In Costa Rica, friends didn’t fight over politics; those days are gone
No Sugar Please
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No Sugar Please
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In Costa Rica, friends didn’t fight over politics; those days are gone

Álvaro Murillo - March 21, 2018

Just 14 years ago, Costa Rica was the Latin American countries where people were least willing to argue with their best friends over politics. Just 14 years.…

How Juan Diego Castro is turning Costa Rica upside down
Elections 2018
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Elections 2018
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How Juan Diego Castro is turning Costa Rica upside down

Alvaro Murillo - January 12, 2018

Until the year 2017, Juan Diego Castro Fernández was a 62-year-old lawyer from a wealthy, conservative family from Cartago, east of San José. But he wasn’t just…

January’s here and the gloves are off: Costa Rica’s true campaign begins
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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January’s here and the gloves are off: Costa Rica’s true campaign begins

Alvaro Murillo - January 8, 2018

The electoral “truce” is over, but it wasn’t much of a truce, for two reasons. First, before the mandatory ad-free period began over Christmas, the 2018 presidential…

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…

Costa Rica’s cement scandal isn’t over, but public trust is unquestionably damaged
Op-Ed
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Op-Ed
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Costa Rica’s cement scandal isn’t over, but public trust is unquestionably damaged

Alvaro Murillo - October 16, 2017

The summary we published three weeks ago about the Chinese cement affair is now in the past, because every day since then has been packed with new…

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

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…

An honest assessment of President Monge: ‘neutrality, but not too much’
A Look Back
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A Look Back
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An honest assessment of President Monge: ‘neutrality, but not too much’

Alvaro Murillo - December 19, 2016

With the death of former President Luis Alberto Monge on Nov. 29, it was necessary to take a look back at our historical record and living anecdotes.…

Hurricane Otto: Two myths swept aside in a single night
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Hurricane Otto: Two myths swept aside in a single night

Alvaro Murillo - November 28, 2016

In 2005 while I was doing a practicum at a newspaper in Spain, I overheard a designer pass off as fact a story about Costa Rica; I…

Make Costa Rica great again?
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Make Costa Rica great again?

Alvaro Murillo - September 29, 2016

The Tico Times is proud to present this new column from Álvaro Murillo, an experienced journalist who specializes in political coverage and has written for La Nación,…