Costa Rica Coffee Guide
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Costa Rica, US team up to keep kids out of gangs, and that’s just G.R.E.A.T.

George Rodríguez - June 9, 2015

https://www.facebook.com/sanjose.usembassy/photos/a.10154020338653228.1073741986.71189598227/10154020338788228/?type=3&theater With an acronym like “G.R.E.A.T.,” how can you go wrong? G.R.E.A.T. stands for “Gang Resistance Education And Training,” and it’s a new program here sponsored by…

Latin America sees the economic toll of corruption
Corruption
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Corruption
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Latin America sees the economic toll of corruption

Mac Margolis | Bloomberg - May 25, 2015

Guatemalans are steaming. Crowds of them have poured into the streets this month — some 60,000 on May 16 alone — to protest corruption and demand the…

El Salvador on pace to become the hemisphere’s deadliest nation
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Crime
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El Salvador on pace to become the hemisphere’s deadliest nation

Joshua Partlow | The Washington Post - May 18, 2015

See also: In San Salvador everyone has to pay the gangs SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Most nights now, men in black masks are sweeping through this city,…

El Salvador moves 400 jailed gang members as part of plan to curb violence
Crime
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Crime
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El Salvador moves 400 jailed gang members as part of plan to curb violence

AFP - April 26, 2015

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- Some 400 gang members were transferred on Friday from prisons in northern and eastern El Salvador to one with higher security in Izalco,…

As gang violence surges, El Salvador fears bloody war
Crime
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Crime
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As gang violence surges, El Salvador fears bloody war

Carlos Mario Marquez | AFP - April 26, 2015

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- Clad in bullet-proof vests and balaclavas, elite squads of soldiers and police are preparing to wage a guerrilla-style war on El Salvador's gangs, trying…

In San Salvador everyone has to pay the gangs
Crime
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Crime
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In San Salvador everyone has to pay the gangs

Jurriaan van Eerten - April 18, 2015

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — It all started with a phone call. The man on the line said he was part of the Mara Salvatrucha gang and…

Guatemalan police capture suspect allegedly behind cameraman’s murder
Crime
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Crime
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Guatemalan police capture suspect allegedly behind cameraman’s murder

AFP - March 28, 2015

Guatemalan security forces on Friday captured the alleged intellectual author behind the murder of a TV cameraman in southern Guatemala, according to police. “The man was identified…

Corruption, inequality remain key issues in Central America’s latest election cycle
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Business
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Corruption, inequality remain key issues in Central America’s latest election cycle

Larry Luxner - February 16, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Panama’s economy will grow by 7 percent this year, but because of glaring inequality, most Panamanians will never see that prosperity. In Guatemala, corruption…

Honduran military aims to fill in for ‘absent’ parents with program targeting at-risk kids
Crime
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Crime
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Honduran military aims to fill in for ‘absent’ parents with program targeting at-risk kids

George Rodríguez - January 23, 2015

The Honduran military establishment says parents are not fulfilling their role in teaching children essential guiding values and principles. Thus, the Honduran Armed Forces (FAH) – which…

Is the US taxpayer-funded Central America Regional Security Initiative effective at stopping violence?
Central America
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Central America
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Is the US taxpayer-funded Central America Regional Security Initiative effective at stopping violence?

Larry Luxner - December 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Cristina Equizábal, a senior fellow at El Salvador’s National Foundation for Development (FUNDE), visited Costa Rica earlier this month – and was shocked…