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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There still are places in Costa Rica where the telephone and the Internet have not intruded.

Life moves at a slower pace, and the antics of animals replace YouTube.

That is until there is an emergency.

One such place is Carate on the southern edge of the Osa Peninsula and the gateway to Parque Nacional Corcovado.

The transport ministry is opening up the tiny community somewhat. The road from Puerto Jiménez is being prepared, and the plan is to install five bridges in the next six months to make the roadway an all-weather one.

Residents do not want many changes. They are not even asking for electricity. But a cell tower would go a long way toward making them more secure.

"Some would call Carate paradise because it's where the rainforest meets the ocean," said Jim Burgess, a snowbird from Toronto, Canada, who has a home there. "The proliferation of wildlife in the area is incredible, basically any type of animal you might hope to see in Costa Rica is there, including all the cats and perhaps the densest population of scarlet macaws in the country."

"I built this place 20 years ago and have seen 10- to 15-percent increase in people traffic and wild animals too," said Terry Conroy, owner and operator of Lookout Inn. "There is no cell service out here, and it’s a very huge park and beach where I

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think we should secure a cell tower for safety and security reason for us the locals and the tourists."

Lookout Inn is one of four major ecolodges in the community. The Internet, when it comes, is by expensive satellite. Electricity is solar. And emergency service is many miles away.

Conroy noted that cell service also would provide security for tourists who visit the park, an undeveloped jewel. He noted that Cody Roman Dial, a tourist from Alaska, vanished in the area last July.  If Dial were injured and in the park, he might have benefited by access to a cell tower.  Dial has never been found.

A former environmental minister also was lost in 2006 for some time in the park after he was attacked by a mother tapir and knocked head over heels.

Burgess said he hopes that the road and bridge work draws attention to the lack of cell service and that the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad will break down and install one.

Ryan Piercy is home, but many questions remain
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Ryan Piercy has returned home, but many questions remain about his disappearance.

Piercy is the general manager of the Association of Residents of Costa Rica. He is a Canadian who is naturalized as a Costa Rican. He is well-known by many expats.

Piercy, 45, arrived at his Heredia home shortly after midnight Sunday. Investigators have yet to interview him. The Judicial Investigating Organization had remained mum on the case, although the association said that Piercy had been kidnapped.

Judicial police are expected to address the case today. Informal reports say that a ransom had been paid via a European bank. A Spanish language newspaper had reported earlier that kidnappers wanted $250,000.

As had been the case in the 32 days that Piercy had been missing, there was no response from those in his home.

In addition to his role at the resident's 

association, Piercy was involved in the family business, Casa Canada.

That firm handles investments for expats. By necessity.

Piercy is listed in many corporate papers as the responsible party. This is not unlike many lawyers who also provide this service to foreign owners of corporations.

The Spanish press seized on this fact to suggest that Piercy was wealthy.

In contrast to the Piercy case, Judicial police quickly detained two men and two women Saturday night in the kidnapping and extortion of a 43-year-old Curridabat businessman. The man was kidnapped Friday, and an associate paid 8 million colons, about $15,000, as a ransom.

After the man was liberated in Aserrí, agents said they stopped a car in Pavas to make the arrests. One of the women is 16 and considered a minor by the courts. The other woman is 22, said agents. The men were listed as having ages of 22 and 27.

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Leprechauns figure in new short stories

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expat author Albert A. Correia has penned a book of short stories with a
strong emphasis on leprechauns.

He describes the stories as:

• Little Coleen finds a coin that has escaped the Leprechaun’s pot of gold.

• A managing editor is determined to prove once and for all that there are no pots of gold and that Leprechauns don’t exist.  It leads to readers finding out why so many computer programs go haywire.

• A mayor decides not to heed warnings and goes out to watch a Shakespeare play on a

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• Paddy gets up early to put his sure-fire scheme to capture the Leprechaun’s pot of gold into action.

According to Correia, a former California resident, all the stories are based on prompts from two writer groups, one in Costa Rica and the other, online, is international.

The small book, the second in a series, is available as a digital ebook and in paperback.

Four fishermen adrift in Pacific rescued

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas has rescued four fishermen from Panamá who had been adrift in the Pacific for more than a month.

The rescue took place some 280 nautical miles west of Cabo Blanco. The boat is the Antares III.

The coast guard said the fishing boat suffered some type of mechanical failure and the crew was adrift for 33 days.

Woman, 20, detained on murder charge

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 20-year-old woman has been detained on the allegation that she instigated the murder of a 60-year-old man last Feb. 15. The victim had the last name of Arguello and lived in Barrio San José in Alajuela.

The Judicial Investigating Organization accused the woman of letting in a third party while she was in the man's home. Arguello was tied up and smothered with a plastic bag over his head, agents said. The motive was said to be robbery of the home.

