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Unraveling Latin America's Illegal Wildlife Trade

Laurel Neme | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Laurel Neme

The trafficking of elephants in Africa has gained tremendous media attention. Not so the illegal trade in birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and fish of Central and South America -- a problem of epidemic proportion.

Why Nicaragua Is A Better Retirement Choice Than Costa Rica

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 11.19.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Nicaragua, long hidden behind the image of her picaresque president, is finally emerging as a top retirement and vacation hotspot. We've been making the case for Nicaragua for years. Why do I think things could finally be turning around for this beautiful but misunderstood country with so much to offer?

In Latin America, Illegal Wildlife Trade Explodes

Laurel Neme | Posted 11.09.2015 | Green
Laurel Neme

Despite this lack of comprehensive data, a survey of media reports on cases in South and Central America and the Caribbean provides insights into, and some measure of, the trade's alarming dimensions.

Ron Johnson: Deporting Kids To Honduras Is OK Because It's 'A Beautiful Country'

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

It's not so bad to deport children to what was until recently the murder capital of the world, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Friday, since Honduras ...

Nicaragua: A Success Story in the Making

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Nicaragua is far more than just the newest and swankiest destination for world travelers. It is -- and mark our words -- on its way to becoming the latest success story in the western hemisphere. Let us just tell you why.

Women from Central America on the Run from Violence

Michelle Brané | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Michelle Brané

According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, women fleeing Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador have been subject to a constant threat of violence, including threats, assault, murder, rape and other gender-based violence, and their governments are unable to protect them.

New Life Comes to the Heart of Panama's Old City

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.29.2015 | Travel
Dimitri Ehrlich

Just a few miles from the gleaming but largely uninhabited white towers of modern Panama City's skyline, it's a small area of crumbling but glorious architecture some of which dates back to the 17th century.

A Program Meant To Keep Kids From Coming To The U.S. Illegally Hasn't Let Anyone In Legally Yet

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After facing a crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing Central America for the U.S. last year, the government created a program that wou...

5 Must-Do Adventures in Central America

The Outbound Collective | Posted 11.16.2015 | Travel
The Outbound Collective

With the temperatures cooling down and the earliest signs of winter starting to peek through the fall, we're already day-dreaming of a tropical escape - and we know you are too. That's why we've put together this list of must-do adventures in Central America.

A Mysterious Epidemic Plaguing Central America May Be Linked To Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.16.2015 | Science

A mysterious disease has been sweeping through the sugar cane fields of Central America, with more than 20,000 laborers dying from it over the p...

Sleuthing Kidney Disease in Central America

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

It appears repeated episodes of dehydration, occurring over long periods of time, can result in damage to the kidney, even in young, otherwise healthy individuals.

Mexico's Top Two Santa Muerte Leaders Finally Meet

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The two Enriquetas finally met two weeks ago in Tepito, the notorious Mexico City barrio. For those who haven't been following the development of the ...

Hundreds Feared Dead In Guatemala Landslide

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.03.2015 | World

SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Hopes faded of finding any remaining survivors of a massive landslide in Guatemala that killed at...

Vibrant Hummingbirds of Costa Rica

Alexis Coram | Posted 09.30.2015 | Travel
Alexis Coram

Back in 2012 I visited the small village of Mindo in Ecuador where I spent my days getting lost in remote cloud forests, surrounded by the most beauti...

Oil Prices and the Future of Petrocaribe

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The risks of an interruption of the financing mechanism continue to mount up. Consequently, countries should intensify their efforts in favor of energy diversification and, more importantly, seizing the opportunity to reduce their own indebtedness with Venezuela.

15 Reasons to Catch the Next Flight to Central America

minube | Posted 09.23.2015 | Travel

If there's one word which sums up why Central America is such an amazing travel destination, it'd have to be "diversity."

A Pope That Congress Should Listen To

Joel Rubin | Posted 09.19.2015 | Politics
Joel Rubin

When the Pope takes the stage in the heart of the nation's capital, Americans will be enthralled. He has done more than any other Vatican leader in our lifetime. And he has done so with grace, energy, and determination. Our political leaders will be watching him. They should learn from him too.

Why We Must Welcome the Stranger In Europe And In The U.S.

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

What is happening in Europe makes me think about our own country's hopelessly broken immigration system. There are uncomfortable parallels in the two situations.

Unaccompanied Children from Central America, One Year Later

Pew's Stateline | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 08.24.2015 | Latino Voices

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides ...

Republican Policies Show The Party Doesn't Care About Children

Laura Merriman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Laura Merriman

If the Republican party really care about children, it should stop trying to defund Planned Parenthood. The party should support anti-gun legislation so that children can go to school and movie theaters and be at home without being executed, instead of letting nine U.S. youths be gunned down per day.

A Home for Everyone

Suzanne Skees | Posted 08.07.2015 | World
Suzanne Skees

If I could have one wish come true, I would give every family on the planet a clean, pretty little house in which to live. Each clean, pretty little home Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN) helps to build moves us closer to a world like that.

6 Tips for Traveling During Hurricane Season

CheapTickets | Posted 08.07.2015 | Travel

To avoid islands outside of the so-called hurricane belt, focus on the southern Caribbean and remember your ABCs--Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are generally safer bets for avoiding a direct hit.

We’re Doing Better At Detaining Families Now, Officials Say

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newly implemented policies already keep the Obama administration’s family detention system from violating the law, the Department...

Is El Salvador Heading to a Second Civil War?

Randy Jurado Ertll | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Randy Jurado Ertll

Political posturing and American indifference have put bloody El Salvador on the path toward a second civil war.

This European Paradise Is THE Place To Retire

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 07.20.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Central America is recognized as the place to shop for a top retirement option if you're retiring on a budget. Indeed, a retiree's nest egg can stretch far in this accessible, sunny, and affordable region. But here's news: A retiree's nest egg can stretch just as far right now in Portugal.