Nicaragua: A History of US Intervention & Resistance, by Daniel Kovalik
April 29, 2023
Reviewed by John Perry and Jill Clark-Gollub The latest book by labor and human rights attorney, Daniel Kovalik, Nicaragua: A History of US Intervention and Resistance (2023, Clarity Press, 292 pages), is a worthy addition to the author’s collection of works on countries targeted by US imperialism, such as Venezuela, Russia, and Iran. While giving […]
Category: Latin America, Book reviews | Tags: Nicaragua, US intervention, Nicaragua crisis, Nicaraguan elections
For Corporate Media, Sandinistas’ Electoral Success Proves Their Repressiveness
November 21, 2022
The headline in the Washington Post ahead of Nicaragua’s local elections hinted at skepticism: “Nicaragua Ruling Party Seeks to Expand Hold in Local Votes” (11/6/22). The story itself, taken from an Associated Press report filed from Mexico City, was worse, framing the elections as a “farce” carried out “under the absolute control” of the governing […]
Category: Latin America | Tags: Nicaraguan elections, Nicaragua, media | 4 Responses
Does Nicaragua deserve the support of progressive opinion?
March 3, 2022
A debate with William Robinson, University of California, Santa Barbara, Sociology professor and author of books such as “Faustian Bargain” about Nicaragua, hosted by TheAnalysis.
Category: Latin America | Tags: Nicaragua, US intervention, Nicaraguan elections
Chile’s new president will need his allies on the left
January 22, 2022
Gabriel Boric was elected president of Chile on December 19th. In an LRB article about his campaign, he was said to be embarrassed by one of the parties that supported him, when it welcomed Daniel Ortega’s re-election in Nicaragua the previous month. LRB published the letter below in its issue of January 27th, in response […]
Category: Latin America | Tags: Nicaragua, chile, Nicaraguan elections
How can Some Progressives get Basic Information about Nicaragua so Wrong?
December 19, 2021
On November 7, Nicaragua held elections in which current president Daniel Ortega received 75% support and, as a result, begins a new term of office in January. Not surprisingly, the US government described the election as a “sham.” Of more concern is that many on the left seem to agree. William Robinson’s NACLA article, Nicaragua: […]
Category: Latin America | Tags: Nicaragua, US intervention, Nicaraguan elections | 1 Response
If there was “fraud” in Nicaragua’s elections, where’s the proof?
November 17, 2021
Official results from Nicaragua’s elections on November 7 showed Daniel Ortega re-elected as president with 75% of the vote. On the same day, President Joe Biden dismissed the ballot as a “pantomime election” and within 48 hours the Organization of American States (OAS) had produced a 16-page report setting out its criticisms. It demanded the […]
Category: Latin America | Tags: Nicaragua, media, Nicaraguan elections | 3 Responses
Nicaragua’s Elections Are a Referendum on Social Investment Policies
November 6, 2021
This article was written jointly with three young Nicaraguans, Patricia Ruiz, Winnie Narvaez, and Yorlis Luna U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently accused Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega of planning a “sham” election on November 7 and aiming to create an “authoritarian dynasty” after arrests of opposition figures ahead of the vote. Also referring to […]
Category: Latin America | Tags: US intervention, Nicaraguan elections | 2 Responses
Facebook does the US government’s censorship work in Nicaraguan elections
November 3, 2021
A few days before the Nicaraguan presidential elections on November 7, Facebook and other social media companies began closing down many of the pages used by Sandinista supporters in their campaign to re-elect President Daniel Ortega. This blatant censorship move was said to be because they had discovered “troll farms” operated by government agencies. But […]
Category: Latin America | Tags: Nicaragua, US intervention, media, Nicaraguan elections | 2 Responses
Are Nicaraguan Migrants Escaping ‘Repression’-or Economic Downturn?
November 3, 2021
“Record numbers” of migrants are coming into the United States from Nicaragua, according to Newsweek, which blames the increase on “arbitrary arrests and human rights abuses” by the Nicaraguan government. Former Sandinista leader Sergio Ramírez, writing for El Salvador’s El Faro, claims that “repression” by President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista government is causing a “dramatic growth” […]
Category: Migration, Latin America | Tags: US intervention, Mexico, migration, Guatemala, Nicaraguan elections, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica
Ordinary Nicaraguans should guide progressive left’s stance
August 29, 2021
As elections approach in Nicaragua, there has been a spate of left-wing criticism of Daniel Ortega’s government that, to someone living in the country, seems bizarrely out of sync with what most Nicaraguans see as their pressing priorities. A string of opinion polls confirm what my day-to-day conversations tell me: that support for government policies […]
Category: Latin America | Tags: Nicaragua, US intervention, human rights, Nicaraguan elections | 1 Response