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This is a weekend made for picnics and a parade
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Just like Mother said, it's time to get out of the house and play outdoors.

This may be one of the last weekends with clear skies all day. The rainy season is fast approaching, and next week might see the beginning of transition with afternoon showers. The rainy season already has moved into the southern Pacific coast.

Strong winds spawned by a high pressure system in the Caribbean still are sweeping the Central Valley and Guanacaste.

The contrary Caribbean coast and the northern zone might see some rain today and over the weekend. That also is true today for the central Pacific.

Saturday is a legal holiday commemorating the Batalla de Rivas where Costa Rica troops routed the forces of U.S. filibusters and self-styled king of Central America William Walker.

The party Saturday is in Alajuela and starts at 9 a.m. This is the 159th anniversary. Alajuela is the hometown of Juan Santamaría, the national hero who distinguished himself during the battle and suffered a fatal wound.

Costa Ricans can sense the arrival of the rainy season. They are helped in this effort by the little clay-colored thrush, the yigüirro, which already has begun to sing its mating song in the early morning as it establishes its territory.

Costa Rican folklore says the bird “calls the rain.”

Figueres outlines a 10-year political platform
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

José María Figueres, the man many see as the country's next president, met Thursday with Luis Guillermo Solís and later said that the uncertain fiscal situation cannot be resolved just with more taxes.

The 60-year-old Figueres left office in 1998 and held high-profile international positions since. He now is the president of the Partido Liberación Nacional. He is the son of the legendary José Figueres Ferrer, the winner of the 1948 civil war.

The party said that Figueres presented Solís, the current president, with a document outlining a series of suggested actions to solve the country's financial crisis. The description seemed very much like a platform for the 2018 elections.

The pair also discussed politics relating to the May election of the legislative hierarchy. They met behind closed doors, but both made comments afterwards.

Figueres said that the fiscal problem was political and not economic, according to a summary provided by Liberación.

He said that the contract between the state and the citizenry had been broken.

He said his party would work over the next months to develop the proposals that he had presented.
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Figueres makes his statements while President Solís and staff watch.

Among them is the pledge to generate 500,000 quality jobs over the next 10 years.

He said his party seeks to establish conditions to raise economic growth to 8 percent a year while reducing unemployment to 4 percent. Unemployment now is about 10 percent, although the statistics are clouded by thousands of jobs that are off the books.

The proposal also calls for eliminating favoritism and fiscal irresponsibility and the end to obstacles that prevent the efficient operation of the state. He also said that Liberación seeks to line up the tax structure with the objectives of society.

Liberación has held the presidency for eight of the last nine years, and also has held periodically a controlling majority in the legislature. Many citizens voted for Solís with the idea that he would clean house.

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Ouster sought of T.V./radio law drafter

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The minister of  Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones is seeking the resignation of her vice minister who put together a controversial law on radio and television. The ministry announced the minister's decision Thursday.

The draft of the radio and television law contained harsh penalties for what appeared to be arbitrary decisions by the government. The draft came under quick attack from the press and television networks.

The vice minister is Allan Ruiz, who appears to have supervised a cut-and-paste operation to develop the law. The punitive measures are more consistent with legislation in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Cuba.
The draft was posted for public comment, and local electronic outlets began a quick attack.

Obama arrives in Panamá for summit

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama has arrived in Panamá for a summit. Obama is expected to have a historic encounter with Cuban leader Raúl Castro.

President Obama arrived in the Panamanian capital Thursday night for the Summit of the Americas, which will for the first time include Communist Cuba.

There is no formal meeting planned, but White House officials said President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro will interact.

Earlier in Jamaica, Obama stopped short of announcing a U.S. government decision to take Cuba off Washington's list of state sponsors of terrorism.

“As you know, there’s a process involved in reviewing whether or not a country should be on the state sponsor of terrorism list. That review has been completed at the State Department. It is now forwarded to the White House," Obama said.

But the U.S. leader said a process still needs to happen, and he said he would not be making a formal announcement just yet.

“The one thing I will say is that throughout this process, our emphasis has been on the facts. So we want to make sure that given that this is a powerful tool to isolate those countries that genuinely do support terrorism, that when we make those designations we’ve got strong evidence that, in fact, that’s the case," he said.

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Senate's Foreign Relations panel, confirmed the agency has recommended removing Cuba from the list. "The United States has a unique opportunity to begin a fresh chapter with Cuba,'' he said.

Obama has long signaled he is willing to remove the island nation from the list as part of the normalization in diplomatic relations between the two countries he announced late last year after a five-decade split. Three other countries are on the U.S. list, accused of repeatedly supporting global terrorism: Syria, Iran and Sudan.

Obama arrived in Panamá against a backdrop of questions about Cuba and human rights as well as protests.

Pro-Castro activists on Wednesday confronted Cuban dissidents outside the Cuban embassy in Panama City, shoving, kicking and insulting the dissidents who said at least some of the attackers had emerged from inside the embassy.

