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Old 04-02-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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I have often been mystified by Central America: El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua seem to be very poor, yet Panama and Costa Rica seem to be better off, financially.

Anyone knows the reason for this besides extreme politics?
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Costa Rica yes, but Panama no. From my experience, I can tell you Panama is a complete dump. This may not be true for the whole country, but it's what I know. I went to the city of Colon on the Caribbean coast at the entrance to the Canal. The city is very ugly and dirty. It's full of cramped apartment buildings that look like they were built in the 1500s and nasty dirty alleyways full of mud. Most Panamanians never get any of the wealth from the canal. Just outside of Colon city is a gated community of 2 story American style houses. I was told by the tour guide only Americans/Canadians and those who had business in the duty-free zone could even afford to live there. Most Panamanians did not make that much in their lives. The houses were selling for $100k. Panama City might be better, but Colon is a complete dump.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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The vast majority of people in Central America (outside the high altitude areas of Guatemala) have one luxury the homeless and poor in America/Europe would die for: no fear of freezing or roasting to death anytime of the year.

And even if you have a tin-roofed shack with a little land somewhere, you've got an enviable 365 day growing period.

And another luxury they'd die for: cheap, affordable public transit via chicken buses and riding in the backs of pick-ups.

What keeps it so poor? What keeps the poor in the U.S. poor? Or the Middle East? Or any country? Same answers.

I selfishly, dispassionately love Central America they way it is and I'm fearful, some day, one of those republics, or the combined area, may bloom into being another BRIC. And that would bring my traveling days there to an end!
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:31 PM
 
Location: California
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I have often been mystified by Central America: El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua seem to be very poor, yet Panama and Costa Rica seem to be better off, financially.

Anyone knows the reason for this besides extreme politics?


Rule by tiny groups of "elites", where 40 or 50 families own 90% of the wealth of an entire nation and where the vast majority of the population are kept in abject poverty, is not conducive to either democracy or progress.

"Military aid" to such places is not helping either... as the guns of the militaries in those places are not aimed outward in defense, but are aimed inward towards the populace, to "keep them in their place".
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Indiana
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Let's see:

1) No land reform
2) Poorly run central governments
3) Endemic corruption
4) Populations larger than most of their countries can support.
5) Lack of high quality and affordable health care.
6) Poorly maintained or non-existent infrastructure
7) Poorly structured educational systems.
8) No substantial industries outside of tourism and agriculture
9) Vast inequities between classes.

And

10) The Untied States
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:39 AM
 
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It's too hot.
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Subotica,Serbia
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I have often been mystified by Central America: El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua seem to be very poor, yet Panama and Costa Rica seem to be better off, financially.

Anyone knows the reason for this besides extreme politics?
Corruption and we all know that panama is practically a us puppet state,i dont know about Costa Rica,...so i think that those are the reasons...
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:35 AM
 
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Let's see:

1) No land reform
2) Poorly run central governments
3) Endemic corruption
4) Populations larger than most of their countries can support.
5) Lack of high quality and affordable health care.
6) Poorly maintained or non-existent infrastructure
7) Poorly structured educational systems.
8) No substantial industries outside of tourism and agriculture
9) Vast inequities between classes.

And

10) The Untied States
1-2, 4-9 all stem from the endemic corruption in these countries. And number 10 is inaccurate, it's not the United States, it's the IMF and World Bank, run by the United Nations, that keeps these nations poor and dependent.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Murika
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I lived there for a really, really long time. Depending on the specific country (such a Guatemala), there is a ruling elite that makes sure the general population cannot move upwards.

Even if the elite are not quite as powerful in some of these nations, they still have one thing in common: rampant corruption through all strata of society.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:59 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Colon is a complete dump.
Is this a form of creative writing ???
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