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The Death of Democracy in Ortega’s Nicaragua

The Death of Democracy in Ortega’s Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega is running for reelection, this time with his wife, Rosario Murillo, on the ticket for vice president. Esteban Felix AP (MiamiHerald.com) How much more can he get away with? What must Daniel Ortega do before the United States and other democracies finally act, or even speak, against his demolition of Nicaragua’s democracy? […]

Has A Dictatorship Started in Nicaragua?

Has A Dictatorship Started in Nicaragua?

By Byron Rodríguez Palacios, Panampost.com – Both Nicaragua and its current President Daniel Ortega are very complicated topics to discuss these days. What exactly is Danielismo? Kenneth E. Lawrence Morris’ book titled “Unfinished Revolution” does a good job of answering that question. It gave me a broader and deeper picture of Daniel Ortega Saavedra, whom […]

Nicaragua Shows Off Its New Russian Tank

Nicaragua Shows Off Its New Russian Tank

  Photo from ElNuevodiario.com.mi (TODAY NICARAGUA) Nicaragua’s army showed off on Monday its new Russian T-72B1 tank, on the occasion of its upcoming anniversary, after months of speculation about the acquisition. Photo from ElNuevodiario.com.mi Army chief General Julio Cesar Aviles, introduced the new battle tank during the opening of the naval, air and artillery exhibition […]

Earthquakes Rocks in Nicaragua’s Western Region

  The Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies (INETER) reported Saturday two earthquakes of medium intensity in the department of Chinandega, in the western region of the Pacific n this Central American country, without reporting any damage. According to the INETER, the first earthquake was recorded at 07:33, local time, with a magnitude of 4.2 degrees […]

Why we should care that Nicaragua is becoming a dictatorship (again)

Why we should care that Nicaragua is becoming a dictatorship (again)

by Tim Rogets, Fusion.net – When Daniel Ortega was re-elected president in 2006, I cheered for Nicaragua. When he sidestepped the constitution to get himself re-elected in 2011, I worried for Nicaragua. And now that Ortega is consolidating dynastic rule by making his wife his 2016 running mate in their bid to rule the country […]

Raul Castro Sends Message for Anniversary of Sandinista Revolution

Raul Castro Sends Message for Anniversary of Sandinista Revolution

  Archives photo of Daniel Ortega (left) and Raul Castro (right( Cuban President, Raul Castro, stressed in a message the process of revolutionary changes carried out in Nicaragua to benefit the people and especially the poor. In a letter read by Cuban First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, addressed to President, Daniel Ortega, and the Nicaraguan […]

Votes In Nicaragua “Are Counted Beforehand” Criticizes Writer and Former Ortega Vice-President

Votes In Nicaragua “Are Counted Beforehand” Criticizes Writer and Former Ortega Vice-President

  Nicaraguan writer and former vice-president in the Ortega 1985-1990 administration, Sergio Ramirez. Photo from Facebook In Nicaragua votes “are counted in advance” says Nicaraguan writer and form Ortega vice-president in  1985, Sergio Ramirez. While President Daniel Ortega seeks his third successive term in office in the November 6 presidential elections, without international observers, who […]

Nicaragua According To The United States: Good, But Bad

Nicaragua According To The United States: Good, But Bad

  The efforts made by the Ortega administration to attract more foreign investment were noted, but warnings were also give regarding deficiencies in the rule of law and an extensive executive control. The report “Investment Climate Statements for 2016” prepared by the US State Department details the efforts made by Nicaragua to attract foreign investment […]

Nicaragua New Plant Producing Coffee Seedlings

Nicaragua New Plant Producing Coffee Seedlings

  Irrigating the coffee plants to be sold to producers in the country. Photo Oscar Sánchez, El Nuevo Diario A subsidiary of Mercon Group is preparing to produce more than 10 million coffee seedlings per year to meet demand from local producers. In partnership with the Guatemalan company Pylons Antigua, the company Transplanta, belonging to […]

Dear travelers to Nicaragua: please don’t come visit until you’ve understood these 5 things

Dear travelers to Nicaragua: please don’t come visit until you’ve understood these 5 things

  Photo: David Dennis 1. Think twice before telling people you’re “American.” People in the United States refer to themselves as “Americans” as if we own that label. Central and South Americans find this offensive as they too are “Americans” and most of their countries were founded before ours. If you refer to yourself as […]

Nicaragua Mining Exports Continue to Decline

Nicaragua Mining Exports Continue to Decline

In the first four months of the year foreign sales fell by 5.5% year-on-year, affected by lower volume and lower average international prices. The Foreign Trade report by the Central Bank of Nicaragua said that exports in the mining sector contracted by 5.5% in the period from January to April compared with the same period […]

Daniel Ortega Named FSLN Presidential Candidate In November Elections

Daniel Ortega Named FSLN Presidential Candidate In November Elections

  Nicaragua president Daniel Ortega. File photo TODAY NICARAGUA – During the sixth Congreso Sandinista Nacional “Comandante Tomás Borge Martínez”, Daniel Ortega was proclaimed as candidate for the Frente Sandinista de Liberacion Nacional (FSLN)to the general elections of  November 6. The congress, composed of 1910 FSLN recognized the leadership of Ortega and proposed and appointed […]

Nicaragua Announces Investments in Free Zone (Zona Francas)

Nicaragua Announces Investments in Free Zone (Zona Francas)