U.N. promotes multidimensional progress

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Economic growth alone will not reduce poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean. This was a key message from the U. N. Development Programme during a meeting with over 20 officials including ministers, senators, academics and leaders of major multilateral organizations in the region.

The Programme simulated what would happen if the region grew during 2017 to 2020 at the same rate as it did during the last decade.  That was 3.9 percent annually.

The estimates show that less people in Latin America and the Caribbean would be lifted from poverty than in the previous decade. While an average of 6.5 million women and men in the region left poverty every year during 2003 and 2012, only about 2.6 million a year would leave poverty behind (earning more than US$4 a day) between 2017 and 2020, the Programme said.

"Clearly, more of the same in terms of growth and public policies will no longer yield more of the same in poverty and inequality reduction," said Jessica Faieta. U.N. assistant secretary general and Programme director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

"Higher economic growth does not necessarily generate greater social progress: different policies must be in place, particularly at a time when fiscal resources, crucial to expand social safety nets, have shrunk," she said.

The Programme stressed that people’s well being must reflect more than income alone, calling on the region’s leaders to focus on multidimensional progress. This includes investing in skills for better employment opportunities, in financial systems that prevent over-indebtedness and reducing gender gaps.

"Many countries in the region have achieved quantitative and qualitative progress. However, we must not fall into complacency," added Diego Canepa, secretary to the presidency of the Republic of Uruguay. The challenge is to consolidate this progress and deepen the discussions, many of them promoted by the United Nations. Change is what ensures sustainability."

Ecuador criticized for media lynching law

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The Inter American Press Association has expressed its strong condemnation to the government of Ecuador over the punishment meted out to television channel Teleamazonas for having engaged in media lynching, an offense under the controversial Communication Organic Law.

Feb. 13, the Information and Communication Superintendence, the agency charged with overseeing compliance with the law in effect since 2013, punished Teleamazonas for media lynching, based on what it called harmful comments against Luis Chiriboga, president of the Ecuadorean Football Federation in a humorous sports program.

Gustavo Mohme, association president and editor of the Lima, Peru, newspaper La República, declared, “This punishment puts in flagrant evidence the fact that the Ecuadorean gag law has created new press crimes or new forms of penalizing opinion and information, with a new kind of lynching that, due its generalized nature, can be applied arbitrarily to any case.”

According to the Andean Foundation for Social Observation and Study of Media, this is the first punishment for media lynching in Ecuador. The formal complaint filed on Dec. 29 by Chiriboga against the television channel and four journalists has its origin in the comic slot in the sports program “Dream Team,” where one of the personalities, represented by a puppet, referred to vote buying so as to obtain his re-election, in an apparent allusion to the president of the Ecuadorean Football Federation.

The punishment imposed by the Superintendence calls for a public apology to Chiriboga. The Communication Law’s Article 26 on media lynching prohibits the dissemination of information that directly or through third parties is produced in a collusive manner and published repeatedly through one or more news media with the purpose of discrediting a natural or legal person or reducing his or her public credibility.”

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Talamanca dumps Facebook page with negative comments of expats
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Municipalidad de Talamanca took down its Facebook page Friday morning shortly after a news story appeared saying that the mayor wanted two expats to leave the canton.

A letter critical of the two expats had been the centerpiece of the Facebook page.

There was no explanation from the municipality. Carol Meeds, a U.S. expat singled out by the mayor,  Melvin Cordero Cordero, said he was irked because she had posted a summary
of an A.M. Costa Rica news story noting that a 
number of cantons had not prepared zoning plans for the maritime zone.

The other expat, Philippe Vangoidsenhoven, who is from Belgium, faced criticism in the latter for filing multiple environmental complaints. Ms. Meeds said he did so because the complaints never got responses. The situation made news because having a public official post negative statements about residents is highly unusual.

In addition, Ms. Meeds said she thought the mayor had fingered her to crooks because he claimed she has a large pension.

Three-day art festival begins March 13 in San José parks
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

San Jose's big festival will be March 13 through 15 with the participation of nearly 400 artists. The event is the Festival de Verano Transitarte 2015.

The three days of simultaneous performances and exhibits will take place in the municipal parks of  Morazán, Jardín de Paz, España and Nacional and at the Ferrocarril al Atlántico rail station.

The flamenco performers of the Academia Al Ándalus will be the inaugural act March 13 at 6 p.m. in Parque Morazán. Some 22 dancers will present “Con el alma aferrada,” the same program that was presented in December at the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano. The show takes its name from a verse in Carlos Gardel's tango ballad "Volver,"
The flamenco performance will be followed by the famous national group Son de Tikizia at 7 p.m.

Transitarte is food, artist booths, music, dance, poetry, sculptures, street parades, clowns, street theater and acrobatics.

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The event closes with an evening performance by Malpais in Parque Nacional March 15.

