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Congressional tax writers get advice from overseas
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A  U.S.  congressional committee considering  changes in the nation's tax code received more than 100 suggestions from expats, said the American Citizens Abroad, an expat advocacy organization.

The House Ways & Means Committee has set up a series of working groups to consider tax code changes. Among these is the international tax reform working group .

"Although regrettable that Congress has been cited as putting individual taxation as secondary to corporate taxation, it is clear that Congress cannot ignore the message from Americans overseas that highlight the far reach of the IRS and the multitude of personal difficulties encountered because of citizenship-based taxation, said the organization on its Web site.

Even the Internal Revenue Service is promoting tax reform or at least the national taxpayer advocate.  Nina E. Olson is the advocate.  She said on the advocate Web site that her agency has established a vehicle to receive taxpayers’ suggestions about tax reform.

Tax complexity doesn’t occur just because of 'big
money; special interests," she said. "It occurs because of the tax provisions that benefit each one of us. We are the special interests. And until we acknowledge that, tax reform discussions will deteriorate into shouting matches and finger pointing about cutting 'their' special tax breaks and not 'ours.' What would you give up in exchange for a simpler tax system?"

American Citizens Abroad said it was pleased that Bloomberg News published an article about the plight of U.S. expats trying to comply with the system that taxes all the income of citizens no matter where it is earned. The article quoted expats who had filed suggesting recounting the expense and effort they have to spend to comply with the U.S. rules. Some have surrendered their citizenship.
The organization supports elimination of citizenship-based taxation in exchange for a geographical one.

Money earned within the United States would be taxed there, but money earned by U.S. nationals outside the country would only be subject to taxes from the country in which the money was earned.

Most expats are suppose to file their U.S. tax return by June 15 this year, although there are procedures for extensions.

Lawmakers given initial OK bill for coastal residents
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers passed on first reading Tuesday three measures that will benefit those who live on the coasts.

A spokesperson for the organization Frente Nacional de Comunidades Costeras said the principal measure would benefit 60,000 coastal residents in 60 communities.

These are the people who have lived for years along the coast but do not have official concessions. The rights of the residents appear to have been given short shrift when lawmakers originally passed the maritime zone law that restricted development within 50 meters of mean high tide and specified concessions for the next 150 meters.

The bill, No,  18148, the Ley de Territorios Costeros Comunitarios, creates a special form of concession for social interests. Residents claimed that
the current concession bill was stacked in favor of commercial interests.

Two other measures would prevent eviction and destruction of properties in the maritime zone.

The bills need one more vote by lawmakers. President Laura Chinchilla favors the idea and has issued a decree halting temporarily enforcement of the maritime zone evictions.

The maritime zone legislation did not take into consideration the historical rights of people on the coast, and many were ignorant of the legalities affecting their properties.

Tuesday was the final day of what was called an extraordinary session. These are the days of the year when the legislative agenda is handled by Casa Presidencial. The legislature convenes again today to elect leadership for the coming year and to hear an evening speech by President Chinchilla.

Coast guard station commander linked to drug ring
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Anti-drug agents have detained the commander of the Quepos coast guard station on allegations that he was involved with a cocaine smuggling operation.

He is Óscar Rodríguez Madrigal, a 16-year veteran of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas. Agents link him to a ring of smugglers who were detained last month. They said that the role of Rodríguez was to assign coast guard patrols in areas other than where smugglers were traveling.

The man was detained in his office in Quepos. The organized crime prosecutor's office said that the man was involved with the ring that moved 3,115 kilos of drugs from Colombia to Central America. Some was  bound for the United States, and some was for the local drug market, they said at the time.
The investigation and arrest was an embarrassment for the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública to which the coast guard belongs.

The minister quickly issued a release noting the arrest was made by its Policía de Control de Drogas.

The ring began to unravel last month when agents discovered drugs in a Manuel Antonio dwelling called Villas Pájaro Azul #4.

They found drugs in the dwelling and in vehicles that had visited the place, they said.

Counting the coast guard official, there have been 10 arrests connected with the case.

Rodríguez served on both the Caribbean coast and elsewhere on the Pacific during his career.

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Watercolorist Juan Carlos Camacho will be the featured artist in a show that opens Saturday in Liberia.

The show is titled "Tiempos," said the Hidden Garden Art Gallery  which is hosting the event.

Camacho specializes in works that show contrast, detail and sometimes depicts ambiguity. Born in Heredia, Camacho studied drawing and painting from his high school years at Conservartorio Castella through his tenure at the University of Costa Rica, where he obtained a degree in drawing, painting, and architecture.

With participation in over 70 exhibitions throughout Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Mexico, Columbia, and the U.S., Camacho has received more than 20 awards.

