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Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: “Be Like Ortega,” The Viral Message in Nicaragua

The situation in Nicaragua is at its worst, a people that are slowly coming out of the April 2018 crisis, now embattled by the coronavirus pandemic. And where is its leader, the man that for decades Nicaraguans and loved and hated? I published this article...

Nicaragua reports first death from Covid-19

Nicaragua registered on Thursday, March 26, the first death from the new coronavirus, according to authorities from the Ministry of Health (Minsa). This is the second of two patients confirmed with Covid-19 in the country. So far, the government of Daniel Ortega reports two confirmed...

Where Is Daniel in Times of Covid-19?

The silence and total absence of Daniel Ortega during coronavirus pandemic and government action to promote open borders and tourism, and the limited information provided by the authorities, is questioned by many Nicaraguans. Daniel Ortega has been silent and absent since the coronavirus pandemic Without voicing...

Ortega regime exposes medical personnel to contagion with house-to-house visits

Health Ministry personnel along with members of the Sandinista Leadership Committee undertook the suicide task this Saturday, March 21, of visiting home-to-home in the neighborhoods of the capital to report on the coronavirus, without using a protective measure to avoid alarming the population, as...

El Salvador President Concerned About Neglect of the Daniel Ortega Government of Coronavirus

The President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele expressed his concern about the negligence and inaction of the Daniel Ortega government in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, which shows that he is aware of the situation in Nicaragua it has endeavored to execute a...

Ortega Government Says God Will Protect Nicaragua from Coronavirus

The Government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo continues to row against the tide in the matter of coronavirus prevention: Vice President Murillo ordered to “expand and develop” all the events raised in her summer campaign, called “Nicaragua All Sweet, with Love for You,...

NO Emergency Over Coronavirus In Nicaragua; ALL Tourists Welcome, Even From Countries With Confirmed Covid-19 Cases

While most of the world is in a pandemic over the coronavirus covid-19, in Nicaragua there is no “Emergency” and all visitors, even from countries with confirmed cases of covid-19 will have no restrictions for moving around in Nicaragua Fascade of the Fernando Velez Pais...

“Love in times of COVID-19”: Nicaraguans march in the midst of a pandemic

While the world cancels public activities, bans massive concentration of people, and sports events to prevent the spread of covid-19, the government of Daniel Ortega and his wife, First Lady and Vice-President, Rosario Murillo, made a call to public employees and supporters to attend...

Coronavirus: Nicaragua has not established protocol or will quarantine

Nicaragua’s Minister of Health, Carolina Dávila Murillo, informed through the official media, that the government of Daniel Ortega will not interpose any quarantine to those who enter Nicaragua, including from countries that have positive cases of the new coronavirus, covid19. “Nicaragua has not established or...

Italy Deported Laureano Ortega; In Spain He Is Called “Asesino” by Protesters

The Government of Italy declared Laureano Ortega, son of President Daniel Ortega, a persona non grata, and therefore did not allow him to enter the country, where he would have attended an opera concert. Nicaraguan protesters in Madrid against Laureano Ortega, representative of the Nicaraguan...

Nicaragua’s opposition unites against Ortega administration

(AP) – Nicaragua’s two main opposition groups announced the formation of a coalition Friday aimed at winning the 2021 elections and ending President Daniel Ortega’s rule. Representatives of the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy and Blue and White National Unity said they hope to...

Three dictatorships in Latin America on International Human Rights Day

In Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, above all, no reference will be made. Or if any is done it will sound ironic. Like the one made on the morning of December 10 by Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, regarding a new...

Pompeo: U.S. will maintain pressure on Ortega “until liberties are restored” in Nicaragua

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, highlighted on Monday the pressure exerted by the Trump administration on the administration of President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, which has been the target of several sanctions for human rights violations. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “The United States...

The Latin American left isn’t dead yet

Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay will all hold presidential elections in October. And, for now, leftists are strong contenders in all three countries. This is a somewhat unexpected development. Beginning in 2015, conservatives toppled major leftist strongholds, including in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The socially progressive...

Former FM: Daniel Ortega Hopes the World Will Forget Nicaragua

Along with the normalization policy that the Ortega Murillo regime tries to impose within the country, there would also have to be a normalization at the international level, in which the goal would be to make the world—especially the Americas—forget about the tragedy and...

Nicaragua’s Major Newspaper Calls It Quits

Nicaragua's national newspaper El Nuevo Diario called it quits, on Friday announcing its closure due to “economic, technical and logistical difficulties, which made its operation unsustainable”. The closure of its print and online publication is  a result of the pressure of the Daniel Ortega administration...

