Nicaragua/Costa Rica

A dispute over a river between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is revitalizing a debate within Costa Rica as to whether its time to have their own military and is being used in Nicaragua to stir up nationalism and extend the ruling Sandinista's control over the country. We took a closer look at the issue.



PART THREE

Nicaragua/Costa Rica - International Court of Justice

Tomorrow, the International Court of Justice will issue a ruling that could have profound consequences for a bold national experiment. The ruling is over a border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Costa Rica took the case to the International Court of Justice because of a decision the country made 62 years ago. That's when Costa Rica decided to abolish its army and put its faith -- as well as its national defense -- in the hands of international law. But now, many Costa Ricans believe that if the court's decision doesn't go their way, their country will face huge pressure to re-think that approach.

Tim Rogers has been covering the story. He's a freelance journalist who writes for the Christian Science Monitor and Time magazine. He was in Managua, Nicaragua's capital.

Nicaragua/Costa Rica - Polling Firm

Carlos Denton has been surveying what Costa Ricans think of the dispute and their country's long-standing policy of non-militarization. He's the President of CID-Gallup. It's a polling firm based in Costa Rica. But he was in San Pedro Town, Belize for the show.

Nicaragua/Costa Rica - Congress' Foreign Affairs Committee

Of course the Nicaraguan government sees the situation very differently. Doctor Francisco Aguirre is an opposition member of Nicaragua's Congress. He's also the chair of the Congress' Foreign Affairs Committee. And he was in Managua.

LAST WORD

Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. Over the years, it has waxed and waned in terms of power and impact. So we're going to devote the entire program to the 100th anniversary. We'll look at women and work -and what feminism means in 2011. We'll look at the role that women have played in the uprisings across the Middle East. And I'll talk to a Chinese writer named Xinran. She has written a new book about Chinese women who have made heart-breaking decisions about their daughters because of China's long-standing one-child policy. We'll leave you with a poem Xinran wrote about a Chinese mother's longing for her missing daughter.

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