"I have no specific preference for any kind of art or style," said Camacho," and I like having artistic authenticity, expression and impact. I am inspired by the simple act of painting for painting's sake, and have the feeling to be free with the simple stroke of a brush." When asked about his favorite artist, Camacho recognizes the talents of many artists, but in particular American-born Andrew Wyeth for his great skill in the use of space, the peculiarities of his compositions, his mastery of various techniques, and the boldness of his brush strokes.

Having an intense background in architecture, Camacho stresses that the two disciplines of art and architecture are mixed, always present, and compliments the other. "Most of my paintings have been done in watercolor technique, which I consider a technique of great dignity, allowing unlimited spontaneity, but involving risk and no room for error. For me, that is the big challenge," he said.

Over time Camacho has adapted an ability to identify, read, and feel the reason or subject for painting, whether it is the intense play of light and shadow, the drama of a landscape, or perhaps the unnoticed detail. He displays the possibilities are endless, and said he finds it of utmost importance to organize and study every goal in a subject, one at a time, to create a series.

The show opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs until 4 p.m. at the gallery 5 kilometers west of the Daniel Oduber Airport. More information is available at

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Center opened to assist
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At a time when journalists around the world face increasing threats of violence, intimidation, and internet surveillance, IREX is launching a new program to provide training and support in physical and digital security to journalists and newsrooms.

At a ceremony featuring Jane Zimmerman, a U.S. deputy assistant secretary of State, journalists from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the rector of the University of Central America and IREX, the journalism advocacy group, signed a memorandum of understanding. The document officially launched the first of three planned centers of the Regional Journalist Security Network, to be located at the university.

The rector of the university in San Salvador, Andreu Oliva, spoke of the importance of the project to Central America.

"These days the exercise of journalism in El Salvador and Latin America faces new challenges and threats. Today's launch of the Regional Journalist Security excellent news," he said.

Ms. Zimmerman reiterated the United States government's support for free expression. "These hubs are designed to address the threats journalists face in their work, providing training to journalists in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras on how to work safely in dangerous environments and online. They'll learn to cope with the stress that comes from working in hostile, unpredictable environments," she said.

In 2012, 70 journalists were killed. In numerous countries, governments routinely intercept journalists' email, mobile phones, and social media accounts and use this information against journalists, their sources, and their families.

Additional regional centers will be launched in Kenya and Georgia and together with the center at university, they will help develop more local security trainers, assist journalists and newsrooms under threat, help equip journalists with the tools they need to protect themselves, and encourage solidarity to fight these threats.

Mark Whitehouse, vice president of IREX noted, "Promoting the digital and physical security of journalists is a natural and vitally needed complement to IREX’s support for free and open media worldwide. Unfortunately we see growing threats to professional and citizen journalists across a wide spectrum of countries and the media development community has increasingly integrated journalist security into its support. We are pleased that the United States Government is committed to this effort through this pilot project."

The Regional Journalist Security Network is backed financially by the US Department of State Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights. The Department of State has committed $1 million to the project.

Separate quadracycle mishaps
result in deaths of two drivers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Quadracycles have proved deadly for two persons in separate accidents.

In Hone Creek on the Caribbean coast, a Lebanese woman with the last name of Noha suffered fatal injuries Tuesday when she lost control of the vehicle and left the road, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. She went to the local clinic where she died, they said. She was 51, they added.

A 37-year-old man died Sunday when his quadracycle collided with a bridge railing in San Lorenzo de Tarrazú. He was identified by the last name of  Ureña.

U.S. firms invited to visit
to explore trade possibilities

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

U.S. companies are being invited to join a trade mission to Central Americas that is being sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service. The dates are July 15 to 20, but those who attend also will have the option for additional face-to-face meetings with potential buyers, potential partners and agents. The countries involved are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Nicaragua.

The mission is open to U.S. companies from a cross section of industries with potential for growth in Central America, but focusing on best prospects including construction equipment/road building machinery, medical equipment and devices, and safety/security, the Commercial Service said.

Quake hits near Golfito

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 4.3 magnitude quake took place at 9:22 p.m. Tuesday. The epicenter was about 9.4 kilometers west of Golfito Centro, said the Laboratorio de Ingenieria Sismica at the Universidad de Costa Rica. The quake was felt strongest in Golfito, said the Laboratorio.

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There are pretty good reasons for all that security around Obama
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

U.S. security agents who are crafting the protective net that will surround President Barack Obama Friday and Saturday know that their effort is not just symbolic.

U.S. presidents through the years have been targets of plots, angry individual citizens and just plain nuts.

Someone would need a program to see all that might want to do harm to Obama. The list starts with the Iranians, Saudi terrorists and white supremacists. Even in Costa Rica there are political extremists.

Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy leap to mind when the topic is danger to the president. But history shows that every occupant of the White House has faced attacks or at least serious threats. Obama last month was the presumed target of a letter containing poison.

Costa Rica's intelligence agencies are not among the best in the world, and U.S. agents realize this. There are pockets of possible plotters, be they from Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Sinaloa or the Middle East.

Such attackers can be creative, as agents found when Bill Clinton nearly faced death from a bomb hidden under a bridge in Manila in 1996. The plot was attributed to Osama Bin Laden.

Harry Truman was the target of a plot mounted by Puerto Rican independence seekers when he was president. Many sources attribute the death of John Kennedy to a plot and not to the lone gunman outlined by the Warren Commission.

When Kennedy was in Costa Rica in 1963, he rode in an open vehicle down Paseo Colón and mixed freely with Costa Ricans in front of the Teatro Nacional. He also spoke to thousands at the Universidad de Costa Rica. That type of free access no longer exists.

Even in Costa Rica, presidential security has tightened. Abel Pacheo would leave his vehicle in front of the Teatro Nacional and stroll without escorts to a function in Plaza de la Cultura. He would meet and greet citizens en route. Still, his security agents were fixated with the idea that expats who lost their investments with the Villalobos brothers high interest scheme wanted to do him harm. In fact, many investors blamed the government for shutting down the operation and some expats had issued threats..

The controversy over the free trade treaty with the United States caused a tightening of security for Óscar Arias Sánchez. He has generated true hatred among some factions.

Protection services for the U.S. president have had their moments. Truman won the 1948 election by barnstorming the country, giving speeches nearly everywhere.

The speeches usually were preceded by a motorcade down the center of the town he was visiting. Each community was a security challenge.

In 1974 then-president Gerald Ford chose to visit western Colorado to promote the reelection of a Republican senator. Secret Service advance teams arrived to find that the deer hunting season was in full swing.

Every second pickup had a high-powered rifle with scope hanging from a back window rack.

Ford, of course, was the victim of two attempts in the next year, and they were only 17 days apart. One of the would-be assassins was the Charles Manson association Squeeky Fromme. Ronald Reagan was not so lucky and suffered a chest wound from the gun of John Hinckley, Jr.. Both Hinckley and Ms. Fromme were in the deranged category.

The threats and attempts do not end when a president leaves office, Iraqi agents tried to blow up George H. W. Bush when he visited Kuwait. Vice presidents have their problems, too. A limo containing Richard Nixon suffered heavy .
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Foreign minister sees visit
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 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For Costa Rican officials the visit of U.S President Barack Obama represents the recognition of the country as a model of democratic development.

That is the view of the foreign minister,  Enrique Castillo.
The meeting with Obama is a great opportunity to establish new ways of cooperation for prosperity and economic growth  in an inclusive and integrated manner, said Castillo.

The foreign minister also said that the visit shows the renewed interest of the United States in Latin America and that Costa Rica is in the central point.

Castillo presided at a press conference Tuesday. A short time later his Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto distributed a photo of him with the U.S. president and Ms. Obama that was taken at a United Nations meeting elsewhere.

Obama is here to attend the summit of the Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana. He also will meet with President Laura Chinchilla.

Castillo added that economic development cannot take place without citizen security, and he cited drug trafficking, human trafficking and organized crime as factors affecting the well being of citizens.

damage from a crowd when he visited Caracas, Venezuela, in 1958

With such a history of dangers to the president, the tight
security net for Obama is understandable, and the average citizen or expat will not be able to approach him on his short visit here. More than 1,000 Fuerza Pública officers and nearly 200 traffic officers will be blocking public access to much of the downtown and to the General Cañas highway between Juan Santamaría airport and San José. Obama is expected to arrive shortly after noon Friday and leave Saturday at noon. Television will provide full coverage.

Socialists will challenge police with anti-Obama march Friday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Despite requests from the central government some political organizations will try to march Friday to protest the Barack Obama visit.

For one, the Nuevo Partido Socialista said it would assemble at 3:30 p.m. in Parque Central. There is a good chance that police will thwart the effort, which may be what the new political party seeks.

The socialists oppose Obama because of the blockade of Cuba, the continued use of the U.S. facilities at Guantanamo Bay to
house prisoners and for fostering what they call neoliberal policies in Latin America.

The organization means free trade treaties.

The party said in a press release that it expects students and labor union members to join the march. Obama represents imperialism, it said.

The party also will be taking part in the labor day march today along with many other organizations. Today is the 100th anniversary of International Labor Day, called  Día Internacional de la Clase Trabajadora in Costa Rica.

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Green sea turtles found taking advantage of protected zones in new study
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Nesting green sea turtles are benefiting from marine protected areas by using habitats found within their boundaries, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study that is the first to track the federally protected turtles in Dry Tortugas National Park.

