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There's just no reason to stay home this weekend
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is no reason to stay home this weekend. There are events ranging from a concert of Spanish music to the Grecia community's July 4 celebration.

Even though Thursday saw heavy downpours, the weather forecast is for less rain then normal through Monday.

At the very least Parque La Sabana beckons with the opportunity to stroll around the lake. At other expat enclaves, there are barbecues and house parties.

Today, Friday

Venezuela's birthday
July 5 is Venezuelan Independence Day, a tribute to patriots in that country who threw off the reins of the Spanish empire. That was in 1811, and one of the major heroes was Simón Bolívar, who brought freedom to at least six Latin American countries. His legacy still reverberates through the hemisphere.

So a party is in order, and the Venezuelans love parties. Just follow anyone carrying a case of Cerveza Polar or a couple of bottles of Ron Cacique. And be prepared for the unique music of the llaneros, complete with harp and the joropo, the national dance. They are the cowboys of northern South America.

More July 4th celebrations
Some U.S. Independence Day festivities are continuing today at expats watering holes in the San José downtown and elsewhere.


Enamorate de tu ciudad
The weekly celebration continues all day Saturday in Parque Morazan and adjacent public areas. A special event this week is the tope de caballitos de palo, the gathering of the wooden horses, and music by the Cimarrona San Lorenzo at noon, the culture ministry said.

Those living nearby should consider being elsewhere if they are not fans of popular music blasting from the park bandstand.

Vélo Cinema Tour
Bike riders will gather at the Parque Nacional at 8 a.m. for a tour of the eastern part of San José. The bike hike ends with the showing of a French animated film at the Cine Magaly. The film is "Les Triplettes de Belleville," which addresses love of bikes, said organizers. Those who just want to see the film can show up at the theater on Calle 23 at 10 a.m. Police have agreed to keep their eyes on the bikes. More details are available by email to

Time for a true friend
Those looking for unconditional four-legged love can drop by the Auto Mercado in Heredia from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where the Asociación Animales de Asís plan its weekly adoption fair.

Spanish music and dancers
Spanish music, zarzuela and flamenco, is the order
Rocío González of Grupo Al Andalus

of  the day when the Banda de Conciertos de San José takes over the Teatro Nacional at 8 p.m. The guest conductor is Francisco Javier Gutiérrez Juan, from where else but Sevilla, Spain, where he directs the municipal band.
The program lists 14 works, including performances by soprano María Marta López and tenor Ernesto Rodríguez Montero. The Grupo Al Andalus also will perform.

The show is a great deal at 5,000 colons (about $10) for adults and 2,500 colons for students and seniors.

Night with the lions
The Zoológico Simón Bolívar plans a night walk in the north San José zoo starting at 6 p.m.  Reservations are required at 2256-0012.



Grecia independence celebration

Sunday is a big day in Grecia where U.S. expats and Costa Ricans will celebrate July 4 with a fiesta to benefit three local charities.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at Quinta Real in San Isidro de Grecia. There is a small admission charge and food is available for purchase.

This is the third annual celebration, and everyone is invited regardless of nationality.

Feast in Ojochal
Down in the southern Pacific community of Ojochal, chefs at 11 local restaurants are preparing a Sunday feast.  The event from noon to 9 p,m, will present the foods of 11 participating restaurants, said the organization.
The location Sunday is the Citrus Restaurant. More information is on the sponsoring organization's Web site.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

We must ask our fellow citizens who work in the "intelligence" community, to refuse to do their work if it breaks these sacred rules of privacy that our founding fathers established.  We ask them in the name of liberty and all that our nation stands for, all that our fathers and brothers fought for, all that we represent to the world, to stop performing acts that are against our rights and are eroding our great nation.  Then we must be willing to support them when they are fired, when they are persecuted, when they are tried for their patriotic acts. 

The tide was turned in the war in El Salvador when the army soldiers responded to the plea of Archbishop Romero to lay down their arms and stop killing their fellow citizens — an act for which he became a martyr.  We common citizens need to speak out and act on this issue and then be ready to face the consequences as Edward Snowden is today.
Thomas Ghormley
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The U.S. has gone astray,
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I want to thank you for your bold, clear and much needed editorial of this morning!  BRAVO!!

Yes, our home country has gone (seriously) astray from the original vision of the founding fathers!  And you are so correct in calling upon all expats to be involved in returning the country to it's founding mission: "Of the people, by the people, for the people"! 

My father was very active in the Democratic Party during my youth, and I learned much about the role of our representatives AND the electorate as a result of many experiences alongside my father!  My beloved father would not recognize the state of the U.S.A. today!

Michael Connolly
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Thank you on behalf of “The Real United States” The editorial was spot on.

