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Sergio Ramirez: I See No Future for the Ortega Regime

For the award-winning Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramirez Mercado, the Ortega dictatorship makes a “futile” effort to gain time in negotiations with the Civic Alliance, because time is gained when there is a future, but the regime has “none” and is heading to its end....

Supreme Electoral Council Negligent With the Renewal or Replacement of Cedulas

Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) or the National Assembly have issued a communiqué to formalize that cedulas (identity cards) with no expiry date will no longer be accepted by the financial system and other public or private institutions. Nor has it been confirmed to...

While the world is distracted by Venezuela, repression continues in Nicaragua

May 3 was World Press Freedom Day, and nowhere is that date more significant than at the Managua, Nicaragua, offices of La Prensa, the redoubtable 93-year-old newspaper that has stood up to dictatorships in that country since the days of the Somoza family dynasty. Police...

Ortega Murillo Regime Is Now Evangelical?

After declaring the Catholic Church an enemy, the Ortega Murillo left the Catholic masses and now go to evangelical cults, in an effort to reach another segment of the population and improve their image, analysts say. Reyna Rueda the “Orteguista” Mayor of Managua and Laureano...

Sanctions, Bancorp and the Ortega Family Wealth

One of the most noteworthy news items of the last few days has been the United States government’s imposition of sanction on the presidential couple’s son and on the Ortega family’s bank, known as BANCORP (Banco Corporativo) and the closure of said bank by...

One year after Nicaraguan uprising, Ortega is back in control

One year ago, Nicaragua’s government was on the verge of collapse.  Protests against President Daniel Ortega exploded nationwide on April 19, 2018 after the government quietly passed a tax on retirees’ pension checks. Demonstrators barricaded highways and main roads, paralyzing Nicaragua’s economy. By May 2018,...

Daniel Ortega: From Revolutionary To Tyrant

Nicaraguan writer and freedom fighter Gioconda Belli on the transformation of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in her article published on the International Politics and Society website, ips-journal.eu. President Daniel Ortega waves to supporters In mid-March, over 100 people were arrested in Managua during anti-government protests. In...

US Could Impose Venezuela-Like Sanctions on Nicaragua

The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday during a congressional hearing that the U.S. could impose sanctions against the Nicaraguan government if it poses a similar threat as Venezuela. “If the threat is similar and the risks are similar, we will respond in...

Red Cross asks for clarity in its role in the release of political prisoners

Checking the list of detained protesters that will be released and returned to their families, as well as support in the logistics to achieve this task, are some of the tasks that could be performed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),...

Nicaragua: Mother of Lucia Pineda: “This is a nightmare”

Lucía Ubau Hernández, the mother of the imprisoned journalist Lucía Pineda Ubau, described as a “nightmare” the situation of her daughter, whom she was finally able to see on Sunday at La Esperanza women’s prison. Lucia Ubau Hernandez accompanying to see her daugther in prison “I...

The Taiwan loan controversy: Loan of US$100 million gives lifeline to Ortega

On February 18,  Nicaragua’s congress accepted a US$100 million loan offered by Taiwan, giving a line of support to President Daniel Ortega’s government. Legislators approved the 20-year loan a day after U.S. President Donald Trump declared that “socialism is dying” in Nicaragua, Cuba and...

Ortega Government Accepts To Negotiate, Business Sector Welcomes “Opening Of Door”

The government of Nicaragua admitted Saturday night “the need for an understanding” to resolve the crisis, after a meeting with businessmen and the Catholic Church, to which the US ambassador, Kevin Sullivan, expressed his support, noting that the negotiations must produce “real-time solutions for...

Steep pension cuts, tax increases could plunge Nicaragua into recession

In April last, the Ortega regiem announced it was raising payroll taxes and cutting pension benefits to bolster a hemorrhaing social security program. In this Feb. 8, 2019 photo, a Sandinist ruling party banner and a national flag fly outside the Instituto Nicaraguense de Seguro...

Journalist In Jail In Nicaragua Asks Ortega To Send Her Back To Costa Rica

Lucía Pineda, the news director of Nicaragua's shuttered cable news channel 100% Noticias by the government, awaiting trial in a Nicaragua prison, asks the Ortega government to heed to the call of Costa Rican authorities that she be handed over to them. Piñeda, a dual...

Europeans denounce Nicaragua’s ‘democratic crisis’

The European Parliament delegation following their recent visit to Nicaragua, urged President Daniel Ortega to release political prisoners, allow the return of banned human rights groups and to restart dialogue with the opposition to end the 10 month long political crisis. Led by Member of...

Ortega Regime Imposes Its Own “Normality” in Nicaragua

As if the reality of Nicaragua took place in two different dimensions, the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo promote, on the one hand, festivals and fairs to impose their “normality”, and on the other, the Policía Orteguista (PO) – Ortega Police –...