Green turtles are listed as endangered in Florida and threatened throughout the rest of their range, and the habits of green sea turtles after their forays to nest on beaches in the southeast U.S. have long remained a mystery. Until now, it was not clear whether the turtles made use of existing protected areas, and few details were available as to whether they were suited for supporting the green sea turtle’s survival.

U.S. Geological Survey researchers confirmed the turtles' use of the protected areas by tracking nesting turtles with satellite tags and analyzing their movement patterns after they left beaches.

 "Our goal was to better understand what types of habitats they used at sea and whether they were in fact putting these designated areas to use. This study not only shows managers that these designated protected areas are already being used by turtles, but provides insight into the types of habitats they use most," said the study’s lead author, Kristen Hart, who works as a research ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Ms. Hart's team made the discovery by fitting green sea turtle mothers with satellite tags after they came onto beaches within Dry Tortugas National Park to nest. After tracking their movements and analyzing their time at sea, the team located the areas turtles used between their nesting events and determined where turtles traveled after the nesting season was over.

They found green sea turtles spending much of their time in protected sites
within both Dry Tortugas National Park and the surrounding areas of the Florida Keys Marine National Sanctuary.

"We were thrilled to find that these turtles used some areas already under protected status. The ultimate goal is to help managers understand where these endangered turtles are spending their time both during the breeding period and then when they are at feeding areas. Given that worldwide declines in seagrasses – one of the most important habitats they rely on for food – has already been documented, this type of data is critical for managers," said Ms.Hart.

The team learned about the turtle's habitat needs during the nesting season by using ATRIS, a georeferenced, underwater camera system developed by the US Geological Survey to collect over 195,000 sea floor images. Researchers surveyed the areas frequented by turtles within Dry Tortugas National Park by photographing the sea floor in a series of parallel lines totaling 70 kilometers (over 43 miles).  Using a habitat map derived from those images, they found that the turtles most commonly used shallow seagrass beds and degraded coral reefs that have been overgrown by a mixed assemblage of other organisms, such as sea fans, sponges, and fire coral.

"Our synergistic approach of combining satellite telemetry data with an extensive habitat map proved to be an effective way to find out exactly what habitats these nesting turtles were using in the park," said Dave Zawada, a research oceanographer and co-author on the study.

The Dry Tortugas' population made shorter migrations than that typically seen among other green turtle populations around the world. This was only the second published study showing green turtles taking up residence at feeding grounds located quite near their breeding grounds.

"We hope to keep pushing the frontier of what is known about in-water sea turtle habitat use, as this type of scientific information is vital for understanding whether conservation measures are effective," said Ms. Hart.

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Genital mutilation seen
coming back with Islamists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Egyptian activists are concerned that the rise of Islamist politicians could undermine years of work to discourage female genital mutilation. The practice, and the movement against it, however, have far deeper roots in the country.

To its supporters, it is a sign of purity, community and religious devotion. To its opponents, it marks the physical manifestation of a woman's degradation.

Female genital mutilation is an ancient custom in Egypt, with references pre-dating both Islam and Christianity. The practice remains widespread, with estimates today suggesting as many as 90 percent of Egyptian women are affected. 

Egypt criminalized all forms of female genital mutilation in 2008 and rights monitors say the number of girls undergoing the operation has dropped by about one third.

But Nehad Abud Komsan, director of the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, said the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood and more conservative Salafist politicians threaten those gains.

“They come to say 'we may have a law to make it legal in a certain condition, or to say it is good for protection. They are destroying years of efforts to protect girls and women in Egypt and, unfortunately, by using religion,” said Ms. Komsan.

Courts have rejected legal challenges to the current ban, but with the judiciary and the government of President Mohamed Morsi at odds, worries are growing. Adding to concerns are predictions that Salafists are poised to do well in parliamentary elections later this year.

Komsan says non-governmental work on the ground and respect for motivations are key to changing attitudes about female genital mutilation.

She divides people who support female genital mutilation into three groups: those who see it as social and cultural ceremony, those who believe it will help women control their sexuality and those who believe it is mandated by religion.

She said offering alternatives is easiest in the first two groups. By substituting different, non-invasive rituals that celebrate either womanhood or community, the spirit of the occasion is preserved, without the damage to a woman or girl's body.

Political activist and filmmaker Hala Galal described the efforts of one village that chose to reject  female genital mutilation.

“Even the lady who was supposing to do this operation herself, by her hand, she also swear and she also stopped and now she is doing something like weddings. I mean she changed her career also,” said Ms. Galal.

As for those who think female genital mutilation will keep women from expressing their sexuality, Komsan argues that training the mind is a far more effective, and humane approach.

“They have to understand that protection is not by cutting a part of our body but by educating them, and ourselves, how to control our life and by sending our girls to school,” she said.

