Costa Rica


The struggle for Maya land, oil, and gold

by Robin Llewellyn 11 July 2012 After two very recent attacks on Maya community leaders in Guatemala, the challenges faced by the lawyers applying domestic law and international indigenous rights legislation to these conflicts are revealing, as legal concepts are reinterpreted by governments in indigenous communities across the Maya region of Central America. On the night of 12 June two men broke into the home of José Tavico Tzunun in Santa Cruz del Qiché, Western Guatemala, and murdered him. Tzunun was a member of the K’iche’ Peoples Council in Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Earth, and Indigenous Territory. He helped […]

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CELAC

Integrating the Caribbean and Central America

In continuing with what I’ve been talking about for several years now as to how things are being integrated into districts and all that. Earlier posts talk about the over all picture, others talk about the regional CARICOM and SICA stuff and some other angle. This one speaks more into that. Time to wake up Belizeans. THE TIME TO SAVE YOUR COUNTRY IS BEFORE YOU LOSE IT! – Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson This was originally posted on Caribbean Journal By Alberto Duran and Noemi Areli Sanchez The Central American Integration System (SICA) was formed in 1991 and is a regional […]


The Caribbean is America’s Balkans for Jihadist Migrant Flow

by Wayne MADSEN | 25.11.2015 | 00:00 Just as the Balkans have served as Europe’s «soft underbelly» for the largest mass migration of refugees since World War II, the Caribbean, coupled with Central America, is proving to be America’s own «Balkans» when it comes to Syrian and other migrants flowing into the United States. In the cases of both Europe and America, the flows of migrants, including non-vetted military draft-age men from Syria, Iraq, and other Muslim countries, is being facilitated by the huge network of non-governmental and quasi-governmental organizations influenced by and linked to the international hedge fund tycoon […]

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The Clayton-Bulwer Treaty 1

Convention Between the United States of America and Her Britannic Majesty; April 19, 1850 One of the more peculiar diplomatic documents in the history of inter-American relations: in it, the US and Britain agreed to avoid unilaterally annexing or fortifying any canal across the Central American isthmus. That Nicaragua, the ostensible object of these negotiations, was not invited says something about the diplomacy of the era. THE United States of America and her Britannic Majesty, being desirous of consolidating the relations of amity which so happily subsist between them, by setting forth and fixing in a convention their views and […]


CABO Executive Board Meets in Nicaragua

Managua, Nicaragua – January 26 2015 – Central America is home to more than 3 million of African descent people. For 19 years the Central American Black Organization (CABO) has been the umbrella organization unifying Black people in the region. CABO’s first female president Honduran Mirtha Colon chaired two days of intense and creative dialogue and debate on January 23 and 24, as policies, activities, and budgets were formulated. President Colon also had the task of introducing CABO’s bylaws, rules and regulations to new members as they evaluated CABO’s progress report card. The communal participation of this board from 7 […]


The Increasing Emphasis on U.S. Central American Trade

Originally published May 3, 2013 Summary In the spectrum of U.S. relations, Central America holds a far lower profile than the Middle East, Europe or Asia, but stability in Central America and the Caribbean is fundamental to North American security. U.S. President Barack Obama traveled to Costa Rica on May 3 for a meeting with leaders from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Belize, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The visit marks a waypoint in the slow evolution of the region’s relationship with the United States — a relationship that since the end of the Cold War has become increasingly focused […]


NAFTA and the Future of Canada, Mexico and the United States

By Marc Lanthemann The 20th anniversary of NAFTA’s implementation on Jan. 1 has revived some of the perennial arguments that have surrounded the bloc since its inception. The general consensus has been that the trade deal was a mixed bag, a generally positive yet disappointing economic experiment. That consensus may not be wrong. The history of the North American Free Trade Agreement as an institution has been one of piecemeal, often reluctant, integration of three countries with a long tradition of protectionism and fierce defense of economic national sovereignty. While NAFTA was a boon for certain sectors of the economy, […]


INTERNATIONALIZATION CAMPAIGN 1

Guatemala refused to resume negotiations until Britain reduced its troop strength in Belize. It was not until 1975, after Belize’s election in late 1974 that the talks resumed. However, Guatemala’s position seemed to have hardened since they were demanding the cession of the southern quarter of Belize in return for recognizing the independence of the rest. This prompted the Belize government to embark on a radically new approach in which it would have to gain the support of the world to its independence. Therefore, the objectives of its internationalisation campaign were: To gain the support of as many nations as […]


Belize and the IDB – Words from the PM 2

Dean Barrow says IDB President’s crass act of cowardice There is a major fallout with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and this morning, Prime Minister Dean Barrow threw the IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno under the bus even though they have had a cozy relationship over the years. For background, in August, the PM said he was leaning on the IDB to obtain financing in the form of Policy Based Loans (PBL) and had taken to the House a number of legislative issues to secure the PBL as part of the restructuring of the US five hundred and forty-four million […]


Guatemala's Claim

With all the talks of Guatemala’s claim on Belize on the rise again. If and when we go to the referendum to argue again with Guatemala, we force them to put up something to lose as well or know their role and shut the hell up. They know they have no claim on Belize, but they keep pushing the issue because they know our leaders are weak and keep playing their games. I say we have them put up some of their country and if we win we get it. Belize has everything to lose, a country and it’s people; […]


Had to share… The world’s most violent region

I was reading up on Belize News a couple of days ago and came across this article on the Belize Times that got my attention. I read it, pondered a bit and then read it again. This really shocked the hell out of me to know that in a matter of a little over a decade or two our country has apparently sunk so low.