The two-day summit of leaders of North and South America begins today.

Warning issued on synthetic N-bomb

By the Vanderbilt University news service

The relatively new synthetic drug 25I-NBOMe, or N-bomb has been associated with the deaths of at least 17 people in the United States since 2010, when it first became available over the Internet, often marketed as legal or natural LSD.

“The recreational use of synthetic psychoactive substances with stimulant, euphoric and/or hallucinogenic properties has risen dramatically in recent years,” said Donna Seger, professor of clinical medicine and medical director of the Tennessee Poison Center, located at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The NBOMe class of drugs was developed for the very specific medical purpose to map serotonin receptors in the brain, but in recent years it has become one of the most frequently abused novel psychoactive substances, according to the U. N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

NBOMe are sold as blotter paper, powder (loose or within capsules) and liquids. The substances may be ingested, sniffed or inserted into the body rectally or vaginally, Dr. Seger said.

“The quality control on these street drugs is nonexistent, and misjudging a dose could lead to significant toxicity,” Dr. Seger said. “Some of the symptoms of toxicity may include hypertension, rapid or irregular heartbeat, hyperthermia, dilated pupils, agitation, aggressive behavior, delirium, hallucinations, seizures and even renal failure or coma,” she said.

From a poison control point of view, the goal of treatment is to manage agitation and prevent organ damage. Heavy sedation may be required to calm aggressive or violent patients, and external cooling measures may be needed for patients with hyperthermia, Dr. Seger said.

“This is a dangerous drug, it is potentially deadly, and parents, law enforcement, first responders and physicians need to be aware of its existence and its effects.”

The illegal status of classic recreational substances such as cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis has encouraged users and suppliers to seek alternative options in order to evade current drug legislation. These substances are usually created by modification to the molecular structures of existing illicit compounds to produce similar effects but offer the advantages of being less expensive, readily available, likely undetectable by routine drug abuse screens, or having more desirable and potent pharmacological effects.

The substances abused frequently change in response to legislative controls and market demands.

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To the Heads of State and Government of the Americas meeting at the 7th Summit of the Americas


Leaders of the governments that represent the peoples of the Americas, gathered at this 7th Summit of the Americas, under the motto “Prosperity With Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,” have an historic opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to freedom of expression and of the press and to the people’s right to information, principles that the Inter-American Democratic Charter regards as essential for democratic life and the common good.

Under that proclamation and the mandate that each Constitution requires, government leaders have the obligation to ensure, promote and defend freedom of expression as a fundamental human right without which neither can there be true prosperity, equity and cooperation among peoples and nations.

Beyond the ideological differences and official rhetoric about international intrusions and national sovereignties, the violation of individual and civil liberties, as required by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, must be denounced by all – government leaders and those governed – without censorship, limits or borders.

There are no excuses for our government leaders to remain silent witnesses to the suffering of those citizens that cannot express themselves freely. All should react when someone is persecuted, imprisoned, insulted, attacked or violated for expressing their ideas. Certainly, no one can remain silent when those abuses and outrages come from the very government.

No one can remain silent nor be indifferent to the violations of human rights, to freedom of expression, that are committed, specifically and systematically, by the governments of Raúl Castro, Rafael Correa and Nicolás Maduro. Prisoners of conscience, shuttered news media, silenced journalists and members of the public are evidence of those violations.

If this 7th Summit seeks to be historic it will have to recognize that elections alone do not democracy build. Democracy demands a clear separation of powers, independent judges, transparency in public administration, encouraging prosperity, promoting equity, individual guarantees and a respectful environment that empowers diverse and plural ideas, as corresponds to a state of law.

The future will determine if the government leaders assembled in this Summit truly support the idea that full and true cooperation can only be attained through a strong democratic conviction, and no citizen is excluded or discriminated against for free thinking, expressing an opinion or being different.

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Zircon deposits suggest much earlier date for joining of the Americas
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New evidence published in Science by Smithsonian geologists dates the closure of an ancient seaway at 13 to 15 million years ago and challenges accepted theories about the rise of the Isthmus of Panama and its impact on world climate and animal migrations.

A team analyzed zircon grains from rocks representing an ancient sea and riverbeds in northwestern South America. The team was led by Camilo Montes, former director of the Panama Geology Project at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He is now at the Universidad de los Andes.

The team's new date for closure of the Central American Seaway, from 13 to 15 million years ago, conflicts with the widely accepted 3 million year date for the severing of all connections between the Atlantic and the Pacific, the result of work done by the Panama Paleontology Project, directed by emeritus scientists Jeremy B.C. Jackson and Anthony Coates, also at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

If a land connection was complete by this earlier date, the rise of the Isthmus of Panama from the sea by tectonic and volcanic action predates the movement of animals between continents known as the Great American Biotic Interchange. The rise of the Isthmus is implicated in major shifts in ocean currents, including the creation of the Gulf Stream that led to warmer temperatures in northern Europe and the formation of a great ice sheet across North America.

