March number 86 which the farmers of the anti-canal movement held on Thursday morning in the community of El Tule, in the department of Nueva Guinea included a celebration of the twenty-so kilometers of road that the rural residents decided to repair with their own resources. They had grown tired of waiting for any response from the government, while every week brought a new vehicle accident.
Poet Ernesto Cardenal, 92, arrived in Granada this past Tuesday to participate in the International Poetry Festival. The poet was direct, without mincing words. He terms the Ortega government a “dictatorship” that is persecuting him through the courts.
A legal edict which was published in the official La Gaceta newspaper of Nicaragua last Friday, demands that poet Ernesto Cardenal pay a 17.222 million Córdoba (800,000 USD) debt to Nubia del Socorro Arcia Mayorga, for “damages”. Thus, Nicaragua’s Justice System is re-opening a case which the priest himself has denounced as political persecution by the regime of Comandante Daniel Ortega.
Did you know that in Managua business establishments generate 197,000 jobs? Or that in the capital itself there are 228,281 homes, of which approximately 15,247 receive family remittances?
A historic precedent was set in the case of a sex worker in Nicaragua last week: the Ministry of Labor ruled in her favor, affirming for the first time that she is protected by the Nicaraguan labor rights. This trade union has been struggling for years to achieve this recognition.
The past returns to haunt us sometimes, and those you thought you’d beaten come back with more power. That’s exactly what happened to presidents Nicolas Maduro and Daniel Ortega on February 1st, when the United States Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson as the US Secretary of State for the new Trump administration.
In Nicaragua, a country with few opportunities for young people, a small group has opted for self-employment, innovation and the drive to succeed. They’re only 2% of the population, but they’re launching a small economic revolution.
Johana Sequeira went from being on the streets as a sex worker in the shadows of Managua to collaborating with the Nicaraguan justice system. She’s the leader of the Girasoles (Sunflowers) Association of Women Sex Workers, and appeals in court for the rights of the general population.
Their desperate desire to impose the story of their starring role in the supposed miracle of our national history pretty much epitomizes the existential tragedy of Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo, Vice President and heir to the dynasty. However, despite their near monopoly control of the communications media and hence their ability to spread this message repetitively, the story doesn’t manage to be believable or credible.
Even though the hurricane payout was received 14 days after the storm, nearly a month and a half has gone by, and help for those affected has still not arrived at the zone where the hurricane passed with the most force.