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  • Witness on 'underwear bomber' plane speculates intelligence agencies behind Paris attack

    01/13/2015 3:14:17 PM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 19 replies
    1776 Channel ^ | January 13, 2015 | Alan Jones
    Retired attorney Kurt Richard Haskell conjectured on the Paris attacks on Sunday during an interview from Costa Rica with 1776 Channel, which can neither confirm nor readily dismiss his theories. “The Muslims being used in these plots are being trained overseas by undercover CIA pretending to be Al Qaeda/ ISIS. I think all of them were trained that way. They think they are in terrorist training camps when they are instead being trained to be patsies.” -Kurt Haskell during interview with 1776 Channel Haskell ran for U.S. Congress in 2012 as a Democrat in Michigan’s 7th District where he received...
  • Rubio, Ros-Lehtinen Banned From Nicaragua

    12/14/2014 6:55:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 08:44 PM | Greg Richter
    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has banned two American lawmakers from his country after they helped push through legislation last week to ban Venezuelan officials from the United States. “Just like they [U.S. officials] have their lists, we can make our own lists in Latin America of those who shouldn’t enter our country,” Ortega told Costa Rica’s Tico Times. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen laughed off Ortega’s ban, The Miami Herald reported. …
  • US President Bush Blocks Embassy Move to Jerusalem

    06/17/2004 4:45:31 PM PDT · by SJackson · 127 replies · 809+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6-17-04
    US President Bush has, once again, suspended the relocation of the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Israel's capital, Jerusalem. Bush did this by asserting that US national security will be harmed if he implements the US law requiring the move. Bush’s refusal to take concrete measures recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has caused some to question the US President’s reputation as a ‘friend of Israel’. Congress overwhelmingly approved the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act in 1995, mandating that the US Embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 1999 and that the US recognize Jerusalem as...
  • Charismatic Minifauna

    10/06/2014 11:13:08 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    W I R E D ^ | 10.06.14 8:00 am | Gwen Pearson
    W I R E D cannot be directly posted or excerpted from, but they have a somewhat relaxing article about something called "Nature Zen", in this case recordings about various birdcalls and songs in the early morning in Costa Rica and Queensland Australia (Bewdy!). Lots of links and recordings available at the site, and be careful you do not fall asleep listening to them. :) Ignore the link at the top of the thread, it only leads back to the FR index page -have you donated yet? Here is the link to the article: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/nature-zen-audio-library-of-nature/ Kind of graphics heavy due...
  • 5 reasons not to retire in the U.S.: Number of retirees overseas has more than doubled in 10 years

    08/08/2014 5:22:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 08/08/2014 | By Quentin Fottrell,
    More than half a million retirees receive their Social Security benefits abroad, according to International Living , a monthly newsletter focusing on retiring overseas. The Social Security Administration currently sends 613,650 retirement-benefit payments outside the U.S., more than double the 242,128 benefit payments sent abroad in 2002. And even that data likely under-represents the actual number of Americans retired overseas, says Dan Prescher, 60, special projects editor of the newsletter. (International Living gets much of its financial support from advertisers who sell overseas real estate to retirees, and other services for those wishing to relocate.) “San Diego has some of...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Why Not Costa Rica? It's much closer to the home of the illegal immigrants

    07/11/2014 11:28:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/10/2014 | Russ Vaughn
    We are told that the children from Central America invading our southern border are seeking a life free of political persecution with opportunities to advance their educations. OK, I can understand that. What I can’t understand is why these children have to undergo the travails of threading their way through the iniquity and corruption of Mexico to attain their goals in the United States when there exists a very attractive alternative right in their own backyard. Way back in the late 1940’s Costa Rica disbanded its army and promulgated laws to ensure that all of its young people were entitled...
  • Why Not Costa Rica? It's much closer to the homes of the illegal immigrants