"Beds younger than about 13 to 15 million years contain abundant zircon grains with a typically Panamanian age,"
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Map shows the location of the Central American Seaway before plate movement closed it up.

said Montes. "Older beds do not. We think these zircons
were deposited by rivers flowing from the Isthmus of Panama when it docked to South America, nearly 10 million years earlier than the date of 3 million years that is usually given for the connection."

The new model sends scientists like the University of Colorado at Boulder's Peter Molnar off to look for other explanations for climate change. Molnar wrote in the journal Paleoceanography, "...let me state that the closing of the Central America Seaway seems to be no more than a bit player in global climate change. Quite likely it is a red herring."

"What is left now is to rethink what else could have caused such dramatic global processes nearly 3 million years ago," said Carlos Jaramillo, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute scientist and member of the research team.

Costa Rica invited to join Organisation for Economic Co-operation
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The central government said Thursday that the country has been admitted as a candidate for membership in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Costa Rica has been trying to join the 34 nation group after the organization branded the country as a tax haven in 2009. Costa Rica took steps to remove that label.

The country officially sought membership in May 2013.

The organization also extended an invitation this month to Lithuania.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has been waging a battle against countries it sees as tax havens.

It is pushing for transparency and the transfer of tax information among countries.

To become a member, the central government must submit a formal agreement for approval by the legislature.

Agents find a stash of drugs and also an assortment of weapons
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial police raided two apartments in the southern part of the capital and found drugs and an assortment of firearms.

Agents said that one of the two apartments was used as a storage area for the weapons and some of the drugs. They said they confiscated six kilos of cocaine.

The apartments were in Barrio Cañada del Sur. The 43-year-old woman had three pistols, two AK-47s, an Uzi submachine gun, and what was described as a Russian machine gun. Automatic weapons are illegal in Costa Rica.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said the weapons would be submitted to tests to see if they had been used in any crimes that are under investigation.

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Elusive bird in the Americas finally photographed by researchers
By The Auk: Ornithological Advances news staff

After decades in ornithological obscurity, one of the world’s least-known birds is finally coming to light thanks to the persistence of a small group of researchers.

Pablo Negret, Oscar Garzón, Pablo Stevenson, and Oscar Laverde-R. of the Universidad de los Andes have just published the results of their year-long study of the black tinamou (Tinamus osgoodi hershkovitzi) in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, including new ecological information as well as some of the first video and sound recordings of this elusive species.

The black tinamou is a chicken-sized bird found in the foothills of the eastern Andes, where it lives in tall, dense primary forest. It is extremely difficult to observe due to its secretive habitats and cryptic coloration. For their study, Negret and his colleagues focused on the southern Colombia subspecies, doing daily censuses in Alto Fragua Indi Wasi national park, recording vocalizations, and setting up camera traps to capture images and video.

“The most challenging part of the fieldwork was the 4 to 6 kilometer walk along the transect’s steep trails each morning, from 800 to 1,600 meters above sea level. However, these walks also gave me extraordinary moments like the observation of a Puma concolor along the trail or the moment when I had the chance to photograph the elusive Tinamus osgoodi after almost nine months of trying,” said Negret.

Through their observations, he and his colleagues were able to determine that black tinamous likely breed in March and April (when their vocal activity peaks), are most active in late morning, and eat primarily fallen fruit and seeds.

Black tinamous live in an area where they are threatened by logging, cattle ranching, and hunting, and this study is an

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important step forward in gathering the information needed to effectively protect them.

“Tinamous are widespread in Central and South America, and yet we know very little about the ecology and general biology of most species,” according to Patricia Brennan, a University of Massachusetts Amherst professor and tinamou expert.

“However, tinamous are ancient birds, with a combination of many unique traits that include male parental care, female communal egg laying, and some of the most beautiful and conspicuous eggs in nature," she said. "The authors of this paper have gathered new information about one of the least-known tinamou species, and therefore they contribute significantly to our knowledge of this fascinating group of birds.”

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Beautiful house for rent, inside a private property. Very secure. Price $1,500 . See more photos HERE!
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Beautiful house for rent, near to Puente Piedra street . Very secure. Price $1,000 . More photos HERE!
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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:

Jaco condo
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Two-bedroom, 1-bath condominium available for rent starting June 1st in Corteza del Sol in the Quebrada Seca, just across the Costanera from Jacó. 24-hour security, wifi/cable, AC, luxurious amenities, kitchen includes everything you need to cook, gorgeous pools just steps from your front door. 15 minute walk to town or quick bike ride. ¢2,000 taxi to center of town. Short-term renter is fine. Long-term would be great! Looking for someone low-key who will fit in well with the complex. $950/month including cable & internet, NOT INCLUDING ELECTRIC! Call 8725-0344 or email