With 46.5 % of our population living on subsistence incomes below the poverty level and the thousands of executive “Unitary Orders” he has piled on the nation’s back.

And the chutzpah to address other nations (Egypt) about “DEMOCRACY” our nation’s leaders have turned totally rogue. Egypt is in trouble because we were in such a rush to get Mubarek out that we accepted the Arab Brotherhood”as part of a compromise.

The State department was told that this will not work but went on with their destabilization and nation building” (Both Quadaffi and Mubarek were taken out because they no longer wanted to cowtow to the Bush Cheney Obama policies of accepting U.S. dollars for oil and then  exchanging them for U.S. Treasuries, ( such was this Mafioso game-)

Every country we have “visited” our virus on are in a state of murder and revolution worse than before we got there: Beneficiaries –The American War Machine, Investors and bankers.
80 billion dollars to support 835,000 NSA  Contractors, One Billion to buy Russian M1-17 Helicopters (30) another 553 million to buy another 17 of these Vehicles of death and another 218 million to hire trainers to hire their al Queda allies to do battle in the mideast Syria, this administration, as well as prior are totally out of touch with the reality of the Internet and the changing world about them.

Kudos To: Manley, Snowden, and Assange and for all other WORLD CLASS PATRIOTS. You will never see an article such as yours in U.S. media, Our 4th Estate is dead and buried. CBS, MSNBC, CNN, FOX and all the written media circuses as well Google, Yahoo, and ALL of the social networks should be boycotted by the entire world.

The conduct of our Government has finally gotten the attention of our world leaders. If the American people do not stand and fight for their freedom and Liberty, “They deserve neither” as Thomas Jefferson said.

Our nation’s leaders have erred greatly in misreading the people. They are about to make a very serious error in judgment in thinking that the people are ignorant and uncaring about our nation.
Milt Farrow
Titusville, Florida

Hearings in the legislature
are not more than just show

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

As is usually the case, your editorial comments hit the bulls eye. Maybe it is just that you have the benefit of distance from the U.S. to see clearly what is happening to our nation. And, maybe it is that you have seen this happen in other places around the globe. Whatever the case, the media here have been negligent at best, and complicit at worst as to reporting what is happening, daily. We, as a nation of laws, are being incrementally pushed toward being governed by the lawless. Those who have no regard for the Constitution operate with impunity and immunity.

I used to think this was only a symptom of the present administration's take on how the country should be run. For a liberal one, this administration has taken, and accepted, the most authoritarian stance in our nation's history. From the organs of government's regulatory and administrative entities, the disease is systemic. "We the people," are becoming we the subjects.

Now, to the heart of the matter, where is the legislative branch of government? They run show-hearings to work up those who care a lick, then it all ends there. No indictments, no repercussions, not even a slap on the wrist. It's all one big party, neither Republican nor Democrat. And, guess what?...we're not invited.
Al Loria
New York

Citizens must take the time
to let Congress know their views

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I wish to express my thanks to Mr. Brodell for his well-written editorial 4 July in A.M. Costa Rica entitled "Tell our public servants to follow the Constitution." All too often citizens are passive in expressing their displeasure of those we elect to office to serve us. Although they will express their displeasure to others, they do not take the time to let their representatives in the Congress know.

When citizens believe the liberties under our Constitution are threatened, it is time to act in a responsible manner and make those we have elected to office to serve us aware of our displeasure. Whether Democrat, Republican, or independent, it does not matter when we believe the liberties we are granted under the Constitution are threatened. So again Mr. Brodell, thank you for your very eloquent editorial making us aware of our responsibility as citizens.

Bob Stone
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Bishop in Limón named
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

San José has a new archbishop, Monsignor José Rafael Quirós Quirós, who is now the bishop of Limón.

The appointment came from Pope Frances and was greeted warmly by Casa Presidencial.

He takes over from Hugo Barrantes, who at 77 is relinquishing his duties of heading the archdiocese.  Quirós, who was born in Llano Grande, province of Cartago, is 58, so he is likely to be in the position for some years.

The Catholic Church here is facing challenges similar to those around the world.  In addition, some Costa Ricans are claiming that they have benefited from miracles attributed to the intercession of Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005.

To be elevated to sainthood in the Catholic Church requires the proof of two miracles.  Quirós is an educated man who did advanced studies in Rome.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1981 in San José. Among other achievements he holds an advanced degree in canon law.

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In search for luggage thieves, cops find money laundering case
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An off-duty flight attendant came into police custody early Thursday because she had hidden $160,000 in U.S. currency on her person.

The woman, a Mexican identified by the last name of  Rodríguez, was traveling on a passenger plane and faced arrest when she was in a taxi headed to a local hotel.

The Policía de Control de Drogas said that they became interested in the woman because she showed nervousness at the airport, but it appears that they were tipped off.