Nicaraguan Pilgrims Await Support From Pope Francis

Catholic pilgrims in Panama attending World Youth Day want  to “tell the world” about Nicaragua’s drama, and they are campaigning on social networks to encourage the Pope Francis to “promote a new dialogue.” Nicaraguans in Panama for World Youth Day proudly wave their country’s flag,...

Devastating Interview with Rafael Solis, Exiled Nicaraguan Supreme Court Justice

(Confidencial) Former Supreme Court judge Rafael Solis spoke for 54 minutes before the cameras of the weekly television news show Esta Semana (broadcast from Costa Rica), giving the reasons behind his political rupture with the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. Rafael Solis being...

Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Chamorro exiles in Costa Rica for ‘extreme threats’ from the Ortega regime

Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, editor of the Confidencial online news and the television programs Esta Semana and Esta Noche, announced Sunday night that he had to go into exile in Costa Rica, due to the "extreme threats" against him by the Daniel Ortega...

Costa Rica Says 13 Ticos Detained and One Assassinated in Nicaragua Since The Beginning of the Protests Against Ortega

Thirteen Costa Ricans have been arrested and one was killed in Nicaragua since the April 18, 2018 protests broke out over pension reforms that became a demand for the departure of President Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice-president Rosario Murillo. The Consul General of...

More than 500 Nicaraguans marched in Costa Rica against the government of Daniel Ortega

Sunday morning more than 500 Nicaraguans took to downtown San Jose, to raise their voice against the Government of Daniel Ortega. More than a demonstration, the gathering had hints of a party with typical food and music from their homeland and dozens of Nicaragua flags. The...

Expropriation of Private Property: the Socialist Dream of Bill de Blasio, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez

With the rising influence of socialism in the Democratic Party, and the real power and influence of groups like the Democratic Socialists of America, it’s hardly outlandish to suggest that the ideology is playing an increasingly important role on the national stage. Bernie Sanders,...

Nicaragua in 2019: Time for Change?

Nine months into the Nicaraguan sociopolitical crisis, the country is looking at a difficult year ahead. It faces a government who has shut its doors to everything but repression. There are at least six trends that will impact political outcomes in Nicaragua in 2019. Their...

La Prensa runs blank front page in protest of Ortega regime

Nicaragua’s oldest and most-widely read newspaper, La Prensa, published its Friday edition with a blank front page in protest against what it says is the government’s withholding of ink, paper and other materials needed for its printing press since September. La Prensa circulated on Friday...

Ortega is decorated by the Communist Party of Russia for “contributes to peace”

The authoritarian leader of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, was decorated by the Communist Party of Russia under the logic that he “contributes to peace.” Foto by Clarín/NI Ortega received the distinction of the first vice president of the Committee for International Affairs of the State Duma (Lower...

Journalism in Nicaragua Under Siege

MANAGUA (IPS) – Eight months of social and political crisis in Nicaragua have hit the exercise of independent journalism in the country, with 712 cases of violations of the free exercise of journalism, one murdered reporter, two in prison and dozens fleeing into exile,...

“He is a traitor”, Ortega’s reaction to the resignation of Rafael Solís

The resignation of Rafael Solís to his position as magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) and to the militancy of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), is already described as treason by the officials who support the Daniel Ortega regime. Rafael Solis was...

Ortega Top Supreme Court Judge Resigns, Denounces Dictatorship in Nicaragua and Takes Refuge In Costa Rica

The ex-magistrate of Nicaragua's Supreme Court of Justice, Rafael Solis Cerda, entered Costa Rica one day before submitting his resignation his position and denouncing the existence of "a dictatorship" and "a state of terror" in his native country. Solís, a man considered close to President...

Costa Rica’s New Chancellor Will Have A “More Active Role” In The Crisis in Nicaragua and Venezuela

President Carlos Alvarado said on Tuesday his government will give greater impetus to the approach of the crisis in Nicaragua and Venezuela, as part of a new phase in the foreign policy of the country. The president made the statement was made during the official...

Beatriz Becerra: The MEP Fighting for Freedom in Nicaragua and Venezuela

Two days before the end of 2018, the MEP and vice president of the Human Rights subcommittee of the European Parliament, Beatriz Becerra, said through her Twitter account: “I promise to remain firm with Venezuela, accompanying their struggle to recover their freedom and future....

Orteguista police puts into practice “razzia”, according to the GIEI

The Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes (GIEI) – Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts – found that the Policia Orteguista (PO) carried out a fascist policy of mass and indiscriminate detention of men, women, and adolescents known as “razzia”. The repression and illegal detentions of the...

Ortega Offers Nicaragua “Reconciliation” And A “Gallo Pinto” Economy

In his last speech of the outgoing year, Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega kept silent about the report of international human rights organizations, which point to his regime as responsible for the worst bloodbath in the country’s history in times of peace. Nor did he say...

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