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Genetically modified crop foes seek action by full legislature or Solís
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Supporters of a nationwide ban on genetically modified crops are exploring two options after a legislative committee failed to back the idea.

The supporters say they plan to pressure legislators to bring up the proposed moratorium, No. 18.941, in the full Asamblea Legislativa. They also say they expect President Luis Guillermo Solís to issue a decree that would do the same thing.

The proposal for a nationwide moratorium was considered by the Comisión de Asuntos Agropecuarios, which held formal hearing. Eventually the committee issued a finding by the majority that shelved the plan for the moratorium.

During the course of the discussion, the moratorium was offered for 10 years or for four years.

Proponents of the moratorium oppose the U.S. corporation Monsanto, which has produced food crops modified to resist the firm's herbicides. The chemical company has been aggressive in trying to protect its patents and has brought some U.S. farmers into court for using herbicide resistant seeds without permission.

The moratorium has been supported by Frente Amplio and Partido Acción Ciudadana. Supporters of the ban note that 79 of 92 municipalities already have prohibited the planting of genetically modified crops, although the legality of these actions is still up in the air.

The scientific consensus is that modified crops are no different than conventional varieties, but a minority of scientists continue to seek evidence that the crops can damage humans. A University of Costa Rica expert, for
example, presented as fact to the committee a discredited French study that claimed modified food produces tumors in rats.

Most of the processed grain-based foods in the United States contain genetically modified products, as do the many products imported and for sale here.

There was a new international development over the weekend.
Opponents of genetically modified crops have expressed concern about potential contamination of conventional crops and other plants.

Now a plant gene discovered by University of Guelph scientists might help farmers reduce the risk of  contamination and quell arguments against the use of transgenic food crops, said Sherif Sherif, lead author of a new research paper describing the findings, according to the university.

This is believed to be the first-ever study to identify a gene involved in altering fruit trees that normally cross-pollinate – needing one plant to fertilize another – into self-pollinators, the university quoted Sherif as saying. The paper was published in the journal BMC Biology.

Sherif said researchers might one day insert this gene into GM crops to prevent their pollen from reaching other plants, said the university.

The researchers found a gene making a protein that naturally allows a small handful of plants to self-pollinate and make fruit before the flower opens. Peaches, for example, have closed flowers, unlike their showy-flowered plum and cherry cousins that need pollen from another tree to fertilize and set fruit, according to a university explanation.

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(except for TV), Sky satellite, private phone line, washer and dryer, alarm system.  There are lovely verandas with views of Poás and Central Valley, raised beds for gardening and lots of fruit trees. A well-behaved pet MAY be negotiable. Rent is $750 plus utilities for long term tenant.

Our farm is in a small, quiet and very safe neighborhood in Sarchí Sur and is gated and guarded 24/7 and we live on-site. It's totally private and quiet, but less than a 5-minute drive to Sarchí central and 15 minutes to Grecia.  There are great places to walk as well. More info and photos at

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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes to chose from, all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, white water rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, have easily accessible parking, cable TV, and Internet and are fully furnished. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation.
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Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
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 There are 15 restaurants and American- style bars on this block and four supermarkets within a few blocks. There are 5 casinos within 2 blocks and dozens of hotels around this apartment. Included in your rental price, fast Internet, the best they have in Costa Rica, cable TV with 80 stations, water, washer
 and dryer. All you pay extra for is electricity. You have your own meter and receive a bill from the electric company every month.  This apartment has a American-style hot water system, hot water in both bathrooms and the kitchen. There is a 25-foot balcony to sit on and watch the people in San José walk by. The neighborhood Barrio Amón is the safest in San José For photos and more information contact:

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
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Mountain chalet: $750.  Basic mountain home: $400.
Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
Small Farm that includes a chalet, basic mountain home, stables, and 8,000m2 of pasture/green areas: $1,500.

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U.S. is principal suspect
for spy software in drives

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The revelation of secret technology that buries spyware into computer hard drives could be a blow to espionage efforts by the U.S. National Security Agency, intelligence analysts say. 

Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based security software manufacturer, recently reported it found computers in 30 nations infected with spying programs.

The nations include Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and China. The targets included government and military institutions, as well as telecommunications companies, banks, energy companies and nuclear researchers, Kaspersky said in its report.

Kaspersky Lab has revealed Western cyber-espionage operations in the past. 

The company did not publicly identify the country behind the spying campaign, saying the malware had been placed by what it called the “Equation Group.”

However, Western news organizations reported this was a thinly veiled reference to the U.S. National Security Agency.  The NSA is the leading U.S. agency responsible for gathering electronic intelligence.

Paul Rosenzweig, an expert on information technology and a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said the report would compromise NSA’s mission.

“This will significantly disrupt ongoing activity and will harm foreign intelligence gathering,” said Rosenzweig. “This is part and parcel of a foreign campaign to delegitimize NSA."

