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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: David and Goliath in Texas

By John Kotula Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here are entirely those of the author and do not represent in any form the position of the Nicaragua Network/Alliance for Global Justice. Nicanet/AFGJ has for 39 years opposed the bipartisan US policy of militarism and intervention in Nicaragua and other countries regardless of the relative political…

Nicanotes: Family Remittances: An Important Part of the Economy

By Chuck Kaufman In 2017 Nicaraguans sent $1.3 billion in remittances to family back home. That’s a lot of money. It is half as much as the whole economy was worth 30 years ago during the time of the Revolutionary government when I got involved. The most recent US census (2010) determined that there were…

Nicanotes: Susan Meiselas

By John Kotula I want to pitch the premise that art — painting, music, poetry, dance, photography, etc. — is essential to our understanding of the world. It has the ability to inform us about the vast space that exists between what we know and what is true. This is not empty space. It is…

Nicanotes: Venezuela Solidarity is Nicaragua Solidarity

By Chuck Kaufman Last week the US Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), the agency that enforces the US economic blockade of Cuba, informed the Nicaragua business and banking communities that sanctions against Venezuela and the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, apply as well to Albanisa in Nicaragua. Albanisa is a public/private company, 51% owned…

Nicanotes: A History of Casa Ben Linder: To Die in Nicaragua

Midge Quandt, Presente! The Alliance for Global Justice and most especially the Nicaragua Network mourn the death of Midge Quandt who died on March 14 in New Jersey after battling Parkinson’s disease. A scholar-activist, Midge had a Ph.D. in history. She was active in the Princeton-Granada Sister City Project before joining the executive committee of…

Nicanotes: A History of the Providence-Niquinohomo Sister City Project

Nicaragua Rhode Island Sister Citiies

By John Kotula After the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, world wide support and friendship poured into Nicaragua. This took many forms, one of the most creative being the creation of Sister City projects. These were municipal affiliations in which cities and towns in the US, Europe, and other places partnered with Nicaraguan communities. The…

Nicanotes: The NICA Act – What Is It and Why Should it be Opposed?

Guest Post By John Perry John Perry lives and works in Masaya, Nicaragua, is a member of the UK Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign and blogs at http://twoworlds.me/ Editor’s NOTE: US Ambassador Laura Dagu reportedly has said that the Senate could vote on the NICA Act “any day now.” It is important that we let our Senators know…

Nicanotes: Guest Post: Help Stop the Passing of the NICA Act

Guest Post By Stevenicaragua Steve Lewis is a British humanitarian worker who has been living in Leon, Nicaragua for the last two years. He first visited Nicaragua in 1984/85 to pick coffee in solidarity with the revolution and has been involved with Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign (NSC) ever since. Steve has also lived in El Salvador…