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Let’s Review Last Week’s Political Happenings Starting With Former Vice President Joe Biden’s Speech

Let’s review last week’s political happenings starting with former Vice President Joe Biden’s speech Friday in Phoenix that was downright scary. His voice echoed with political hate as he spoke before a Latino civil rights group. Here’s what Biden actually said in reference to the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policies at the Mexico-USA border, “Grotesque lies – lies about...

ICE, Immigration, Trump,Border Wall The Wall,The Children,ICE, Mexico, Illegal Immigration and Congress….Keeping Politics Straight

There is only one way to end the ongoing USA/Mexico border conflict and that is to close the border for the time being. Round up those 2,000-plus children and reunite them with their parents. Then send all of them -- currently assaulting the USA/Mexico border seeking asylum -- back over the Mexico border and slam the door shut! Say goodbye! Deny all asylum applications and make them reapply at the...

Mexico, Illegal Immigration Children as a Shield From Prosecution: The Mexican Border Controversy

Left-wing propaganda, outright lies, misinformation, distortions, misrepresentations, falsehoods – all describe the current mainstream media coverage of the ongoing Mexican border controversy. There has been a recent surge of illegal immigrants attempting to come into United States of America illegally – in between legal border crossings -- using their children as a shield from prosecution -- w...

MS-13 Gang How Could Any Politician in Their Right Mind Give Support to MS-13 Gangsters

How could anyone in their right mind give support for MS-13 gangsters? These “animals” and “vicious killers” as President Donald Trump refers to them are being arrested, jailed and deported in record numbers. Their unabated criminal activity is the only way these ‘people’ can support themselves because nobody in their right mind would hire them to do anything positive or constructive so they sell ...

Nicaragua Protests, Daniel Ortega Nicaragua is the Latest Central American Country to Begin Falling Apart

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff This caravan of illegal immigrants from Central America that Mexico allowed through their southern border a month ago has arrived in Tijuana, Mexico seeking asylum. The standoff has begun. News reports claim this caravan started out with about 1,500 men, women a...

Caravan at Southern Mexico border What’s Really Going on at the Southern Mexico Border With This Caravan of Refugees

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff This so-called ‘caravan’ of refugees headed to the USA-Mexico border from Central America sure has caught everyone’s attention. As soon as this ‘caravan’ became a real issue President Donald Trump said he’s bringing in the U.S. National Guard Army “immediately” ...

Costa Rica Legalizing Marijuana Costa Rica’s Minister of Security Rejects Idea of Legalizing Marijuana in Tourist Areas

The Costa Rican Ministry of Security rejects the idea of legalizing marijuana in tourist areas, idea that was suggested by Mexico’s Tourism Secretary. Gustavo Mata, Minister of Security in Costa Rica was adamant about not agreeing with the idea of legalizing drugs in tourism zones, and was clear that these type of concessions “would only generate more and serious social problems as well as more...

Protecting Illegals in a Sanctuary City

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Last week liberalism suffered a major shock that won’t blow over anytime soon. Kate Steinle’s killer walked away from murder and manslaughter charges in a San Francisco, California courtroom stunning the nation. All of a sudden those “not guilty” verdicts ca...

Costa Rica Drug Trafficking Has Costa Rica Become a Hub for Drug Cartels?

In June, 2017, the former head of the Costa Rica Public Force (Fuerza Publica) was arrested for traveling in a false-bottom truck with 237 kilograms of cocaine – probably destined for the USA via Mexico.  In October, between 800-1,000 kilos of cocaine were found floating near Golfo Dulce. Last week, 785 kilos of cocaine were seized by authorities near Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia. Last Friday ...

Costa Rica Cocaine Traffic Mexicans Detained in Costa Rica With Over 700 Kilos of Cocaine

The Costa Rican Police detained on Sunday night three Mexican men in Guanacaste with 785 kilos of cocaine. Police officers were in a routine control operation in front of the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, when they saw two cars turn around, they immediately began the chase, after several minutes one of the cars was abandoned in the entrance to Playa Hermosa, the officers were...