Nicaragua police clash with protesters

The four express pickets that took place last Saturday in Managua, despite the immense police and paramilitary deployment, represent the only form of pressure that Nicaraguans have to fight for “the rights confiscated” by the Ortega dictatorship, according to Juan Sebastián Chamorro , executive...

Nicaraguan professionals seek safety in Costa Rica

Doctors, lawyers and professors are among professionals forced to flee their homeland for doing their jobs, applying for asylum in neighbouring Costa Rica when anti-government protests broke out in Nicaragua in 2018. Nicaragua lawyer and rights activist Braulio Abarca, 28, pictured at a church in...

The crisis has also impacted the sex lives of Nicaraguans

We can’t talk about human beings without mentioning sex, much less in times of crisis. In fact, the first thing that gets lost at these times is the urge to “make love” or as we would say more directly: the urge to have sex. Confidencial...

Treasury set to expand sanctions for Ortega regime

The United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control will add regulations to strengthen previously imposed sanctions against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s regime. OFAC said in a Sept. 4 Federal Register notice that it will “supplement” its Nicaragua Sanctions Regulations with additional guidance, general...

Nicaraguan Army In Line With Ortega’s Version Of An Attempted Coup

The head of the Nicaraguan Army, General Julio César Avilés Castillo, for the first time made his position publicly clear, in line with the official discourse, he considers the civil protests an attempted coup against the Daniel Ortega. President Daniel Ortega described the speech of...

Ortega: Pledges Canal ‘A Reality’

Nicaragua’s president Daniel Ortega pledged on Tuesday, August 13, to make the country’s controversial canal development “a reality”. The President assured that new environmental projects are being carried out to resume the megaproject. “Environmental studies, which had already been submitted, are being prepared again, but adjustments...

Nicaraguans in Costa Rica demonstrate against what they call “Ortega-Murillo dictatorship”

Dressed in blue and white, many Nicaraguans who live in Costa Rica or are in exile, took to the streets of San Jose on Sunday to claim Nicaragua's freedom and protest against what they call a dictatorship of current President Daniel Ortega and his...

Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Richer Than Pellas?

In 2006 Daniel Ortega declared before the Comptroller General that his total assets barely reached a little more than US$217,000 dollars, however, today after 11 years of office, he has two vehicles that twice exceed all his net worth at that time. Daniel Ortega (left)...

Exiled journalists in Costa Rica continue to report on Nicaragua

For over 20 years, prominent Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro (pictured below) has reported on the political ups and downs in his country. Today, the 63-year-old continues to cover current affairs in his home country only now he does so from across the border...

OAS will give Ortega a chance to negotiate a way out of the crisis

In one of the many curves that there is on the road that connects the municipality of Rionegro with the city of Medellín, a big billboard stands tall with little to do with Colombia. “In Nicaragua, crimes against humanity were committed. No more impunity.”...

President Alvarado laughs it off being compared to Ortega and Maduro

While taking part in the Marcha de la Diversida (Gay Pride March) in downtown San Jose Sunday afternoon, Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado Quesada, rejected the comparisons with the dictators in Nicaragua and Venezuela; Daniel Ortega and Nicolás Maduro, respectively. The prez also rejected the...

Daniel Ortega using talks to buy time, retain power

A new report suggests Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is more interested in “buying time and staving off further sanctions” than in genuine reconciliation, despite the government’s recent release of all political prisoners held since Nicaragua’s April 2018 uprising. 11 June 2019, Nicaragua, Managua: Yubrank Suazo...

Is The Gran Canal de Nicaragua Dead In The Water?

TODAY NICARAGUA - Not a single ship. Not a single piece of work. Six years after 61 legislators loyal Daniel Ortega approved in the National Assembly the law of construction of the interoceanic canal or the Gran Canal de Nicaragua (GCN), Law 840, there...

Ortega regime releases all political prisoners under its Amnesty Law

.This Tuesday morning the Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo regime continued the release of their political prisoners that started on Monday, June 10, some now under their self-Amnesty Law imposed with a rubber stamp from the National Assembly on Saturday, June 8. Nicaraguan-Costa Rican journalist...

Amnesty law sparks fear of whitewash over protest crackdown

(Reuters) – Nicaragua’s government on Friday proposed an amnesty law that would free prisoners detained in protests against President Daniel Ortega, but which opponents fear will also limit scope to investigate the state for its crackdown on demonstrators. Amnesty Law threatens to imprison political prisoners...

NICARAGUA: Law of “forgiveness” falsifies the truth about the crimes of the dictatorship

TODAY NICARAGUA - Claudia Paz y Paz, who was part of the Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes (GIEI) – Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts, maintains that the Law of Integral Attention to Victims (the so-called “forgiveness” law or ley del “perdón” in Spanish) of...

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