U.S. IMPERIALISM 

US Secretary of State Blinken Threatens Venezuela at UN Human Rights Council (+Nicaragua, Cuba, Iran, China, Russia)

Orinoco Tribune | February 25, 2021

During the first participation of a diplomat from the Biden administration at the United Nations, new US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken threatened the Venezuelan people—ironically within the Human Rights Council.

Blinken was in charge of requesting the return of the US to the Council for the 2022-26 period. The diplomat foolishly took advantage of the human rights platform to lash out at free and sovereign states: “We will continue to denounce abuses in places like Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Iran,” asserted Blinken.Read More »

IMPERIALISM 

Canada’s Regime Change Efforts in Nicaragua Rife with Hypocrisy

Yves Engler

Canada is supporting US efforts to overthrow Nicaragua’s government.

A recently leaked USAID document highlights “the breadth and complexity of the US government’s plan to interfere in Nicaragua’s internal affairs up to and after its presidential election in 2021.” The stated aim is to replace president Daniel Ortega with “a government committed to the rule of law, civil liberties, and a free civil society.” Highlighting Washington’s aim, Ben Norton notes, “the 14-page USAID document employed the word ‘transition’ 102 times, including nine times on the first page alone.”

Recently Canada’s representative to the Organization of American States, Hugh Adsett, joined five other countries in calling on the OAS’ Secretary General to organize a special session focused on human rights and democracy in Nicaragua. At the recent OAS meeting Adsett criticized Nicaragua, saying the Covid-19 pandemic “should not be used to weaken democracy”.Read More »

An inside look at Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution on its 41st anniversary

by Ben Norton

The Grayzone | July 23, 2020

Nicaragua Sandinista Revolution 41 anniversary Ortega coronavirus

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA – Since the 1823 declaration of the Monroe Doctrine, the US government has portrayed all of Latin America as its own imperial “backyard.” Among the most enticing prizes for US political leaders and corporate oligarchs over the decades has been Nicaragua.

A North American colonialist and mercenary named William Walker declared himself the dictatorial president of Nicaragua in 1856, touching off a war across Central America that left thousands dead. In 1909, the US military invaded Nicaragua and overthrew its progressive president, José Santos Zelaya, a nationalist who sought to reunify Central America in a federal republic, and who had canal plans of his own. This set the stage for decades of continuous US military interventions, interference, and occupation of the country.Read More »

Why the West Hates Sandinista Nicaragua

by Stephen Sefton

teleSUR | April 20, 2020

As of Monday there are 10 confirmed cases and two deaths.
As of Monday there are 10 confirmed cases and two deaths. | Photo: EFE

In Nicaragua’s case, Western media and NGOs have comprehensively distorted and repeatedly lied about the country’s extraordinary achievement of containing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Nicaragua’s success in containing the COVID-19 virus makes the failure of the U.S. and its allied countries look pathetic. The country’s low numbers of nine confirmed cases to date and just two fatalities categorically vindicate the policies of its Sandinista government led by President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo.

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Sanctions Kill. Join AFGJ and Nicaraguan Farmers to Fight the Blockade of Venezuela

by Chuck Kaufman

Alliance For Global Justice | December 18, 2019

Everything I know about true solidarity I learned from Sandinista Nicaraguans in the 1980s and since. I’m excited to write in this last NicaNotes blog of 2019 to introduce a 3-way solidarity project that we can all participate in. It is called the Manitos Children’s Fund. Manitos means “little hands” in Spanish. At its most basic, Manitos Children’s Fund raises money in North America (US and Canada) to buy food from Nicaraguan cooperatives to donate for children’s nutrition in Venezuela. But there’s a lot more to the story than just the basics.

The reason Venezuelan children need to have their nutrition supplemented is because the United States government is trying to overthrow their government, and the weapon of choice is unilateral coercive measures – sanctions – that are explicitly forbidden in the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS).Read More »

Over 50% of Nicaraguans Endorse the Sandinista Government: Poll

teleSUR | September 03, 2019

Sandinista rally in Managua
Sandinista rally in Managua | Photo: El19Digital

The results of the poll will come as a relief for the Sandinistas. The country is emerging from the wave of right-wing violence that swept Nicaragua in 2018.

Despite U.S. sanctions, and a year on from opposition violence, a new opinion poll by a private company reveals that over 50 percent of Nicaraguans would vote for the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) if there were an election. The poll also revealed an extremely low level of support for the right-wing opposition, with a larger number backing no party.

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Live from Nicaragua: Uprising or Coup? A Reader

by Roger Stoll

Black Agenda Report | July 31, 2019

Book Review: Live from Nicaragua: Uprising or Coup? A Reader
Book Review: Live from Nicaragua: Uprising or Coup? A Reader

Behind much opposition violence stood US regime-change NGOs.

Nicaragua’s social and economic achievements and its open rejection of imperialism present the classic ‘threat of a good example.’”

Live from Nicaragua: Uprising or Coup? A Readeris a thoughtful, multifaceted collection of essays, eyewitness accounts, interviews and news clips of last year’s US-backed regime-change war against Nicaragua. Precisely because of its importance, quality and scope, this 270-page e-book will neither be acknowledged nor reviewed in the corporate media. The book is offered free by Alliance for Global Justice (afgj.org ) as an ebook  and aPDF .

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Nicaragua’s success pains imperialism

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Granma | July 22, 2019

FOTO: misiones.minrex.gob.cu

Cuban First Vice President Salvador Valdés Mesa, participated July 19 in the national commemoration of the Sandinista Revolution’s 40th anniversary, in Managua, Nicaragua, stating that the triumph of the Sandinistas represents a victory against foreign intervention in the nation, and reaffirming the willingness of our peoples to struggle and resist imperialism.Read More »

Another Defeat for Imperialist Feminism in Nicaragua

teleSUR | January 22, 2019

In March 2016, then US Ambassador Laura Dogu hosted Sofia Montenegro, Vilma Nuñez, Ana Quiroz, Suyen Barahona and other women opposition leaders.

In March 2016, then US Ambassador Laura Dogu hosted Sofia Montenegro, Vilma Nuñez, Ana Quiroz, Suyen Barahona and other women opposition leaders. | Photo: Tortilla Con Sal

Thanks to Sandinista government policies of the last eleven years, Nicaragua is on track to become the first country in the world to achieve gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum. But the unrelenting counterfactual attacks on Nicaragua’s government by Western imperialist feminists and their feminist class allies inside Nicaragua systematically omit that reality.Read More »

Ortega: Nicaraguan Economy Returning to Normality After Unrest

teleSUR | August 01, 2018

Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega speaks to supporters during celebrations to mark the 39th anniversary of the “Repliegue”, July 7th 2018 | Photo: Reuters FILE
“The blow was hard and the losses huge, recovery will take time, but with the spirit of Nicaraguans we are confident that we will advance swiftly,” Ortega said.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega says the country’s economy is “being reactivated” after the period of armed opposition back violence, which plagued the country since April.

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