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Costa Rica's Generational and Gender Changes

Costa Rica has always been a progressive beacon on Central America's benighted street: the reliable democracy that makes a point of eschewing a military so it...

In Central America, Coups Still Trump Change

If he holds his handy lead in the polls, Porfirio (Pepe) Lobo will be the next President of Honduras. Problem is, the last man elected to that office, Manuel...

A Murder Spree in Central America

Just as President Bush plans to visit Central America, the demons of corruption, drug dealing and murder there that have long been kept under wraps, either by...

Dodging a Bullet in Costa Rica

The Bush Administration has dodged another electoral bullet south of the border, but only by the narrowest of margins. Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias was...

Murderous Mitch

Tragedy is numbingly routine in Central America. Poverty, earthquakes and civil wars have savaged the region for most of this century. Still, the Dantesque...

Central America No Winners, Only Losers

"Reagan is going, the revolution stays." The billboards adorn the dusty roadways of Managua, a pitiful yelp of triumph in an exhausted country that has little...

The Summit: Anger, Bluff - and Cooperation

In late November 1989, American intelligence reported that the Soviet freighter Vladimir Ilyich, bound for Nicaragua, had loaded a cargo of four Mi- 17 Hip...

Central America The Boys Step into Line

For eight years, the Honduran town of Yamales served as the nerve center for the Nicaraguan contras in their war against the Sandinista government in Managua. So...

Central America Back to Square One

The wars in Central America have never had much in common except for the angst they give the U.S. And so it was not really surprising that the same week that saw...

Central America The Disposal Problem

The symbolism was as inescapable as the irony. When the five Central American Presidents gathered last week in the resort town of Tela in northern Honduras,...

Central America No Place to Hide

The pattern would be tedious if it were not so deadly. Every time the government of El Salvador announces that, yes, the rebel offensive is finally over and the...

Central America: Lucky Catch

Maintaining the hard line In the Reagan Administration's uphill struggle to win congressional approval for its controversial actions in Central America, the...

Central America Giving Peace Another Chance

For Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez, it was a moment of truth. He had won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize with a plan to end the violent political struggles...

Central America Potholes on the Road to Peace

For months the Presidents of five Central American countries had been signaling new hopes for peace in their embattled region. The focus for that optimism was a...