It is the third part, said Komsan, that is the hardest. 

“I always joke and say female genital mutilation is a sign of unity between Muslims and the Christians in Egypt because most of them believe it is a part of their religions,” she said.

It is not, and even though both the head of the prestigious al-Azhar Institute and Christian leaders have spoken out against the practice, the link to religion remains. 

Political activist Galal said there is yet another issue anti- female genital mutilation advocates face: the charge they are trying to impose western values on Egypt. “I tell people who accuse us of making this and serving the western agenda, I tell them. 'What is the other agenda, to oppress women?'”

It is an uphill battle for anti-FGM activists, but one marked by both legal and grass-root successes so far. Their worry now is that in the current political climate, the road ahead may be even steeper.

Emergency contraception
approved for 15 and older

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. officials have decided to make an emergency contraceptive pill available to women 15 years and older without a prescription.

The Food and Drug Administration ruled Tuesday that the Plan B One-Step be available to anyone who can show proof of age.

The FDA says studies show that women 15 and older are able to understand how Plan B works and how to use it properly.

But the Center for Reproductive Rights says it will continue fighting to make Plan B available to all girls of reproductive age.

Earlier this month, a New York judge overturned the Obama administration's ruling that girls younger than 17 get a prescription for Plan B. The judge called it politically motivated and scientifically unjustified.

World Wide Web marked
its 20th birthday Tuesday

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

It’s hard to believe, but the public Internet, the World Wide Web, turned 20 Tuesday. On April 30, 1993, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced it was making the World Wide Web technology freely available to the public. The technology spread around the globe like wildfire, and now it’s hard to imagine an aspect that is not, in some way, influenced by the Web.

“There is no sector of society that has not been transformed by the invention, in a physics laboratory, of the Web”, said Rolf Heuer, CERN director-general in a statement. “From research to business and education, the web has been reshaping the way we communicate, work, innovate and live. The web is a powerful example of the way that basic research benefits humankind.”

The Web was invented by British physicist Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in 1989, and was originally conceived as a method for physicists around the world to share information.

Prior to the web, information was shared over the Internet in less user-friendly ways such as WAIS and Gopher. Berners-Lee developed the Web software using a NeXT computer, created by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

CERN is marking the anniversary with a project to restore the first Web site and “preserve the digital assets that are associated with the birth of the Web.”

Holocaust memorial plans
for life after survivors go

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum marked its 20th anniversary on Monday with what may be one of the last large gatherings of Holocaust survivors. Former U.S. president Bill Clinton urged the museum to recommit to preserving the memory of the Nazi genocide after all the survivors are gone.

They once were treated as less than human, but here these Holocaust survivors were heroes.

And that meant a lot to Tamara Wohl, who spent the first years of her life in a concentration camp. "I'm extremely proud, and very proud of all the work that the people of the museum did. I'm very grateful," she said.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in 1993 by then-president Clinton and author and survivor Elie Wiesel.

Both returned on Monday for the museum's 20th Anniversary.  Wiesel recalled how at the time he admonished the president. "And I spoke to you about Yugoslavia. I had just come back from there what we must do, in the name of our memory," she stated.

Clinton recalled that Ms. Wiesel and other Jews, haunted by the slaughter of six million of their own, pushed for intervention to stop the massacre of Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo.

He said the Holocaust Museum is unlike Washington's other monuments.

"The Holocaust memorial will be our conscience, will be here as our conscience, from now, forever," Clinton said. "The museum must look to the future and make sure that as direct memories fade away, that the records, the pictures and the stories never die."

There are more than 800 Holocaust survivors here today and 130 American World War II veterans. But the day is approaching when the museum will have to tell the story of what happened without them.

Szoszana Schwarz was one of many survivors who came and donated some family documents to the museum.

Susan Bachrach is curator of a new exhibit on collaboration and complicity in the Holocaust. "An awful lot of people think, based on visitor testing that it's all about Hitler," she said. "But it needed many helpers all over Europe."

Mike Abramowitz directs the museum's genocide prevention program. He says the exhibit also honors gentiles who risked their lives to save Jews, to teach a moral lesson. "What you do matters, that individuals have an agency to do good, or to do evil," he explained. "To be a bystander or to be a rescuer."

World War II veteran Alfred Henick understands why young people need to be reminded. "I remember when I was a kid in the 1930s in elementary school, and they used to teach us about World War I. To me it was ancient history," he stated. "World War I, it was only 15 years prior."

He said that's why this museum is needed, to ensure that the Holocaust is never forgotten.

