COSTA RICA PHOTOS
Set One: Peace Institutions and People
Costa Rica is between Nicaragua and Panama in Central America
Peace celebrations in San Carlos for World Peace Day: September 21st, 2012. Stephanie and Orianna participate for Fundacion Ceppa (the Center for the Study of Peace), Lic. Celina Garcia, Director
Children in the Audience at the Peace Celebrations, 2012
Here in central Costa Rica is the campus of the U.N. University for Peace. The huge campus is on the side of a mountain looking to the north and east. From the top of the mountain above the campus, one can see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a clear day.
In one area of the campus is a huge set of sculptures set on stones representing the quest for peace (done by a Cuban artist).
Here I pose with Dr. Robert Muller, one of the founders of the U.N. University for Peace and Assistant Secretary General of the U.N. for 18 years. This was taken on my first visit to Costa Rica in 1994 when I was North American organizer for the Fourth International Conference of International Philosophers for Peace in San Jose.
This is Robert Muller’s home on the mountainside above the University for Peace. He retired to this beautiful and fairly remote location. Although he has a steady stream of people from around the world making a pilgrimage here for his advice and counsel.
Radio for Peace International was built on the campus of the U.N. University for Peace in 1987 with the support of Robert Muller, Rodrigo Caratzo (former President of Costa Rica) and other friends of peace. James and Debra Latham ran the station since its founding in 1987 and raised their kids in Costa Rica. Here my daughters Rebekah (left), Irayda (center) pose with one of James and Debra’s daughters in front of the station.
|Bust of Gandhi on the campus of the U.N. University for Peace
Hand releasing a peace dove on the campus of the University for Peace
The dark side of the UN University for Peace: Radio for Peace International has been shut down and its studios, worth several hundred thousand dollars, have been stolen from the station and the listeners whose donations
The former studios of Radio for Peace International in
A classroom building at the U.N. University for Peace
A close up of the empty, once vibrant, studios that operated from 1987 to 2002, broadcasting shortwave worldwide. RFPI exposed a plan between the University for Peace and the USA to hold anti-terrorist combat training on the campus.
In retaliation the UN, with the support of the US, closed down the studios and stole the station from its owners. RFPI is still searching for a suitable new home in Costa Rica for its short-wave antennas while it continues its programming on the world wide web.
COSTA RICA PHOTOS
Set Two: Natural Beauty and Nature Preserves
|The first seven photos below are taken of the rugged Pacific coastline
The second group of photos (below) are from rainforests, national parks, and resorts in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has incredible scenic views
Colors are gorgeous
Frequently it is possible to see things from up high
Costa Rica has several active volcanoes
These natural hot springs are said to have salubrious qualities
The pool at this resort is by the dining room and dance floor. In the pool are Gary Hick’s daughter, Irayda, and our daughter, Rebekah.
Introduction to Peace Studies – Maymester 2005
The view from Robert Muller’s home up the hill from the University for Peace.
At a workshop led by Celina Garcia, Director of the Center for the Study for Peace in San Jose (center).
We are all equipped to begin our “Survivor Sky Adventure.”
Lake Arenal from my tram car.
Hiking in a rain forest on the slopes of Arenal.
The evening spent dancing to a Marimba band and partying with Costa Ricans.
James Latham, founder/manager of Radio for Peace International, and his wife, Leslie, our wonderful hosts and guides for this study abroad.
Evening falls on Lake Arenal and the Volcano
COSTA RICA STUDY ABROAD 2009
Photos of Cuidad Colon, Costa Rica
Taken by Dr. Glen T. Martin
My Spanish Teacher
WORLD PEACE LECTURES
At the UN
University for Peace
Planting a Universal Peace Marble, on behalf of
Radford University Peace Professor Ann Mary
Roberts, at the foot of the Gandhi statue on the
campus of the UN University for Peace in Costa
Holding up the Peace Marble with Celina Garcia
Speaking with UPAZ graduate students and faculty
about the Earth Constitution and the need to
include this in their curriculum.
At the University of Costa Rica
Celina Garcia faithfully served as translator
for all of these lectures.
The audience at UCR included those who saw the
ads as well as the UCR Dean of Social Sciences
with whom we met following the lecutre.
At National Autonomous University
Students in International Relations at UNA were
very well-informed and asked excellent
UNA (Universidad Nacional de Heredia)
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At Fundacion CEPPA
With the Ambassador from Ecuador to Costa Rica
(right) who is speaking about the
Universal Peace Federation compound in San Jose
Celina and I both spoke at the Universal Peace Federation meeting on Saturday, September 27, 1014. There were a very appreciative and interested