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House for rent by Pops in Sabana
Conveniently located on the main road in Sabana 250 meters west from Pops Sabana. Alarm installed and fenced. Outside parking for 7 cars and 2 additional. Two story house, each 200m2, total of 400 m2. All services. Indoor garage for 4 cars. Large areas and patio. Roofed terraces. Rent $2,800. Contact: Gerardo Ortuño, 8820-0640 or 2253-3613. Email:

Paseo Colon tower
Torres Paseo Colon
Common areas of entertainment and internal parking. Office on the 5th floor reception, storage and monthly maintenance included, 2 parking spaces per office. Area 60 m2 per office (I have 2 offices)
Security building with reception 1st floor. Rent $900 without remodeling Contact: Gerardo Ortuño at 8820-0640 or 2253-3613 Email:

Coco condo
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Conveniently located just a 200-meter walk to the beach. In the favorite community of Las Palmas, this condo is a perfect vacation home and/or great for vacation rental income.  The condo is located on the 2nd level offering beautiful vaulted ceilings, front and back balcony, pool and mountain view. Screens in every window/door, Air condition in both bedrooms and at living room. The condo is in perfect condition. It has been recently painted and super well-kept, new appliances, fully furnished. Wired to have own washer dryer. It has been the residence of the owners since they built it. Never rented out to third parties. The owners are selling as they are moving to the Central Valley.  The community has a great-size pool and beautiful landscaping and large parking. Just step out your condo and in less than 5-minute walk be swimming in the ocean! A must see! Rate $795 per month. Contact Bob Mobile C.R. ( 506 ) 8392-7520. E-mail:

Two houses for rent inside Sarchí working coffee farm. We will be renting out only one of them, so choose which suits you best.

Casita - Roomy, fully furnished 1 bedroom/1 bath/ 1 guest room, office or storage room. Hi-speed     WiFi, private phone line, hot water, balcony with lovely view across the Central Valley. Includes
linens, dishes, etc and washing machine. Rent is $500 per month plus utilities for 6 months or longer, $625 all inclusive for less than 6 months. Sorry, no pets.

Main house - Spacious 2 bedrooms/1 bath/ and an office w/Wifi. Fully furnished 
(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

Maneul Antonio
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.
Manuel Antonio Estates        TOLL FREE: 1800 346 9724
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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.
We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
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or call at (506) 2654-5442.

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Mountain homes or farm for rent
Barva volcano, Heredia province
We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
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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Foreign policy might become
key element in GOP campaign

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky entered the presidential race this week, ensuring a lively debate in the Republican primaries over foreign policy. Paul has long charted his own course on foreign affairs.

Early on he supported negotiations with Iran over its nuclear ambitions and was one of the few Republican voices to question long-term military engagements overseas.

In his campaign announcement in Louisville, Kentucky, Paul sought to strike a balance between a strong national defense in the age of terrorism without lengthy commitments of U.S. troops in overseas war zones.

“I envision an America with a national defense unparalleled, undefeatable and unencumbered by overseas nation-building,” said Paul. He added that conservatives should not succumb to the notion that “a government inept at home will somehow succeed in building nations abroad.”

Paul has been on the defensive since his announcement that some of his foreign policy views have changed, including a notably combative interview with NBC’s Today program.

Paul also has come under attack by conservatives who see him as too soft on foreign policy, including one group called the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America.

In recent months Paul has modified his views somewhat. He now supports military action against the so-called Islamic State, and he said in his announcement speech “the enemy is radical Islam. You can’t get around it.”

Paul said if elected next year he would “do whatever it takes to defend America from these haters of mankind.”

Despite his previous statements supportive of negotiations with Iran, Paul was one of 47 Republican senators to sign a letter to Iran’s leaders warning that any deal they reach with the Obama administration on its nuclear program could easily be undone by a future U.S. president. He also said any nuclear deal between Iran and the U.S. must be approved by Congress.

Paul became the second Republican to officially enter the race after Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has seen a surge in several national polls since his campaign launch.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is slated to become the third official Republican contender Monday. Both Cruz and Rubio are expected to highlight a conservative approach on foreign policy sharply critical of the Obama administration’s record and more confrontational with regard to the challenges posed by the Islamic State and Iran.

“Imagine a president who says, 'I will honor the Constitution and under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon,'” said Cruz in his announcement speech last month in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Republicans expect a large field of 2016 contenders to formally join the race over the next several months, and many of them believe foreign policy will be a major factor in next year’s election.

Among those considering a White House run is former U. N. Ambassador John Bolton. He said he has been watching what he views as a shift in public concern about foreign policy issues.

“I think that was evident to some extent in our last congressional elections in November of last year, and I think the evidence is building it will be far larger in the 2016 election,” said Bolton.

Bolton said he will decide in the next few months.

Conservative activists shopping for a Republican presidential candidate are paying more attention to their foreign policy views in this election cycle.

