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“Globol Terrorism” in Nicaragua

In a mocking post on Twitter, we get this video when a “terrorist” drops the new bombs against the regime. “Hopefully they will soon send the entire parapolice force to destroy them in time and avoid detonations.” writes the Twitter user in mock. ¡ATENCIÓN! En...

US approves return of non-emergency personnel to Nicaragua

The United States on Wednesday approved the return to Nicaragua of non-emergency personnel and diplomats’ family members after they were pulled from the country during weeks of deadly anti-government protests. U.S. Embassy in Managua The US Embassy UU in Managua expects to resume routine visa services,...

How Nicaragua’s good guys turned bad

New Internationalist (August 2018) – It hurts to breathe, please don’t let me fall asleep. If I sleep I won’t be able to wake up again.’ These were the last words of 15-year old Álvaro Conrado, the first victim of a bullet in Nicaragua’s...

Ortega says ‘ready to meet Trump’

President Daniel Ortega said he is open to meeting U.S. President Donald Trump at the United Nations (UN) later this month despite expressing concerns that the United States could launch a military intervention. With his country embroiled in a major political crisis since April, Nicaraguan...

Civic Alliance calls for national strike Friday to demand the release of political prisoners

The Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy) called for a 24-hour national strike on Friday, September 7, to demand the release of political prisoners and the resumption of the national dialogue. This is the third national strike...

Hotels in Nicaragua Juggling to Deal with the Crisis

Reducing prices to attract local tourists is the main strategy being used by Nicaraguan tourism entrepreneurs in areas such as Tola, San Juan del Sur and Ometepe Island. A tourist looks at the town from a church tower in Granada, 45 km from Managua, in...

An interview with Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua: Blames Socio-Political Crisis on Yankee Expansionism

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, EFE spoke with Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega in Managua, the nation’s capital, about the ongoing turmoil in the country.  Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega, speaks during a press conference with EFE news agency in Managua, Nicaragua, Sept. 4, 2018. EFE/Jorge Torres Below is the full...

Civic Alliance asks the Army to support peaceful exit to the crisis

The Civic Alliance asked the Nicaraguan Army to support “a peaceful solution to the crisis”, which the country has been going through for more than four months.   “At the beginning of the month of the homeland (September) we call on the Army of Nicaragua to...

Spain Hails Costa Rica for Helping Nicaraguan Refugees

In San Jose, Costa Ricaa on Friday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that Spain will not suspend aid to Nicaragua despite the political crisis there and praised Costa Rica for its efforts to help Nicaraguans who are fleeing their country. Sanchez made the comments...

Daniel Ortega will ask Costa Rica to deliver refugees who fled from justice

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said on Wednesday, before thousands of Nicaraguans who ratified their support for the Sandinista Government, he would ask Costa Rica to hand over Nicaraguan refugees who committed crimes in the context of a political crisis. Ortega said he will ask Costa Rica...

Fear, Unknown Future for Nicaragua’s Student Protesters

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA — Jairo Bonilla was inside a Managua seminary last spring during a break in Catholic Church-mediated talks to try to end Nicaragua’s bloody political crisis when two fellow students approached him with a threat. Jairo Bonilla, wearing a #WeAren’tCriminals T-shirt, gives an interview...

Students learn the art of opposition in Nicaragua

Managua: Hector Saballos, a member of the underground student movement, sits at a table in a safe house planning how to deliver rice, beans and medicines to friends who are in hiding. His boots are stained with blood, and his finger is broken from...

Ortega prescribes “road of hell” to the people who rose against him

President Daniel Ortega accused the Nicaraguan opposition of trying to destroy the country’s economy with the protests against his government, which began on April 18 and have been repressed by his government, leaving more than 300 deaths confirmed by national and international organizations. A man...

Venezuelan oil fueled the rise and fall of Nicaragua’s Ortega regime

The downfall of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has been dizzyingly fast. In January 2018, he had the highest approval rating of any Central American president, at 54 percent. Today, Nicaraguans are calling for Ortega’s resignation. Chávez greets Ortega during a welcoming ceremony in Caracas. Reuters/Carlos...

“I’m certain we’ll bring down this dictatorship”

A lifelong Sandinista ideologue who fought in the final offensive against the Somoza dictatorship then headed the FSLN’s International Relations Department during the revolutionary government, Julio López Campos analyzes the challenges of today’s unarmed insurrection against the Ortega dictatorship. I’ve known Daniel since we were...

Nicaragua: How Ortega’s fragile alliance of the elite set the stage for crisis

Nicaragua had been hailed by many as the unrecognized economic growth story in Central America. Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo One of the poorest countries in the Americas, in recent years it emerged as a poster child of investment-attraction policies against the odds. The economy grew...

