Venezuela

Venezuelans in Costa RIca Costa Rica Does Not Recognize Legitimacy of Elections in Venezuela

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Costa Rica, stated through a press release on Sunday evening, their position regarding the presidential elections that took place in Venezuela that same day. “Costa Rica does not recognize the legitimacy of the electoral process carried out this Sunday, May 20 in the Republic of Venezuela”. Costa Rica considers the election processed lacked transparency sinc...

Venezuelans in Costa RIca Venezuelans in Costa Rica Chose Not to Vote

1,276 Venezuelan citizens are registered to vote in Costa Rica, however, the majority chose not to cast their vote and this was evident in the movement at the Venezuelan embassy in San Pedro were very few made an appearance. Even though they preferred not to vote, members of this community gathered at the Plaza de la Democracia in San Jose to protest against this election process/ “None of us ...

Abel Sandi Costa Rica Costa Rican and Two Venezuelan’s Died When Car Fell From Fourth Floor in Panama

A strange car accident in which a vehicle fell from the fourth floor of a parking lot in Costa del Este, Panama, caused the death of a 19-year old Costa Rican, a 17 year-old Venezuelan girl and her father, a 60-year old man. Apparently the young man, identified as Abel Sandi, was in the car with two friends, of last names Murillo Perrone, and the father of both a man named Eduardo Murillo; one ...

Trump Surprises World Leaders With Speech on Venezuela’s Democratic Crisis

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff.  President Donald Trump’s first address to the United Nations hit close to home in Costa Rica. Only two countries away -- past Panama and Columbia -- neighboring Venezuela was singled out as a “rogue” nation right alongside North Korea and Iran. The presi...

Tamarindo, Costa Rica to Host Beach Volleyball Championship

The second beach volleyball open tournament will take place in Tamarindo, Guanacaste on Saturday, September 16. The Costa Rican national team will face off against competitors from the United States, Colombia, Nicaragua and Venezuela. The format is two-on-two, and promises to be a thrilling event with very strong athletes competing, according to Ivannia Ramirez, event organizer. Also on S...

Panama’s New Migratory Controls May Help Costa Rica’s Border Woes

The Government of Panama announced Friday it will reduce the stay in the country for Nicaraguan, Colombian and Venezuelan tourists from 180 to 90 days as part of a policy of tightening controls over foreigner visitors. This, and other controls by Panama, may lessen some of the flow of undocumented migrants into Costa Rica over its southern border. The Panamanian migration service has detected f...

Tamarindo, Costa Rica is Site of Police Action on Human Trafficking

After midnight Saturday, a "Breaking Chains" police operation took place in Tamarindo, Guanacaste, a popular surf town on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. The plan - called ROCA in Spanish - is a targeted attempt to rescue victims of human trafficking and is led by Costa Rica's Judicial Investigative Police (OIJ). ROCA is an inter-institutional effort which also involves Interpol police, and a ho...

Hugo Chavez Series El Comandante Hugo Chavez rules again, this time on TV

Just like "El Cid," Hugo Chavez may be deceased but now he rules Venezuela again, this time on television as the leading character of the series "El Comandante" (The Commander), created by one of his harshest critics, journalist Moises Naim. The show debuts on the small screen this Monday. "To those who wish me dead, I wish them long life, so they can see how the Bolivarian Revolution will prog...

Hawksbill Sea Turtle Costa Rica Costa Rican Nonprofit Spearheads Open-Sea Conservation Treaty

By Wendy Anders Representatives from nine South American countries met this month to discuss the conservation of marine biodiversity in the open ocean, said the Costa Rican non-profit marine conservation group MarViva Foundation. Almost half the planet is covered by the high, or open seas, the waters found beyond countries’ territorial limits. Despite their abundance, these vast areas hav...

Venezuela Has World’s 2nd-Highest Murder Rate, Says Rights Group

Caracas, Dec 28 (EFE).- Venezuela will end 2016 with a homicide rate of 91.8 for every 100,000 people, second only to El Salvador, the independent human rights group, Venezuelan Violence Observatory (OVV), said Wednesday. The projected total number of violent deaths is 28,479, compared with 27,875 in 2015, OVV director Roberto Briceño Leon said. Though the year-on-year increase is relatively...

