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U.S. rights report has a few Costa Rican omissions
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. State Department human rights report, released Wednesday overlooks aspects important to Americans. Among these are the unconstitutional detention of a sex tourism blogger, land invasions, inconsistencies in government development approvals and censored court records.

The report did mention property problems as it related to native populations. The report said the Costa Rican human rights abuses included harsh prison conditions and treatment, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and infringement on the rights of indigenous people. Other human rights concerns included trafficking in persons, particularly sex trafficking of children. Domestic violence against women and children was also an area of societal concern, it added.

There was no mention of Dave Strecker, the Key West man who has been in prison since early September because he posted presumably true reports of his exploits with prostitutes in the Caribbean countries, including Costa Rica. The Constitution prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention, and the government generally observed these prohibitions, the report said of Costa Rica.  Strecker is accused of violating a 2013 law prohibiting calling Costa Rica a sex tourism destination.

The State Department appears to be guilty of violating that law. The report said that the government identified child sex tourism as a serious problem. But there was no evidence. This a continual claim by the State Department because so much U.S. taxpayer money has been invested with organizations that claim to fight sex tourism and prostitution.

There is bad news for Strecker in the report, because it says that a criminal court may hold suspects in pretrial detention for up to one year, and the court of appeals may extend this period to two years in especially complex cases. That is true even if the allegations turn out to be bogus.

The report said that the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia, the child welfare agency, received 32 cases of commercial sexual exploitation of minors, presumably in 2015, but the judiciary
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reports just eight cases with four convictions in 2014.

The report overlooks the case of Las Olas, the development on the central Pacific coast that has been elevated to international arbitration with the World Bank. The project developers claim they have been whipsawed by changes in government rules after they failed to pay a  $200,000 bribe to local officials.

Then there is the case, well-known to embassy workers, of a corporation with expat officers that has been fighting for 18 years to remove squatters and gain full control of property near Los Sueños on the central Pacific coast. There is no mention of this in the report.

However, the report does say that land ownership continued to be a problem in most native territories adding that violent incidents at the Bribri Salitre reservation over land disputes between native inhabitants and non-natives reemerged during the year.

The report also said that Costa Rica law provides for public access to government information, and the government generally implemented the law effectively, providing access for citizens and non-citizens, including foreign media.

That does not appear to be true of the judiciary where U.S. investigators have expressed concern because court decisions are being vetted to protect the so-called privacy of those involved. The investigators said that without names they could not complete a proper due diligence for their clients.

Also not mentioned in the report is the phenomenon of Gringo prices where U.S. and other expats, including embassy diplomats, are charged more in day-to-day transactions.

And there also is no mention of the legal profession’s habit of expropriating the money of clients.

The report on Costa Rica is HERE!  A news story about State Department criticism of authoritarian regimes is HERE!

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Communication lines baked by brush fires

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The state power company said that brush and forest fires have damaged some of its communication lines in Guanacaste and the Nicoya peninsula.

The communities include Tambor, Flamingo, Cuajiniquil and La Cruz, it said. Fiber optic cables have ruptured from the heat, and radio towers for cell and fixed telephone lines have been damaged as well as internet connections, the company, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, said Wednesday.

The country has been hit with multiple forest, brush and field fires to the extent that the national emergency commission has declared an alert.

Rain in parts of the country did no more than settle the dust.

The company said that complete repairs would not be possible until the fires had been controlled. The emergency commission blamed the outbreak on vegetation dried out by continual drought and the annual dry season.

Officials say there are 33 hidden air strips

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The security ministry said that crews in its aviation arm spent more than 500 hours finding 33 unregistered landing strips in the country.

The implication is that these strips are being used by drug gangs, but some seem to be private strips on farms and ranches.

The Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea spent 587 hours in the air finding these locations, the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública said.

Some 18 strips are in the north Pacific region. Eight are in the south, and seven are in the central Pacific, said the ministry. Some of the strips have been used in the past for agricultural purposes, the ministry said.

The ministry said that a list of strips and their locations will be turned over to Aviación Civil. That agency is supposed to keep track of landing spots.

Two recent crashes of presumed drug planes have raised the interest of law enforcement.

Ruta 1 bus stops to be renovated

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Work crews will be closing off sections of the Interamericana, Ruta 1, while they repair bus stops, said the  Consejo Nacional de Vialidad. In all, there are 60 bus stops and shelters that will be fixed up.