“We all know that there is a building keg in about four different regions of the world today. We are just waiting for someone to light that match,” said Scottie Nell Hughes with the Tea Party News Network.

“We are hoping we have somebody as commander in chief who knows how to handle it when it does explode,” he said.

Hughes spoke at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland where there was a greater focus on foreign policy issues than in past years.

Of course not everyone is convinced that foreign policy will be a deciding issue in next year’s campaign.

“Other than the economy, which is always the major issue, there are no other big issues out there,” said Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown. “Obviously there is some concern over foreign policy. And with the economy improving it becomes less of an issue. But it is still the big issue.”

If foreign policy does become a major issue, however, Democrats believe they have a trump card up their sleeve by the name of Hillary Clinton.

The former secretary of State is expected to launch her presidential campaign soon, and she no doubt will highlight her achievements at the State Department under President Barack Obama as a key reason why she should ascend to the Oval Office in January of 2017.

Some say bombing trial
was not a federal matter

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Now that a jury has found Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on 30 federal charges, 17 of which carry the death penalty, the trial now moves to the sentencing phase. The seven women and five men on the jury will now decide whether Tsarnaev should be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison.

That Tsarnaev is even facing the death penalty is a prospect that troubles some legal experts, even some who support the death penalty.

At the heart of the debate is the issue of federal supremacy.

In the U.S. legal system, individual states have jurisdiction over most crimes committed inside their borders. Under normal circumstances, Tsarnaev would have been tried in a state court.  Had that happened, Tsarnaev would have at most faced multiple life sentences but he could not have been executed since Massachusetts banned the death penalty in 1984.

The use of the death penalty in the U.S. has steadily declined in recent years.   Currently, it is legal in only 32 states. Since it was reinstated in 1976, nearly 1,400 people have been put to death in the U.S.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who generally opposes capital punishment, authorized federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty in this case, saying that Tsarnaev acted in an especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner with a seeming lack of remorse.

Under the so-called supremacy clause of the Constitution, whenever there is a conflict between state and federal law, the national government has final say.

Using a complex legal rationale that the bombing impacted interstate commerce, the Justice Department charged Tsarnaev with using a weapon of mass destruction and the malicious destruction of property that caused the deaths of three people.

But many legal experts believe this was not a federal crime, including some who support the death penalty and believe Tsarnaev deserves to be executed.

“The essence of state sovereignty is to define, detect, prosecute and punish crime, and it always has been,” said Robert Blecker, professor of constitutional history and criminal law at New York Law School and author of "The Death of Punishment: Searching for Justice among the Worst of the Worst."

“The fact is that federal criminal jurisdiction has wildly exploded beyond bounds and beyond original promise, so that even breathing can be a federal crime if the feds want it to be,” Becker said.

But there are other troubling aspects to the case, says Boston lawyer Max Stern, who serves on board of the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty.

For one, the jury may be predisposed toward the death sentence.

“You pick the jury in these cases by doing what’s called death qualifications, he said.  “And those people who are against the death penalty as a matter of principle are not eligible for jury service.  They are eliminated.”

Second, he believes the trial should not have been held in Boston, where it would be almost impossible to form an impartial jury.

“You start with a pool of potential jurors who are already biased in one direction.  And then you are picking these jurors from a section of the population of the state, almost all of whom have been peripherally affected by the offense,” Stern said.

But in a recent Boston poll, 62 percent of respondents said they believed Tsarnaev should receive a prison sentence.  Only 27 percent believe he should die.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers filed for a change of venue several times, but the federal judge rejected their motions, saying this was a matter that could be brought up in a later appeal.

In the upcoming penalty phase of the trial, jurors will consider any extenuating factors that could impact their final decision on whether he should be put to death.

The defense has argued that Tsarnaev acted under the strong influence of his older brother, who died after a shootout with police several days after the bombing.

One of his attorneys, Judy Clarke, helped several high-profile defendants avoid the death penalty, including Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and Zacarias Moussaoui, who is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the 9/11 attacks.

Although the federal death penalty has been authorized for about 500 people, only three have been put to death, among them, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Only three countries have
reported cases of polio now

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sixty years ago on April 12, Jonas Salk's polio vaccine was declared safe and effective. In just three years, the entire world could be polio free.

Polio is a life-changing disease that mostly affects children. It's been around for thousands of years. In fact, ancient Egyptian carvings show young men with withered legs, but it wasn't until the 1900s that the number of cases began to increase in the U.S.

Oddly enough, it had to do with improved sanitation. Until then, children were repeatedly exposed to the polio virus, and that exposure gave them immunity. With better hygiene, children had less contact with the virus as infants, and polio began to spread.

By the 1940s, polio epidemics became common in the warm, summer months in the U.S. Each year, thousands of children and adults contracted this highly contagious virus. Most survived, about 1 percent were permanently crippled, others died.