Malaria Costa Rica LatAm’s Malaria Cases Wane Except in Nicaragua, Venezuela, Peru

Geneva, Dec. 13 — Malaria has retreated in almost all of Latin America. Mosquito nets are key in preventing malaria transmission. Costa Rica is listed as free of malaria transmission by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it, along with several other countries will be certified malaria-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) in coming years. The exceptions to thi...

Castro Chavez Fortunes Chavez and Castro – Devoted to the people or to amassing wealth?

Shortly after Venezuela’s former president Hugo Chavez passed away, many news channels reported on the fortune he inherited by his family, from valuable properties, to car lots, mansions, planes, and a lot of money in offshore banks. According to Venezuelan news website Noticias Centro in an article published in 2015 “the late president’s family owns 17 country estates, totaling more than 100,0...

Costa Rica Orlando Costa Rica Avianca cancels flights to and from Venezuela after incident with military plane

Avianca airlines announced today the cancellation of all flights to and from Venezuela, after a Venezuelan military plane harassed one of their planes. (EFE).- Colombia's Foreign Ministry on Saturday was asked to demand an explanation from Venezuela for an incident in which a military plane allegedly harassed an Avianca passenger jet while it was in the neighboring country's airspace. Colom...

Think Costa Rica Is Expensive? Try Venezuela These Days

Wikimedia Commons "You can't get it more cheaply" calls a Caracas woman selling flour at the open-air market in Petare, the largest shantytown in Latin America, where hundreds of vendors offer basic products that are generally scarce here at prices often more than 20 times higher than those fixed by the government. Stringent price controls have prevailed in Venezuela since 2003 but, neverth...

Venezuela Food and Medicine Shortages: Pets Suffer and Die

Flickr Commons By Hector Pereira A litter of five puppies has to go home from a veterinarian's office without getting the necessary vaccinations, because now pets in Venezuela suffer from the same shortage of medicines as people do as a result of the country's economic crisis. Briceida Niño, a mom in Caracas, took her five pups to one of the veterinarian centers assigned to the "Nevado M...

Venezuela Opens Borders; Thousands Cross Into Colombia to Get Food

Supporters of President Maduro rally in Caracas EFE/AGENCIA VENEZOLANA DE NOTICIAS/ Some 25,000 Venezuelans, according to official estimates, crossed the border into Colombia on Sunday to buy food and medicines in the city of Cucuta after the Venezuelan government said it would open border crossings for 12 hours. People began crossing the Simon Bolivar international bridge, which links the ...

Madurexit or Chavismexit? Presidential Recall Looms in Venezuela

EFE file The Venezuelan opposition confirmed Sunday that it is ready to start the process to bring about the referendum to revoke the mandate of President Nicolas Maduro, even if they are deprived of their liberty. The mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, imprisoned since February 2015, released a message in which he congratulated the Venezuelan people for "the heroic journey made this week,"...

Clamor for Government Recall in Venezuela Amidst Food Shortages

EFE file Caracas, Jun 12 (EFE).- Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Sunday that socialist President Nicolas Maduro would be removed from office this year and insisted that government opponents had gathered the quantity of signatures - 1 percent of the voting population - needed for the first phase of the recall referendum process. Maduro "will be recalled this year, period,...

Costa Rica Crime Mysterious Death of Italian Diplomat in Venezuela

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) Caracas, Jun 6 (EFE).- The body of Italian diplomat Mauro Monciatti, an administrative official at Italy's consulate in Caracas, was found at his home in an eastern Caracas neighborhood, fellow diplomat Lorenzo Salinas confirmed to EFE on Monday. Monciatti, 60, died from blunt trauma to the skull, an official with the Cicpc criminal investigative unit, w...

Venezuela Army Controls Massive Anti-Government Protests

Wikimiedia Commons Caracas, Jun 2 (EFE).- The Venezuelan military and police on Thursday used tear gas in Caracas to disperse several groups of protesters who were trying to approach Miraflores Palace, the seat of government, to demonstrate against the scarcity of food and medicine. A large contingent of heavily armed members of the Bolivarian National Guard and the National Police fired te...