She was wearing straps that allowed her to carry stacks of $100 and $50 bills, police said.
In another revelation, police at Juan Santamaría airport said they saw the woman as they were involved in an effort to recover luggage taken from tourists.

Police have made no previous mention of a wave of luggage thefts at the airport. They said that Fuerza Pública officers from Alajuela set up police checkpoints around the airport to apprehend luggage thieves.

The woman arrived at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday on an Aeroméxico flight from México, police said.

It was not made clear how police determined the woman was carrying cash. The woman is 28 and faces a charge of money laundering. The Poder Judicial said that prosecutors sought six months of preventative detention.

How about a monsoon to top off the delightful lunch?
This was one of the rare years that I did not attend the Fourth of July Picnic put on by the American Colony Committee.  For a change, getting there did not seem to be half the fun, and certainly getting back from there, in case it rained, was something I did not look forward to.

So, instead, I went with my friend, Sandy to a restaurant in Sabana Sur that I have not tried. Sabana Sur, on the other side of the park is totally different from Sabana Norte.  The street is bustling with pedestrians and restaurants are popping up everywhere. El Beso is on a corner in (and outside of) a building that once housed a furniture store and probably before that was a large private residence.  I wanted to try it because it is actually a sidewalk café.  At least half of the restaurant is on what was the front lawn, now cemented and protected by a canopy.  From there one can watch the pedestrians and (unfortunately) hear the trucks and motorcycles pass by.

I noticed that most of the other diners seemed to be enjoying before lunch cocktails.  Some had huge stemmed globes in front of them almost filled with what looked like a delicious but lethal double or triple Margarita.  We ordered two waters.

The menu was complete with a wide choice of everything from entradas to platos fuertes, and even ejecutivos (lunch specials) for under 4,000 colons.  Although they had a special on Thursday that if we ordered two main courses, one would be free, we did what we usually do and shared a main dish and a salad.  Since many of the dishes had an Italian accent, I asked the waiter if the owner was Italian.  I was told “Italian and Arab.”  Interesting combination.  Later a saw a woman who I figured was the owner because she picked up a paper napkin that had fallen on the floor.

In some restaurants when we say we are sharing, they bring two plates, each with half a serving.  In this case, they did not.  It would have been difficult to halve the baked Mediterranean trout that was stuffed with tomatoes, capers, shrimp, olives, and then I stopped counting.

Between the loud music and the traffic on the street bordering the park, conversation was not that easy.  Just as we finished our meals and called for the check, the rain began.  It didn’t just rain. It was a cloud burst and a monsoon combined.  The covered area was probably 25 feet by 45 feet.  It seemed safe, although we were close to the edge of canopy.  Pretty soon
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there were rivers just outside the canopied area, and then the rivers overflowed and began to invade the restaurant area.  Thanks to the wind, the downpour was invading our space.  I have seen rains in Costa Rica but never as strong and blinding as this.  We could not easily make our way to the indoor area because the rain coming down in the open space between the two sections would have drenched us.

But eventually we all had to move.  We had our umbrellas which we opened for the three-foot walk in the rain.  Others made a dash for it.  I wondered at the poor waiters who had to have been getting wet walking back and forth.

I also noticed a young woman sitting alone, wearing a sort of uniform that could have indicated a medical job.  She sat outside calmly eating, not looking around, during most of the rain.  Even she had to retreat to safer ground, and once there, she settled herself and calmly finished her lunch without once looking around, displaying a concentration that a brain surgeon would envy.

The waiters were a happy lot, joking about the displacement and the rain.  It was contagious and everyone settled at their new tables.  We ordered two coffees but resisted some truly inviting desserts on the menu.

Once the rain had become a healthy pelo de gato (hair of the cat), also known as a light drizzle, we went in search of a taxi. It didn’t take long.

After an hour or so as I was relaxing at home, the sun came out to dry everything up as it does so efficiently here.  I thought about the rains that have brought floods to so many parts of the world, and even parts of Costa Rica and my heart went out to the people.

This little part of the world that is the Central Mesa is indeed lucky.

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Two systems of satellites could bring high-speed Internet to the tropics from space. The first network is due to go into service later this year.

The system went into orbit last week in French Guiana. The system involves eight satellites that will be in low earth orbit. It is the  O3B  or Other 3 Billion satellite system called that because one of its goals is bringing Internet to many remote areas that are not now served.

Rival Inmarsat will launch a satellite Internet system called Global Xpress later this year.

The O3b satellites will provide Internet coverage anywhere within 45 degrees
 of latitude north and south of the equator. The firm said that the satellites will be placed within two weeks and that testing will follow.

The company is promising Internet speed similar to fiber optic cables and says the service will be cheaper than the current cable technology.

