"Latin America begins to reject U.S. pax Romana" by Jason Howd (word count: 1281)
"Costa Rica is most often thought of as a country with pristine coastlines, emerald mountains, and a relaxed vibe to vacation in. What is not often thought of is paramilitaries, assassins, and rogue police officers. In the last several decades the government of Costa Rica has sent at least 2,600 police officers to be trained at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly known as the School of the Americas (SOA). On Wednesday, May 16, Costa Rican President Óscar Arias, a 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, said that he would withdraw the current enrollees from the school this June and vowed that no more would be sent in the future. While the country has no standing army, at the time of his decision, there were reportedly three police personnel training at the school."…
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Jason Howd is a journalism student at Portland State University serving a journalism practicum in Costa Rica. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.