The work will be from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m., starting Saturday, the road agency said. The initial work will be on a bus stop in front of the Mas x Menos supermarket near Parque la Sabana in San José, said the agency.  Detours will be provided. This is a 60-million colon project, about $114,000.

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Frustrated stranded migrants breach Costa Rica's southern border
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About 1,000 Cubans and Africans invaded Costa Rica Wednesday, and a Costa Rican official blamed the United States.

The invaders are some of those migrants who have been stranded on the Panamá side of the border for months.

Costa Rica sent police and immigration agents to the border in an effort to contain the invasion. The unhappy migrants blocked a street and ignited a clash with police.

Witnesses confirmed acts of violence and damaged vehicles in the areas surrounding Paso Canoas at the border.

The official, Alejandro Solano, a vice chancellor at the foreign ministry, said that U.S. law encourages the migration of Cubans.

He was talking about the Cuban Adjustment Act, Cold War legislation that gives Cubans who reach the United States by land the right to residency there.

Solano claims that such a law encourages human trafficking and organized crime. He said that the government will send a protest letter to U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Costa Rica government said it will not allow violence in its territory. A statement said the country does not have the resources to care for more migrants.  Still, the central government sent workers from the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social, the Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres and the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia child welfare agency to the border.

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Costa Rican officials housed about 9,000 Cuban migrants starting in November when Nicaragua closed its border to them. Eventually the government worked out a transportation plan to airlift the migrants north so they could continue on foot to the United States.

Most of the invaders seemed to be men. The Costa Rican government said that it would return the illegal immigrants to Panamá. However, some officials noted that those detained on Costa Rican soil would have the right to a hearing.

Financing plan directed at landowners who want to plant trees
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican environmental ministry is expanding a way to encourage landowners to plant trees.

The concept received a trial in the northern zone. Basically, the government will finance for three years the cost of planting trees and collect the money when the trees are harvested as lumber.  This is a project of the Fondo Nacional de Financiamiento Forestal of the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía.

Payments are made over three years. The amount depends on where the landowner places them. Payments are higher for trees placed on cultivated land or land that is pasture. Financing per tree ranges from 1,500 colons to 3,500 colons, said the ministry.

Landowners can get up to 10 million colons a year, about $19,000. Proposals for landowners in lesser developed communities will have priority, said the ministry.

The idea also is to reduce the carbon dioxide content of the air.

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U.S. health officials say they are satisfied that zika causes microcephaly
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

"It is now clear that zika does cause microcephaly," Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in opening a news conference Wednesday at Centers headquarters in Atlanta.

Frieden said the agency is launching further studies to determine whether children who have microcephaly caused by the zika virus might have other brain and developmental problems.

Microcephaly might just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to zika, even in infants who appear to be normal at birth, according to Sonja A. Rasmussen, the principal author of the new study.

Microcephaly, a condition in which a baby is born with an unusually small head and small brain, has been linked to zika since February when World Health Organization director Margaret Chan declared the virus guilty until proven innocent in relation to the rare birth defect.

This is the first time the virus has been scientifically proven to be the cause, as well as the first time a mosquito-borne virus has been shown to cause birth defects.

Scientists involved in the study say it will drive additional prevention efforts, focus research on a vaccine, and reinforce the need to educate people about the risks of zika. 

The Centers study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study pointed out that the zika virus has spread

rapidly in the Americas since first being identified in Brazil in early 2015, where it was linked to adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes.

Dr. Rasmussen said the study looked at several criteria and reviewed existing evidence, including whether there were specific defects or patterns of defects that point to a causal relationship to zika, whether prenatal exposure to the virus can result in birth defects, and whether the link makes sense biologically.

Dr. Rasmussen said the criteria showed all links to be true, and showed that the babies included in the study had severe microcephaly with unusually small heads.

However, there are still a lot of unknowns.

"We don't know the full range of health problems the zika virus will cause,” Dr. Rasmussen said. “Will it cause learning problems later in life? Are other factors involved, such as another infection?"

Other unknowns: why the virus causes microcephaly in some infants but not in others; whether infants born to pregnant women who had the virus but did not have the symptoms will have the same risk of microcephaly as those whose mothers had symptoms of the virus, and how long these children can expect to live.

While a lot is known about babies with microcephaly, "we don't know a lot about babies with zika-caused microcephaly," Rasmussen said.

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Smart octopus chooses
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An octopus has made a bold escape from an aquarium in Napier, New Zealand, and is believed to have made it to the Pacific Ocean.

Inky the octopus is thought to have wriggled through a gap in his tank at the National Aquarium in Napier and made his way to a 15-centimeter-wide pipe that led to the ocean.

