From Costa Rica, the report that $1.5 million in Taiwan donations to the nation has gone MIA:

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias denied any knowledge of a 1.5 million dollar donation from Taiwan for his country’s poor, but which allegedly was diverted for pet projects elsewhere in the government.

“I had no knowledge of this help from the government of Taiwan which I learned about from the press just recently,” he said in remarks published Saturday in the La Nacion newspaper.

La Nacion earlier this month alleged that the office of Arias’ brother and chief of staff, Rodriguez Arias, paid scores of government consultants with two million dollars that had been donated by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE).

The sad legacy of our lack of international status is stories like this….