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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...

Mothers of April Demand Application of Democratic Charter to Ortega

The Mothers of April Association of Nicaragua, formed by women who have lost their children or relatives in the demonstrations against President Ortega, demanded on Thursday to the OAS member countries to apply the Democratic Charter to the Government of Nicaragua. The “Mothers of April”...

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...

Daniel Ortega talks about world tragedies and omits his own massacre in his end of the year message

In his end of the year message on national television, dictator Daniel Ortega spoke about the tragedies around the world and evaded the massacre of more than five hundred Nicaraguans and the repression against the population that flared up against his regime since the...

The Fate of Nicaragua’s Ortega in a Region on Fire

(CONFIDENCIAL) Until April of this year, Nicaragua enjoyed the benefits of an undeserved reputation as a haven of peace. The indicators of violence provided by the National Police -probably skewed-, but of widespread credibility-, placed Nicaragua slightly above Costa Rica and many homicides below...

Inter-American Press Association denounces the government’s war against independent media

The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) said in a statement that the arrest of Miguel Mora and the closure of the 100% Noticias channel is “a serious violation of freedom of expression and the press” and called for his release. Members of the riot police monitor...

Before Night Falls in Nicaragua

Carlos Fernando Chamorro knew it. Or, at least, he suspected it: “With Daniel, one is always wrong. The most common mistake is to underestimate him, because in the end he always gets something out of any situation. We do not know what will happen...

Police Shut Down TV Station Critical of Ortega Government, Arrests Director

Authorities in Nicaragua raided the offices and shut down the 100% noticias television station critical of the Deaniel Ortega regime, a week after raiding the offices of non-governmental groups, the Confidencial digital newspaper and the TV shows Esta Semana and Esta Noche, owned by...

Ortega Receives Credentials From U.S. Ambassador To Nicaragua

President Daniel Ortega received on Tuesday the credentials of 11 new ambassadors in Nicaragua, including Kevin Sullivan, from the United States. U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua Kevin Sullivan (left) with Nicaragua president Daniel Ortega during the official ceremony of the presential of credentials by the dimplomatic...

Sanctions law against the government of Nicaragua will soon be in the hands of Trump

Next week, the United States Congress is expected to approve amendments to the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality (NICA) Act, and then it will pass to President Donald Trump to sign it. U.S. President Donald Trump will have ten days to sign the law that will approve...

IACHR: Nicaragua falls into “police state”

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) said on Thursday, during its 170th session, that the repressive escalation of the Government of Nicaragua against opponents and the media “has installed a regime of terror and the suppression of all freedoms”. The IACHR met on Thursday...

Priest attacked in the Managua cathedral with sulfuric acid

On Wednesday, December 5, in the afternoon, The vicar of Managua, Father Mario Guevara Cerda, 59, suffered a sulfuric acid attack when a 24-year-old woman threw the acid on the priest’s face and body while he was in the cathedral hearing confessions. Elis Leonidovna Gonn...

Nicaraguan Student, 14, Declares: “I Got Mad and I Threw the Rock at Him.”

“I was crying, I was angry because they were taking away my cousin. Seeing that a policeman was filming, I got mad and threw the rock at him,” said the fourteen-year-old student from a Managua high school, who on November 22 came out in...

“The strong U.S. reaction reflects a certain frustration”

Nicaragua’s former Foreign Minister, Francisco Aguirre Sacasa, says that U.S. president Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate offered the Government of Nicaragua the possibility of a “soft landing” to overcome the political crisis, but President Daniel Ortega “did not take advantage of a great...

Ortega Proposes To Promote A “Popular Economy” To Reactive Growth

In response to U.S. sanctions against President Daniel Ortega’s inner circle, he said that he would boost the popular economy to reactivate growth and face the Nica Act, which can mean for Nicaraguans a dangerous remedy given that it can worsen the productivity and...

US Sanctions Nicaraguan Officials, Including Ortega’s Wife

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order targeting sanctioning Rosario Murillo, Nicaragua’s vice-president and wife of President Daniel Ortega, and one of his aides under a new executive order allowing Washington to target Nicaraguan officials for a crackdown on anti-government protests. Rosario...

From Nicaraguan refugee to US Soldier

FORT BLISS, Texas — Those who consider the military always have a reason for joining. Whether to continue a family tradition of service, or to see the world, the decision is life changing. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Orlando Alvarez, attached to 7th Special Forces Group...

‘Some say yes, others say no’: Nicaragua a country divided

Forty years after Nicaragua’s revolution, the country’s revolutionaries and their supporters find themselves divided — between those who support Daniel Ortega’s government and those who oppose it. Photo: Lois Ross What is behind the political differences among Sandinistas, members of the political group that led the...

The Nica Exodus to Costa Rica

Since Daniel Ortega unleashed a brutal repression against the demonstrations demanding the end of his term, after eleven years of authoritarian rule, more than 30,000 Nicaraguans have fled the country to go to Costa Rica, confirmed immigration authorities in that neighboring country. Many of them...

Nicaragua Foresees US$23 million less for ‘Aguinaldo’

The total amount ‘aguinaldo’ – the year-end bonus – that entered the economy of Nicaragua at the end of 2017 was US$377.1 million, according to official estimates, but at the end of 2018 there would be US$23 million less, due to the loss of...

Ortega defeated politically

Ortega has been defeated. It’s a strategic defeat, one that’s clearly evident. But it’s a defeat that’s fundamentally occurring in the field of foreign diplomacy, due to Ortega’s own mistakes. Site-in front of the Central American University in Managua demanding the release of politial...

Ortega’s Assault on Independent Television

“The order of the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Postal Services (TELCOR) to broadcast the programming of the government’s Channel 6 on Channel 15, a relay channel of 100% Noticias, has the purpose to besiege and violate freedom of the press,” asserted Miguel Mora,...

Nicaraguans feel ‘safer’ in migrant caravan than back at home

TAPANATEPE, Mexico (AFP) – With the national flag of Nicaragua draped over his wheelchair, 14-year-old Axel Sebastian Palacios cuts a distinctive figure among the thousands of mostly Honduran migrants traveling in caravan across Mexico. Axel Sebastian Palacios is wheelchair-bound because a splinter in his shin...

Canada’s Air Transat Cancels Nicaragua

In a blow to Nicaragua’s tourism industry, fewer Canadians will be visiting following the decision by Canada’s tour travel operator Air Transat to cancel all flights to Nicaragua this coming winter. San Juan del Sur, a popular destination for Canadians visiting Nicaragua This decision was made...

Human rights group barred from entering Nicaragua

Human rights campaigners from the Center for Justice and International law (CEJIL)  – Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional – said immigration authorities blocked them from entering Nicaragua on Friday and forced them to return to Costa Rica. A three-member delegation from the...

New evidence incriminates Bishop Silvio Báez in coup and terrorist conspiracy

A new audio from Bishop Silvio Báez, a member of the Conferencia Episcopal de Nicaragua (Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua), confirms that he and other members of the Catholic hierarchy conspired and encouraged the social chaos to destabilize the people of Nicaragua, reports Nicaragua’s official...

An Abortion to Save a Life: Two Women and Their Struggle

Leslie Briceno was convinced that she was going to die. What she feared most wasn’t death itself, but the life that her eight-year-old son would have without her. She wept with frustration and impotence in her hospital bed, where there were dozens of doctors...

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