Rob Yarrall, who manages the aquarium, said Inky’s tank was not fully closed following maintenance.

"He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean and off he went. Didn't even leave us a message," he told Radio New Zealand.

Even though Inky’s body is roughly the size of a basketball, octopuses are very soft and able to navigate very tight spaces.

"Even quite a large octopus, they can squeeze down to the size of their mouth which is the only really hard part of their body," said Yarrall. "It's a beak, very much like a parrot beak."

Inky’s tank mate opted to stay, Yarrall said, adding that staff will be keeping a close eye on him.

Inky’s escape actually happened months ago, but the story is just now making global news.

According to The New York Times, Inky’s escape does not surprise those familiar with octopuses as they know the creatures for their strength, dexterity and intelligence.

Octopuses are fantastic escape artists, Alix Harvey, an aquarist at the Marine Biological Association in England, told The Times.

“They are programmed to hunt prey at night and have a natural inclination to move around at night,” she said.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Panamá Papers are likely to spark new prosecutions of people accused of providing funds to terror groups and boost political pressure to tighten financial rules in the United States.  Experts say efforts to block terrorist financing are growing more effective, but some charities that work in war-torn areas say new rules are also hurting relief efforts.

Blocking funds to terror groups is vital because major attacks require money for explosives, weapons, travel and other expenses.

Terror groups use companies, including some in Panamá, with hidden ownership to keep authorities from finding out that some funds are headed for organizations intent on violence, according to sanctions expert Eric Lorber of the Financial Integrity Network.  “We know from the Panamá Papers that there were terrorist organizations that were setting up these shell companies, Hezbollah for example.”

Former senator Carl Levin has been pressing Washington for years to end secrecy in shell corporations in a bid to hamper terror financing, drug smuggling, tax evasion and corruption.  He urged policymakers to seize the political power growing out of public anger over this episode.  He warned former colleagues not to let the scandal go to waste.

But tighter financial rules have some side effects, according to Michael Rubin, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute.  He says scrutiny is prompting terror and criminal groups to use older, slower methods of moving money.  He says that is a major concern because these traditional methods are much harder for law enforcement to track.  “The money changer in Mogadishu or the money changer in Tehran, how are they getting their money?  Is it coming in suitcases rather than are they hiding it offshore in Panamá?”

Another side-effect comes as many banks are abruptly closing accounts for charities collecting money to help people in war-torn areas.  Such nations in conflict are often the target of economic sanctions, and some banks have paid large fines after violating sanctions rules.  And in the past, some charities were used to camouflage the destination of funds headed for terror groups.

That is causing serious problems for legitimate charities that raise money for people in some of the most difficult places on earth, charities that find themselves without access to banks and unable to pay staff and meet other expenses.

Sam Worthington, CEO of InterAction, a group of charities that work in troubled places, calls such de-risking and de-banking a growing problem.  “It's now to a point where a lot of the major Muslim-based charities in the U.S. that work internationally are one bank away from going out of business, which would drive all the money underground.”

High risk and low reward makes banks reluctant to have anything to do with organizations working in areas that might prompt extra official scrutiny.

While many experts say the international community has a lot of work to do to keep up with the fast-evolving methods used by terror and criminal groups, Lorber says over the past 15 years there has been a “real beefing up . . . of the ability to combat terrorism financing, both by tracing it and then also by seizing terrorist assets.”  He says 20 or 30 years ago terrorists could easily pass funds through the financial system, but it is now much much more difficult to do though it remains a game of cat and mouse.

Jeffrey Feltman, U. N. undersecretary-general for political affairs, says stopping terror groups will require U.N. member states to do a better job of exchanging information and financial intelligence and strengthen coordination with private companies.

He says some terror groups tax residents of territory they control, loot archeological sites, kidnap people for ransom and raise donations through social media and other means.

In Washington, Senate Banking Committee member Elizabeth Warren urged the Treasury Department to step up investigations.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says a stepped-up strategy to confront terror financing has been put in place over the past year, while Justice Department officials say they are reviewing information from the Panamá Papers.

U.S. rights report indicts
usual authoritarian suspects

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. accused authoritarian regimes around the world Wednesday of suppressing their people with increasing vigor and viciousness to control any activities that might threaten their power.

In its 40th annual human rights report, the U.S. State Department said, "In 2015, this global crackdown by authoritarian states on civil society deepened, silencing independent voices, impoverishing political discourse, and closing avenues for peaceful change."

