Latest posts by Roy Rojas
6 March 2009
Former Costa Rican president Rafael Ángel Calderón Fournier is currently on trial on corruption charges involving the purchase of medical equipment for a state health entity. He previously served prison time for charges in relation to the alleged bribes and kickbacks. It appears that the trial may derail his hopes to run as a candidate in the upcoming presidential elections.
18 November 2008
After a lengthy process, which included a nationwide referendum where Costa Ricans approved a free-trade agreement with the United States, the laws will go into effect on January 1, 2009. However, it took consensus building within the National Assembly in order to pass the necessary laws, while some sectors of society had been calling for a process of renegotiation.
29 August 2008
Costa Rican president Oscar Arias asked Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama to postpone a private visit to the country, citing that Arias won't be in the country to receive him. However, many bloggers believe that the request coincided with a planned official visit from Chinese President Hu Jintao.
19 June 2008
Andrea Morales, a deputy from the Citizens Action Party (PAC) in Costa Rica, caused controversy when she resigned from her political party, in which she has belonged to during the past several years. She had broken with party lines when she refused to be in opposition to the Free Trade Agreement, which had passed in a nationwide referendum. Costa Rican bloggers come out in support for her decision.
15 February 2008
It is politics as usual in Costa Rica, where the government and opposition parties are jockeying for position. Some local bloggers are wondering about the tactics being used by the opposition party, PAC, and how it might affect their chances in the next election. Others are beginning to regret their vote for the PAC, especially after their unfulfilled promises of bringing about changes in the political landscape.
23 November 2007
Costa Rica recently established formal political and economic relations with global power China, which led to the dropping of ties with Taiwan. As a result, investment and trade between the two nations have begun and has been impulsed after the passed Free Trade Agreement with US. National and international bloggers report on the progress.
25 October 2007
Costa Ricans participated in a nationwide referendum regarding the fate of the Free-Trade Agreement with the United States. The result was a vote for the "Yes". Even though the vote passed, there is still a lot to be completed by Congress and a little uncertainty of what the results mean.
19 June 2007
After 60 years of diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the Costa Rican government broke this relationship to begin a new one with China. Some bloggers see this as a positive commercial step for the country, while others think that Costa Rica prides itself on being a defender of human rights and freedom of speech and that this should not be compromised in exchange for access to markets.
9 April 2007
Editor's Note: Juliana Rincón Parra has already shown us the extensive opposition to Costa Rica's ratification of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. However, San Jose-based Roy Rojas was adamant...
29 November 2005
La versión original de este artículo está disponible en español. These presidential elections have had a special element as they are the first elections where the internet has played a...