An American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, caught the virus before entering the White House. Under his leadership, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, as polio was then known, asked Americans to donate a dime to fight polio. The foundation later became known as The March of Dimes.

With an infusion of money, researchers started working on a vaccine to prevent polio. Salk wanted to produce a vaccine containing a killed polio virus. Because the virus was dead, it could not cause disease, but it could trick the body into thinking it had been attacked and then produce antibodies against the disease. Its disadvantage was it might not provide long-term immunity.

At the same time, Dr. Albert Sabin tried making a vaccine with a live but much weaker polio virus.

On April 12, 1955, Salk announced that he had developed a polio vaccine that was ready for use. A few years later, Sabin's oral vaccine was ready.

Before a vaccine was widely available, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the virus crippled more than 35,000 people in the U.S. each year. By 1979, polio had been eradicated in the U.S., but unless it was wiped out worldwide, it could come back.

A global effort to eradicate polio began in 1988, led by the World Health Organization, The United Nations Children's Fund and the Rotary Foundation. Since then, the number of reported polio cases has decreased by more than 99 percent, from an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988, to 416 reported cases in 2013.

John Sever has worked to eradicate polio through the Rotary Foundation since 1979. “We narrowed it down from being an infection and disease throughout the world to one that’s now only in three countries,” he said.

Those three countries are Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Oyewale Tomori said Nigeria has made a lot of progress. Tomori is president of the Nigerian Academy of Science. "Last year alone, we had only six cases," he said. "The year before, it was 53."

Nigeria has had no cases of polio for at least eight months. But Tomori noted that it is not easy to get children vaccinated in parts of the country experiencing conflict.

That's largely why polio still exists in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well. Conflicts in these countries present a real challenge to the international goal of eradicating polio by 2018.

As Sever said, "The idea is that you have to eradicate it everywhere, or it can continue to live in people and be transmitted to non-immunized people."

The polio epidemic is why Costa Rica now has a Hospital Nacional de Niños. More than 2,000 Costa Rican children suffered serious crippling because of the disease in 1953. Carlos Saenz Herrera and Roberto Ortiz Brenes, both physicians, created the Asociación Pro-Hospital Nacional de Niños. The association generated enough funds to open the hospital in 1964. 

Concern of journalists
voiced by two organizations

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two international organizations are again voicing concern about journalists around the world who are harassed, attacked, jailed or killed in the line of duty.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Committee to Protect Journalists have called on various governments to insure foreign and domestic reporters be allowed to do their work without hindrance and free of threats and intimidation.

Organization for Security and Cooperation Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, issued a strong condemnation Thursday for a serious cyberattack on the French television network TV5Monde which blocked its television broadcasts, Web sites and social networks for several hours.

Calling the incident “a clear violation of the right to free expression and free media,” Ms. Mijatovic also said that “online and traditional media are now essential tools for the free flow and access to information and this new form of censorship needs to be seriously addressed internationally.”
She urged some top French ministers to visit the headquarters of the media group immediately to show their concern and support, and publicly note the seriousness of the attack.  Ms. Mijatovic expressed confidence that French authorities will do their utmost to identify the origin of these attacks.

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Turkish authorities Wednesday to improve conditions and allow access for international reporters to cover events and developments in the country.

Media reported that a German freelance photographer, Andy Spyra, who traveled to Istanbul to cover the anniversary of the Armenian massacre, was stopped at Atatürk international airport by plainclothes security officers.

They searched Spyra’s luggage, his camera and other reporting equipment.  Despite the German Embassy’s involvement to help Spyra gain entry to the country, Turkish authorities, citing security reasons sent him back to Germany.

Spyra told reporters Turkish authorities accused him of having ties to Islamic extremists.  He said that he had intended to cover the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacre, a sensitive topic in Turkey.  Historians believe about 1.5 million Armenians living in Turkey were killed, but the Turkish government has repeatedly refused to use the term genocide when referring to the killings.

The Committee to Protect Journalists also took aim at the trial of a Dutch freelance journalist that began Wednesday.  Frederike Geerdink is facing terrorism charges over her reporting on the Kurdish minority, the committee said quoting news reports.

“Turkey has become increasingly hostile to international journalists, particularly those who cover sensitive topics, such as the plight of the Kurdish and Armenian minorities,” a Committee to Protect Journalists official said.

“We call on Turkish authorities to allow journalists to do their work freely, including by scrapping the absurd criminal case against Fréderike Geerdink and allowing entry to Andy Spyra,” the official added.

Both organizations have also expressed concern for the mistreatment of journalists in other countries in the past few days.

In Greece, Kostas Vaxevanis was sentenced to 26 months on libel charges for stories written about banking practices in the country.

In Russia’s restive republic of Dagestan, Vyacheslav Starodubets, a Russian blogger, was beaten and warned to leave the area.

In Morocco, press freedom advocate Hicham Mansouri was handed a 10-month prison term and $4,057 fine over adultery charges by Rabat’s Court of First Instance.