    07/08/2014 9:03:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    American Thinker ^ | 07/08/2014 | By Russ Vaughn
    Many observers misunderstood the Hobby Lobby dispute and others like it as a First Amendment case, but it wasn’t. It primarily related to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), with an indirect reference to the constitutional freedom of religious expression. A case in Louisiana may be the real McCoy, though. The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that a priest must testify in a case about what he heard in a confessional — an order that would result in automatic excommunication and damnation, according to the doctrine and canon law of the Catholic Church: The state high court’s decision, rendered...
  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    04/19/2014 3:27:33 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 19, 2014 | JAVIER CORDOBA
    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't be afraid." Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared that day in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint on April 27 in a ceremony at the Vatican where Mora will be a guest...
  • Colorado city appoints illegal immigrant to its Human Relations Commission

    03/21/2014 4:44:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 21, 2014 | by Greg Campbell
    The newest member of the city of Boulder’s Human Relations Commission has been living in the country illegally for the past 20 years. The city council appointed Jose Beteta, who was born in Costa Rica, to the vacant position after voters in Boulder eliminated the requirement that board members be registered to vote. The very board to which Beteta was appointed suggested that the measure be put on the November ballot. The Human Relations Commission promotes diversity in Boulder and enforces the city’s Human Rights Ordinance, according to the Denver Post.
  • Official Communiqué: Tridentine Mass Banned in Costa Rica

    03/15/2014 12:57:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    Una Voce - Costa Rica | March 14, 2014
    Official Communiqué - To the Confused Catholics of Costa Rica and Abroad - The purpose of this statement is to present a summarized report of the situation in Costa Rica, particularly in the Archdiocese of San José, in relation to the Mass of Ages, also called the Tridentine Mass, Traditional Latin Mass or Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Una Voce Costa Rica, member of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce, a federation with recognition from the Holy See, has been working in recent years for all Catholics in Costa Rica to enjoy what in the letter accompanying the Motu Proprio...
  • 5 decades later, some JFK probe files still sealed

    08/17/2013 5:40:03 PM PDT · by don-o · 62 replies
    AP via Fox ^ | August 17, 2013
    Five decades after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot and long after official inquiries ended, thousands of pages of investigative documents remain withheld from public view. The contents of these files are partially known -- and intriguing -- and conspiracy buffs are not the only ones seeking to open them for a closer look.
  • China and Colombia announce 'alternative Panama Canal'

    02/14/2011 11:26:43 AM PST · by Oakeshott · 59 replies
    BBC ^ | BBC
    Colombia has announced it is negotiating with China to build an alternative to the Panama Canal. The proposed transport route is intended to promote the flow of goods between Asia and Latin America. The plan is to create a "dry canal" where the Pacific port of Buenaventura would be linked by rail, across Colombia, to the Atlantic Coast. Trade between Colombia and China has increased from $10m in 1980 to more than $5bn last year. The announcement came from the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, who told the Financial Times that the project was "a real proposal... and it is...
  • Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal

    06/07/2013 10:14:17 AM PDT · by BBell · 49 replies
    http://www.guardian.co.uk ^ | 6 June 2013 | Jonathan Watts
    Nicaragua has awarded a Chinese company a 100-year concession to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, in a step that looks set to have profound geopolitical ramifications. The president of the country's national assembly, Rene Nuñez, announced the $40bn (£26bn) project, which will reinforce Beijing's growing influence on global trade and weaken US dominance over the key shipping route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The name of the company and other details have yet to be released, but the opposition congressman Luis Callejas said the government planned to grant a 100-year lease to the Chinese operator. The national...
  • Nicaragua waterway to dwarf Panama canal (China Connecting to Atlantic)

    06/13/2013 1:50:09 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 41 replies
    Nicaragua's parliament is due to vote on Thursday on one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Latin America's history – a trans-oceanic canal that is to be built and run by a Chinese company. If it goes ahead, the $40bn (£26bn) scheme, which is twice as expensive as Brazil's Belo Monte dam and likely to be three times longer than the Panama canal, looks set to transform global shipping and jump start the economy of this Central American nation. As well as the waterway, the draft agreement between Nicaragua and a Hong Kong registered firm — Nicaraguan Canal Development Investment...
  • The $40 Bil. Chinese Plan To Build A Panama Canal-Like Waterway Across Nicaragua Sounds Ridiculous

