Nicaragua


Nicaraguan Farmers Plan for the Repeal of the Canal Law

June 26, 2017 | No Comments »

Although the promise of an Inter-oceanic Canal fades on the horizon as time goes by, Law 840, awarding an all-encompassing concession to Chinese magnate Wang Jing, still represents a threat to the country.




Nicaragua: Life After the La Chureca Garbage Dump

June 25, 2017 | No Comments »

Twenty-seven frames decorate the walls of the room. Every one of them depicts a different story: his daughter’s birthday, the promenade to Managua’s old pier, the photo of his daughter when she was in 3rd grade, all symbols of joy. Freddy Mercado doesn’t want to bring his past to the present. “There’s no need, I’m going to remember it, but I don’t want photos of it,” he says bluntly.




The “Promised Land” that Ortega Offered with the Canal

June 20, 2017 | No Comments »

Four years since the canal concession was issued, no construction bids have been solicited nor has any land been expropriated or purchased along the canal route, and Chinese magnate Wang Jing has disappeared. The promise of the megaproject isn’t even mentioned in the Presidential speeches. Meanwhile, the rural protest movement continues demanding the repeal of the canal law.




Four Years After the Canal Concession, Nicaraguan Farmers Continue Their Protests

June 17, 2017 | No Comments »

The rural residents who would be affected by the construction of an Inter-Oceanic Canal in Nicaragua held their 89th march last Tuesday. Like all the others, it was held to demand the repeal of Law 840, which they believe endangers their properties and harms the national sovereignty.




Nicaraguan Farmers Protest Canal Threat

June 16, 2017 | No Comments »

Thousands of farmers from the communities of the San Juan River and Nueva Guinea marched this Tuesday to demand that Law 840 be revoked. It is officially known as the Special Law for the Development of Infrastructure and Transportation in Nicaragua Relating to the Canal, Free-Trade Areas and Associated Infrastructure.




Refusal to Subscribe to the Paris Accord Isolated Nicaragua

June 13, 2017 | No Comments »

The Nicaraguan government’s refusal in December 2015 to subscribe to the Paris Agreement on climate change and global warming has produced a state of isolation in the diplomatic world and among the international NGOs that weigh in on the environmental debate.




Canal Law Protest Draws Thousands of Nicaraguan Farmers

June 12, 2017 | No Comments »

Several thousands Nicaraguan farmers marched Saturday in the Punta Gorda municipality, in the southern region of the country, to demand a revoking of the law which gives a Chinese consortium based in Hong Kong the authority to build an interoceanic canal in the Central American country.




Former Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Miguel D’Escoto Dies

June 9, 2017 | 3 comments

The priest and former Nicaraguan foreign minister, Miguel D’Escoto, died on Thursday of a long illness, informed the first lady, vice president and official government spokeswoman, Rosario Murillo.




Leonardo Padura Speaks on His Novels and Cuba

June 7, 2017 | 3 comments

Cuban writer Leonardo Padura announced in Managua the publication of his new novel, set for release in January 2018. The book, “The Transparency of Time” features the reappearance of the emblematic detective Mario Conde, now as a retired police officer in the contemporary Cuba of 2014.




A Frivolous and Unfounded Accusation

June 1, 2017 | No Comments »

The accusation against the remaining independent press from Nicaragua’s Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP), appears to be the product of a paranoia that has been very well aimed towards co-opting them into squelching the small measure of free expression that still exists.