A spokeswoman for the NSA said the agency was aware of the Kaspersky report, but would not comment on it publicly.

Kaspersky said the spying campaign is closely linked to Stuxnet, a cyber-weapon that attacked Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. Kaspersky and many other cyber-espionage experts say Stuxnet was run by the U.S. and Israel.

A former NSA employee said that Kaspersky’s analysis was correct and that people still in the spy agency valued these espionage programs as highly as Stuxnet. 

Kaspersky’s report said the ability to hide spying software deep within hard drives gives the agency the ability to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers.

The report said thousands, or perhaps tens of thousands of computers have been infected since 2001. The malware is beyond the reach of most security controls and antivirus products, Kaspersky said, making it nearly impossible to identify. 

“It means that we are practically blind and cannot detect hard drives that have been infected by this malware,” said Costin Raiu, a lead researcher for Kaspersky. 

“Is anybody safe anymore?” That was the reaction to the report by Bill Supernor, the chief technology officer for KoolSpan, a U.S. company providing secure voice and text systems for mobile phones.

KoolSpan sells more products overseas than in the U.S. “Customers already suspicious of U.S. products will now be even more concerned that firms have been compromised,” Supernor said. “If this is the U.S. doing this to our adversaries, we are seriously shooting ourselves in the foot,” he said.

The Kaspersky report said the Equation Group used a variety of means to spread spy programs. They included compromising jihadi Web sites, infecting USB sticks and CDs, and developing computer worms. 

George Smith, a senior fellow at, said the report represented “a black eye for the U.S. government because it undermines trust on the global networks." 

“It makes it hard to argue for proper rules of conduct in cyber space because there are now no boundaries,” Smith said.

U.S. President Barack Obama discussed cyberattacks in general terms in a recent interview with Re/code, an online computer industry publication.

“This is more like basketball than football, in the sense that there’s no clear line between offense and defense,” said Obama. “Things are going back and forth all the time.”

Farmers seen on front line
in meeting food goals

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Bigger droughts, more frequent flooding, more devastating storms — these are some of the effects that some scientists say climate change is already having on our planet. And farmers, many of them small, family growers in developing countries, are on the front lines. They'll have to feed a world population that is expected to climb from just over 7 billion today to about 9.6 billion in 2050.

Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general of the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization, said agriculture must become more sustainable, more resilient and more inclusive to respond to climate change — and to ensure that the poorest people have access to food.

"Always, the poorest and the smallest are the most vulnerable," he said, "starting from the fact they are already in marginal awareness, so they are the first to be affected by a drought or a flooding that are the current, ongoing impacts of climate change."

The Food and Agricultural Organization chief spoke Friday at an international meeting in Paris looking at the impact of climate change on agriculture. The city, which opened its yearly international agricultural show Saturday, will host a major U.N. climate conference in December intended to reach an international deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

At the agricultural meeting, French President Francois Hollande said the U.N. summit would not solve all the climate change problems, but it must at least give the world a reason for hope. It is important to define a global strategy to fight climate change, he said, and agriculture must be part of the solution.

Evelyn Nguleka of Zambia, president of the World Farmers Organization, said that farmers are looking for practical solutions.

"It's one thing just to send out an alarm that there are going to be weather pattern changes," she said. "But what is important for the farmer is how is a farmer going to be able to survive. So resilience is going to be a key word — and that, of course, goes with innovations."

Nadjirou Sall of northern Senegal heads the Network of Farmers' and Agricultural Producers' Organizations of West Africa. He said the Sahel region, where he lives, has been dealing with longer droughts for several decades.

Sall said the Paris climate conference will be useful if it takes the problems of family farmers like himself into account. If not, as far as he is concerned, it will be a failure.

U.S. Christian raises unit
to support Islamic State foes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Since Islamic State militants declared a caliphate last year in parts of Iraq and Syria, thousands of Westerners have traveled there to join the battle.

But one American man said he has joined the fight, not for the Islamic State jihadist group but against it.

"I am in Iraq helping to raise a Christian army to fight ISIS," declared Matthew VanDyke in a statement on Twitter last week.

VanDyke is a bearded, blue-eyed Baltimore native with a slender build and a master's degree in security studies from Georgetown University. He has formed what he calls the Sons of Liberty International, or SOLI, a nonprofit group that is helping to train a militia made up of Assyrian Christians, whose homeland in northern Iraq has come under attack by Islamic State militants.

The militia, the Ninevah Plains Protection Units, is one of several small groups of Christian fighters trying to defend vulnerable locals against the Islamic State group, which has carried out mass executions and expulsions of religious minorities.

The jihadi onslaught against the ancient Iraqi Christian community is part of what prompted VanDyke to go to Iraq in early December and join the fight against the Islamic State group.