The report said that "authoritarian governments stifle civil society because they fear public scrutiny, and feel threatened by people coming together in ways they cannot control."

The State Department singled out numerous governments for criticism, including what it described as historically authoritarian regimes in North Korea, Cuba, China, Iran, Sudan and Uzbekistan.

The report also denounced Islamic State terrorists for their brutal attacks on civilians.

"It is no surprise that one of the first things the terrorist organization did when it took over the Syrian city of Raqqa was to kill or drive away civil society activists working to defend human rights and provide community services there," the report said of the Islamic State.

Even as the U.S. has normalized diplomatic relations with Cuba and President Barack Obama recently visited the island nation off the U.S. southern coast, the State Department said Havana "continued its practice of arbitrary, short-term detentions to impede the exercise of freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly. The government also re-arrested several political prisoners it had released in January 2015 who had continued their activism during the year."

​It said that in China "repression and coercion markedly increased during the year against organizations and individuals involved in civil and political rights advocacy. The crackdown on the legal community was particularly severe."

The State Department said Russia "instituted a range of measures to suppress dissent. The government passed new repressive laws and selectively employed existing ones systematically to harass, discredit, prosecute, imprison, detain, fine, and suppress individuals and organizations engaged in activities critical of the government."

The report said in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula Moscow seized in 2014, Russia has engaged in systematic harassment and discrimination against Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars by curbing their ability to speak out against the occupation.

The State Department said Malaysia, Tajikistan and Turkey, a North American Treaty Organization ally of the U.S., stifled civil society activity through overly broad counterterrorism or national security laws, or stiff interpretation of the laws.

Mrs. Clinton proposes agency
for directing immigrant policy

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is proposing  the creation of a new national Office of Immigrant Affairs should she win the White House in November, as she seeks to woo minority and immigrant
voters in New York less than a week before the state's primary.

The office would coordinate policies and programs among federal agencies and with state and local governments, Clinton said at an event in New York City where she met with immigrant-rights activists.

"It's an issue that cuts across all levels of government," she said. She added that it would expand the efforts of President Barack Obama's Task Force on New Americans, which was created in 2014 to help immigrants and refugees integrate better into the United States.

In contrast, Republican candidates have largely proposed tougher immigration rules. Republican front-runner Donald Trump has called for building a wall along the border with México and a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country.

The New York primary Tuesday could either help former secretary of State Clinton consolidate her status as the Democratic front-runner or hand a significant victory to rival Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator seeking to defy expectations and win the party's nomination for the Nov. 8 election.

Both candidates are campaigning across the state, looking to win over New York's diverse population, including voters from immigrant families. Around 19 percent of the state's population is Hispanic or Latino, according to the U.S. Census.

With 247 pledged delegates at stake, the state is among the most significant nominating contests left on the calendar before the Democrats' July 25-28 convention in Philadelphia.

Governor in North Carolina
makes bathroom bill changes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has responded to intense criticism over his state's so-called bathroom bill, signing an executive order that alters key provisions in the measure but leaves in place its most controversial elements.

The executive order allows private businesses in the state to establish their own policies regarding the use of bathrooms and locker rooms by transgender people and restores some of the equal opportunity employment policies and rights to sue for discrimination.

The order signed Tuesday does not change the most controversial part of the law, which stipulates that bathrooms and locker rooms in public schools, agencies and universities must be designated for use only by people based on their biological sex at birth.

Transgender people would only be entitled to use bathroom facilities matching their preferred gender identity if they have had their birth certificates legally changed to reflect their transition from male to female or the reverse.

McCrory signed the legislation into law last month.

The move comes as the debate in the United States over differences between religious beliefs and individual rights shows no signs of flagging.

Laws seen as undermining gay rights in several Southern states have sparked protests and boycott threats from businesses and entertainers, as well as counterdemonstrations by conservatives.

Hundreds of people gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina, near the governor's offices, to support the bill earlier Monday.

Signs declaring "No men in women's bathrooms," emphasize a point in the new law that has drawn wide support among state residents who hold conservative political views.

A smaller crowd of about 100 people staged a counterprotest.

Judge in New Jersey rules
Canadian-born Cruz is citizen

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A New Jersey judge has ruled that U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rafael “Ted” Cruz is an American citizen and, as a result, can participate in the New Jersey primary election June 7.

In a 26-page decision, Administrative Law Judge Jeff Masin wrote, “a child, born of a citizen-father, citizen-mother, or both, is indeed a ‘natural born’ citizen.”