    06/14/2013 8:43:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/14/2013 | Michael Kelley
    Nicaragua has approved plans for a mysterious Hong Kong-based company to build an estimated $40 billion canal across the middle of the country, Luis Manuel Galeano and Michael Weissenstein of The Associated Press report. The waterway, which would have to be roughly three times as long as the 50-mile Panama Canal, would be one of the largest infrastructure projects ever. The plan has some serious detractors: Environmentalists say it would devastate Lake Nicaragua, the country's primary source of fresh water, while shipping experts say that it may be an economically unfeasible power play by China. The company, HK Nicaragua Canal...
  • Arias chooses to sit this one out; no plans to visit Honduras

    09/29/2009 6:03:50 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies · 326+ views
    THE TICO TIMES ^ | Tue, Sep 29, 7:08 AM | CHRISSIE LONG
    THE TICO TIMES, SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA | CHRISSIE LONG | Tue, Sep 29, 7:08 AM Sep. 29--Three months of intense dialogue between the feuding parties in Honduras finds the chief mediator in the crisis watching from the sidelines. Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, a longtime champion of peace in the Central American region, has chosen to remain in his home country as the conflict becomes more torrid in Honduras. "I want to be available ... if I am needed," he said at a news conference from his home on Monday, "but I won't go unless my presence is necessary."...
  • Arias warns Honduran elections won't be recognized (Call constitution "worst in the world")

    09/29/2009 3:25:03 PM PDT · by don-o · 27 replies · 838+ views
    AP via Google ^ | September 29, 2009 | JENNIFER KAY
    CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Costa Rica's President Oscar Arias on Tuesday commended the interim president of Honduras for saying he will reverse an emergency decree suspending civil liberties in his country. But he warned that the results of the Nov. 29 presidential election in Honduras would not be internationally recognized if it is held while interim President Robert Micheletti's government is in charge. Arias said Micheletti's government "has not moved an inch" in negotiations to return ousted President Manuel Zelaya with limited authority. snip Also to blame was the Honduran constitution, he said. He called it "the worst in the...
  • Drug Cartels Turn To Human Trafficking

    07/07/2013 5:55:14 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 07/07/13 | Friends of Ours
    Central American migrants who are lured by the U.S. open border policy are getting exploited by Mexican cartels which are expanding their rackets from the drug trade to human trafficking as reported by Isabella Cota for The Guardian: "'Why? Because a dose of drugs can be bought and consumed only once, but the same human being can be exploited in many forms over and over again throughout a lifetime,' says Marcela Chacón, Costa Rica's deputy minister of interior and police." Inexplicably, the so-called immigration reform bill proposed by U.S. lawmakers contains no provisions by which intelligence data could be obtained...
  • Uncovered, the 'toxic' gene hiding in GM crops: Revelation throws new doubt over safety of foods

    01/25/2013 7:38:13 AM PST · by opentalk · 71 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 21, 2013 | Sean Poulter
    •EU watchdog reveals approval for GM foods fails to identify poisonous gene •54 of the 86 GM plants approved contain the dangerous gene •Gene found in food for farm animals producing meat, milk and eggs •Biotech supporters argue there is no evidence that GM foods are harmful A virus gene that could be poisonous to humans has been missed when GM food crops have been assessed for safety. GM crops such as corn and soya, which are being grown around the world for both human and farm animal consumption, include the gene. A new study by the EU’s official food...
  • I Want To Retire In Costa Rica

    11/09/2012 6:00:52 PM PST · by kjam22 · 139 replies
    vanity | 11-9-2012 | kjam22
    Anyone know anything about retiring in Costa Rica?
  • 7.9 Near San Jose, Costa Rica

    09/05/2012 8:04:38 AM PDT · by null and void · 105 replies
    Fox | 9/5/12
    Tsunami alert.
  • Losing Nicaragua-- The Sandinistas are slowly crushing democracy.

