: Costa Rica

David Swanson: Costa Rica Abolished its Military, Never Regretted it

The forthcoming film, A Bold Peace: Costa Rica’s Path of Demilitarization, should be given every possible means of support and promotion

Elena Zeledon: Costa Rica: Rout of the Status Quo

The election of Luis Guillermo Solis on April 6 as president of Costa Rica, with 77% of the votes, represents the end of an historcal period and opens the door to unprecedented opportunities for the left

Mark Vorpahl: The U.S. Military Moves Into Costa Rica

Nestled between Panama to its south and Nicaragua to its north, Costa Rica is a Central American nation roughly the size of Rhode Island.   If another nation were to send Rhode Island a force of 7,000 troops, 200 helicopters, and 46 warships in an effort to eradicate drug trafficking, it is doubtful that the Read more…

Edward Herman: The United States as Torture Central

[This essay is part of the ZNet Classics series. Three times a week we will re-post an article that we think is of timeless importance. This one was first published June, 2004.] T he recent release of five British citizens from the Camp X-Ray prison at Guantanamo Bay and their disclosures of serious abuse and Read more…

Charles Dickey: You Grow Down in the Ground

Apples grow on trees, insects tend weeds and leaves, clouds make rain, people talk through problems.  In Nicaragua, the people have set tanks and guns in concrete, created a peace park by stopping and enclosing the machinery of war.  On the coast of Costa Rica, Afro-Caribbeans and Indigenous and Expatriates mix, create a changeling culture Read more…

Robert Fisk: What Middle Easterners Want

What Middle Easterners Want


A major story about terrorism is breaking. Day by day the story is changing dramatically. On May 7, 2005, Luis Posada Carriles, one of the two most notorious terrorists in the Western Hemisphere, was apprehended by the FBI. But two years later, on April 19, 2007, he was released on bail to live in Miami Read more…

Ben Zipperer: Inmates vs. Animals: U.S. Fails the Test of Civilization

Legend has it that in the fifth century the Asian monk Telemachus ran into a Roman arena to stop the brutality of the gladitorial games. For his interruption, the indignant crowd stoned him to death, but his actions impressed Emperor Honorius enough to put an end to the fights.   The past millenium and a Read more…

Salim Lamrani: Cuba, the Internet and Reporters without Borders

Clearly, Reporters without Borders (RSF) has a limitless obsession with Cuba. For several years now, this organization has carried out a sadistic disinformation campaign against the Caribbean island and its government.  Recently it deliberately manipulated the words that Ramiro Valdés, Cuban Minister of Communication and Information Technology, delivered at the XII International Conference on Computer Read more…

Mark Weisbrot: Political and Economic Changes in Latin America Likely to Continue

Sunday (March 18) — President Bush has recently returned from a seven day, five country trip to Latin America, with which he had hoped to regain some of the influence that the United States has lost in recent years. The political and economic changes taking place in the region are often seen as a cyclical Read more…

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