"They've suffered greatly under ISIS," VanDyke said via Skype from the northern Iraqi town of Irbil. "There's tens of thousands of Christian refugees and the population of Christians in Iraq is severely threatened."

"A lot of them have left and have become refugees and will not return to their homes. And if the Christians cannot demonstrate that they're able to secure their own lands, Christianity will be wiped out," he said.

According to VanDyke, the best way to stop the onslaught is to equip locals to protect themselves. To do that, he is recruiting U.S. combat veterans to come to offer specialized training to the Assyrian fighters.

So far, Vandyke said five military vets have volunteered to help train the Ninevah Plains Protection Units.

"And it's going quite well," VanDyke said. "We ran a covert training camp north of Mosul for about a month."

"The results were very positive. I have observed the Iraqi army and the Afghan army in the past, and these fighters far surpassed them in their motivation and morale and talents and how quickly they learned and how seriously they take things," he said.

Kaldo Ramzi, an official with the Ninevah Plains Protection Units, confirmed that VanDyke and the Sons of Liberty International have helped provide basic training to about 500 fighters that make up the Assyrian militia.

Ramzi said for now, the Ninevah Plains Protection Units was focused on protecting lands not yet taken by the Islamic State militants. But once the group receives more training, funding, weapons and fighters, he said it planned to go on the offensive to retake Assyrian towns captured by the extremists.

VanDyke and Ramzi even claimed to have met with U.S. State Department officials at a consulate in Iraq, who, they said, have given the Ninevah Plains Protection Units and its coordination with the Sons of Liberty International their full verbal support.

A State Department official refused to confirm such a meeting.

"American civilians who may have traveled to Iraq to take part in military activities are not part of the United States government effort in Iraq," the official said.

"As our travel warning indicates, we have been clear that travel to Iraq remains very dangerous and that we do not endorse nonessential travel to Iraq by private U.S. citizens," the official added.

The Ninevah Plains Protection Units is trying to coordinate its efforts with at least some other local groups, including the Kurdish Peshmerga fighting force that is also battling Islamic State militants. Some of the Ninevah Plains Protection Units training camps have been held at Peshmerga bases, for instance, according to VanDyke and Ramzi.

But while the Peshmerga, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, has had some success in retaking Kurdish areas from the Islamic State group, the paramilitary group has been hesitant to expand its efforts to other non-Kurdish territory captured by the Islamists, leaving many Assyrians desperate for help.

"For over six months, neither the Kurds nor the U.S. have lifted a finger to liberate towns, like Qaraqosh, which are a 10-minute drive from Kurdish front lines," said Michael Knights, an Iraq security specialist at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Other small groups of sectarian fighters are also interested only in defending their own territory, leaving no single unified anti-Islamic State fighting force and making the conflict a necessarily sectarian battle.

But there are concerns about whether forming explicitly Christian armies and involving foreign volunteers in that effort will bolster the appeal of the Islamic State group, which already claims to be fighting a holy war and battling what it sees as Western crusaders.

Knights, though, wasn't convinced this would increase the ferocity or change the nature of the conflict.

"ISIL is sure as hell fighting a holy war against them. They won't be put off by any U.S. volunteers who are using the same language in return," he said. "We are already at a medieval barbarity stage and ISIL did that on their own."

Others are more skeptical of the efforts of volunteers such as VanDyke.

"I don't think his help or others is needed or useful," said Sajad Jiyad, an Iraq analyst with the Baghdad-based Iraqi Institute for Economic Reform. "The NPU has Iraqi federal government support, so American advisers are already playing a role in training.

"It definitely adds to the propaganda daesh can use, and there are enough foreigners already in Iraq," continued Jiyad, using an Arabic word for the Islamic State group.

But VanDyke insisted he didn't have time to argue over semantics.

"Do we really care what ISIS' talking points are anymore? That's a luxury enjoyed by people in the Western world who aren't being beheaded or burned alive, to be worrying about whether it reinforces ISIS' talking points," he said.

But despite sometimes using stark, sectarian language to define the conflict, VanDyke stressed he didn't see himself as a modern day crusader.

"It's not a religious war and certainly not a crusade or anything like it," he said. "The Assyrian Christians have lived in peace with their neighbors and they will continue to. They are interested in defending their own lands against ISIS and any other terrorist threats and that's it."

VanDyke said the Assyrian Christians were "eager to get out and defend their homeland." But he wouldn't say whether the group has actually begun taking the fight to the Islamic State group. He also wouldn't make any promises that he would stay off the front lines himself.

VanDyke does have experience with Arab militias. His 2011 involvement with Libyan revolutionaries in the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi was the subject of an award winning documentary called "Point and Shoot."

But for now, VanDyke said he's "way too busy" managing his Sons of Liberty organization to take on any combat role.

"This is really a full-time-plus job. It involves a lot of moving pieces and is quite a challenge, but a rewarding challenge and something I love doing. But there's certainly been no time for me being on any front lines fighting," he said.