    11/24/2009 8:21:15 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 19 replies · 800+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/24/2009 | Jaime Daremblum
    With U.S. policymakers distracted by the situation in Honduras, Nicaragua continues to move toward authoritarianism. On October 19, a Nicaraguan Supreme Court panel overturned a constitutional provision limiting presidents to two non-consecutive terms in office. The ruling will allow incumbent Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega--the Sandinista party leader, former Soviet client, vociferous critic of the United States, and current Hugo Chávez acolyte--to run for another term in 2011. If there were any doubts that Nicaraguan democracy is slowly being extinguished, this latest development should remove them. The Nicaraguan Supreme Court is composed of 16 members. Thanks to a political deal made...
  • Rabbani, Iran's Islamic-fascist cleric heads 'Hezbollah, Quds and Islamization' in L. America

    10/16/2011 12:46:15 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 15 replies
    Face of evil: MOHSEN RABBANI The Islamic Shiite cleric active in Latin America since the early 1990s. Responsible for the 1992 and 1994 anti-Jewish massacres in Argentina. Wanted in that country and by the Interpol for the crimes. Called for Israel to be "wiped off," in 1994. 'Chief' Islamic operator of Hezbollah - Quds activities of: Islamizaton --including 'recruting converts for Islam'-- and terror networks in Latin America, resides in Brazil. Lightning Out of Lebanon: Hezbollah Terrorists on American Soil - Pages 122-3Tom Diaz, Barbara Newman - Random House Digital, Inc., 2006 - History - 272 pagesThe man directly responsible for this cell-building...
  • C.S.: Iranian Diplomats to UN Should Face Increased Scrutiny (Oh, those 'diplomats' Islamists)

    02/16/2012 8:36:08 PM PST · by Milagros · 6 replies
    NY Observer/Politicker | 02-15-12 | Colin Campbell
    Senator Chuck Schumer wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today calling for “increased scrutiny” of the Iranian Mission to the United Nations in light of potential terrorist attacks against New York City. Pointing to NYPD’s director of intelligence warning that Iran is “essentially” the number one threat, Mr. Schumer argued these diplomats must ”be vigorously monitored.” “With Iran’s increasingly bellicose and threatening behavior, it’s imperative that agents of the Iranian government in the United States receive additional scrutiny to ensure that they pose no threat to New York or the rest of the country,” Mr. Schumer said...
  • Dissemination *_is_" Collection

    01/01/2012 2:25:01 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    Forum.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | 01 January 2012, 11:35 | Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET - quote: Dissemination *_is_* collection I always get a kick out of people who tell me I give away intelligence for free. What I do is watch how information moves. Keep in mind that the subject covered on this site are pretty darn esoteric by most standards. What kind of people, for example, even know who Oussama Salhab is? Answers include: Oussama Salhab, his family, friends, associates in and out of Hizballah, people he does business with, spies of various nations, etc. Yep. The barn is free, and so is the food.
  • JUSTICE FOR LORI BERENSON

    12/02/2004 11:08:19 PM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 534+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/03/04
    For months, Lori Berenson, New York's most notorious revolutionary tourist, has had her fingers crossed, counting on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to overturn her 20-year sentence for terrorist activities in Peru. The Lima government also clearly expected a ruling in Berenson's favor — it announced last week that it would defy any order by the Costa Rica-based court that the MIT dropout-turned-sandalista be set free. But guess what? The court has upheld her sentence, imposed after a three-month civilian trial after her first conviction, by a military tribunal, was overturned following pressure from the Clinton administration. The...
  • Nicaragua would welcome Gaddafi

    09/04/2011 6:50:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    GlobalPost ^ | Wednesday, August 24, 2011 | Sarah Childress
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi still has a few friends left in Latin America. We know that Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's charismatic president, supports him because he can't stop talking about it. With the Libyan rebels firing celebration guns in Tripoli, Chavez came out with a second statement that said he refused to acknowledge any government in Libya but that of his friend. "Without a doubt, we're facing imperal madness," Chavez said in his televised address, according to the Associated Press. And now, Nicaragua has chimed in. President Daniel Ortega has been a longtime ally of Gaddafi. In February, he said he...
  • Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba Still Support Gaddafi