  An employee irons at a textile mill in the Industrial Park in the Free Zone in Managua. Getty Images TODAY NICARAGUA – A Peruvian spinning mill is to invest $15 million in Las Mercedes Industrial Park, and soon three other companies from the call center and textile sectors will be setting up there too. […]

A Law on Public-Private Partnerships for Nicaragua

A Law on Public-Private Partnerships for Nicaragua

  Bayardo Arce, presidential adviser speaking to members of Cetainic. Photo: Henry Padilla TODAY NICARAGUA – Problems related to lack of infrastructure such as roads, ports and airports could be solved if the bill on public-private partnerships being prepared by the government and the private sector is successful. The Draft Law on Public Private Partnerships […]

Nicaragua No. 1 In Gender Equality In Latin America

Nicaragua No. 1 In Gender Equality In Latin America

Nicaragua is first in Latin America in gender equality and 12th worldwide, according to the 2015 Gender Gap Report, published by the World Economic Forum. Costa Rica is second in Central America, while Guatemala is last. Finland is in first place globally, while Yemen has the greatest inequality among 145 countries. The study considers income, […]

Nicaragua’s capital city is batshit crazy, which is why I love it

Nicaragua’s capital city is batshit crazy, which is why I love it

TODAY NICARAGUA, MANAGUA— Haters will tell you that Nicaragua’s capital city is a squat, squalid and disagreeable dump. Then they’ll point to the excess of Christmas clutter, Chávez idolatry, and tacky tableaux festooning every intersection across the city as compelling evidence that Managua should not be trusted to dress herself, and probably could benefit from […]

Motorcycle Boom in Nicaragua

Motorcycle Boom in Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA – In 2015 55,000 motorbikes were sold and importing companies plan to increase sales by 11% during 2016 to reach 62,000 units. An article on Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports that “… Sales of these vehicles in the Nicaraguan market reached a volume of 55,000 units in 2015, representing the best commercial result since 2008 and […]

It’s Easier to Do Business In Nicaragua

It’s Easier to Do Business In Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA The time it takes to open a business has reduced from 36 to 13 days, and the number of procedures required to do so from 7 to 6. Excerpt from the executive summary of the “Economic Report 2016 Cross-Border Trade Institutions and Red Tape” by Funides: In this document the Nicaraguan Foundation for […]

Nicaragua Introduces Electronic Banking

Nicaragua Introduces Electronic Banking

TODAY NICARAGUA – As of April 21, 6 Nicaraguan banks began offering services for making electronic money transfers. The six banks are part of the ACH network, an entity authorized by the Central Bank of Nicaragua to operate in the country. Some banks offer no-cost transfers, while others charge transaction fees ranging between US$5 and […]

Nicaraguans Happier To Stay Home: Emigration Down 10.3%

Nicaraguans Happier To Stay Home: Emigration Down 10.3%

TODAY NICARAGUA – Are Nicaraguan’s more happy than ever at home? The System Monitoring Public Opinion (Sistema de Monitoreo de Opinión Pública) for April reveals a drop of 10.3% decrease in emigration. According to the survey, conducted by M&R Consultores, only 36.1% of the respondents would leave the country now. In December, the number was […]

Nicaragua President Meets With Diego Maradona

Nicaragua President Meets With Diego Maradona

(TODAY NICARAGUA) President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, received in his office the Argentine world soccer star Diego Armando Maradona, who is visiting this Central American country since the weekend. The meeting took place late on Monday, according to official media. Maradona had previously done a tour of Managua, and published images in his official account […]

Nicaragua: More Investment in Tourism Infrastructure

Nicaragua: More Investment in Tourism Infrastructure

TODAY NICARAGUA – The state port company has announced it will begin construction of the fourth stage of Puerto Salvador Allende with a $36 million investment. From a statement issued by the National Port Company of Nicaragua (Empresa Portuaria Nacional): The Executive President of Empresa Portuaria Nacional Virgilio Silva, presented to domestic and foreign businessmen […]

Hydropower Market in Nicaragua to open again

Hydropower Market in Nicaragua to open again

TODAY NICARAGUA – If the Brazilian consortium confirms its resignation of the Tumarín project, Nicaragua will have start a new process in order to tender the project which is indispensable for the country’s development. The construction of the hydropower station has been surrounded by secrecy and lack of transparency, conflicts of interest, legal and political […]

Nicaragua Canal Bogged Down

Nicaragua Canal Bogged Down

TODAY NICARAGUA (IPS) – Nearly three years after Nicaragua granted a 50-year concession to the Chinese consortium HKND to build and operate an interoceanic canal, the megaproject has stalled, partly due to a severe drought that threatens the rivers and lake that will form part of the canal. In June 2013, the Nicaraguan legislature passed […]

Climate Change Dries Up Nicaragua

Climate Change Dries Up Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA (IPS) – A three-year drought, added to massive deforestation in the past few decades, has dried up most of Nicaragua’s water sources and has led to an increasingly severe water supply crisis. Since January, photos and videos showing dried-up streams, rivers and lakes have been all over the social networks, local news media, […]

As Venezuela Falters, So Too Will Nicaragua

As Venezuela Falters, So Too Will Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA – Political change comes slowly to Nicaragua. Nearly 27 years ago, the country’s civil war ended with a truce between the U.S.-supported Contra movement and the Soviet-backed government of Nicaragua. Even decades after a 1990 settlement that called for presidential elections every five years, the commitment to regular political transition has not appreciably […]