Critical Coke Shortage as Venezuela Runs Out of Sugar

Source: EFE Caracas, May 24 (EFE).- The Coca-Cola Company of Venezuela said in a communique that it has used up its inventories of refined sugar for industrial use, which has in turn forced the company to temporarily suspend all lines of soft drinks containing that ingredient, though they will continue to produce others. "The sugar shortage means a temporary interruption of lines of soft dr...

U.S. Spy Plane Reportedly Sighted Flying Over Venezuela

Wikimedia Commons Caracas, May 17 (EFE).- A U.S. military aircraft "with lethal technical abilities" illegally entered Venezuelan airspace twice over the past week, President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday. "Our military aviation detected the illegal entry, for unusual espionage tasks, of the Boeing 707 E-3 Sentry, which is an airborne early warning control center system that has all the mecha...

President of Venezuela May Be Removed by Recall Vote

(Reuters OMX) Caracas, May 14 (EFE).- Crowds of Venezuelan opposition members gathered Saturday in Caracas to demand that electoral authorities act quickly to hold a recall referendum that might succeed in removing from office the president of Venezuela, the Chavista Nicolas Maduro. The demonstration that began around 10:00 a.m. downtown in the Venezuelan capital was called two days ago by ...

Costa Rica Crime Venezuela Opposition Party Reports Political Assassination

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) Caracas, May 6 (EFE).- Venezuelan politician German Mavare, leader of the opposition UNT party, died Friday after being shot in the head, an assassination that occurred in the western state of Lara, his organization said. "The board of the UNT expresses its deepest sorrow for the slaying of colleague German Mavare. We demand justice and an end to violenc...

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif will begin a diplomatic tour of Latin America on Sunday. (Archive/Reuters) Iranian foreign minister heads to Nicaragua, Latin America this weekend

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif will begin a diplomatic tour of Latin America on Sunday. (Archive/Reuters) Iran’s top diplomat, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will begin a diplomatic tour of Latin American states on Sunday, May 8, according to Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "The Iranian foreign minister’s 6-day-long visit to Brazil, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Venezuela a...

Venezuela Adjusts Clocks to Deal With Power Outages

Pixabay Commons Caracas, May 1 (EFE).- The Venezuelan government on Sunday moved local time up 30 minutes, to four hours behind UTC, with an eye toward dealing with the emergency caused by the ongoing severe drought. The time change will enter into effect as of May 1 and brings Venezuela back to the time schedule that prevailed until 2007, when the government shifted the nation's clocks bac...

Venezuela: Blackouts, Food Shortages, Droughts, and Riots

Photo by Robert Moreno, citizen journalist in Maracay Caracas, Apr 27 (EFE).- A series of violent disturbances erupted in several Venezuelan cities over frequent power and water cuts and longstanding food shortages, regional officials and media outlets said Wednesday. The governor of the northwestern state of Zulia, Francisco Arias Cardenas, said Wednesday that "destabilizing actions" had t...

Nicaragua's Army 50 Russian battle tanks headed to Nicaragua, sparking concerns in Central America

A Russian T-72 battle tank, similar to those heading to Nicaragua. (CC) Russia will deliver 50 new T-72B1 battle tanks to Nicaragua this year, in a deal worth some US $80 million, according to Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency and Nicaraguan media. The first batch of 20 tanks is ready for shipment, and the remaining 30 are to be delivered by the end of the year or early 2017, according to th...

Venezuela Runs Out of Beer and Electricity

Wikimedia Comons Caracas, Apr 22 (EFE; beer context by The Costa Rica Star).- Residents of Venezuela are hunkering down for a long summer without beer and with diminished electricity. Venezuela's Electric Energy Minister Luis Motta Dominguez has announced the start of electricity rationing next Monday due to the drought affecting the entire country, and which will remain in effect for 40 da...

A Health Crisis Looms in Venezuela Over Scarcity of Medications

Wikimedia Commons Caracas, Apr 15 (EFE).- The scarcity of medicines in Venezuela continues to be a tragedy visible in pharmacies and hospitals around the country, weeks after congress declared a "humanitarian health crisis" that includes the lack of 872 essential medications. Cancer patients, HIV carriers, diabetics and those suffering hypertension must either trek from one drugstore to the...

