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Governance Matters: Civil Society Voice and Performance at the World Cup

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Daniel_Kaufmann

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia. Does this also mean that one can explain a nation's success at the cup largely by money?

10 Golf Courses With Amazing Views

Oyster | Posted 09.14.2014 | Travel
Oyster

So what if you double-bogey when all you can see is crystal-clear ocean for miles?

Sport and Society for Arete -- The World Cup

Richard Crepeau | Posted 09.11.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

I am not a fan of The Beautiful Game, although I do watch and appreciate its beauty especially when it is displayed by the likes of Lionel Messi. Soccer, as with all games, when played with skill and competence is a beautiful game.

Historic Architecture of San Jose, Costa Rica (Photos)

Mark Chesnut | Posted 09.08.2014 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Many travelers skip past San Jose and head straight for the nation's lush interior or sandy beaches, but I found lots of visuals to enjoy in San Jose.

The United States Isn't "the Best in the World," and I Couldn't Be Prouder

Katherine Stanley Obando | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Katherine Stanley Obando

When we drop that pretense, it is possible to see our country for what it is, and to better understand both the bad and the good.

World Cup Photo Diary: Live From Maracana Stadium

Raul de Molina | Posted 09.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Raul de Molina

On Friday afternoon I did El Gordo y La Flaca live from Maracana Stadium right after Germany beat France in what turned out to be an uneventful match.

Future of Soccer in the US

Stephen Palacios | Posted 09.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Stephen Palacios

My 15-year-old son called last night from Costa Rica where he is spending two weeks. Lucky for him, his visit coincided with Costa Rica beating Greece in the World Cup. He described how everyone was glued to the set, shaking, crying and ultimately exploding in joy.

Win or Go Home at World Cup and Coulter's Disingenuous Soccer Shot Skies Into Row Z

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 08.30.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

The USA team plays Belgium on July 1 and as infectiously positive coach Jurgen Klinsmann puts it: "Now we really get started. We have a very clear picture in front of us. You got to win no matter how. And, it's a good feeling, now we focus on one specific opponent to beat at a time."

Robo-Journo = Pulitzer?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.29.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

ven if that audience isn't willing to pay directly for content, membership packages allow newspapers to offer something different, an emotional connection with their core readers complemented by special deals and opportunities. Expect memberships to become a more common feature.

Climate Change This Week: Packing Record Heat, Fracking Leaks and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.

Teams From the Americas Take A Bite Out Of 3 Former Champions

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 08.24.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

Italy has the right to feel aggrieved. It remains to be seen if FIFA bans Suárez from the rest of the tournament or chooses to stick its head into the sand.

The Creative Side of Costa Rica: Galleries, Museums and Shops in San Jose

Mark Chesnut | Posted 08.24.2014 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

San Jose is the nation's hub for arts and culture, with an array of small galleries and creative shops, as well as larger cultural institutions and museums, most of which are within walking distance of each other.

The Shocks Keep Reverberating This Glorious World Cup in Brazil

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 08.21.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

This great World Cup 2014 of shocks and beautiful, counterattacking football continued on, in its three Friday games, with even more treats being offered up this weekend -- Germany vs Ghana on June 21, Belgium vs Russia, and Dempsey's USA vs Ronaldo's Portugal on June 22.

How Two 9 Year-Old Girls Saved the Rainforest of Costa Rica

The GypsyNesters | Posted 08.16.2014 | Green
The GypsyNesters

We wondered what was up, and the answer was a bit surprising, most of the ropes can be traced back to a couple of 9-year-old girls. What? That's right, two kids with a big idea had a huge impact on the ecosystem of the region.

HIGHLIGHTS: Costa Rica Stuns Uruguay In World Cup Upset

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 06.14.2014 | Sports

Don't count out los Ticos. In a stunning start to its 2014 World Cup campaign, Costa Rica dispatched Uruguay, 3-1. Costa Rica arrived in Brazil as...

Follow Live: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica

HuffPost Data | Posted 06.14.2014 | Sports

Follow live: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica....

The 35 Most Amazing National Parks On Earth

minube | Posted 08.04.2014 | Travel
minube

What's the quickest way to realize how truly amazing our planet is? Simple: Visit the world's greatest national parks.

Fresh Perspective On Sustainable Travel Yields Inspiring Results for Indigenous Women

Irene Lane | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Irene Lane

Given the persistent global issues of climate change and marginalization of the poor, it's no wonder that the notion of vacations that actually benefit women (like Luisa Quispe shown above) is met with slight skepticism.

World Cup Preview: Loaded Group D Will Hinge on Veteran Leaders, Young Talent

Eight by Eight | Posted 07.30.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

Incorporating both experience and exciting young talent, such as Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy, Italy will be hoping for a good tournament, which, if they were to go all the way, would see captain Buffon become the third keeper to lift the trophy.

Great News For Costa Rica's LGBT Community

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

SAN JOSE, May 23 (Reuters) - Costa Rica's social security system has agreed to extend medical benefits to same-sex couples, in a fresh step toward e...

Making Sugar In Costa Rica's Mountains

Peter Greenberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Travel
Peter Greenberg

Located high up in the mountains is a little village called Santa Juana. Here, you can participate in an ancient tradition of turning sugar cane into pure sugar.

Where You Can Pet a Baby Sloth: Hidden Gems of Costa Rica

Peter Greenberg | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
Peter Greenberg

Ever imagined petting a baby sloth? They're crazy cute and you can get up close to them at the Toucan Rescue Ranch in Costa Rica. The ranch rehabili...

From Bean to Brew With Costa Rica's Organic Coffee

Peter Greenberg | Posted 07.21.2014 | Travel
Peter Greenberg

Ever wondered why Costa Rica and coffee go hand in hand? Coffee has been a vital part of this nation's economy for centuries, due to its fertile, mine...

Sneak Preview: The Jade Museum's Sparkling New Home in Costa Rica

Mark Chesnut | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

The Jade Museum has been one of the top must-see cultural institutions in San Jose, Costa Rica for years. And now, it's likely going to surge even higher on the list of things to do in that Central American nation.