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Third Time's the Charm for International Film Festival of Panama

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 04.14.2014 | Arts
Andrea R. Vaucher

IFF Panama's significance on the film festival circuit was firmly established by its third edition, which wrapped April 9 in Panama City. Festival...

Migrant Children Are Children First

Maria Teresa Rojas | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Maria Teresa Rojas

Children are by definition vulnerable. That's particularly true for girls and boys journeying alone, under unsafe circumstances, often fleeing violence. Mexico and the US have an obligation to apply the international principle of the "best interests of the child" as the gold standard for all dealings with underage migrants.

How I Became a Volcano Vixen: Recognize When to Seize Opportunities in Life

Sarina Tomel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Travel
Sarina Tomel

Hiking up a volcano on a beautiful paradise tropical island off the coast of Nicaragua on NYE/New Year's Day is exactly where I intended to be when I ...

Climate Change This Week: Galloping Glaciers, Climate Criminals, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 20 2014 How unusua...

Disidencia Herejía

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

There is a Spanish word for dissent, disidencia, but Wheelock did not recognize it. In 1979, neither did Ortega, and the word seems entirely missing from the Nicaraguan vocabulary.

Climate Change This Week: A Rising Sea, Rising Voices, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.14.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 13 2014 How unusua...

The 'Armed Struggle' Vindicated in El Salvador

Van Gosse | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Van Gosse

My, how things change. On March 9, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, former commander of the most formidable Marxist guerrilla force in Latin America's history, El Salvador's Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), will almost certainly be elected president of his country.

Ziplining and Facing My Fears to Step Into My Greatness

Sarina Tomel | Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarina Tomel

Monkey see, monkey do in Monteverde, Costa Rica! From witnessing monkeys hanging in the trees right outside our hotel doors, to ziplining through the ...

Notes From Nicaragua: Listo or Not

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Travel
Joe Hutcheson

Certainly the thought of zip-lining through the jungle was adding a dash of anxiety to my previously eaten breakfast. "I think I'm going to just read," I said. A Stephen King book on the porch was the kind of jungle thrill I was in the mood for.

Notes from Nicaragua: Chicken of the Sea

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Joe Hutcheson

As soon as I put the toothbrush in my mouth, I realized what I'd done and went straight for the vodka.

25 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Belize

Viator | Posted 04.05.2014 | Travel
Viator

25. There are jaguar and tapir crossing signs on the highway: You never know when your next animal encounter will be.

The Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2014

Alejandro Werner | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Alejandro Werner

Looking to the year ahead, how do we see the global economic landscape, and what will this mean for our region? This question is especially on people's minds today, given the risks of deflation in advanced economies and of sustained turbulence in emerging markets.

Belize's Ecotourism and Its Greatest Challenge Yet

Larry Waight | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Larry Waight

Baby Scarlet Macaw. Photo Credit Roni Martinez Belizean Anthropologist Joe Awe helped to contribute to this article. Nestled on the Northeaster...

Honduras: When Conservation Goes Too Far

Richard Bangs | Posted 04.14.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Honduras is like the monkey who locked up the zookeeper. This little tropical realm has put away the constrained thinking that keeps others stuck in unproductive routines, and allowed its wildness to escape the margins.

10 Cheapest Backpacking Cities In South And Central America

Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel

South America and Central America are meccas for backpackers seeking an adventure, without spending a lot of money. But with so much to see, how do yo...

The Ultimate (Affordable!) Tropical Vacation

Budget Travel | Posted 03.09.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

We can almost guarantee that if you haven't been to Costa Rica yet, one of your travel-crazy friends has. And they've told you all about it, right? The beaches and the rain forests. The food. The eco-resorts. And, of course, the zip-lining. Yes, it really is as great as your friends say it is.

Is Panama Truly a Retirement Haven? Santa Fe, Part 3 of 5

George Rajna | Posted 03.08.2014 | Fifty
George Rajna

The town was attractive with friendly locals and the restaurants served up tasty and cheap food. Affordable accommodation would not be an issue and the attractive surrounding mountains dotted with waterfalls amidst the green fertile forests and jungle seemed a no brainer.

Confessions of an Ecotourism Pioneer in Costa Rica

Ethan Gelber | Posted 03.03.2014 | Travel
Ethan Gelber

The contrast between the imagined urban cacophony below and the tranquil urban removal is part of what makes the latter so glorious.

Can Sustainable Tourism Thrive in Belize?

Larry Waight | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Larry Waight

Two weeks ago, I attended the 28th Annual General Meeting of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) in Belize City. The BTIA is the largest tourism association in Belize with over 25 years of membership commitment and is the voice of tourism related concerns.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 2: Guatemala

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

The late Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House, coined the phrase "all politics is local," by which he meant that politicians become successfu...

Bad News For Latin America

AP | LUIS ANDRES HENAO | Posted 12.05.2013 | Latino Voices

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean is now easing at a slower pace, the UN's regional economic body said on Thursday, ...

5 Incredible Grand Tours You Can Actually Afford

Budget Travel | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Sometimes a one-week vacation just isn't enough, especially when you wake up the last morning of your trip and don't want to leave yet -- it's too soon, and you've just begun to discover what makes your destination so special.

10 Cabins to Inspire You to Escape From the World

minube | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
minube

Since inspiration is the first step in any unforgettable journey, we've looked at recommendations from our community of travelers to find those far-flung cabins, huts, lodges, and tents where you can shack up far from the worries of the outside world.

Snowden Revelations: Shining a Spotlight on Canada, Washington's Junior Partner in the Americas

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Ottawa has been steadily deploying all of the resources at its disposal, including spying and corporate influence, to ensure its hegemony over some of the hemisphere's poorest and most oppressed nations.

Syria: A Limited Air Strike Is an Act of War

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

If the Obama administration drags the U.S., kicking and screaming, into another war in the Middle East, then the mounting death and violence in Mexico and Central America are guaranteed to remain a sideshow to the U.S.