MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
The Nicaragua Network laments and condemns the brutal attacks by armed men on two busses carrying people home from the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Revolution in Managua. Five people were killed and 19 wounded in the two attacks which took place at Km. 75 on the highway from Managua to Matagalpa and on the road from San Ramon to El Jobo, both in the Department of Matagalpa.
FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014
By Chuck Kaufman, National Co-Coordinator, Nicaragua Network/Alliance for Global Justice
July 19, 2014 marks the 35th anniversary of the Triumph of the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua. On that day, the Sandinista troops led by the nine commanders of the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN), entered the capital city of Managua where they were greeted by hundreds of thousands of jubilant Nicaraguans. The triumphant guerrillas found a country in ruins. The last dictator, Anastasio Somoza Debayle, had bombed the cities during the final offensive. When he fled the country two days earlier, he took not only the caskets containing his parents remains, but all the money in the national treasury as well. The Sandinistas were left with no money and a $1.9 billion international debt.
THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014
By Katherine Hoyt (National Co-Coordinator, Nicaragua Network/Alliance for Global Justice)
Right after Bayardo [Dr. Bayardo Gonzalez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua] and I were married in 1967, my father had told us, “When ‘comes the revolution,’ you send us the kids!” At that time, the Somoza family looked well entrenched in power with no revolution in sight and we certainly had no kids. But, of course, the revolution did come and we did send the kids.
THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014
London Review of Books
11 July 2014
By John Perry
There’s nothing new about children travelling alone through Central America and Mexico to get to the United States. The journey and its dangers were portrayed five years ago in the film “Sin Nombre”. One character, Sayra, a teenage girl from Honduras, ends up crossing the Rio Grande alone. She is looking out for Casper, a friend she made weeks earlier on the Mexico-Guatemala border. He doesn’t make it: he’s shot on the river bank by a rival, 12-year-old gang member.
MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014
Write letters to the editor of your local paper!
A supporter sent us a letter to the editor she had written to counter all the right-wing letters in her local paper commenting on the humanitarian crisis on the border caused by children fleeing Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Here’s her answer to the question in the headline:
FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014
Travel to Nicaragua this summer!
Deadline for applications -- July 3
This delegation to Nicaragua will explore Nicaragua’s efforts to confront climate change. Nicaragua is one of the most vulnerable countries to the threat of rising sea levels and unstable climate which will bring more hurricanes and floods as well as more droughts. It also has a progressive government that is doing more than most to prepare for climate change. Last year Nicaragua achieved the production of 52% of its electricity from renewable sources and is on track to exceed 90% by 2020.
FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014
A delegation from the Nicaragua Network, from March 16 to 25, visited the indigenous territories of the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) of Nicaragua to investigate the situation of the rights of the indigenous to their own land and resources and to health care and education. Under the current government, Nicaragua has advanced more than any other country in the recognition of the rights of the indigenous to their land. But, delegation members found that all of the positive work of the demarcation and titling under Law 445 is being threatened by the invasion of colonizers from other parts of Nicaragua and they reiterated the petition of the Indigenous Territorial Governments that the central government invest more resources in resolving this problem.
MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014
At this moment when Pope John Paul II has been declared a saint, it is useful to recall his all-out campaign against Liberation Theology in Latin America, a campaign which included his demand during his 1983 mass in Managua that Nicaraguan revolutionaries abandon their "unacceptable ideological commitments". At the time of John Paul's second visit to Nicaragua in 1996, Nicaragua Network Co-Coordinator Katherine Hoyt posted to the old reg.nicaragua on Peacenet a letter she had written 13 years before about the 1983 visit.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
The Nicaragua Network urges you to join the fight to stop the TPP! The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a massive new trade and investment pact being pushed behind closed doors by the U.S. government at the behest of transnational corporations. U.S. negotiators have granted approximately 600 corporate lobbyists special “cleared advisor” status that enables them to review and comment on draft TPP texts, while flatly refusing to tell the public what they are proposing in our names.
MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014
"Nicaragua Now" is the new twice-yearly publication of the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign of the United Kingdom, a sister organization of the Nicaragua Network. It covers issues in Nicaragua and UK-Nicaragua solidarity.