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 built it.  Here gates with barbed wire bar visitors from the crime scene.



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The former studios of Radio for Peace International in
Costa Rica




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.