When asked whether he feared being killed or kidnapped by the Islamic State group, as other foreigners have been, VanDyke said that's a chance he's willing to take.

"It's always a risk in this work. It's something I take precautions against, but it's not going to stop me from doing this work. It's something I believe in," he said.

U.S. is taking seriously
terror threats for malls

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. homeland security chief said authorities are taking seriously a threat made by Somali-based Islamist militants against Western shopping malls.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to a video released by al-Shabab terrorists, appearing to call for attacks on shopping areas. 

Speaking Sunday, Johnson said the global terrorist threat has evolved to militant groups "publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks."

He said, "We're beyond the phase now where these groups would send foreign operatives into countries after being trained some place."

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for a September 2013 attack that killed 67 people at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

The terrorist threat specifically mentioned shopping areas in the United States, Canada and Britain.

Among them was the Mall of America, in the northern U.S. state of Minnesota. The area is home to a sizable Somali immigrant population. 

U.S. law enforcement officials have been concerned about the potential for radicalization among members of immigrant communities. 

A Minnesota man was indicted last week on charges of conspiring to support the Islamic State extremist group and lying to federal agents investigating recruitment by militant groups.

Prosecutors said dozens of people from Minnesota, many of them Somali-Americans, have traveled or attempted to travel overseas to support groups such as Islamic State or al-Shabab since 2007.

Accord reached in strike
of U.S. Pacific cargo ports

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Activity at U.S. Pacific Coast ports began the process of reducing the backlog of billions of dollars' worth of cargo late Saturday following a tentative deal on a new labor contract between U.S. dockworkers and port operators, settling a dispute that disrupted the flow of cargo through 29 ports and snarled trade with Asia.

The deal was reached late Friday. However, the tentative contract must still be approved by the port operators and the members of the dockworkers union.

It was not immediately clear when a vote on the contract will take place.

In a joint statement, the president of the Pacific Maritime Association, James McKenna, and the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Bob McEllrath, said they are pleased to have reached the tentative deal that is good for dockworkers and the shipping industry.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez oversaw four days of negotiations last week between the two sides in San Francisco in the western U.S. state of California.

The White House responded to the settlement by calling it a huge relief for the U.S. economy, particularly the many American workers, farmers and businesses that have been affected by the dispute.

A spokesperson said President Barack Obama is urging all parties, as they finalize their agreement, to clear out the congestion with ships at the West Coast ports.

The labor dispute, which began in July when a previous contract expired, tied up the West Coast ports for months and created a bottleneck for much of U.S. trade with Asia. Those ports handle more than a quarter of all U.S. maritime trade and more than 70 percent of the nation's imports from Asia.

Cargo has been backed up, with large container ships remaining idle outside ports from southern California all the way north to the Canadian border.

Technique tricks HIV virus
and protects test monkeys

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Researchers are engineering healthy muscle cells to induce them to crank out genetic instructions that could potentially neutralize HIV, the virus that causes AIDS in humans.

Scientists at Scripps Research Institute used the technique to completely protect rhesus macaque monkeys whose immune systems were repeatedly exposed to simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV, a primate version of HIV.

After treatment, Scripps researcher Michael Farzan says the macaques never became infected despite the challenge.

“We continued to administer the virus, doubling the dose each time.  We’ve now gone with six doses that were capable of infecting control animals. We’ve gone to 16 times that," said Farzan.

The findings were reported in the journal Nature.

Traditional vaccines train the immune system to recognize and destroy microbial invaders.  But experimental AIDS vaccines fail because the virus is continually changing its appearance to evade destruction.

Farzan, the study’s lead investigator, says the new approach tricks HIV into revealing a key viral surface protein. The compound targets the portion of the virus that is always mutating to avoid the immune system.

Once bound, a second protein makes the virus self-destruct so it never has a chance to infect cells.

“Because HIV is fooled into thinking it’s binding the cell, it undergoes the changes that it would normally do when it’s ready to enter a cell. And those changes, if it’s not near a cell, inactivate the virus," said Farzan.

The muscle cells continually pump out decoys that fool the virus into destruction.

Farzan says the compound has the potential both to protect against infection with HIV and to fight the virus in infected people.

The team wants to begin clinical trials in patients who cannot tolerate antiretroviral drugs.
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Arenal home
LAKE ARENAL - Like new 3-bedroom, 3-bath, furnished, super views of lake, volcano, ranches, forests, mountains, 1 mile from town, gated. $195K. Contact Joe, Phone number 506-2694-4538. Email: Web:

Playas del Coco home
Playas del Coco  Unique opportunity, multiple possible uses, project property! i.e. large home, b&b, hostel, rooming house, retreat, or business?