Multiplaza Mall in Escazú, Costa Rica Will Reinforce Security After 2nd Armed Robbery

The upscale Multiplaza Escazú shopping center was the scene of two armed robberies in the span of eight days. One occurred last Tuesday, Oct. 31, and the second on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. The thefts alarmed customers and provoked a response from the Public Security Ministry who was surprised at the occurrences. In response, the shopping mall said they will be hiring armed guards, and ar...

San Jose Cancun Flights New Low-Cost Airline Will Provide Service San José, Costa Rica-Cancún,México For As Low As $150.00

Mexican low-cost airline, Viva Aerobus, will begin operations in Costa Rica starting December 1st with the route San José- Cancún. The route will have initially a frequency of two times a week, Tuesdays and Fridays and only during the high season, with rates starting as low as $150.00. This is part of the expansion plan of Viva Aerobus that is already offering services from Mexico to Los Angele...

Hurricane Nate Touches Down in Mississippi With 32 Dead, Thousands Affected in Central America

Having left 11 confirmed deaths in Costa Rica, many still disappeared and cut off from aid, thousands in shelters, and dozens of roads and schools destroyed, Nate, now a Category 1 Hurricane, touched down last night on the Mississippi-Louisiana border in the southern U.S. At least 32 are reported dead throughout Central America in what is now the 9th hurricane of the relentless 2017 Atlantic hu...

Mexican Magnate Carlos Slim Plans $17M Investment in Costa Rican Cement Plant

Elementia S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican company led by magnate's Carlos Slim and Antonio del Valle Ruiz, announced a US$17 million investment in a cement plant in Costa Rica. The company plans to expand its cement business in Central America with new facilities whose operation will begin in the first half of 2018 under the Fortaleza by Plycem brand. The new facilities will have a capacity to pro...

Costa Rican Architect Jose Manuel Pizarro Costa Rican Architect Continues to Break World Records, This Time With World’s Longest Slide

Costa Rican architect José Manuel Pizarro made the news earlier this year with the building of the world’s longest over-sea zipline cable in the world with 1,800 meter (5,905 ft.) long at 100 meters (328 ft.) high, reaching a speed of 120 kph (75 mph) named Xtasea and located in Acapulco, Mexico. Now, Pizarro and his company Linea Vertical are in charge of the project Emoción Intensa (Intense E...

Mexico Earthquake Today 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Mexico Again Saturday Morning

The seismic alert went off in Mexico City at 7:53 a.m. (Mexico time) this Saturday, September 23 as a 6.2 magnitude earthquake was felt again with epicenter in Oaxaca, earlier this same day at 5:38 a.m. a 5.8 magnitude movement took place in the same region. This seism takes place just 4 days after a 7.1 earthquake with epicenter in the city of Puebla caused devastation in Mexico City and the d...

Mexico Earthquake Help Costa Rica Information on How to Help The Victims of The Mexico Earthquake if You Are in Costa Rica

In the past few weeks, several countries have faced tragedy, hurricanes and earthquakes have struck and caused devastation, in small islands in the Caribbean as well as Mexico and the United States. If you are in Costa Rica and you want to help the victims of the Mexico earthquake authorities recommend going directly to the Red Cross in the country. The Costa Rican Red Cross will channel all...

Mexico Earthquake Mexico Affected by Another Earthquake, This Time 7.4 With Epicenter in the City of Puebla

Just 11 days ago, on September 8th the city of Oaxaca on Mexico’s southern coast was affected by an 8.2 earthquake, which caused the death of almost 100 people, and left many buildings with structural damage. Today, September 19, 2017, at 12:14 p.m. Costa Rica time, 1:14 p.m. Mexico time, another earthquake initially reported of a 7.1 magnitude and later confirmed as having a 7.4 magnitude shoo...

Mexico Earthquake An 8.2 Earthquake Hits the Coast of Mexico, Tsunami Alert is Issued, Won’t Affect Costa Rica

An 8.2 earthquake struck Mexico's southern coast this evening at 22:49 (local time), 78.4 kilometers Southwest of Tres Picos (Chiapas). Due to the magnitude of the event, a Tsunami alert has been issued for the Pacific coast, however, due to the direction of the energy Costa Rica will not be affected or the effect could be very mild in the form of dangerous currents that because of the hour in ...

