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Costa Rica Journalism Costa Rican Journalist Wins Prestigious Pulitzer Prize for “This American Life”

Costa Rican Nadia Reiman has won the first ever Pulitzer Prize given for audio journalism for her ground-breaking ‘’The Out Crowd” episode of the radio show "This American Life". Her work was described by the New York Times as “revelatory, intimate journalism that illuminates the personal impact of the Trump administration's Remain in Mexico policy”, with heart-breaking details of life in refugee ...

Corna, Beer, Stop Production Corona Beer Forced to Stop Production by the Mexican Government

Corona-virus....no pun intended Grupo Modelo, the company that makes the popular Corona beer (Mexican), announced via Twitter on April 3 that they were suspending marketing and manufacture of their iconic brew, in keeping with the Mexican Government’s 30-day moratorium on all manufacture of non-essential products and foods. Mexico decided to close these factories and industries after the number...

Immigration Costa Rica, Expats, Americans, Canadians Why Costa Rica is the Undisputed Best Place for Expats to Live in Latin America

By Laura Gutierrez of Immigration Help Costa Rica Over the past ten years, there have been many exchanges between myself and clients or would-be clients about the advantages of living in Costa Rica vs other so-called popular countries recommended by such sources as International Living. The list includes but is not limited to Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Uruguay. Inquirer...

Illegal Immigration, President Trump How Illegal Immigration to the USA Affects Costa Rican Immigration Policies

“What bloody business has the USA to do with the Costa Rican immigration policies on border crossings?” - Posted reaction to a recent article published in TCRS (The Costa Rica Star) The answer: Plenty. The Bigger Picture: The issue is not just about border runners seeking to stay under the radar as Perpetual Tourists, or those needing to keep their foreign driver's licenses valid. Those con...

U.S. Supreme Court Says yes to 2.5 Billion for Trumps US/Mexico Border Wall

The U.S. Congress is on recess until Sept. 9, but rest assured President Donald Trump will not be taking six weeks off. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-to-4 decision gave the go ahead to the Trump Administration to transfer $2.5-billion in Pentagon military defense spending to continue construction of a barrier wall along the Mexico/U.S. southern border. These funds for President Trump’...

Sexual Abuse, Costa Rica Church American Pastor Charged With Sexual Abuse of Children to Build Religious Complex in Costa Rica

Mexican-American pastor of La Luz del Mundo (The Light of The World) who calls himself “Apostle” was surprised at LAX airport a little over ten days ago when he was arrested on 26 felonies for sexual abuse of children and child pornography. Naason Joaquin Garcia had his own surprise up his sleeve, it seems. The church has bought 25 – 100 hectares of land in Quepos to create a religious complex, si...

Mexican Cartel, Drugs, Costa Rica 20 Million USD Reward for Number Ten on the FBI’s Most Wanted List Hiding in Costa Rica

A Mexican with strong ties to Costa Rica and a 20-million dollar bounty on his head, Rafael Caro Quintero, is now #10 on the FBI’s Most Wanted List – and may well be hiding in Costa Rica where he has strong connections and many cartel friends. Quintero is wanted for the murder of Drug Enforcement Agent (DEA) Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, in July of 1985, as well as charges of drug trafficking, kidnappi...

They’re Back Mexican Avocados are Available Again in Costa Rica

Costa Rica used to import between 12,000 to 15,000 tons of avocados from Mexico – the world’s largest exporter and producer of this popular fruit. In May 2015, Costa Rica banned this Mexican delicacy due to the risk of Avocado Sunblotch Viroid (ASVB) disease. Trees infected with ASVB show no signs of the disease until the fruit is opened, and inferior quality is revealed. Infected trees have a 30%...

Border wall, Government shutdown,Donald Trump Mainstream Media has Become the ‘Enemy of the People’ as They Collude With the Democrats

Mainstream media has become the ‘enemy of the people’ as they collude with the Democrats in Washington, DC to continue their war upon the Trump Administration in ways that are impossible to deny. Many are saying that honest, fair and unbiased journalism is dead and they are right. Media studies continue to show that media coverage of the Trump Administration remains at 92-percent negative. Othe...

The Realities of Socialism in Global Politics

There is a strong effort underway in the British parliament to remove Prime Minister Theresa May from office and then conduct a second referendum vote on the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? The British people already voted last year to exit the EU, but the pro-EU forces cannot accept the vote and they are fighting tooth and nail to remain in the EU despite th...

Republicans and Democrats working together in California Political Unity Wins for California Victims of the Wildfires

In the wake of California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire in that state’s recorded history, political enemies joined hands  as President Donald Trump toured areas in and around Paradise, Ca. – a town of 27,000 residents – that was burnt to a crisp. Homes, businesses, government buildings, fire and police stations, churches, hospitals and schools were all gone with the scorching hot winds...

US embassy Costa Rica Small Group Gathers in Front of the US Embassy in Costa Rica in Support of Migrant Caravan

A small group of Hondurans living in Costa Rica gathered in front of the US Embassy the evening of Wednesday, November 21 to demonstrate their support to their countrymen who are part of the migrant caravan that intend to enter the United States. The group is formed by close to 30 people gathered in a peaceful manner. Police officers and security of the US embassy are also present to ensure ...

Murder, Illegal Immigration in the US, Mexico High-Profile Murder Case of Mollie Tibbetts Committed by an Illegal Alien From Mexico Captures National Attention

Here we go again. Another high-profile murder case – Mollie Tibbetts – comes to the forefront allegedly committed by an illegal alien farm worker from Mexico – who police say has confessed. Through exhaustive police work, Tibbett’s body was found in a central Iowa corn field only about 12-miles from where she disappeared. This 20-year-old vibrant University of Iowa student – loved by everyone w...

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 ...

Costa Rica Volaris FLights 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 ...