TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

Nicaragua News Bulletin (May 24, 2016)

1. United States pressures Nicaragua to allow international election observers
2. Sandino’s 121st birthday marked
3. Health briefs: sub-specialists needed; autism addressed; improved patient attention
4. Investment in school infrastructure increases
5. Nicaraguans marked International Day against Homophobia
6. Conference highlights Nicaraguan microfinance
7. Crime briefs: Julio Rocha of FIFA; migrant trafficking and drug trafficking arrests

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016

Nicaragua News Bulletin (May 17, 2016)

1. Political briefs: Choosing candidates; 84% likely to vote; observation or accompaniment
2. US briefs: US Army medical brigade visits; TPS extended; FDA says cigars health risk
3. Economic briefs: EU aid; electricity; domestic employees; baseball stadium; rains
4. Nicaragua condemns attempted coup against Dilma Rousseff
5. Government sends condolences to family of Michael Ratner
6. Zika prevention program has made 4.4 million home visits
7. Government offers subsidy for affordable housing
8. Fire destroys 7 stores in Eastern Market

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016

Pre-Election Delegation to Nicaragua, Aug. 5-14

Join a Nicaragua Network / Alliance for Global Justice Delegation to Nicaragua to monitor US interference in the November 2016 presidential elections!

In 1990, the US government spent more per voter on Nicaragua’s presidential election than the two 1988 US presidential candidates combined spent per US voter. In 1996, the US warned Sandinista candidate Daniel Ortega that if he did not accept defeat in what observers saw as a fraudulent election, he risked a new contra war. In 2001 the US again backed a neoliberal candidate to impose painful structural adjustment policies amid increasing poverty and even hunger. In 2006, the US ambassador told a Nicaragua Network/Alliance for Global Justice delegation that he had between $12-13 million “to spend on the election.” 

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TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016

Nicaragua News Bulletin (May 10, 2016)

1. CSE releases electoral calendar
2. Canal Commission signs accord with Rama-Kriol community
3. Opposition figures release statement; PLI candidate shows false photos on TV
4. Southern Command head visits Nicaragua
5. Masaya Volcano reopens to tourists
6. Army seizes illegally logged timber
7. EU aids education for Nicaragua’s poorest
8. Nicaragua participates in energy summit
9. Alarm over FDA rule on premium cigars

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TUESDAY, MAY 03, 2016

Nicaragua News Bulletin (May 3, 2016)

1. Nicaragua marks International Workers Day
2. Nicaragua to purchase Russian tanks
3. Caribbean Coast briefs; water and sewers, new hospital, domestic violence prevention
4. As elections draw nearer, US “advice” increases
5. World Bank praises Nicaragua as best in Latin America
6. Tree farms exempted from logging prohibition
7. Rural technology education centers to double
8. Rainy season begins

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016

29th Anniversary of the Death of Ben Linder!

Twenty-nine years ago today Benjamin Linder, a young engineer from Portland, OR, who was building small dams to provide electricity to villages in the mountains of Nicaragua, was killed in cold blood at close range by counter-revolutionaries funded by the United States government. But he is not forgotten!

Ben Linder--Presente! Presente! Presente!

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016

Nicaragua News Bulletin (April 26, 2016)

1. IDB head praises Nicaragua and says investment in roads, bridges, ports needed
2. Borge & Asociados and M&R Consultores release polls
3. A week’s snapshot of Sandinista social programs
4. Zero Usury to expand to 130,000 beneficiaries
5. US ambassador speaks at AMCHAM celebration of ten years of CAFTA
6. Good rainy season predicted; rain falls in several regions
7. Nicaragua sends rescue personnel, including dogs, to Ecuador
8. Nicaragua’s volcanos continue to grumble

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TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016

Nicaragua News Bulletin (April 19, 2016)

1. Logging prohibition goes into effect
2. Political briefs: election schedule in May; Gadea declines to run; no pastoral letter; observers?
3. First Zika baby born normal
4. Venezuelan aid reported for 2015
5. Rainy season expected to be normal
6. Support increased for small tourism businesses
7. Disability access improvements announced
8. Boston Zoo supporting tapir conservation

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TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016

Nicaragua News Bulletin (April 12, 2016)

1. Canal briefs: reforestation; another march planned; Creole protest; NYT article; archeology
2. Foreign affairs briefs: Russia to fund airline; German and South Korean aid continues; CEPAL predictions;
Miami rabbi visits

3. Nicaragua’s ratification allows nuclear materials accord to go into effect
4. Aleman denies working with Mossack Fonseca; US funded investigation
5. Social policy briefs: vaccination campaign; diabetes; sexual abuse
6. US volcanologists arrive to measure Momotombo; Telica danger zones marked

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TUESDAY, APRIL 05, 2016

Nicaragua News Bulletin (April 5, 2016)

1. End of an era: IMF closes Nicaragua office
2. Ten years of CAFTA: the analysis begins
3. Political briefs: PLI selects Assembly candidates; Vidaurre resigns; human rights ombudsperson
4. Special units planned to treat mosquito-borne illnesses
5. Nicaragua loses half its water supply to drought and deforestation
6. Environmentalists feed and water monkeys dying from long-running drought
7. High temperatures cause suffering and increase energy demand
8. U.S. allocates money for “violence reduction” in Nicaragua

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