Chuck Kaufman

Refugee Caravan: Where are the Nicaraguans?

By Chuck Kaufman By the time this blog is published, the results of the US midterm elections will be known. I’m willing to bet now that if the Democrats hoped-for “Blue Wave” does not materialize, their number one scapegoat will be the caravan of refugees from Central America which is slowly crossing Mexico. I have…

Podcast Interview: New sanctions imposed on Venezuela as Trump openly discusses backing a coup

Listen to this interview with Chuck Kaufman on the Loud & Clear Podcast with Brian Becker. Chuck Kaufman is the National Co-Coordinator with the Alliance for Global Justice: The US has imposed new sanctions on several high-ranking officials in Venezuela, including Congresswoman Cilia Flores who also is the wife of President Maduro. The New York…

NicaNotes: NSCAG debunks Amnesty claims about political prisoners

NSCAG debunks Amnesty claims about political prisoners NSCAG News | on: Saturday, 22 September 2018 By Louise Richards, Trade Union and Communications Coordinator The Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group (NSCAG) is based in the UK and has a long history of building trade union and broader solidarity with Nicaragua. In its latest attempt to demonise Nicaragua, Amnesty International…

The Case Against Daniel Ortega

By Chuck Kaufman The Nicaragua Network/Alliance for Global Justice and I have recently been called Orteguistas (Ortega supporters). We used to be called Danielistas before it became necessary to the narrative to demonize him completely by denying him the practice in some parts of Latin America of calling those you respect, like Fidel and Che,…

Nicanotes: Internationalists, What Exactly are We Supporting?

By Chuck Kaufman As the whole bewildering situation in Nicaragua has unfolded since April 18, I have been struck repeatedly by the reaction of internationalists who ignore or discount the gains accomplished by the Sandinista Revolution since Daniel Ortega was returned to the presidency in 2007 through democratic elections. Why, I ask myself, do so…

Nicaragua Strives to Cope with Protest on Social Security Reform

By Chuck Kaufman Nicaragua underwent an unprecedented spasm of violence over the past week that was sparked by the government announcement of increased social security withholding rates for business, workers, and a larger government contribution but reductions in pension amounts for some recipients. The protests, which started peacefully, turned violent and some police are accused…