Its backers include Google and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, among others.

Costa Rica, of course, is well within the range of the satellite coverage. The firm said that its satellites will carry voice and data, too.

The service by O3B appears to replace undersea cables and not the local Internet or cell telephone provider. Undersea cables are vulnerable to damage. But so, too, are satellites.

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French newspaper claims
agency there spies on citizens

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

France's external intelligence agency spies on the French public's phone calls, emails and social media activity in France and abroad, the daily Le Monde said Thursday.

It said the agency intercepted signals from computers and telephones in France, and between France and other countries, although not the content of phone calls, to create a map of who is talking to whom. It said the activity was illegal.

“All of our communications are spied on,” wrote Le Monde, which based its report on unnamed intelligence sources as well as remarks made publicly by intelligence officials. “Emails, text messages, telephone records, access to Facebook and Twitter are then stored for years.”

The activities described are similar to those carried out by the U.S. National Security Agency, as described in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The documents revealed that the NSA has access to vast amounts of Internet data such as emails, chat rooms and video from large companies such as Facebook and Google, under a program known as Prism.

They also showed that the U.S. government had gathered so-called metadata, such as the time, duration and numbers called, on all telephone calls carried by service providers such as Verizon.

France's intelligence agency was not immediately available for comment.

Le Monde said the French national security commission whose job it is to authorize targeted spying, and the parliamentary intelligence committee, had challenged the paper's report and said it worked in accordance with the law. It said the only body that collected communications information was a government agency controlled by the prime minister's office that monitors for security breaches.

Le Monde's report comes amid a storm over media allegations that Washington regularly spies on European citizens and embassies. The allegations, made in the German magazine Der Spiegel, sparked concern from data protection watchdogs and irked European governments just as major transatlantic trade talks are about to start.

Le Monde said France's Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure, known as the DGSE, was more interested in finding out who was speaking to whom than in combing through the content of private communications. It said the DGSE stored a mass of such metadata in the basement of its Paris headquarters.

France's seven other intelligence services, including domestic secret services and customs and money-laundering watchdogs, have access to the data and can tap into it freely as a means to spot people whose communications seem suspicious, whom they can then track with more intrusive techniques such as phone-tapping, Le Monde wrote.

The Guardian newspaper reported last month that Britain had a similar spying program on international phone and Internet traffic and was sharing vast quantities of personal information with the American NSA.

Snowden low on his options
living in Moscow airport

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Edward Snowden should find another country to seek refuge, a Russian official said Thursday, signaling Moscow's growing impatience over the former U.S. agency spy contractor's lengthening stay at a Moscow airport.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia had received no request for political asylum from Snowden and he had to solve his problems himself after 11 days in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
President Vladimir Putin has refused to extradite the American, and Russian officials have delighted in his success in staying out of the United States' clutches since revealing details of secret U.S. government surveillance programs.
But Moscow has also made clear that Snowden is an increasingly unwelcome guest because the longer he stays, the greater the risk of the diplomatic standoff over his fate causing lasting damage to relations with Washington.
“He needs to choose a place to go,” Ryabkov said. “As of this moment, we do not have a formal application from Mr. Snowden asking for asylum in the Russian Federation.”
Ryabkov told Itar-Tass news agency separately that Russia “cannot solve anything for him” and the situation should now be resolved one way or the other.
His remarks echoed comments by President Vladimir Putin, who has urged Snowden, 30, to leave as soon as he can.
France and Italy, both U.S. allies, said they had rejected asylum requests from Snowden.
“Like many countries France has received, via its ambassador in Moscow, an asylum request from Edward Snowden. For legal reasons and given the applicant's situation, it will not be processed,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls said in a statement.
Valls said earlier Thursday that France's relations with the United States would not allow it to harbor Snowden.
Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said any asylum request would have to be presented in person at the border or in Italian territory which Snowden had not done.
“As a result there do not exist the legal conditions to accept such a request, which in the government's view would not be acceptable on a political level either,” she told parliament.
Relations between Snowden and the Russian authorities appear to have soured when Putin said Monday that he could only be granted asylum by Moscow if he agreed to stop actions that could harm the United States.
Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said Tuesday that Snowden had withdrawn his interest in asylum in Russia after Putin spelled out the terms. His options have narrowed further since then as no country has agreed to grant him asylum.
Russian officials have kept Snowden at arm's length since he landed from Hong Kong on June 23, saying the transit area where passengers stay between flights is neutral territory and he will be on Russian soil only if he goes through passport control.
Moscow has also done nothing to trumpet his presence or parade him before cameras, and Putin has avoided the temptation to mock Obama when asked about the affair in public. He said last week he would prefer not to deal with it at all.
Relations with Washington have been strained since Putin's return to the presidency last year. He has accused the United States of backing protesters demanding his removal, and Washington is worried that he is cracking down on dissent.
But there have been signs of an improvement as the sides try to cooperate more on security since the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, in which two ethnic Chechens are the main suspects. The United States has also shown some restraint in its remarks.
“We continue to talk with the Russian government every day, absolutely every day, including myself,” U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul told reporters. “We hope to resolve this . . . in a way that we want to have it ended and so far we're very happy with our interactions with the Russian government.”
Russia's Interfax news agency underlined Washington's own determination to keep ties on an even keel, quoting an unnamed source as saying Snowden's case had not been raised by U.S. Justice Department officials at recent talks in Moscow.
Russia has, however, reveled in the diplomatic fallout since Bolivian President Evo Morales, a Putin ally, was held up on his way home from an energy meeting in Moscow because a number of European countries refused initially to let his plane into their airspace over suspicions that Snowden was on board.
Bolivia blamed the delays on Washington and the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized three European Union member states.
“The actions of the authorities of France, Spain and Portugal could hardly be considered friendly actions towards Bolivia,” it said. “Russia calls on the international community to comply strictly with international legal principles.”

