What the “Nica Act” has Already Brought Us

October 14, 2017 | No Comments »

Three sketches regarding the threat of economic sanctions, following a 72-hour visit to Washington D.C. Carlos Fernando Chamorro discusses the “Nica Act” and its prospects for passage in the United States Senate.

Matagalpa, Nicaragua’s “Elder Mayor” Sadrach Zeledon

October 11, 2017 | No Comments »

Every morning for weeks now, the speakers on the outside of the Matagalpa mayor’s office blast at nearly full volume, alternating songs of the Sandinista Front with Reggaeton music. Although his name is never mentioned in the repertoire, passers-by and neighbors know that the strident music celebrates the third consecutive candidacy of Sadrach Zeledon Rocha as Matagalpa’s mayor.

Nicaragua Anti-Canal Leader Gets Protection

October 11, 2017 | 1 Comment »

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) gave protection to Nicaraguan rural leader Francisca Ramirez, leader of the protests against the construction of the interoceanic canal, dpa news agency reports.

Tropical System Heads for Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast

October 4, 2017 | No Comments »

A newly formed Tropical Depression, expected to intensify to a Tropical Storm, is slowly churning towards a possible landing on the northeastern coast of Nicaragua by some time Thursday evening.

Garifuna Dance: Flavor, Culture and History

October 4, 2017 | No Comments »

I had never before danced any of the Caribbean dances with the discipline and awareness they deserve. Maybe I’ve improvised a crazy, spontaneous version of the Palo de Mayo (Caribbean Maypole Dance) at some party, but never with the spiritual connotation which this culture imbues in its dances.

US House Unanimously Approves the “Nica Act”

October 3, 2017 | No Comments »

The Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act 2017, better known as the Nica Act, is again on the doorstep of the United States Senate for discussion, after the House of Representatives approved it Tuesday unanimously.

Nicaraguan Opposition Leaders Divided about Limited OAS Electoral Observation

September 22, 2017 | No Comments »

Confirmation of the Organization of American State’s intention to send a belated small electoral observation team for Nicaragua’s November 5th local elections generated widely different reactions from the Nicaraguan opposition.

Palm Oil Company Violates Environmental Norms in Nicaragua

September 20, 2017 | No Comments »

The African palm production company, Agrodesarrollo S.A. has violated environmental norms intended to protect Nicaragua’s natural resources according to an investigation carried out by the online environmental magazine “Mongabay Latam”*. The company, which maintains plantations of African Palm over a vast extension of land in the North Caribbean Autonomous Region, has been linked to Jorge Granera Sacasa, brother of Aminta Granera, chief of the National Police. The probe yielding this information included examination of official documents, a visit to the affected zone, and interviews with functionaries of the regional governments.

Vendors along Managua’s Roadways

September 17, 2017 | No Comments »

Every day we read about the marvels that are coming to Managua to alleviate the blockages and traffic jams: overpasses, widening of the Juan Pablo II highway, bicycle lanes, etc. It all sounds lovely, but the Mayor’s office has to turn its eyes towards how to maintain the functionality of these modernized, widened roadways.

Nicaraguan Gov. Issues “White Paper” on the Canal Project

September 12, 2017 | 1 Comment »

The Nicaraguan government published the so-called “White Paper on the Great Interoceanic Canal” last week, amidst uncertainty for the future of this project, whose progress is being kept secret, without Chinese businessman Wang Jing, the concession holder, showing his face for over a year.