The property consists of 2,200 sf of construction, pool, bodega, garage, 1,126 m2 lot (adjacent 550M2 vacant lot available to purchase), and is only a 3-minute walk to the beach. Google @: 10˚54’23.80”N  85˚70’41.40”W There is a well for irrigation, in ground sprinkler system, 5,000 liter in ground reserve water tank, fruit trees, palm trees, shrubs, and many flowers. The property is walled on 4 sides with 2 entrances. There is hot water throughout the house. The property has municipal water, telephone line, Internet, and cable. The property is in a clean & up to date LLC for easy transfer. The property taxes are less than $600. on a valuation of approximately $196,000.
Price $159999. Less than replacement. Contact for more info & pictures: 6283-1172 CR  or 00507 6620 3201  Panamá.

Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for birds and other animals. 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

Fortuna view
Sometimes “distress sale” is a come-on.  Sadly, for this bruised North American ex-wife it is not.  She has a very nice modern- construction 2-br home on 1129 m2 intended for up to a couple dozen apartments with superb volcano view, short walk to downtown, all the amenities.  The existing 1st loan can be assumed but the 2nd has to be paid off, as do her other debts here, so that’s the distress part.  The irony is that their business plan was perfect, the place rents extremely well today, but she can’t manage it from a distance and doesn’t plan on returning to Costa Rica.  Asking $140k but her Costa Rica dream property is going to go to the first best offer with enough cash to clear her debts as well as clear her mind.  Her own personal bad experience provides an unusual opportunity at this time.  For interior pix: phone 506-8377-8402 or E-mail

1-acre beautiful beachfront lot
Power and water on the property A very nice tropical setting in Puerto Viejo, Limón. Choice location. 9 beautiful lots for sale. Each lot is $69,000 or offer. Please call Peter: 7122-3754 or e mail:

Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:  
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Tambor three for jan. 15
Total area of the property is 23 hectares at $425,000. There's an option to buy 2 sub lots, the first one is land with no construction of 890 sqm at $19,900. The second, 1,700 sqm including a small house, for the price of $65,000
Located 300 meters from the south Jacó . First house is 110 sqm with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom,  private pool, A/C, kitchen and separate laundry. Second is a 120m, two-story house with 2 bedrooms, There's a small lot has its own entrance and is perfect for building  $280,000.
This 115 sqm condo is located four blocks from the heart of Santa Ana. It is a corner unit with a view of the green area from your living room. Two bedrooms, a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Kitchen is clean and modern. Home is in good condition, and ready to move into. $132.000.
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Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

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Cariari luxury condo for sale
 PRICE REDUCED FROM $235,000 to $195,000
This is not an ordinary condo. Completed one year ago, a $45,000 renovating made it an exquisite dwelling. As soon as you walk in you know it is a special home. No detail has been overlooked, even minuscule ones. The owner has a need to move on, and someone lucky will be the beneficiary of the fine detailed work. The home itself has three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms plus a maid’s quarters with its own bathroom. Also, it has a living room, dining room and a gorgeous kitchen with a kitchenette. There’s also a small outdoor patio. Being the end unit of this four-home condo complex, there’s parking space for three vehicles.  Approximately 240 sq. meters. All this near the Cariari Golf and Country Club and its renowned Tom Facio golf course. The club also has amenities such as a fitness centre, exercise room, Olympic swimming pool, sauna, 12 tennis courts and many other benefits. Tel:  8384-9608 or 2293-9054  Price $195,000.

Atenas home
This developer's prime lot with super house is being offered in Roca Verde, 7,006 M2 of gentle grade, all landscaped for tropical effect, 3 bedrooms 2 baths with tile floors and hardwood kitchen, near the entrance of the neighborhood. Great floor plan on this one! There is a double carport, and a large patio and pool, wheelhouse style living room and many other features. View, large usable lot, close to town, nice, oh yeah. $495,000.

Maneul Antonio
Manuel Antonio Estates focuses on building vacation homes for clients within Manuel Antonio Estates and Palmas Pacifica. We take care of the details from permits and design to supervision of construction and management of the rentals, if needed. We provide privacy and security, and our gated community offers shared common recreational facilities, beautiful landscaping and parking areas. Our homes and lots are located just minutes from the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. If you've ever considered buying a second home, just minutes from the beach, do not hesitate, if you have any questions or would like to request more information please take full advantage of our Costa Rica real estate services and contact us today!
Manuel Antonio Estates    1 800 346-9724  (506) 8815-9606.