Obama warns spending cuts
jeopardize the U.S. economy

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama says the government spending cuts that took effect in March are hurting the American economy.
"It's slowed our growth," Obama said at a White House news conference Tuesday. "It's thrown people out of work."
The spending cuts came as Obama and Republican opponents in Congress failed to agree on plans for taxes and spending. The impasse meant automatic cuts for government programs and furloughs of some government workers. About 1,500 air traffic controllers were laid off each day last week until Congress reversed the action as flight delays mounted.
As he has in the past, the president called on Congress to reach an agreement that could cut the country's burgeoning national debt, while investing in programs to fix the nation's infrastructure and promote education and research. But the White House and Republicans differ sharply over what financial policies the government should adopt.
Earlier in the day, new reports showed the U.S. economy — the world's largest — is improving on some fronts. U.S. home prices rose the most in seven years in February, gaining more than 9 percent in the previous 12 months. Economists say the data from Case-Shiller is probably evidence that the housing market is strengthening. A separate report showing a decline in foreclosures also points to an improving housing market.
CoreLogic data shows foreclosures in March were down nearly 16 percent from the same month a year earlier.
The improving housing market, and generally rising stock market prices, may be the reason that U.S. consumer confidence moved sharply higher in April. Economists track consumer confidence for clues about the consumer spending that drives most U.S. economic activity. The owners of new, small businesses also report increasing confidence. A Kauffman Foundation study shows most people running start-up businesses think profitability will improve over the next year.

But the U.S. economy is still plagued by high unemployment, which is expected to stay at 7.6 percent this month. A report from Accenture says four out of 10 recent college graduates say they are underemployed, taking jobs that do not require the degrees they earned and paid for.
This and other data are likely part of the discussion Tuesday and Wednesday as top officials of the U.S. central bank meet to assess the economy and decide how much they will try to stimulate it with low interest rates and other policies.

Most Muslims would accept
sharia law in their countries

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A majority of Muslims around the world believe sharia or traditional Islamic law should prevail in the countries in which they live, but at the same time most say they favor religious freedom for people of other faiths, according to a new survey.

The survey by the Pew Research Center is based on more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews in countries where Muslims are both a majority and a minority.

Its focus was on Muslim views on religion and politics.  One of the key findings was that six in 10 Muslims in the Middle East and nearly eight in 10 in sub-Saharan Africa believe their national laws should be based on the Islamic code of sharia.  In Afghanistan, the figure was 99 percent.

Pew researcher Jim Bell acknowledged the difficulties of conducting the survey in countries where such topics may be sensitive or have what he called socially desirable answers.

“It's possible to read into some of the findings that this is obviously a very popular answer to say that sharia should be made the official law of the country," said Bell.

But, he said specific follow-up questions suggested the understanding of sharia varies from place to place, and is often seen as useful in property and family disputes.

“As we look across regions and countries, there's often less support in many countries for applying sharia in the form of criminal punishments or enforcing the death penalty for Muslims who renounce their faith and convert to another religion," he said.

Bell also said that despite support for sharia, most Muslims think it does not apply to non-Muslims.  He said that in spite of restrictions on non-Muslim communities in a number of countries, many say they favor religious freedom for people of other faiths.

The researchers compared the findings with earlier surveys and found that American Muslims are much more likely to have close friends of other faiths, and more than half say other religions can lead to eternal life in Heaven.  That's compared to 96 percent of Egyptian Muslims and 92 percent of Pakistani Muslims, and overwhelming majorities in other countries, who say Islam is the only true religion.

'Kinky boots' surprise nominee
for Broadway's top award

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The musical "Kinky Boots," with the score by pop star Cyndi Lauper, has earned 13 nominations for the Tony Awards, leading the field for Broadway's highest honor and closely followed by British import "Matilda," which received 12.

Both shows were nominated for best musical, along with "Bring It On: The Musical" and "A Christmas Story: The Musical." Ms. Lauper was nominated for best score along with book writer Harvey Fierstein and three members of the show's cast.

Hollywood star Tom Hanks was nominated for best actor in his Broadway debut in the Nora Ephron play "Lucky Guy," which received six nominations, including a best play nomination for Ephron, the writer and film director who died in June.

Also nominated for best play were "The Assembled Parties," "The Testament of Mary" and "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."

A revival of Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy" led play nominations with eight, including director Bartlett Sher.

Several Hollywood stars, including Cicely Tyson, Laurie Metcalf, Holland Taylor and David Hyde Pierce also won nominations for acting in plays.

Taylor earned a nomination for her portrayal of former Texas governor Ann Richards in "Ann" but Bette Midler was left out for her star turn as agent Sue Mengers in "I'll Eat You Last."

Another glaring omission was one of the season's biggest box office hits, "Motown the Musical," about the record label founded by Berry Gordy, in the best musical category. The show received only four nominations, including one for actress Valisia LeKae who plays Diana Ross.