In Somalia, the National Intelligence and Security Agency raided the Shabelle Media Network offices, arrested staff and closed the privately-owned Radio Shabelle and Sky FM.

The raid came after the network aired a clip of the militant group al-Shabab claiming responsibility for the attack on Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya, which killed an estimated 148 people.

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The terror bird,  Llallawavis scagliai, was about 3 meters tall.

Fossils give a good picture
of extinct Latin terror bird

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new species of South American fossil terror bird called Llallawavis scagliai ("Scaglia's Magnificent Bird") is shedding light on the diversity of the group and how these giant extinct predators interacted with their environment.

The new species, described in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, is the most complete terror bird ever discovered, with more than 90 percent of the skeleton preserved. The new specimen also reveals details of anatomy that rarely preserve in the fossil record, including the auditory region of the skull, voice box, complete trachea, bones for focusing the eye, and the complete palate, allowing an unprecedented understanding of the sensory capabilities of these extinct predatory birds.
"The mean hearing estimated for this terror bird was below the average for living birds," said Federico Degrange, lead author of the study from the Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Tierra and the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.

"This seems to indicate that Llallawavis may have had a narrow, low vocalization frequency range, presumably used for intraspecific acoustic communication or prey detection," he said. This is the first time that the structures which indicate hearing sensitivity have been reconstructed for any terror bird, and they may help explain the evolution, behavior, and ecology of this group of fossil birds.
Terror birds, or phorusracids as they are known scientifically, were carnivorous flightless birds up to 3 meters (10 feet) in height with tall, hooked beaks. These birds were the predominant predators during the Cenozoic Age in South America and certainly one of the most striking groups that lived during that time.

“The discovery of this new species provides new insights for studying the anatomy and phylogeny of phorusrhacids and a better understanding of this group’s diversification,” said Claudia Tambussi, also of the Centro de Investigaciones and one of the co-authors of the study. The new species stood 4 feet tall and lived in Argentina approximately 3.5 million years ago in the Pliocene epoch, towards the end of the reign of the group.
“The discovery of this species reveals that terror birds were more diverse in the Pliocene than previously thought. It will allow us to review the hypothesis about the decline and extinction of this fascinating group of birds” said Degrange.
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Choice 4.5 hectaares. Waterfront, titled property. Financing available for motel or hotel. Water and power on the property. $35 a  m2. In Tropical Paradise Resort. Buy all or Part at  Puerto Viejo, Limón. Call Andy at

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.

ARenal home
Lake Arenal near San Luis and Tilarán

2 bedrooms & 2.5 baths - $279,000

Lake Arenal home (90 yards from lake) in a private 17-home gated community named Buena Vista 1 with full-time guards and views of Tenorio Volcano, Miravalles Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and of course, Lake Arenal. This Lake Arenal climate zone provides temperatures of 75 to 85 degrees (23 to 29 C) year round, so there is NO need for heating or air conditioning and the $100's per month for fuel and energy costs !!!!! This is our property and you can see other Lake Arenal Properties at

The price is right!  Asking only $140,000 with terms, but your cash offer will buy it for less in this distress sale.  This clean and modern two-bedroom, one-bath home wastes none of its 102 m2 and the very large 1,129 m2 lot was intended for an apartment project that divorce terminated prematurely.  The emotionally-bruised owner has returned to the U.S., never to return to Costa Rica, has no heart to manage even this very desirable rental property from a distance, just wants out.  Her plan was excellent, but now someone else gets to benefit instead.  Only a three-minute walk to central park in La Fortuna yet quiet and private, the property features a superb volcano view.  Perfect for the future retiree who wants to buy now and have the property carry itself until that time comes while earning perhaps 6%-12% on their investment in the meantime, or for today’s retiree who wants to build the apartments and retire on a very comfortable income.  Not everyone’s cup of tea but money to be made for the right person.  For interior pix email or phone 8377-8402.

Finca home
 Little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica.       

16 acres (approximately.)   Price: $599,000USD
We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 k) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos.  We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. For more  information: In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 720-951-7928 or email In Costa Rica call: Ivo Henfling at Godutch Realty: 2289-5125/8834-4515

Barrio Peralta
Barrio Francisco Peralta
Grom Casa Italia, 200m south and 200m east, dead end, last property on the left side. Land size 461.15 m2, construction 340 m2 Part of the existing furniture can be negotiated by separate of the purchase. Contact: Gerardo Ortuño at 8820-0640 or 2253 3613. Email:

Escazu house
Residential area. 5 minutes from center of Escazú
Lot 489 m2 (5,166 sq ft). Building 220 m2 (2,368 sq ft + 50 m2) Living room, kitchen 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, walk-in closets bedroom for domestic, laundry, hot water tanks, maid’s room, 2-car garage, additional parking space All services. Financing available. Sale $275,000. Rent $1,500 Contact: Gerardo Ortuñ,o 8820-0640 or 2253-3613. Email:

cndo rollover

In Alajuela , Penthouse in best location with views from all rooms. Quiet and private. Cheap to run. Extra large kitchen and balcony. Financing possible. Completely well furnished with $20,000 cost, including custom large kitchen and many cabinets. 10 minutes to Multiplaza, airport and close to highway 27, beach 45 minutes. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + office. Open plan granite kitchen to living room. Wheelchair accessible, covered parking place by entrance. Large pool, jacuzzi, gym and tennis. Areas for walking and running. The best location in the complex. Close to all and only $127/month maintenance. Price $125,000. Write or call at:  8391-2080, 2220-2243.