    09/04/2011 6:32:51 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Hudson New York / Hudson Institute ^ | September 2, 2011 | Anna Mahjar-Barducci
    Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba continue to be the staunchest supporters of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega have both declared that they will not abandon Gaddafi in this time of crisis. Chavez has actually stated that he will continue to recognize only his friend Gaddafi as the legitimate leader of Libya, whereas Ortega has already offered him asylum... According to the Venezuelan paper, El Universal, the fall of Gaddafi's mean the defeat of Chavez. "At a time when even the Arab League has expressed its full support to the Libyan Transitional National...
  • For Apple, a $76 Billion Dilemma

    07/20/2011 7:12:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 21, 2011 | YUKARI IWATANI KANE
    Apple Inc. has built up a $76.2 billion cash hoard. Now the question is what the company intends to do with the money pile. On Tuesday, the Cupertino, Calif., company disclosed cash, including short-term and long-term marketable securities, for the quarter ended June 25 increased 15.8% since March to $76.2 billion. That's more than the gross domestic product of 126 countries, including nations such as Ecuador, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka and Costa Rica, according to data from the World Bank. The gigantic sum on Wednesday prompted some investors to call for it to use some of the cash for dividend payouts....
  • 5.3 Earthquake in Upala Alajuela (Earth swallowed up Costa Rican River)

    07/14/2011 11:56:31 AM PDT · by TaraP · 54 replies
    Today at approximately 2:11pm in the afternoon, Upala was rattled by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake that shook products off store shelves and rattled off home furnishings. No immediate damages were reported however later in the afternoon something strange was discovered as a result. While reporting on the earthquake in Upala today, a local news station discovered that a district near the epicenter was missing a river. That’s right…A RIVER. Apparently in the moments following the earthquake, a community stood watch as their river disappeared in to the Earth. As of this writing it is still unknown exactly which community this...
  • U.S. teenager mistakenly killed by Costa Rica hotel guard

    06/03/2011 3:57:18 AM PDT · by South40 · 30 replies · 1+ views
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) – A U.S. high school student was shot dead by a hotel security guard in Costa Rica on Thursday after being mistaken for a thief, police said. Sixteen-year-old Justin Johnston was shot in the chest in the early hours of Thursday as he tried to sneak back into his room, breaking a night curfew on a school trip. "It appears the hotel guard thought the guest was a thief," police said in a statement.
  • The Palestinians Come to Latin America

    02/22/2011 7:31:38 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 21, 2011 | Jaime Daremblum
    The Washington Post recently reported on the successful Palestinian drive to achieve statehood recognition from South American countries. Over the past few months, several countries—including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay—have endorsed the existence of an independent Palestinian country. (In years past, Palestine had garnered official recognition from Costa Rica, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.) To a casual observer, the wave of recognition may seem like a spontaneous outburst. In fact, there was nothing spontaneous about it. The flurry of diplomatic activity represents the culmination of a robust Palestinian lobbying push that was blessed and encouraged by former...
  • Iran: Northern border of Costa Rica (alarm in CR of Iranian Islamists' infiltration)

    01/21/2011 6:36:02 AM PST · by Righting · 3 replies
    La Republica (google translate) ^ | Jan, 2011 | E. Scharf
    Iran: Northern border of Costa Rica They're public and undeniable terrorist strategies, discriminatory and violative of human rights promotes Iranian President in his country and attempts to export to the world. It is also indisputable the serious and imminent threat to mankind posed by Iran's nuclear program, which Ahmadinejad has refused to stop despite the five Security Council resolutions ordering it and the repeated warnings from the International Atomic Energy Agency. Many Costa Ricans believe that a humanitarian tragedy resulting from the Iranian regime would occur "across the world" and would have consequences for our country. Who thinks this is...
  • Local Swiss bank probed [Cayman Islands]

    09/20/2009 2:04:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 613+ views
    Cayman Net News ^ | September 18, 2009 | Kerry Harvey
    A Swiss bank that used its Cayman Islands’ branch to engage in what a US federal judge has branded “predatory lending practices” is being investigated by the US authorities. Senior officials of Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, are facing claims that they pocketed millions of dollars by dishing out loans that were impossible to repay. On Tuesday, 15 September, 31 of the bank’s officials received subpoenas demanding that they hand over internal documents that explain why they loaned $375 million to the now bankrupt Yellowstone Club in 2005. The Yellowstone Club, founded by American tycoon Tim Blixseth, was once...
  • Obama’s air guitar: The dangers of US weakness