British firm denies bugging
Ecuador's London embassy

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A British private surveillance company denied on Thursday that it had bugged the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living for over a year.

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino made the allegation against the Surveillance Group Ltd. in Quito Wednesday, adding that Ecuador would seek help from the British government to get to the bottom of the matter.

In a statement, the Surveillance Group's CEO Timothy Young rejected Patino's allegation as completely untrue.

“The Surveillance Group do not and have never been engaged in any activities of this nature,” Young said.

“We have not been contacted by any member of the Ecuadorean government, and our first notification about this incident was via the press this morning,” he said.

The Foreign Office in London declined to comment.

Patino described the Surveillance Group as “one of the biggest private investigation and undercover surveillance companies in the United Kingdom.”

On its Web site, the company says it combines “the practices, skills and experience of special forces, police and commercial surveillance to create an entirely new form of surveillance.”

It says its clients include British law enforcement agencies, other government bodies and financial institutions, and that it has teams in Europe and Canada.

Services on offer include digital forensics, corporate investigations, professional witness surveillance and intelligence reports, according to the company Web site.

Patino has said a microphone was found in the office of Ambassador Ana Alban at the time of his visit to the embassy June 16 to meet with Assange, who has been granted asylum by Ecuador but cannot make his way to that country.

Assange risks arrest if he steps out of the embassy because he has breached his bail terms in Britain. He sought refuge inside the embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault.

Assange fears that if sent to Sweden he could be extradited from there to the United States to face potential charges over the release of thousands of confidential U.S. documents on WikiLeaks.

The anti-secrecy Web site described the alleged bugging of the embassy as an example of imperial arrogance but did not elaborate.

The topic of covert state surveillance has been at the top of the global news agenda since a series of leaks last month by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about secret U.S. and British espionage programs.

WikiLeaks is trying to assist Snowden, who is believed to be stranded at an airport in Moscow and seeking asylum in a variety of countries including Ecuador.

