New US sanctions are designed to hit Nicaragua’s poorest citizens
October 31, 2022
The Biden administration has announced new sanctions which are intended to hit the poorest Nicaraguans – both in their pockets and in the public services on which they depend. This latest attack on a small Central American country is, as usual, dressed up as promoting democracy: the sanctions will “deny the Ortega-Murillo regime the resources […]
Category: Latin America, Energy and the environment | Tags: Nicaragua, US intervention, mining | 4 Responses
Imperialism & hybrid warfare
October 27, 2022
With Camila Escalante, a journalist with Kawsachun News, I gave a presentation to a webinar for the Friends of ATC, a support group for the Nicaraguan agricultural workers union, about the violent coup attempt in Nicaragua in 2018. You can watch it on youtube.
Category: Latin America | Tags: Nicaragua, US intervention, Nicaragua crisis
David vs. Goliath: Nicaragua’s independence
September 14, 2022
By Becca Renk This week Nicaragua celebrates its Independence Days – on September 14th the celebration of the Battle of San Jacinto won against U.S. filibusters in 1856, and on September 15th the commemoration of Central America’s independence from Spain in 1821. Becca Renk, who lives in Nicaragua, penned the piece below.
Category: Latin America | Tags: Nicaragua, US intervention
Nicaragua celebrates 43 years of revolution: a clash between reality and media misrepresentation
July 21, 2022
July 19th is a day of celebration in Nicaragua: the anniversary of the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship. But the international media will have it penciled in their diaries for another reason: it’s yet another opportunity to pour scorn on Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. We’ll hear again about how the government “clamps down on dissent,” about […]
Category: Latin America | Tags: Nicaragua, US intervention, media | 2 Responses
“Summit of Exclusion” Backfires on Biden
June 14, 2022
Jill Clark-Gollub, COHA Assistant Editor/Translator; Alina Duarte, COHA Senior Fellow; John Perry, COHA Senior Fellow “We would definitely have wanted a different Summit of the Americas. The silence of those absent challenges us. So that this does not happen again, I would like to state for the future that the fact of being the host […]
Category: Latin America | Tags: Nicaragua, Cuba, US intervention, Venezuela | 1 Response
The Summit of the Americas could be Biden’s next foreign policy embarrassment
May 16, 2022
The grandly named Summit of the Americas is due to be held in Los Angeles next month, if the Biden administration can decide who to invite and what to talk about if they turn up. As things stand, Bolivia, Mexico, Argentina, Honduras and most of the Caribbean states have said they will not attend if […]
Category: Latin America | Tags: Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, US intervention | 1 Response
JOH’s luck runs out
April 21, 2022
Until 27 January, Juan Orlando Hernández was president of Honduras; he’s now on his way to a high-security prison in New York, awaiting trial. On the day JOH handed power to Xiomara Castro, charges were filed against him that would lead to an extradition request from the US embassy in Tegucigalpa. He was arrested on […]
Category: Latin America | Tags: Honduras, drugs, US intervention
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: US intervention, Nicaraguan elections, Nicaragua
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
End of a Narcostate?
November 26, 2021
Joe Biden has a Central America problem. Countries that turned reliably neoliberal after the ‘small wars’ of the 1980s have become unwieldy again. After sixteen years of neoliberalism, Nicaraguans returned Daniel Ortega to power in 2007 and re-elected him this month in a vote which Biden dismissed as a ‘pantomime’. In El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, […]
Category: Latin America | Tags: Honduras, US intervention, migration