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:  
Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085  
Email:   Web:

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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.
Contact Jo-Anne  Cell phone number: 506 8310-2915
or through email:

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.

Suenos montage
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!

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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Fantastic location for condo/ hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot. incredible views. Flexible zoning $2.3 M 
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Call Bruce at: (506) 8307-0164.

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:   Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085   Email:   Web:

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A contemporary magazine illustration of the surrender.

General Lee surrendered 150 years ago

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

One-hundred-fifty years ago Thursday, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses Grant, marking the end of the four-year U.S. Civil War that killed more than 700,000 people and freed the slaves.

Many consider it one of the most emotional moments in U.S. history. One reason the surrender scene was so dramatic is because the personalities of Lee and Grant reflected the two sides of the war.

Lee’s side, the South, included many large farms that depended on slave labor. The southern farm owners were often wealthy, polite and well-connected in society. Even though Lee was not wealthy, he belonged to a famous family.

“And he very much embodied the whole seigniorial, aristocratic, paternal element in the Old South, the slave-owning states," said David Ward, a senior historian at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.

In contrast, Grant’s family had neither money nor social influence. But he, like the North, was able to use the resources he had in a new way to achieve success. Grant eventually defeated Lee because Grant’s army had more food and supplies.
When it became clear that Lee could not continue to fight, the two generals agreed to meet at Appomattox Court House, in the eastern state of Virginia.

Lee arrived at the meeting well-dressed. Grant wore a dirty uniform. Their appearances, too, seemed to show their differences. But, as Ward explains, General Grant did not know the fighting was going to end and so did not have his best uniform ready.

The meeting was awkward, according to Ward, who said the men talked about unimportant things at first because they did not know what do to.

“Grant reminds Lee that they had met in the war with Mexico, and Lee, who is a much taller man, Lee looks down at Grant and says, ‘I don’t remember you at all.’ Which, I always think, it must be really tough to lose a war. And Lee at that point I think really feeling the fact that he’s having to surrender who he’s not regarding really as his equal,” said Ward.

Except for that moment, the two men behaved politely. Lee reminded Grant they were there to discuss the conditions of surrender. Grant sat down and quickly wrote them in a letter.

Most historians agree the conditions were generous. They permitted the southern soldiers to keep their horses and personal weapons. Grant also offered to feed the southern troops.

Ward points out the conditions dealt with only military issues. They did not force Lee to agree to political or social changes. In that way, he said, the conditions aimed to make it easier for the South and North to operate as one country again.

“It’s this moment where the society rips itself apart, remakes itself, and now everyone recognizes in some way, shape or form, through some compromise or another, we now have to put everything back together again," Ward said.

Indeed, when Lee left the building, Grant stopped the northern troops from cheering. He said the two sides were no longer their enemies, and the best way to show the North’s joy was not to celebrate the South’s defeat.

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Expat advocacy group wants tax rule change

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American Citizens Abroad, Inc., has proposed that the U.S. Treasury Department amend the regulations to exempt Americans residing in a foreign country from the rules in the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act requiring banks and other foreign financial institutions to report on U.S. account holders.

Where a U.S. taxpayer truly resides in a foreign country and has a normal financial account at a bank or similar institution in the same country, the account would be taken out from under the compliance act, said the organization. The bank could treat the account as if it belonged to someone who is not a U.S. taxpayer, and the U.S. taxpayer would not have to list the account on tax form 8938, American Citizens Abroad said.

As is widely recognized, Americans living abroad are experiencing problems with lock-outs from some foreign financial institutions. Banks are turning away American customers or asking existing American customers to find another bank.

This development is attributable, at least in part, to the relatively new Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act rules, said the organization. These institutions, primarily banks, say they cannot afford the costs of complying with the U.S. rules, including the costs of conducting  identification procedures and reporting to the Internal Revenue Service on U.S. account holders.

“If the account in question is a garden-variety bank account and it sits in a bank down the street in the same country, it’s realistic to assume that this account is used for normal, everyday purposes: To buy groceries, to pay the rent, to pay for vacation travel, and so forth," said Marylouise Serrato, executive director of American Citizens Abroad. "With this exemption, foreign bankers could relax a bit when dealing with their American customers. And Americans living outside the U.S. would not need to feel that they are being unfairly targeted.”