Mandela family disputes
degenerate into soap opera

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A feud between factions of Nelson Mandela's family descended into soap opera farce Thursday when his grandson and heir, Mandla, accused relatives of adultery and milking the fame of the revered anti-apartheid leader.
In a news conference broadcast live on TV that stunned South Africans, Mandla Mandela confirmed rumors that his young son, Zanethemba, was in fact the child of an illicit liaison between his brother Mbuso and Mandla's now ex-wife Anais Grimaud.
With Mandela on life-support in a Pretoria hospital, the escalating feud has transfixed and appalled South Africa in equal measure as it contemplates the reality that the father of the post-apartheid Rainbow Nation will not be around forever.
“Mbuso impregnated my wife,” Mandla said in Mvezo, the Eastern Cape village 700 km (450 miles) south of Johannesburg where Mandela, now 94 years old and critically ill, was born and where Mandla serves as the formal chief of the clan.
Mandla, 39, first raised questions about his son's paternity last year when he split from French-speaking Ms. Grimaud, who has since moved back home to the Indian Ocean island of Reunion. He also revealed then that he was unable to have children.
His attempts to get the family to address the questions of Zanethemba's paternity had been rebuffed in the interests of preserving a semblance of unity in South Africa's most famous family, Mandla said.
“This matter has never been discussed by the so-called members of the family who say that they want to ensure there is harmony in this family,” he said, challenging reporters to conduct DNA tests to confirm his allegations.
“The facts are there. You may go and find out, do the necessary tests that are needed,” he said. His brother Mbuso has denied being the father of the child.
Newspapers have plastered “Mandela vs. Mandela” headlines across their front pages and editorials have bemoaned the cruel irony of bitter divisions inside the family of a man lauded the world over as the epitome of reconciliation between races.
The government said that Mandela remained critical but stable after nearly four weeks in hospital.
The sleepy community of Mvezo, set amid the rolling hills of the eastern Cape, has been at the center of a vicious dispute that may ultimately determine where South Africa's first black president will be laid to rest.
Two years ago, Mandla exhumed the bodies of three of Mandela's children from Qunu, where Mandela grew up, and moved them the 20 kms. to Mvezo, where Mandla has built a visitor center and a memorial center dedicated to his grandfather.
Mandla said he moved the bodies based on his right as chief to decide the final resting place of family members, especially his father Makgatho who died of an AIDS-related illness in 2005.
“I hold the right to determine where he is buried. I am the chief of Mvezo, as a traditional leader and the head of the royal house of Mandela,” said Mandla, dressed in a black leather jacket and red shirt.
Despite his assertions, many of South Africa's 53 million people believe the exhumations were part of a deliberate plan to ensure Mandela was buried in Mvezo.
Last week, a rival faction of the family, led by Mandla's aunt Makaziwe and including Mbuso, won a court order for the bodies to be returned to Qunu, an edict carried out late on Wednesday after a last-minute legal bid by Mandla failed.
Speaking calmly and deliberately in front of a bank of cameras, Mandla lashed out at Makaziwe and members of the wider family, accusing them of trying to cash in on the legacy of one of the 20th century's most respected political figures.
“This is the very family that has taken their own father, their own grandfather, to court for his monies,” he said, referring to a long-running legal bid by Makaziwe to remove the guardians of a Mandela charitable trust.
“It seems like anyone and everyone can come and say 'I am a Mandela' and demand to be part of the decision-making in this family,” he said. “Individuals have abandoned their own families and heritage and decided to jump on the Mandela wagon.”
Makaziwe has declined to comment on the graves dispute, telling reporters that it is a private family matter.
The three Mandela children exhumed from Mvezo are an infant girl who died in 1948, a boy, Thembi, who died in a car crash in 1969, and Mandla's father, Makgatho. In all, Mandela fathered six children from his three marriages.

Bi-national, same sex pairs
relieved by court ruling

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages just as it does for heterosexuals. The ruling has special significance for thousands of gay Americans married to foreign nationals or who plan to do so.

Swede Anna Olsson and American Michelle Bailey met two years ago, fell in love, and built a life together near Washington. Swedish pancakes have become a shared morning ritual.
Neither said they can imagine life without the other.

"I just feel lucky. I mean, I never knew I could feel this good," said Ms. Bailey.

"This is the love of my life, and I cannot wait to marry her," said Ms. Olsson.

Michelle is a Web designer, Anna a university instructor. Until last week, the couple feared U.S. law would force them apart or to move to Sweden when Anna’s work visa expires.
"It is almost torture living under the threat of having to uproot yourself. It is not just a little right that is taken away from you, it is a life," said Ms. Olsson.
In March, Michelle and Anna stood outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments over the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as solely between a man and a woman under federal law. Last week’s ruling, striking it down, brought euphoria and relief.
"It was unbelievable joy. Thrilling and exciting and tears," said Michelle.
"It was indescribable the feeling. It felt like I was flying for the rest of the day," said Anna.
For years, immigration attorney Thomas Plummer has fought to keep bi-national gay couples together.
"These families are now going to be treated equally under U.S. immigration law, which means that families here in the United States can begin planning their lives together. Couples in exile can plan their return, and families that are apart can reunite in the United States," said Plummer.
Already, the Obama administration is weighing in. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that immigration petitions for a same-sex spouse will be reviewed "in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse."
Michelle and Anna took part in U.S. Independence Day celebrations with added joy.

"I have had my status elevated from second-class citizen. So I am feeling pretty darn good," said Michelle.
"Having lived here for 10 years, I have never been as proud of America as I was on June 26," said Anna.  That was the date of the U.S. Supreme Court decision.
And what now for the couple?
"We are planning to get married in the very near future. And yeah, we are staying. That is the main thing. It does not sound too exciting but it is," said Anna.
"We are just going to stay living our lives. Fixing the house up and whatever we normally do," said Michelle.

Special Los Angeles program
keeps close track of air quality

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

For decades, scientists have been able to measure air quality and look at its impact on human health. Now, scientists are testing new ways of measuring those climate changing greenhouse gases in the air.