Ciudad Colon
Great Deal!! Apartment in condo with pool and extensive green areas:
Ciudad Colón, San José $112,000
The apartment has a master bedroom with a large ensuite bathroom with bath tub, and a smaller second bedroom/office with air conditioning. It has a second full bathroom, living/dining room, laundry room with hot water tank and storage area. The kitchen comes with granite countertops, a breakfast bar and new dishwasher. It has 82 m2 of construction. 2 balconies with beautiful views of the river and mountains. Private parking for one car. Elevator and a well presented reception area. Located in a very quiet and private neighborhood just 400 meters from the centre of Ciudad Colón. Within minutes to all major amenities in Santa Ana and Escazú. Easy access to the beach (less than 1.5 hrs).  24-hour security, visitor parking, pool, extensive and lush green areas, BBQ area, children’s playground and its own water treatment plant. Contact (506) 6022-9294 or 6022-9967, for further info or to arrange a viewing.

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Outrageous blowout prices on oceanfront condos in Los Sueños!

Located in the private Bay Residence enclave overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Los Sueños Resort and Marina, there are three gorgeous units available at unbelievable bargain pricing from $589,000.  All of these beautiful units are three bedrooms and two baths, 2,200 square feet, fully furnished and ready to move in.  Development includes a gym, access to 3 pools, jacuzzis, BBQ areas and the Beach Club.  If you’ve always wanted to own in Los Sueños, now is the time!  Contact  or call 8702-0778.  From U.S. call 209-482-1788.

Top floor unit: $649,000   Second floor unit: $675,000  Garden unit: $589,000

Newly available in Roca Verde
Well-built home of 215 m2, 3 bedrooms, two bath on 1,150 m2 of lot, with attractive rock retaining wall, carport, and a pool. Indoors there are high, vaulted hardwood ceiling, bright rooms, a laundry room.  The floor is ceramic tile in pastel shades. $247,000. Photos: 2446-5587.

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya.7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 ft. elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. $199,000 Contact   Check out slide show HERE!


Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away. Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails:  and


Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at  See property video here:

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ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:   Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085   Email:   Web:

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San José, Costa Rica, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 37
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What's that big yellow ball in the sky?

Here comes the sun, and we are happy to see it in any form.  Be it dappled, filtered, shaded, or bright, after months of rain and more rain,
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we are going to welcome it with open arms; bare arms to be exact, and bare backs as well.  Up here, where we live, we had 16 feet, 9 inches of rain last year, daily rain from sprinkles that sparkled in the sun to downpours that obscured things only 20 meters away (that’s about 70 feet for the metrically challenged like me).  It was rain that drowned out conversation and 
drove us to bed in the early evening with prayers for sun on the morrow.

But no more!  We have seen the sun now for three days in a row and are fairly convinced that there is more sun to come – and none too soon for gardeners like me who miss picking cherry tomatoes from the plant (and having only half of them reach the kitchen).  Seriously, I may succumb to the temptation of starting a small greenhouse just to grow them.  My friend Carla has a lovely glass enclosed space and can grow anything. I am green with jealousy.

Let’s face it, that was a long and tedious rainy season for those of us in the Arenal region.  Okay, we know that we may have to water our vegetable gardens in the months ahead and we don’t care!  We just want to wander through our flower beds without sinking in the mud and enjoy – yes, actually enjoy – weeding without having to wear a raincoat. 

But I am rambling.  This is indeed the time to get those tomatoes in the ground and watch them go to work producing that red ripe fruit we love so much.  Time to get pepper seeds started and put radishes into the ground.  It’s also time to watch for tiny buds on some of our fruit trees – my mandarina (that’s a tangerine for all you newbies) has tiny white flowers started.  Two years ago it produced a ton of fruit, but last year it produced no fruit at all, so seeing a few buds give me hope.  We had a “sierrista” here the other day (and don’t ask if that’s spelled correctly but it means “an expert chain saw user”) and he pruned branches from the tree that were loaded with strangler fig vines.  Maybe the tree will be healthier now and fruit well for us.

Whether the manderina fruits or not, it will enjoy the sun.  I certainly intend to.

Plant of the Day

This is an hippeastra, species name unknown although it resembles Aphrodite, and the bloom is the size of a cereal bowl.  The hippeastra is a relative of the amaryllis and has the same growth habit – a few leaves close to the ground, a tall stalk (about 50 cm or 20 inches) and wonderful – although unscented - flowers.  The stem is hollow so it needs support and some protection from the wind.  Propagation is from the bulb and one can become many quite quickly.  So far, no ant or disease issues.
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Obama promotes free-trade deals

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama has promoted the value of free-trade deals to the U.S. public, saying they will make American businesses more successful and competitive in a 21st century economy.

In his weekly address Saturday, Obama said past trade deals have not always lived up to the promise of leveling the playing field for American workers and holding all countries to the high labor and environmental standards the U.S. abides by.

But he said that does not mean the U.S. should close itself off from new opportunities and remain idle while other countries determine its economic fate.

The president said the U.S. should seize those opportunities, saying they will create good new jobs for decades to come.

Obama urged the U.S. Congress to act on trade promotion authority. He said that is bipartisan legislation that will protect American workers and promote American businesses with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that are free and fair.