A Catholic University of America law professor and a group of New Jersey residents that formed the South Jersey Concerned Citizens Committee have maintained that Cruz, who was born in Canada, was not constitutionally eligible for the presidency because he was not born within the U.S. border.

Cruz is the son of an American mother and a Cuban father.

Despite the judge’s ruling, the issue of Cruz’s eligibility in the New Jersey Republican primary is still unresolved.

The matter is now in the hands of New Jersey Secretary of State Kim Guadagno, who is also lieutenant governor. Ms. Guadagno’s ruling can be appealed in state court.

New Jersey’s Republican primary is typically not considered critical in presidential races because it occurs late in the election cycle. But it could be crucial this year as Cruz tries to block front-runner Donald Trump from winning the 1,237 delegates that are needed to clinch a first-ballot nomination.

Feds hired hacker to break
security on that cell phone

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. newspaper is reporting that federal investigators paid professional hackers to help them crack into the Apple iPhone used by one of the terrorists who killed 14 people last December in San Bernardino, California.

The Washington Post said Wednesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation paid a one-time flat fee to the hackers who provided the U.S. law enforcement agency with information about a previously unknown software flaw in the cellphone.

The newspaper said that information allowed the FBI to crack the phone's four-digit personal identification number without setting off a security feature that would have erased all the phone's data. The challenge for investigators had been to disable that security because it would have wiped data stored on the device after 10 incorrect guesses on the code.

It is not known what the FBI found on the phone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, an American-born Muslim, who carried out the assault on a local government center with his Pakistani-born wife, Tashfeen Malik, before being gunned down hours later in a massive shootout with police.

It is also not known whether the FBI will now disclose the security flaw to Apple so the U.S. technology can patch it.

FBI investigators have concluded that Farook and Malik were homegrown violent extremists, radicalized over a several-year period and inspired by overseas terrorist groups, but not part of a terrorist cell. They met in the Middle East and Malik gained legal entry into the United States on a fiancee visa, a promise to marry Farook shortly after she arrived in the United States, which she did.

Before the FBI hired the hackers, its pursuit of information on the phone became a contentious legal fight with Apple. The government filed suit against Apple to help it crack into Farook's iPhone, but the company, supported by other technology firms, refused to help, on the grounds that it would violate the security and privacy of millions of iPhone users.

The legal dispute ended late last month when the government announced it had managed to break into the phone with the help of an undisclosed third party, which turned out to be the hackers.

FBI Director James Comey told a law school audience in Washington Tuesday that he was glad the court fight was averted. He said the clash of concerns over privacy and national security was creating an emotion around the issue that was not productive.

He added, "We can't resolve these really important issues that affect our values, technology, innovation, safety and all kinds of other things, in litigation."
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Raid nets grower and his 200 plants

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Judicial investigators raided a home in Loma Verde en Tres Ríos and said that the main use of the dwelling was to grow marijuana. They detained a 35-year-old man who was on the property.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said its agents found about 200 marijuana plants that were being grown with hydroponic methods.

Agents said the man paid $1,000 a month rent but did not live there full time. He usually stayed there at night and then traveled to the home of his  parents in Sabanilla, they said.

Rights group condemns Maduro’s spying

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Human Rights Foundation says it strongly condemns the large-scale surveillance campaign conducted by the Venezuelan government against members of the democratic opposition.

A journalistic investigation revealed that a group of intelligence agents, acting under direct instructions from President Nicolás Maduro, has unlawfully wiretapped phone conversations, and hacked text messages and email communications of prominent opposition figures such as Henrique Capriles, María Corina Machado, Henry Ramos Allup and Julio Borges.
“This new exposé comes as no surprise from a regime that decades ago merged its intelligence services with that of Cuba, the Western Hemisphere’s only totalitarian country, which set up its repressive intelligence apparatus with help from the Stasi,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation. “These practices need to stop, although there is little hope of this actually happening given that Maduro and his cronies have long abandoned any consideration for the rule of law,” he added.

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Banco Nacional sets up site to sell properties

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Banco Nacional has set up a Web site to move properties it has acquired.

The site is The bank said that persons who register will be able to follow specific properties as the price changes or if it is sold.

The bank said the prices may be as much as 50 percent of estimated value. Also available for many of the properties is the paperwork on the land and other documentation, said the bank. Properties are all over the country, said the announcement.

Some of the properties will go to auction, and others are to be sold directly, said the bank.

The site also includes a list of bank-approved real estate brokers, if someone decides they need this service, said the bank.