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Author Honey, Martha.
Title Hostile acts : U.S. policy in Costa Rica in the 1980s / Martha Honey.
Imprint Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [1994]

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Author Honey, Martha.
Subject United States -- Foreign relations -- Costa Rica.
Costa Rica -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 640 pages) : illustrations, map
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 601-610) and index.
Summary To Martha Honey, "hostile acts" is shorthand for the nature of U.S. policies in Costa Rica during the last decade. In this book she combines extensive academic research with her firsthand experiences as a journalist covering major portions of the Iran-contra scandal to weave together the story of how the Reagan and Bush administrations undermined Central America's model democracy. Until 1980 Washington paid little attention while Costa Rica quietly developed a benign, quasi-socialist form of government that combined respect for human rights with the goal of achieving economic equality. Then, Honey writes, the new Reagan administration decided that Costa Rica would be important in the war against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. Over the next few years, the United States poured huge quantities of economic aid into the country and also covertly trained and equipped contra rebel forces to wage war against the Sandinistas from bases in northern Costa Rica.
Honey explores the interaction between politics and economic aid during the Reagan/Bush years, describing illegal military activities, payoffs to Costa Rica officials, misappropriation of funds, and President Oscar Arias's pursuit of his Central American Peace Plan in 1986. She recounts her life at the time with her husband, cameraman and journalist Tony Avirgan, writing that "it never occurred to us that by pursuing a journalistic investigation we would end up being accused of drug trafficking, of murder, of bribing witnesses, of espionage; that we would be twice sued for libel; that our media clients would be pressured to stop hiring us and our colleagues would be told we were Communist agents." Honey's account ends in 1989, the year the Costa Rican government charged CIA operative John Hull with committing "hostile acts" for his involvement in contra operations.
Contents Coming to Costa Rica -- The road from La Penca -- AID's privatization solution -- Privatization of the banks -- The parallel state -- Health care in the 1980s: making chocolate with only a little cocoa -- Nontraditional agricultural exports: an agriculture of desserts -- The southern front: "Honduras south" -- The southern front: its CIA network, surrogates, and collaborators -- Militarizing Costa Rica -- Unconventional warfare: La Penca, drugs, and other dirty tricks -- The Santa Elena airstrip and the opening of the southern front -- The success of Washington's "Project pastora" and the dismantling of the southern front -- Arias: making peace.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0813020689 (electronic bk.)
9780813020686 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 45730303
Additional Format Print version: Honey, Martha. Hostile acts. Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©1994 081301249X (DLC) 93031188 (OCoLC)28677421
Table of Contents
1Coming to Costa Rica1
2The Road from La Penca21
3AID's Privatization Solution51
4Privatization of the Banks77
5The Parallel State97
6Health Care in the 1980s: Making Chocolate with Only a Little Cocoa133
7Nontraditional Agricultural Exports: An Agriculture of Desserts157
8The Southern Front: "Honduras South"197
9The Southern Front: Its CIA Network, Surrogates, and Collaborators235
10Militarizing Costa Rica291
11Unconventional Warfare: La Penca, Drugs, and Other Dirty Tricks339
12The Santa Elena Airstrip and the Opening of the Southern Front401
13The Success of Washington's "Project Pastora" and the Dismantling of the Southern Front427
14Arias: Making Peace457
 Appendix 1. Acronyms and Abbreviations505
 Appendix 2. Principal Figures509
 Appendix 3. Chronology of Events517
 Selected Bibliography601

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