    11/17/2010 2:40:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Live MINT / The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 17, 2010 | Bret Stephens
    Lately in the news: Beijing provokes clashes with the navies of both Indonesia and Japan as part of a bid to claim the South China Sea. Tokyo is in a serious diplomatic row with Russia over the South Kuril islands, a leftover dispute from 1945. There are credible fears that Tehran and Damascus will use the anticipated indictment of Hezbollah figures by a United Nations tribunal to overthrow the elected Lebanese government. Managua is attempting to annex a sliver of Costa Rica, a nation much too virtuous to have an army of its own. And speaking of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega...
  • Costa Rica files case against Nicaragua in international court

    11/20/2010 9:19:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies · 1+ views
    cnn ^ | November 19, 2010 -- Updated 1117 GMT (1917 HKT) | CNN Wire Staff
    <p>In a statement Thursday, Costa Rica's foreign ministry said the country had filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, to end a situation that "threatens imminent and irreparable harm" to Costa Rica.</p> <p>The suit asks the court to stop "the construction of a canal on Costa Rican soil," according to the statement.</p>
  • 7,000 U.S. Marines Landing on the Beaches of Costa Rica

    11/20/2010 1:17:09 AM PST · by fella · 32 replies
    Coasta Rica Frog ^ | July 13, 2010 | Bill Clanton
    Costa Rica doesn’t ‘officially’ have an army – but apparently it will be home to one for the rest of 2010. A flotilla of 46 United States Navy warships capable of carrying 200 helicopters, along with 10 Harrier vertical take-off and landing fighter jets, and 7,000 combat ready marines available for land based operations is on its way to this Central American country with no standing army.
  • Ortega's Land Grab--Nicaragua has invaded Costa Rican territory. How will the U.S. respond?

    11/18/2010 7:55:01 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | November 18, 2010 6:30 AM | Jaime Daremblum
    With the world distracted by currency fights, European debt problems, and other economic challenges, Nicaragua has quietly invaded and occupied the sovereign territory of Costa Rica. It is an act of naked aggression that deserves to be condemned and resisted by governments everywhere, yet most Americans have probably read little or nothing about it. Here’s a brief synopsis of what happened. At the direction of their government, Nicaraguans were dredging the San Juan River, which forms a section of their southern border with Costa Rica. They were doing so in a manner that was damaging many Costa Rican properties, which...
  • Confrontation In Costa Rica

    11/14/2010 10:58:23 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 2+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 14, 2010 | Clarice Feldman
    Once again, the leftist thugs of Central America test our mettle and prove the  impotence of international organizations. Haaretz reports that Iran,Venezuela and Nicaragua are working together to encroach on Costa Rican territory: The recent border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is a sign of an ambitious plan by Venezuela, Iran and Nicaragua to create a "Nicaragua Canal" linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that would rival the existing Panama Canal. Costa Rica says that last week Nicaraguan troops entered its territory along the San Juan River - the border between the two nations. Nicaragua had been conducting...
  • Iran, Venezuela plan to build rival to Panama Canal

    11/13/2010 6:59:02 AM PST · by mandaladon · 56 replies · 3+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 13 Nov 2010 | Shlomo Papirblat
    The recent border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is a sign of an ambitious plan by Venezuela, Iran and Nicaragua to create a "Nicaragua Canal" linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that would rival the existing Panama Canal. Costa Rica says that last week Nicaraguan troops entered its territory along the San Juan River – the border between the two nations. Nicaragua had been conducting channel deepening work on the river when the incident occurred. Sources in Latin America have told Haaretz that the border incident and the military pressure on Costa Rica, a country without an army, are...
  • Conflict [Costa Rica] reaches boiling point as Google errs again