Other top-nominated shows included the first Broadway revival of the 1970s hit "Pippin," which took 10 nominations, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," which received nine nods. Both were cited for best revival of a musical, along with "Annie" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."

The other best revival of a play nominees included "Orphans," "The Trip to Bountiful" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" which won nominations for lead actors Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.

The strong showing by "Kinky Boots," an adaptation of a little-seen British movie about a struggling shoe factory that reinvents itself by making boots for drag queens, was a surprise to many who expected the Royal Shakespeare Co.'s production of Roald Dahl's "Matilda," an Olivier-Award winner in London, to dominate.

"Boots" received nominations for Fierstein, director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell and both male leads, Stark Sands and Billy Porter, in addition to several technical awards.

"Matilda" earned nominations for best book, score and for Matthew Warchus' directing. Three cast members were also nominated, notably actor Bertie Carvel, who plays the fearsome school headmistress in the ecstatically reviewed show.

The nominations were announced by Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The awards will be presented on June 9 at Radio City Music Hall.

U.S. housing market shows
improvement in pending sales

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

New data shows the U.S. housing market strengthening.  The S&P Case Schiller Home Price Index shows average home prices in 20 of the biggest US cities rose more than 9 percent in the last 12 months. That's the biggest gain in nearly seven years. Analysts say it may be one of the reasons why U.S. consumer confidence is improving.

Five years after the collapse of the U.S. housing market, Americans seem ready to buy again. Pending home sales are up 7 percent over last year, foreclosures are at a seven-year low and the number of homes for sale, continues to decline. 

"Housing sales numbers are continuing to trend up. In fact, if anything, realtors are saying they are looking at shortages of inventories of homes for sale," said Sam Coffin, an economist at UBS Securities.

The lower inventories are pushing home prices higher. And that's giving builders a much needed boost, says Ken Simonson at Associated General Contractors of America.

"When you look at the broader construction industry, there's quite a boom going on in apartment construction, more recently, in single family homes and some of the private non-residential categories," Simonson said.

The renewed optimism and rising stock prices may be aiding in an otherwise slow U.S. recovery. It may also explain why consumer confidence improved sharply in April, says fund manager Brad Friedlander.

"Borrowers and personal consumer balance sheets are a lot better than they were a few years ago. So we are seeing, beginning to see a rebound," Friedlander said.

Despite a much improved housing picture, economists say for now, it's unlikely to have a measurable impact on U.S. unemployment.  New jobs data to be released Friday is expected to show unemployment unchanged at 7.6 percent.

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Re/Max, the Pacific coast expert
Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.

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For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 2228-5961 or 8339-2112.

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Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
This is far and away the most beautiful place in all Central America — cool climate. Try our two-day, all-inclusive discovery tour for $299.

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Since 1996, CRREC has been providing the most valuable resource for discovering real estate in Costa Rica. Our Costa Rica properties database contains some of the most exclusive and hard to find properties in the country. Not to mention how affordable some of our Costa Rica homes for sale are. So if you're in the market for Costa Rica real estate then we encourage you to
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Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
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Real estate for sale (paid category)

Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.

Pirate beach
For sale by owner: Ocean view condominium. Reduced $175,000

Gorgeous two- bedroom, two-bath with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built-in energy efficiently. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white sandy Pirates Beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double panel windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, porcelain tile. Contact  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.

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ALAZAN Eco-Friendly Community

- Ocean, mountain, and river views, built in harmony with nature
- 70% sold out, 1.25 acre + lots available from $75,000
- All lots held in separate corporations
- Functioning HOA with 24-hour security and gated front entrance
- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
- Abundant wildlife on the property, access to 45-acre nature preserve
- Organic Permaculture farm coming soon
- Build your custom dream home and join our community of friends in paradise!
Brokers Welcome
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 (506) 8718-9891

Rich Coast Montage
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community, $89,000!!
- 2 Successful Coffee Shops and Bakeries, Turnkey $60,000/ $120,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community from $17,500!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
- 3 Bedroom Oceanview House on 5 acres subdividable
into 4 oceanview properties $250k
- 58 acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
- Oceanfront Residential Lots from $40,000
and much more....
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891

Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here:

Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment. one bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom,  gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500 square-meter garden with aviary for Guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4 meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2 meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request.