Volaris Starts San José, Costa Rica – Mexico City Route in September

  The low-cost airline, Volaris Costa Rica, announced this week the launch of a new route connecting  San José, Costa Rica (SJO) with Mexico City (MEX). "In addition to strengthening its connectivity in the region, the service will encourage social, cultural and economic exchange between both nations," the company said in a statement. Starting September 14, the service will operate three...

Violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle Is now a Humanitarian Crisis

A report presented last week by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said their teams in Mexico treating migrants show a “pattern of violent displacement, persecution, sexual violence, and forced repatriation akin to the conditions found in the deadliest armed conflicts in the world today,” in people fleeing El Salvador, Hondura...

Early Pacific Tropical Storm Moves North From Costa Rica; May Hit Mexico Sunday

The 2017 hurricane season is already here with the arrival of Tropical Depression One-E which has been forming off Costa Rica's Pacific coast for the last couple of days, and is now gathering momentum as it heads in a northwesterly direction away from Costa Rica. If it becomes a tropical storm over the next day or two, as predicted, it will be named Adrian. The system is now moving north - n...

USMC. Source: Wikimedia Commons US Drug Consumption Blamed for 80% of Central American Violence by Security Official

Drug-related violence is as much a fact of life in Central America’s Northern Triangle as it is in some parts of the urban U.S. But its impact in these small Central American countries is huge, with up to 10 percent of the population of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador having fled violence and its associated poverty and insecurity according to the Washington-based Atlantic Council. This viol...

Canelo vs Chavez Jr Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. Battle of Mexican Warriors May 6

As it is tradition now in the United States, the Cinco de Mayo celebrations usually include a big boxing event involving of course, a Mexican fighter. This year it includes not one but two Mexican warriors, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Julio César Chávez Jr., the fight will take place on Saturday, May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canelo Alvarez is one of boxing’s biggest stars to...

Costa Rica Marijuana Mexican congress approves use of medical marijuana

Mexico's Lower House of Congress passed a bill on Friday to legalize the use of marijuana and cannabis for medical and scientific needs, a step closer to outright legalization in a country long scarred by warring drug cartels. The bill sailed through the Senate in December and will now be sent to President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is expected to sign it. "The ruling eliminates the prohibition...

Nicaragua Tourism Southwest Objects to Costa Rica’s Volaris Permit for Flights to US

Southwest Airlines says Volaris Costa Rica’s application for permits to start U.S. flights should be discounted as they claim Volaris doesn't fulfill ownership requirements under the existing U.S.-Costa Rica air transport agreement, as reported in airline industry news recently. The Dallas-based airline file an objection with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT), arguing that the bilateral ...

Below Normal Hurricane Season Expected This Year in Costa Rica

Experts say 2017 will bring a below-normal hurricane season, as a potential El Niño may limit the development of storms. Last season spawned 15 named storms, seven of which were hurricanes. The 2017 season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, follows the deadliest in over 10 years for the Atlantic basin. Last year's was also the costliest Atlantic hurricane season since 2012, and Costa Rica saw ...

President Trump Seeks Solution to Opiate Epidemic in the United States

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced the creation of a commission to seek solutions to the increase in deaths from addiction to heroin and opiates, a situation he called a "total epidemic" and one of the "biggest problems" that the US has at present. "This is a total epidemic and I think it's probably, almost un-talked about compared to the severity that we're witnessing," said Trump a...

Costa Rica Mesoamerican Summit Presidents of the Mesoamerica group gather in Costa Rica for summit

Costa Rica is hosting the XVI Tuxtla Mechanism Summit with the participation of Presidents and high ranked delegations of Colombia, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic and of course Costa Rica; these countries are part of the the Mesoamerican group since 1996, when it was known as Puebla-Panama Plan. Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto wi...

