Costa Rica Could Be Losing its Political Example

Street Vendors in San José, Costa Rica. Inequality has increased rapidly in the country throughout the past decade. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Famously lauded as an exception to trends of overall political instability in Central America, Costa Rica has presented an enduring model of socially democratic peace for the region. The country is the area’s longest-standing democracy since it famously decided to abolish its military under the 1949 Constitution to invest in social services such as universal education and healthcare. Since then, it has come to be seen as a landmark of environmental stewardship, a beacon of prosperity to neighboring immigrants, and – with its Pura Vida (pure life) men

Watchlist: Lula Won't Leave

Week of April 9th Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is greeted by supporters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday (Source: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images) Africa Kenya and Nigeria Suspect Cambridge Analytica Interference in Elections Kenyan and Nigerian officially are currently investigated whether Cambridge Analytica tampered with their elections. The British company has recently come into the spotlight for its interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. Garba Shehu, a spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, said that the country’s leaders are investigating claims that the company held anti-election rallies to dissuade people from voting for opposition candidates, and that they

Make America European Again?

A Hungarian soldier stands guard at the Hungary-Serbia border fence (Source: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters) As refugees exit trains in the Munich station, a crowd of people cheer them on, handing them candy, water, and toys. Liberals in the US must have these or similar viral images in mind when they think about immigration to Europe. A place where refugees are welcomed enthusiastically, in contrast to the xenophobic rhetoric that surrounds America under the Trump administration. And can you blame them? The narrative in the American media, both left- and right-wing, is one of a Europe with open doors to immigrants. However, contrary to the romanticizing beliefs of many liberals in the US, the EU a

Watchlist: Protests Continue in Gaza

Week of April 2nd Palestinians participating in Land Day demonstrations protest along the Gaza-Israeli border (Source: Mohammed Salem/Reuters) Africa Dozens Killed in Al-Shabaab Attack in Somalia Dozens of Ugandan soldiers were killed by Al-Shabaab militants in a double suicide car bomb attack on a peacekeeper base in the town of Bulamarer, 80 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. More than 40 peacekeeper soldiers and 30 Islamic militants are thought to be dead. The Ugandan soldiers formed part of a force of more than 20,000 soldiers from across the continent posted in Somalia by AMISOM, the regional peacekeeping mission of the African Union (AU). Al-Shabaab, an Islamic extremist group

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