Gangsters&#039; Paradise http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20691/all en For Costa Rica, a “menace” like no other http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/costa-rica/111221/costa-rica-drug-cartels-president-chinchilla-interview <p> SAN JOSE &mdash; The fight against the cartels has dealt a major blow to Costa Rica. &quot;I couldn&#39;t say that we are winning the battle,&quot; Chinchilla said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/costa-rica/111221/costa-rica-drug-cartels-president-chinchilla-interview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gangsters' Paradise Mexico Drug War World Leaders Costa Rica Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Nick Miroff 5684886 at http://www.globalpost.com Fear and money laundering in Costa Rica http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/costa-rica/111221/costa-rica-drug-cartels-money-laundering-part-one <p> SAN JOSE &mdash; Law enforcement officials say laundering is par for the course in this country, which has fallen into the crosshairs of flush drug cartels seeking not just trafficking routes but places to stash illicit cash.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/costa-rica/111221/costa-rica-drug-cartels-money-laundering-part-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gangsters' Paradise Mexico Drug War Emerging Markets Politics Global Economy Costa Rica Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Alex Leff 5684888 at http://www.globalpost.com In Costa Rica, the Ticos get tough http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/costa-rica/111221/costa-rica-drug-cartels-changing-attitude-part-two <p> SAN JOSE &mdash; After a decade of escalating violent crime, and amid an ongoing row with neighboring Nicaragua, are the &ldquo;Ticos&rdquo; &mdash; as the Costa Ricans call themselves, in a self-effacing habit &mdash; losing their peaceful way?&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/costa-rica/111221/costa-rica-drug-cartels-changing-attitude-part-two" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gangsters' Paradise Mexico Drug War Politics Culture & Lifestyle Costa Rica Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Alex Leff 5684889 at http://www.globalpost.com Confronting crack in Costa Rica http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/costa-rica/111221/costa-rica-drug-cartels-crack-addiction-part-three <p> SAN JOSE &mdash; Carballo is visibly disfigured. Thugs chopped a chunk off his left ear and gouged 19 teeth out of his mouth.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/costa-rica/111221/costa-rica-drug-cartels-crack-addiction-part-three" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gangsters' Paradise Mexico Drug War Politics Culture & Lifestyle Global Economy Costa Rica Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Alex Leff 5684890 at http://www.globalpost.com