Friday, August 16, 2013
A channel through the volcanic rock
Here is some strange news. For several years Costa Rica has been pressing a case in the World Court in The Hague because Nicaragua has occupied an island that belongs to Costa Rica. Nicaragua has more recently interfered with navigation on the border river and has attempted to sell off shore oil rights to Costa Rican territory.
In a bizarre additional provocation, this week Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega threatened to challenge the 1824 vote by the people of the Northwest province of Guanacaste to join Costa Rica rather than Nicaragua, which was accepted by Nicaragua in a treaty in the 1850's. Guanacaste is our part of Costa Rica. The average income of Costa Rica is about triple that of Nicaragua. Costa Rica has had 60 years of stable democracy since it abolished its military. That is a very different civic culture than Nicaragua.
This week we are showing photos from Tanzania on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site, featuring photos of elephants and giraffes, including some teenage elephants fighting.