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
SALE on our last 4 lots! Starting at just $17,500 with financing available.
Reserve today with just $5,000 down
Great Retirement Home, Vacation Home, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers house.
Water and power on site.
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891

This is a well distributed condo, very spacious and meticulously maintained. It sells furnished with quality furnishings and appliances. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and lots of storage place. It's a 2,200-sq. foot condo with double garage. Ideally located 20 minutes south of Jacó. It comes with a free beach club membership at Monterey Hotel in Esterillos. Call 2778-8408 or 8707-1037. Email or
Las Escadas
Welcome to our Paradise
Las Escadas – Condomimium & Club
San Juan del Sur – Nicaragua

1 and 2 bedroom condos from $ 39,900.
Las Escadas Condominiums & Club is the best Investment opportunity for those who want to live surrounded on all sides with nature and very closes to many beautiful beaches, amazing places with rich history and culture.
Security entrance – Administrative office – Swimming pool – Children's playground – Reserved parking available – Basketball court – pathways – Underground utilities.
Only $ 99 to reserve your Unit. Limited time offer
Cell English +505 8588-9827 – Cell Spanish/English 8551-4391

Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. $180,000 506-8869-9274.

View from Orosi home

Majestically situated overlooking the Orosi Valley and the tropical rain forest, this 2-bedroom, 2½-bath home with a separate office is offered at $550,000.  From the extensive use of glass windows visitors are easily captivated by the unbelievably 7 acres of pure, natural Costa Rican landscape.   The property is located 15 minutes from the Cartago metropolitan area, an hour from San José, 1¼ hours to the Juan Santamaria International Airport, 2 hours to the beaches of the Pacific West Coast, or 3 ½  hours to the beaches of the southern Caribbean coast.
USA 678-799-8803
CR Cell 011-506-8-910-2904

You can purchase property in Costa Rica legally without paying Land Transfer Tax; this plus the usual real estate commission of 5% will reduce your purchase price by approximately 11%. Save over $50,000.00 on the purchase of this $465,000.00 property. Large 5000+ sq.ft. House. Ideal for business executive, B & B or large family. E-mail for photos and more information to

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

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For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary.

Rich Coast Montage
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2-bedroom house in gated community, $92,500.
- Lots in gated community from $20k w/financing available.
- 3-bedroom house in gated community, furnished, walk to the beach, $125k
- 3-bedroom oceanview house on 5 acres subdividable, $270k
- 58-acre oceanview property subdividable, $169k
Oceanfront residential Lot $58k
and much more....
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891

Ocean view home
Georgeous House For Sale In Costa Rica
Gorgeous house built 5 years ago to U.S. standards on 37,000 sq. ft TITLED property. This is a very special and rare property because of the INCREDIBLE OCEAN VIEW and excellent location. This one of a kind home and property is truly a must see. Ocean view Only $345 000.00 US More details:
Jack 506-2778-8172    Email:

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Just Reduced to $169,000!!!
58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005  CR Cell 8718-9891

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Two notaries face justice
in case of fake paperwork

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Anti-fraud agents have detained two notaries on allegations that they participated in creating false documents to transfer property.

The suspects have not yet been named officially, but one is a 60-year-old Desamparados man and the other is 49 and from Cartago.

Agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization are looking into eight separate acts, the agency said.

In Costa Rica notaries are used to effect the transfer of properties, including vehicles and real estate. The owner's signature is not required.

The allegations in this case is that the men created notary documents transferring properties to a third party. The real owners only found out when they had business at the Registro Nacional.

This is a common type of crime in Costa Rica where notaries, who are graduate lawyers, carry a lot of power.

Memorial Day ceremony
will precede Legion picnic

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

American Legion Post 10, based in Escazú, will celebrate Memorial Day with its fourth annual picnic at Villa Amira in Santa Ana Monday, May 27.

Said the Legion: "The picnic is a real, old fashioned, authentic picnic just like you remember having back home. There will be grilled half pound hamburgers and extra long hot dogs, along with potato salad and chili. Of course all the toppings, along with the condiments you really like (such as Heinz ketchup, French's mustard, Hellmann's mayo) are included. There is a cash bar for beverages."

The picnic follows a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Legion's  mausoleums at the San Antonio de Escazú cemetery where departed comrades will be remembered. "We invite folks to come and honor the brave men and women who sacrificed themselves so that we could reap the rewards of democracy and freedom," said the Legion.

The noon picnic will run to 5 p.m. regardless of weather because the Legion said that there is a covered rancho in case of rain.

The picnic admission is 7,000 colons a person, about $14, and the Legion notes that profits go to charity.

Among those are Las Damas Voluntarios of Escazú which provides scholarships for deserving qualified youngsters whose parents lacked the financial ability to equip them for school, said the Legion. These scholarships included complete uniforms including shoes, school supplies, textbooks, tutoring and use of the computer lab and library, the organization added.

The Legion also made a pledge to help fund the Cabécar tribe to bring electricity to one of its schools, it said.

More information is available at the Legion Web site.

Top U.N. official to visit
University for Peace campus

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Irina Bokova, the head of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization will be in Ciudad Colón at the University for peace Friday morning. The university is a U.N. project.

Ms. Bokova will be attending a conference marking the world day for freedom of the press. She also will unveil a plaque and plant a tree, said the university.


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