Mexico Turns to World Trade Organization on Avocado Dispute With Costa Rica

The World Trade Organization (WTO) stated today that Mexico had requested consultations with Costa Rica as, allegedly, this country unlawfully imposed a restriction on Mexican avocado imports. The measures that Mexico considers restrictive are the checks, inspections, and approval procedures for the importation of the fruit. Mexico also stated that Costa Rica had failed to apply or recognize...

Mexico City Sex Workers — Poor Women Who Are Harassed by Police

Mexico City, Mar 7 — "Damaris," with lush black hair and inquisitive dark eyes, is a single mom who for the past four years has been a sex worker in Mexico City, fighting day by day against discrimination and police harassment. "We ask people not to judge us," she said. "Police persecution is horrible. They say you're a whore and almost treat you like an animal. They tell you 'If you want to n...

Mexico Refugees Mexico becomes destination country for refugees

With a 154.6 percent increase in asylum petitions in 2016, Mexico has gone from being a transit country to a possible destination for refugees, a trend that figures to continue and even accelerate under the policies of the current president of the United States. After receiving just 3,424 asylum requests in 2015, that number jumped to 8,781 in 2016, according to figures from the Mexican Commissio...

Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico Join to Strengthen Restorative Justice

A regional proposal by the Costa Rican Judiciary’s Restorative Justice Program was chosen from more than eighty projects submitted to an international competition organized by the European Union. The program proposes a regional approach to restorative justice, and will receive support from the European Union for its implementation, said European Union Ambassador Pelayo Castro Zuzuarregui. Costa...

Mass Deportations of Undocumented Immigrants From US Imminent

The Donald Trump administration on Tuesday established new directives to strengthen U.S. immigration control, unveiling an aggressive plan that includes accelerating deportation procedures for undocumented migrants and hiring 15,000 new agents. "The surge of illegal immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vu...

Marine sanctuary part of plan to save critically endangered Vaquita

Specially trained dolphins and a marine sanctuary are to be used in a bid to save the critically endangered vaquita, a rare porpoise endemic to Mexican waters whose numbers are believed to have fallen to less than three dozen. The goal is to capture some vaquitas and place them in a temporary sanctuary until it is safe for them to return to the northern part of the Gulf of California, said Lore...

Trump Wall Cost Trump upbeat after conversation with Mexican leader

US President Donald Trump said Friday that he had a "very good" telephone conversation with Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto amid a diplomatic spat over Washington's plans for a border wall. During a joint press conference with visiting UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump confirmed that he and the Mexican president spoke for nearly an hour. "It was a very, very friendly call," Trump s...

Who Canceled the Trump, Peña Nieto meeting? Mexico Refuses to pay for the Wall

The president of the United States intends to impose a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico to cover the cost of a wall spanning the nations' border, the White House spokesman told reporters on board Air Force One, Donald Trump has already made up his mind about the tax, Sean Spicer said. The tax, however, cannot be immediately levied because of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)...

Trump Signs Executive Orders on US/Mexico Border Wall

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed several executive orders affecting immigration, including one that assigns federal funds for the construction of a wall on the border separating the United States and Mexico. "We've been talking about this from the beginning," Trump said during the signing ceremony, which took place at the Department of Homeland Security. The border wall was one of the ...

Enrique Peña Nieto Mexico Mexico to Negotiate Bilateral Pacts With TPP Countries After U.S. Exit

Mexico City, Jan. 23 — Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that his government will negotiate new trade pacts with signatory nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the ambitious treaty that the United States withdrew from on Monday. "Given the difficulty of making the TPP a reality, Mexico will immediately initiate talks that will create new bilateral trade agreements with the treat...

Trump Islamic State Trump’s 1st Week: Executive Orders, Healthcare Repeal, WikiLeaks Tax Request

Newly elected U.S. President Donald Trump will focus this week on trade, immigration and national security, issues about which he may sign executive orders in the coming days, chief of staff Reince Priebus said Sunday. In an interview with Fox News, Priebus said that there will be "movement" in those three areas during his first week in office. Trump on Friday, just hours after being inaugur...