Costa Rica’s elections 2018: a primer
Elections 2018
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Elections 2018
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Costa Rica’s elections 2018: a primer

Alvaro Murillo - December 18, 2017

In days of yore, Costa Rican elections were called a “fiesta electoral,” a celebration of democracy where many Costa Ricans were fiercely and visibly proud of their…

A second round, Holy Sunday and the poor electoral menu
Elections 2018
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Elections 2018
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A second round, Holy Sunday and the poor electoral menu

Alvaro Murillo - November 29, 2017

Let’s assume it's a fact that Costa Rica will vote for its next president for the first time in our history on Easter Sunday, the day on…

The real reason the ‘cementazo’ is so scary for Costa Rica – and so important
Cementazo
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Cementazo
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The real reason the ‘cementazo’ is so scary for Costa Rica – and so important

Alvaro Murillo - November 6, 2017

In this country, as in so many others, sports metaphors can explain just about anything. They even work in the most complex and serious cases we face…

Forever and ever, amen: Costa Rica as a Catholic country
Newsletter
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Newsletter
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Forever and ever, amen: Costa Rica as a Catholic country

Alvaro Murillo - May 3, 2017

I am one of those baptized Catholics who had their years of intense faith despite the usual sermons and sometimes absurd traditions of the Catholic Church, that…

Is party allegiance dead in Costa Rica? There’s more to it than meets the eye
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Is party allegiance dead in Costa Rica? There’s more to it than meets the eye

Alvaro Murillo - April 12, 2017

We just watched the National Liberation Party (PLN) convention unfold. Much was made of the “pure liberacionista vote” from true members of Costa Rica’s largest political organization,…

Cars, cars and more cars: Costa Rica’s worsening love affair
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Newsletter
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Cars, cars and more cars: Costa Rica’s worsening love affair

Alvaro Murillo - March 23, 2017

Recommended: Costa Rica, fake news and the 'Trump effect' - we are unprepared I love talking to Costa Rican friends who live abroad and come back from…

Costa Rica, ‘fake news’ and the Trump effect: We are unprepared
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Journalism
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Costa Rica, ‘fake news’ and the Trump effect: We are unprepared

Alvaro Murillo - March 8, 2017

Lea esta columna en español aquí. The electoral campaign has gathered speed too quickly in Costa Rica. There’s still a year to go and we are already…

Costa Rica y el ‘efecto Trump’ – sin protocolo de emergencia
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica y el ‘efecto Trump’ – sin protocolo de emergencia

Alvaro Murillo - March 8, 2017

We are pleased to publish this article in its original Spanish as well as in English. Read it in English here. La campaña electoral agarró fuerza demasiado…

The conversation Costa Rica should be having this election year
Newsletter
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Newsletter
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The conversation Costa Rica should be having this election year

Alvaro Murillo - January 24, 2017

Let’s get transcendental. Costa Rica has begun its last electoral process before its 200th birthday as an independent nation. It’s time to talk about what’s urgent, what’s…

Three imaginary political headlines from Costa Rica’s future
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Three imaginary political headlines from Costa Rica’s future

Alvaro Murillo - January 4, 2017

With 2016 behind us, along with its tumultuous elections in several parts of the world, Costa Rica can look ahead to campaigns of its own this year…