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NicaNotes is a blog for Nicaragua activists and those interested in Nicaragua, published by the Nicaragua Network/Alliance for Global Justice. You can read more about the history of the blog on the About page.



NicaNotes: Nicaragua’s Election Was Free and Fair

By Richard Kohn, Ph.D. (Rick Kohn is a Professor in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland. He has worked on extension and research projects in the US, Nigeria, and Nicaragua. He covered the Nov. 7 general election in Nicaragua.) CNN and other mainstream media have been promoting a conspiracy…

NicaNotes: Benefits for Workers in Nicaragua’s Free Trade Zones: An Interview with Pedro Ortega

By Jorge Capelan [Jorge Capelán is a Latin American journalist and political analyst who has worked for many years in Nicaragua. He appears weekly on news analysis programs and writes for several online news outlets.]  Free Trade Zones (FTZs) play a very important role in Nicaragua’s struggle against poverty.  As distinct from most countries in the…

NicaNotes: What We Saw Is Not What the Corporate Media Tells the Public!

By Margaret Kimberley (Margaret Kimberley is Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report. She was an election companion with the Black Alliance for Peace delegation.) Remarks at Electoral Accompaniment Press Conference Managua, Nicaragua November 9, 2021 [You can view the entire press conference here: https://youtu.be/d513SW8NOtk] My name is Margaret Kimberley and I am a member of…

NicaNotes: Letter to UNHRC about Political Exploitation of Indigenous Communities in Nicaragua

This letter, signed by solidarity, human rights, religious, labor and other organizations, has been sent to the UN Human Rights Council and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. It denounces the misrepresentation and exploitation of disputes over land in Nicaragua’s autonomous Indigenous territories for political purposes by local and international organizations which claim to represent…

NicaNotes: Facebook Provoked Violence in Nicaragua, Too!

By John Perry [John Perry is based in Nicaragua and writes on Central America for The Nation, The London Review of Books, OpenDemocracy, The Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Counterpunch and other outlets.] Frances Haugen’s cutting accusations against her former employers, Facebook, on October 5 included references to how social media are used to provoke and…

NicaNotes: Vaccine Solidarity vs. Vaccine Diplomacy

By Becca Mohally Renk [Becca Mohally Renk has lived in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua, for 20 years, working with the Jubilee House Community and its project, the Center for Development in Central America.] This week the Nicaraguan government announced that starting on October 20th it will be vaccinating children aged two to 17 with COVID-19 vaccines…

NicaNotes: The Right to Defend Our Existence

By Aparicio Cienfuegos and William Camacaro “Every time President Daniel Ortega speaks, he emphasizes that the Nicaraguan government has a preferential option for the poor. It is a way of doing politics. Why do politics if we do not seek the welfare of our populations, of the majority of historically marginalized people who have lacked…

NicaNotes: What Does Health Care For All Look Like?

By Becca Mohally Renk [Becca Mohally Renk has lived in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua, for 20 years, working with the Jubilee House Community and its project, the Center for Development in Central America. The JHC-CDCA has been in Nicaragua since 1994 working in sustainable community development and runs a full time health clinic in Nueva Vida.…