    11/13/2010 12:24:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies · 1+ views
    WA ^ | November 12, 2010 | Asher Moses
    An international conflict between Nicaragua and Costa Rica sparked in part by Google Maps is escalating as the search giant admits to yet another geo-goof that could spark yet more tensions. After blaming Google Maps for its troops invading Costa Rica last week, Nicaraguan troops have refused to leave the disputed piece of land, which lies near the border between the countries. Google has admitted to mistakenly identifying the land as part of Nicaragua, an error it has since fixed. The Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States visited both countries in an attempt to resolve the conflict. However, Nicaraguan...
  • Costa Rica Gives Nicaragua Another 24 Hours

    11/12/2010 7:31:23 AM PST · by jy1297 · 19 replies
    The pressure for a peaceful solution to the Costa Rica - Nicaragua conflict is mounting. Costa Rica officials on Thursday accepted to extend the 4pm deadline at the recommendations of the Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA). to delay taking action. Costa Rica announced last night that it would give its northern neighbour another 24 hours to remove its troops from the Isla Calero, the small piece of land on the south side of the San Juan river, which Costa Rica claims its own. The decision to delay is aimed at buying time for the politician on...
  • Nicaragua Accidentally Invades Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps

    11/06/2010 11:52:04 PM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Techdirt ^ | Novemberr 6, 2010 | Staff
    You would think that military professionals would rely on something other than Google Maps in determining where countries have their borders. However, down in Central America, there's apparently been something of an international incident, after a Nicaraguan military commander, using Google Maps as his guide, brought his troops into Costa Rica. He insists that he was just following what Google Maps said, and that he never intended to go into the neighboring country. Yet... the report also notes that there was a Costa Rican flag there, which the Nicaraguans took down and replaced with their own flag. You would think,...
  • Sea Turtle Extinction: Not Caused by Global Warming

  • Photographic Proof of What's Causing Sea Turtles to be Endangered (Hint, it's Not America's Fault)

    10/09/2010 11:48:08 AM PDT · by OneVike · 26 replies
    We are constantly told that Americans are the ones destroying the planet and thus creating many species on the earth to become extinct, but maybe, just maybe we are not the problem. At I have always said that America is the friendliest country when it comes to the environment and animals. So for some proof that Sea Turtles are not becoming extinct because of the lights on beaches during the season that the sea turtles hatch their eggs, take a look at what the citizens of Costa Rica are doing to help save the sea turtles. OK they are...
  • One death, more cases (5,000) of dengue in Costa Rica

    08/17/2010 10:32:27 AM PDT · by MamaDearest · 7 replies
    fluetrackers.com ^ | August 15, 2010 | Ara
    08.15.2010 16:55:53 / Xinhua Costa Rica reported an alarming increase of 5,000 cases of dengue during the last week, confirms today the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS). According to official data, this Central American nation went from accounting for 16 200 people affected until last week to register at this time a total of 21,200 infected. The authorities acknowledged their concern, as the number of people affected this time than the statistics from previous years and could continue to increase with the arrival of the rainy season. In Costa Rica circulating types 1, 2 and 3 of the dengue...
  • Pre-Columbian burial ground unearthed in Costa Rica

    07/20/2010 6:45:06 PM PDT · by csvset · 13 replies · 1+ views
    France24 ^ | 21 July 2010 | AFP
    An 800-year-old, pre-Columbian burial ground with baskets full of human remains was unearthed at a building site outside San Jose, National Museum archaeologists said Tuesday. "It's a funeral complex made from river stones and slabs," Maritza Gutierrez, who heads the digs at the Tres Rios district 10 kilometers (six miles) from the capital, told reporters. The burial ground, dating from about the year 1200, yielded 26 sets of human bones from children to adults, contained in baskets made of plant fiber, an unusual material for native groups predating the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus. Archaeologists also found...
  • Navy evacuates the Gulf of Mexico

    07/17/2010 5:46:39 AM PDT · by humble and shy · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Hi folks. There are lots of blogs out there and websites talking of 46 warships, planes and 7000 troops evacuating the Gulf of Mexico and landing in Costa Rica. Something to do with 'the war on drugs'. Does anyone have the truth on this? Seems excessive for Costa Rica. Is there something big in the Gulf about to happen? I live on the west coast of Florida and I'm scared out of my mind. There are talks of shifts in the plates between Haiti and the US. Supposedly NoAA has blocked view of Tsunami site (don't know, I haven't tried...