Analysts: Nicaragua’s Ortega using Venezuelan tactics to suppress opposition

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is following the playbook of the socialist regime in Venezuela to violently crush the opposition, observers say. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has refused to step down, calling early elections and has vowed to remain in power at least until his current...

Nicaragua Slashes Budget Due To Socio-Political Unrest

The Asamblea Nacional de Nicaragua (Nicaragua’s National Assembly) on Tuesday approved a drastic cut to the national budget because of the economic impact of months of anti-government unrest. The legislators approved a 9.2% reduction of the Ley Anual de Presupuesto General de la República 2018...

Fleeing violence, Nicaraguans seek safety in Costa Rica

(UNHCR) The thin, bespectacled medical student acted as a paramedic in street protests in Nicaragua until gun-toting paramilitaries detained him last month. “They beat me, they put a towel on my face and poured water on me until I felt like I was drowning,” says...

Is it really over? Is anyone really buying it?

(OPNION) Is it really over? The violence has stopped, peace and tranquility has now taken over Nicaragua. If you believe Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, it is. If you believe the ‘fake news’ sources like El Nuevo Diario, La Prensa or 100% Noticias and...

Nicaragua is on the verge of civil war. The fallout could become ‘biggest wild card’ in the U.S. midterms

It’s been just over thirty years since Nicaragua dominated U.S. headlines during the famous Iran-Contra Affair. The scandal revealed that senior members of the Reagan administration had been secretly funding Nicaraguan rebel groups fighting the leftist Sandinista government by conducting clandestine arms sales to...

Disappearances Alarms Nicaraguan Socitety

Organizations of civil society and social movements denounced a process of forced disappearances in Nicaragua by ‘paramilitaries’, mainly in Masaya, León, Jinotepe, Diriamba and Jinotega. The paramilitaries are those that execute the kidnappings and have orders to act with impunity. “According to the specialized terminology of...

Retailers remain closed in Masaya for fear of armed groups

At least 10 businesses, located in central streets of the city of Masaya, remain closed, the owners having taken the decision not to reopen due to the insecurity that the city is living, the constant arrests and the patrol of armed civilians throughout the...

Crisis in Nicaragua has left 70,000 people unemployed in the tourism sector

The crisis in Nicaragua since April 18 has left at least 70,000 people unemployed in the tourism industry, a source in the sector said today. Some 70,000 jobs have been lost due to the crisis, more than half of what the tourism industry generates “Some 70,000...

ICE Teams Up with Nicaragua Even As US Decries Ortega’s Crackdown?

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is quietly partnering with the government of Daniel Ortega while publicly accusing it of killing its own people, in an effort to speed up the deportation of Nicaraguan citizens, the Guardian has revealed. Protesters to demand the resignation...

Nicaragua Rights Group Anpdh Closes Offices After ‘Threats’

The Nicaraguan human rights group, the Asociación Nicaragüense Pro Derechos Humanos (Anpdh), that has been keeping the outside world abreast of the government’s deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters says it has been forced to close its offices. The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights has closed...

Costa Rica Government Advised Not To Send New Ambassador to Nicaragua

The socio-political crisis in Nicaragua, as well as the accusations of alleged collusion by Costa Rica, the government of Carlos Alvarado is being asked to reconsider his position about sending a new ambassador to the neighboring nation. Ambassadors, career diplomats and specialists in foreign policy...

Police prevent international press access in Masaya

This Saturday, police prevented the access of international journalists to the indigenous neighborhood of Monimbó, in the town of Masaya. Several cities organized antigovernment marches this Saturday, but the population that was prominent during the protests against the government was besieged by riot police, modifying...

Daniel Ortega Assures Nicaragua Is Returning To Normal After Months Of Unrest

President Daniel Ortega said that Nicaragua is returning to normal after three months of protests that paralyzed the country and hit the economy, during an interview with CNN en Español aired on Monday. President Daniel Ortega does not accept that the marjority of Nicaraguans want...

Daniel Ortega Doesn’t Mind Being Called A “Dictator”

“Dictator, terrorist, I am used to be called everything… not just now, but since being a muchacho (young man). During the (Somoza) civil war I was called terrorist…what haven’t they called me…” said Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega to Andres Oppenheimer during the CNN en...

Ortega opens possibility of referendum

President Daniel Ortega said in an interview with journalist Andrés Oppenheimer, for CNN en español, that he is willing to hold a referendum to ask people whether or not they want to hold elections in Nicaragua, as a way out of the sociopolitical crisis...

How did this happen in a country once called the “safest in Central America”

(OPINION) The sentiments of many Nicaraguans was expressed on Twitter by Gioconda Belli: “Ortega has not given interviews in his country for eleven years, but now he is dedicated to washing his hands of his bad government and repression by giving interviews to journalists...

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