One of the places that is participating in a new effort called the Megacities Carbon Project.
With more than 18 million people living, working and driving in Los Angeles, the city often is covered in a hazy layer of smog. Stan Sander, senior research scientist at the U.S. space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, describes this layer of visible air.
"That haze is caused by the fact that the air is trapped inside a layer that’s a few hundred meters to a thousand meters in altitude above the LA basin. So it collects those emissions from the cars and other sources and forms that layer," said Sander.
Jet Propulsion Lab scientist Riley Duren says these pollutants include greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, and they do not just hang over the city.
"So these gases have a small local effect but the bigger impact is on the climate. We’re all in this together. It takes several weeks or months for these gases to mix, but they end up in the atmosphere and they affect everywhere, not just in the local city," said Duren.
Los Angeles is part of a complicated experiment called the Megacities Carbon Project. The goal is to monitor greenhouse gases and look for long-term trends to see if environmental policies to lower these pollutants actually work.
Sixteen highly sensitive monitoring devices are being installed throughout southern California on rooftops and media towers. These instruments work continuously to analyze what is in the air.
Scientists also use what is called remote sensing to monitor the air. Instruments placed on airplanes and a satellite look at sunlight bouncing off the surface of the earth. By looking at how the air changes the quality of that light, scientists can see the fingerprints of carbon dioxide and methane in the air.
There is one more remote sensing instrument on top of historic Mount Wilson northeast of Los Angeles. NASA’S Stan Sander says this remote sensing equipment looks down throughout the LA Basin and analyzes the air.
"What we’re hoping to do here on Mount Wilson is create a sort of pattern or model for the way other cities might be able to measure their greenhouse gas emissions in a very similar way," he said.

Riley Duren says that while developed countries are trying to reduce emissions...

"In the developing world, particularly in South America, Africa and Asia, we’re seeing explosive growth in cities because of the combined effects of urbanization and economic growth," he said.
He says many of these growing cities are at higher risk for the impact of climate change.

Inventor of computer mouse
is reported dead at 88

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. technology visionary Douglas Engelbart, who revolutionized computing with the invention of the mouse, has died at the age of 88.

Engelbart first demonstrated his invention, along with video teleconferencing, at a computer conference in San Francisco in 1968, where other experts gave him a standing ovation. Two years later, he won a patent on the mouse, a wood box with two metal wheels in its earliest design.

While the computer mouse is now a fixture in offices and many homes throughout the world, it did not become commercially available until 1984 with the introduction of Apple's Macintosh computer.  

During his career, Engelbart won 20 other patents, and played a key role in the development of the Internet, word processing and navigating online through links to other Internet sites. 

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Puriscal home
$71,000 super Central Valley view home for for you to finished
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, on 2,200 M2 lot with creek on one side. This is another home ready to finish out INCLUDING appliances, Solar water heater, PEX water distribution, custom cabinets, granite counter tops, radiant energy barrier, and tempered, bronzed, reflective windows for under $130,000 total cost. Solid construction ready for your personal imprint. Competent craftsmen standing by.

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$550,000 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!

Heredia land
San Rafael, Heredia, great opportunity, 17,000m2 land for development,
US$600,000 or best offer.  email: or call 8385-2542.

Minimum bid starts @ $10,000.
 ½ acre to 4 acres.
Walk to San Juanillo Beaches.
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music studio
Musicians dream!!!
Two-story house, 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq. mt.) total with covered porches, 2-car covered parking, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open kitchen/living room, bodega, laundry room, upstairs sala. Separate 320-sq. ft. (29 sq. mt.) music studio that could be used as an art studio, workshop, or additional bedroom. Studio has a patio on top, partially covered with ozonated hot tub. Mature citrus trees, avocado, mango, pineapples, bananas, and many colorful flowers. Completely fenced, security system, Internet, cable TV, automatic gates, one-car additional secured gravel parking. Double lot, 7,320 sq ft (680 sq mt). Backs up to a large cafetal and looks up to Natural Reserve Madre Verde. Located in La Granja, Residencia Palma Real, Palmares, Alajuela. Walking distance to town, 5 minutes to pista, 35 minutes to airport, and close to bus service. Comes with kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bed set in master bedroom, shoe cabinet just inside front door. Other furnishings negotiable. More pictures available upon request. House and property are in a corporation. $215,000.

Private Gated Paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment, 5000m2 land. $99k-/best cash offer! River access,, Phone: (506)2495-0487.

Condo for sale in Flamingo

Ocean view 3-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom condo. Designer furnished 1,800 square feet, gated community. Only six units. Huge pool and balcony, pet friendly, parking, walking distance to Flamingo beach, banks, grocery store, farmacia, etc. New building. $349,000 asking. Ask for photos. 8705-0056. or 1-800-536-2322.

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.

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
Lourdes, Montes de Oca San Jose

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
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$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
$70,000 - La Colina - another Ocotal beach 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, 80 m2 and fully furnished with upgraded kitchen, complex has Infinity pool, mountain views.

