The General Assembly of the UN watched the "establishment of an active group of friendly countries to play a particularly important role in supporting the reactivation of the social development in the country (Nicaragua), which will facilitate the strengthening of its institutional and democratic structures." With the whole world watching
When the Washington Office of Latin America (WOLA) began, Bill Brown and Joe Eldridge, and, later, others divided the tasks on a geographical basis. Bill took Central America, and for the next few years dedicated himself to bringing spokesmen for the oppressed and for change to Washington as well as
La Carpio is a poor community in Costa Rica, nestled against a wealthy enclave of North American and European ex-patriots. Lynn Schneider takes a sobering look at the discrimination and inequalities faced by residents of La Carpio, demonstrating that cultural and structural violence are deeply ingrained, even in a country
Jessica Barran reports on the Crucitas gold mine roundtable, recently held on UPEACE campus. Representatives from Industrias Infinito, the Costa Rican government, two environmental NGOs (FECON and AIDA), and the University of Costa Rica, were all given a chance to clarify their positions and field questions on this controversial issue.
Some have argued that the continued use of force in international relations demonstrates that the prohibition of the use of force in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter is meaningless and outdated. Kanade counters this position with a discourse on the purpose and interpretation of international law, and argues that
Monica Paniagua comments on the current debate in Costa Rica about increasing the scope and weapons of the national police force as a response to the ongoing border dispute with Nicaragua. Paniagua argues that Costa Rica should stay true to its tradition of diplomacy and avoid the slippery slope to