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Costa Rica: Political Discontent

La versión original de este artículo está disponible en español.
Translated by David Sasaki. All pages linked in this article are in Spanish.

Everyone is talking about the same thing. Or, at least it seems. Among the Costa Rican blogs this last week, one theme has predominated: the discontent towards the political class of this country.

Blogs like La Suiza Centroamericana, betobeto, Mirando en Marcelo, Se Salvó el país, and websites like Batichangó.com as well as others, have spoken on one or another occasion about the general discontent with the political class of this country.

It's really worrying that the worst president (ES), or at least one of the worst of Costa Rica's history doesn't have the least idea of how to do his job or at least appear like he does. There have been many mistakes in this government: credits granted by the Central American Bank of Economic Integration since 2003 still haven't been used even though we are already paying interest on them. They couldn't have a complementary agenda to send together with the Central American Free Trade Agreement to congress and so one has to ask what's been done in the past year and a half where only two projects have been sent to the general assembly for revision. The multiple “Juntas de Notables,” a sort of government propaganda, is already tiring the population.

Others are calling for liberty of expression, as not long ago, a few public announcements were censured for openly criticizing one of the candidates and the Central American Free Trade Agreement. Many describe it as “Political Deception” while others’ posts like, “Of Paradies, CAFTA, and Freedom of Expression” give their distinct point of view, but arrive at a similar conclusion in which, they request that all the sectors are listened to but without the objective of deceiving the people.

Other websites like Batichangó.com openly put forth their point of view against many of the government's decisions as well as the current presidential candidates. There's plenty to see.

What is most worrisome is that a large part of these discussions have had to take place in blogs, personal web pages, websites, and emails. Really, little is spoken of this in the news and media so the least we can do is make note that we are not in silence. At the end of everything we say, post, and comment, we all want the same, a better Costa Rica in which they tell us the truth, where they don't censure us, with more opportunities, less deception, less corruption. We want a better Costa Rica for everyone.

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