Nicaragua, ALBA, and Climate Change: The Promise of a Good Example

Paul Baker’s Fall USA Tour --  November 5-25, 2014

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For almost forty years UK-born musician/organizer Paul Baker and his Nicaraguan wife Fátima Hernández have worked pro bono with the Chilean, Salvadoran and Nicaraguan peoples, as Paul puts it, "Surviving by skin of teeth and seat of pants. Quite a ride, but it's exciting (if tough on 'trousers'!), sharing life with people who drop into bed not knowing if there'll be food for tomorrow, yet always greeting you next day smiling, their children washed, pressed and ready for school. Fátima herself is a barrio girl, a guerrillera at 13 who fought the Somoza dictatorship to bring Nicaragua justice.  She's worked on in barrio health and education ever since, and now primarily cares for severely burned children. It's wonderful to work with her/her compañer@s. Thanks to them/their FSLN government, after years of neo-liberal regimes killing land reform, destroying health and education, Nicaragua is the 'threat of a good example' once again."

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Nicaragua News Bulletin (September 23, 2014)

1. Reports show economy in good shape
2. Citizens express concerns about Canal during consultations
3. Obama’s annual drug trafficking report includes Nicaragua
4. Environmentalists skeptical about UN Climate Summit results
5. El Niño may or may not return in October and November
6. Bill against human trafficking in National Assembly
7. Sandinista commitment to health care highlighted
8. Persons with disabilities to recover more rights

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Nicaragua News Bulletin (September 16, 2014)

1. Nicaragua celebrates Independence Day and anniversary of Battle of San Jacinto
2. National Police celebrates 35th anniversary of its founding
3. Experts to study whether explosion was due to meteorite
4. Academy of Science holds conference on canal
5. Businesspeople make proposals on National Day of Entrepreneur
6. National Assembly to address mining regulations
7. Cattle industry works to create a “brand name” for Nicaraguan beef
8. Nicaragua presents “sustainable schools” program at FAO regional conference

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Nicaragua News Bulletin (September 9, 2014)

1. Government works to increase mine safety following Bonanza tragedy
2. Nicaragua to be “malaria free” by 2020
3. Drought slams sales of fertilizers and agrochemicals
4. Army celebrates 35th anniversary
5. Nicaragua signs agreements for oil exploration in the Pacific
6. Artificial reefs and mangrove reforestation improve the environment
7. Mystery explosion in Managua turns out to be a meteor
8. Economic Briefs

Government works to increase mine safety following Bonanza tragedy

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Nicaragua News Bulletin (September 2, 2014)

1. Twenty miners rescued from collapsed gold mine; search suspended for seven still trapped
2. National Assembly approves budget reforms
3. Nicaraguan business sees little prospect US Congress will renew TPL this year
4. Exports on track to exceed record set in 2012
5. Census and Environmental study of canal route in progress
6. Drug traffickers arrested in region-wide operation
7. Drug trafficking has impact on south Caribbean Coast
8. Japanese financed border bridge inaugurated

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Action alert: Demand Franciscan foundation cancel Oliver North as keynote speaker!

On Sept. 13, 2014, convicted Iran-Contra criminal Oliver North will be the key-note speaker at a Dallas, Texas, dinner organized by the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land to benefit persecuted Christians in the Middle East!

Any of us who worked to stop Reagan’s contra war have the right to ask, “What about all those Christians who died in Nicaragua in the 1980s victims of the weapons and supplies that Oliver North illegally sent to the contras fighting to overthrow the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua?” The only reason North did not serve time in jail after he was convicted of violating US law was because the extensive coverage of the Iran-Contra Hearings in Congress was ruled by an appeals court to have prejudiced the jury against him!

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Nicaragua News Bulletin (August 26, 2014)

1. Government decides not to declare emergency for drought
2. Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras sign development accord for Gulf of Fonseca
3. Gallup rates Nicaragua and Panama highest in “perceived security”
4. Nicaragua called a “green energy powerhouse”
5. Tumarin & Boboke hydroelectric plants confirmed
6. Nicaragua may send medical brigade to Gaza
7. Earthquake alert issued for Chinandega
8. Casa Maternas to benefit from Healthy Yards

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Support Kickstarter funding for Memorias del Fuego!

Memorias Del Fuego is a feature-length documentary film about the disappearing stories of women who fought to win Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution. The first portion, in which the filmmakers interviewed former Sandinista commanders, couriers, and journalists, was shot without any funding, but the project is raising funds to be able to return and capture the stories of female combatants from rural areas and FSLN party members.

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Nicaragua News Bulletin (August 19, 2014)

1. Case of July 19th attackers moved to Managua
2. Colombia asks World Court to declare Nicaraguan claim “inadmissible”
3. Mining conference calls attention to Nicaragua’s success; protest march highlights problems
4. International media outlets discuss feasibility of Nicaraguan shipping canal
5. Jurists clarify Law 779 regulations; women’s groups protest changes to definition of “femicide”
6. End of US TPL could cost 30,000 Nicaraguan textile workers their jobs
7. Nicaragua celebrates navy anniversary amid moves to modernize
8. First large group of sea turtles arrives at Chacocente

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Help the People of Gaza!

The Alliance for Global Justice (of which the Nicaragua Network is the founding project) is launching “Friends of the Palestine Red Crescent Society” a project intended to fundraise for medical and humanitarian aid to Palestine from the United States. Please visit the web site at:

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