$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website All 3 of these condos are about 35 minutes away from Liberia Intl. airport, no need to drive a long way to get to your condo.  Call for more information, 1-415-670-9382 or 011-506-826-1211. Or email

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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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La Cruz finca
La Cruz Finca 223 ha. (558.2 acre)
This beautiful 223-hectare (558-acre) farm is 70 kms. north of Liberia on the Pan-American Highway and has over a kilometer of frontage on the highway. The property is almost 3 kms deep and has good interior roads. The River Sapoa runs year round at the back side of the farm which is almost 1 mile wide with and incredible views over the Nicaraguan border to Lake Nicaragua and Isla Ometepe. Great property for an eco retreat, teak farm or cattle ranch.  At $900 per acre, this is one of the best farm deals around. See details HERE! The seller will entertain any reasonable offer. Price: $495,000 contact: Bruce Hummel. Email: Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987 7166,

Playa Octal home
Playa Ocotal Beach Home
This home is located in a residential resort complex made up of 40 luxurious, fully furnished beachfront villas, plus a clubhouse complete with poolside bar and restaurant. Bahía Pez Vela is located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, one kilometer from Playa Ocotal on the North Pacific coast and just 30 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport and three miles to downtown Playas Del Coco. From this home you can hear and see the waves crashing on the rocks of this pristine beach. See it HERE! This is the best priced beach home in Costa Rica! Price $225,000   Contact: Bruce Hummel, - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.

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This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!

La Garita
This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.

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 on site,
security and lawn maintenance.
Water and power on site.
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891

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.

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.

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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.
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After 11 years, Luis Enrique
is still among the missing

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The great catastrophe that befell expats here took place 11 years go.

That was the raid on the Luis Enrique Villalobos Camacho high interest borrowing operation. Many loose ends remain, not the least of which is Villalobos himself who has been a fugitive since October 2002.

Prosecutors and Judicial agents raided the Mall San Pedro office of Villalobos July 4, 2002, while many expats were celebrating U.S. Independence Day at the annual American Colony Picnic.

Prosecutors said they were acting on behalf of a request from Canadian law enforcement, but the truth was that they had had their eye on the Villalobos operation for years.

The suspicious part of the operation was that investors who put in at least $10,000 would get interest that could be as much as 3 percent a month. So a $100,000 investment would generate $3,000 in cash every month. There were no pesky forms for the government, no deductions, no records.

Some who chose to roll over their monthly interest quickly saw their nest egg balloon.

Villalobos never said what he did with the money. He ran some through two U.S. banks. Prosecutors eventually convicted  his brother, Oswaldo, of fraud in running a ponzi scheme. Some investors who chose to pursue their legal options received some money back.

Many others listened to Villalobos supporters and did not prosecute with the belief that if the legal action went away, Villalobos would return and pay them off. Some still are waiting.

The personal and emotional damage done by the collapse of the enterprise, known locally at The Brothers, cannot be assessed. There were suicides. Many persons lost their life savings. Some U.S. brokers illegally invested with Villalobos the money they received in legitimate deals to profit from the much higher interest. Some persons had raided their 401K retirement accounts, so they not only lost the money but they had to pay Internal Revenue Service penalties for early withdrawal.

If Villalobos had a legitimate business, he could have obtained all the money he needed from international bankers at a much lower interest. He masked his borrowing by being involved in a legitimate money exchange firm with his brother.

Some investors tried to get repaid by the government via an international arbitration case. That failed. Some investors even today are in court trying to get money from the Villalobos extended family. They have not made any public statements.

Other local cases against the central government for closing down the Villalobos operation also failed.

The prosecutor in the case is now the lead in the organized crime section, so interest has waned in the case. Many investors have given up or died.

The question remains where is or was Enrique Villalobos? 

A lengthy series of articles on the Villalobos case is HERE!

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Youth jobs program wins praise

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The central government's youth employment program has gotten the blessing of the director general of the International Labor Organization.

The official, Guy Ryder, called the program a model for other countries when he visited Costa Rica last weekend. He said Costa Rica showed it had the political will to improve the lives of the young people.

The program is called EMPLEATE, which provides grants for some youngsters and maintains a job placement program for many others. The program is directed at youth and young adults from 17 to 24. Most are from disadvantaged circumstances.

President Laura Chinchilla said she sees the program as combating the causes of violence. The program also is seen as combating child labor.

Olma Segura, the minister of Trabajo, said that a campaign will target Guanacaste starting July 24 to bring more students into the program.

In two years, EMPLEATE has provided scholarships to 4,000 youngsters. These range from 100,000 to 200,000 colons a month, from $200 to $400. An additional 6,000 have received other help, the government said. Some worked to clean up neighborhoods and paint buildings.

The name of the program can be described in English as "Get a job."