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Costa Rica’s struggle with fiscal reform highlights its governance problems
Business
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Business
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Costa Rica’s struggle with fiscal reform highlights its governance problems

John McPhaul - August 13, 2015

The Costa Rican government’s struggle to launch fiscal reform to deal with its large and growing budget deficit brings into sharp focus the ongoing governance problems faced…

President Luis Guillermo Solís confirms new culture minister
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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President Luis Guillermo Solís confirms new culture minister

L. Arias - June 3, 2015

After his weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday President Luis Guillermo Solís confirmed Sylvie Durán Salvatierra as the new culture and youth minister and appointed current Film Center Director Max…

FIA conspiracy? Former culture minister blames ‘plot’ for festival failure
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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FIA conspiracy? Former culture minister blames ‘plot’ for festival failure

L. Arias - May 22, 2015

In testimony Thursday before a Legislative Assembly commission, Costa Rica's former Culture Minister Elizabeth Fonseca downplayed the colossal failure of this year's International Arts Festival, or FIA, saying, "this whole situation…

Costa Rica to punish public workers for LGBT discrimination
Gay rights
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Gay rights
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Costa Rica to punish public workers for LGBT discrimination

The Tico Times - May 17, 2015

Days before Costa Rica celebrated the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, Vice President Ana Helena Chacón announced an executive order that would punish…

Costa Rica president off to a rough start, survey says
Business
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Business
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Costa Rica president off to a rough start, survey says

The Tico Times - May 15, 2015

President Luis Guillermo Solís faced a steep learning curve coming into Costa Rica’s highest office without any previous elected experience, and the people aren’t cutting him any…

Costa Rica’s Solís presents State of the Nation report to invigorated opposition
Business
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Business
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Costa Rica’s Solís presents State of the Nation report to invigorated opposition

The Tico Times - May 1, 2015

Elected a year ago on a wave of euphoria and following promises of change, President Luis Guillermo Solís addressed Costa Rica Friday night in his first State…

PHOTO REPORT: Marching on May 1 in Costa Rica
Labor Day protests
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Labor Day protests
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PHOTO REPORT: Marching on May 1 in Costa Rica

Alberto Font - May 1, 2015

Thousands of Costa Rican workers on Friday participated in the annual May 1 march in the nation's capital, San José. Union members from various public institutions, political parties, environmentalists, musical bands…

Lawmakers ask President Solís to dismiss housing minister
Newsletter
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Newsletter
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Lawmakers ask President Solís to dismiss housing minister

L. Arias - April 24, 2015

Legislators from seven parties sent a letter to President Luis Guillermo Solís on Wednesday calling for the immediate dismissal of Housing Minister Rosendo Pujol Mesalles, arguing little progress in the ministry's public…

Costa Rica’s first official sign language interpreter has long history of bridging the communication gap
Latin America
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Latin America
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Costa Rica’s first official sign language interpreter has long history of bridging the communication gap

Zach Dyer - April 20, 2015

She speaks for the president but few have ever heard her voice. Estefanía Carvajal, 28, is the first official Costa Rican sign language interpreter for Casa Presidencial.…

President Solís laments media criticism; analysts say it’s nothing new
Business
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Business
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President Solís laments media criticism; analysts say it’s nothing new

The Tico Times - March 4, 2015

Tense relations between the press and the president are as common as rice and beans in Latin America. It’s a measure — with flaws — of a…