Venezuela’s Maduro vows to lead revolution if presidency threatened

(Reuters OMX) CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolas Maduro threatened Thursday to seek a constitutional amendment to slash the opposition-led legislature's term from five years to just 60 days and vowed to lead a "revolution" should his foes wrest him from the presidency. The socialist leader's strong words deepened the already bitter political standoff in the OPEC member...

As energy crisis worsens, Venezuelan president urges women to reduce hair dryer use

Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro is urging his nation's women to reduce the use of electric hair dryers. (Reuters image) Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro this week asked women in Venezuela to reduce their use of electric hair dryers in order to save energy, asking his nation’s women to reserve their use for “special occasions,” while making no mention of hair dryer use by men. Maduro...

Water and Hygiene Products Becoming Scarce in Venezuela

Wikimedia Commons Caracas, Apr 6 (EFE).- The scarcity of clean water and personal hygiene products has increased the cases of scabies, malaria, diarrhea and amoebiasis in Venezuela, the director of epidemiology with the central state of Miranda's health department warned on Wednesday. "The lack of access to a constant supply of good-quality water brings with it, as a consequence, an increas...

Iran announces plans to deploy warships, destroyers in Central America, LatAm waters

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega listens during an official meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during an official state visit by the Nicaraguan president to Iran in 2007. (Iranian state media) Iran's Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi has announced plans to deploy warships and destroyers in Central American and Latin American waters, Iran’s semi-official FARS...

17 Gold Miners Found Murdered in Venezuela

Agencia Venezolana de Noticias Caracas, Mar 16 (EFE).- Venezuelan security forces are continuing to search for more missing persons after 17 bodies were found earlier this week at an illegal gold mine in southeastern Venezuela. National ombudsman Tareck William Saab, the head of a commission named by President Nicolas Maduro to investigate the disappearances, told reporters Tuesday that the...

Venezuela: An Intricate Black Market for Food and Basic Items

Supporters of President Maduro rally in Caracas EFE/AGENCIA VENEZOLANA DE NOTICIAS/ By Daniela Castro Molina Caracas, Feb 26 (EFE).- The shortage of food, medicines, household goods and personal hygiene products that Venezuela has suffered for several years has created new "jobs" in this country for those who profit from the crisis by speculating on it. Citizens known as "bachaqueros" (n...

It’s Getting Hard to Get Water and Electricty in Venezuela

Caracas, Feb 20 (EFE).- The majority of the approximately 3 million inhabitants of Caracas are without drinking water this weekend, after several weeks of partial suspensions due to the maintenance work currently underway, state-run Hidrocapital said Saturday. "The maintenance work being done on the principal pipelines of the Tuy II drinking water production system" is part of "the action being...

Oscar Arias Costa Rica Former President of Costa Rica Lectures Venezuelan Parliament

File photo Caracas, Feb 18 (EFE).- The former presidents of Costa Rica and Poland - Oscar Arias and Lech Walesa, respectively, both of whom are Nobel Peace Prize winners - are in Venezuela to support political prisoners and on Thursday participated in a special session of parliament at which they criticized the country's economic model and urged lawmakers to work together to get out of the cur...

China lending to LatAm soared 200 percent to $29 billion, including $400m to Costa Rica

(Photo courtesy of Casa Presidencial) Chinese loans to Latin American and Caribbean governments and the region's state-owned firms climbed sharply in 2015 despite the slowing Chinese economy, rising to US $29 billion and focused once again on Venezuela, Brazil and Ecuador, the Inter-American Dialogue public policy think tank said in its annual report issued this month. From nuclear power pl...

Venezuela’s top court grants Maduro emergency powers

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (L) talks during the opening ceremony of a plant of PVC tubes in the state of Carabobo, in this handout picture provided by Miraflores Palace on February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout via Reuters CARACAS - Venezuela's Supreme Court approved President Nicolas Maduro's "economic emergency" decree on Thursday, setting up a showdown after the Vene...