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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: Education: A Right Recuperated

An El Nuevo Diario article on Feb. 6 reported that as of Feb. 1, over 1.5 million students were registered for public school as the new school year is about to start. The article estimated there would be 1.7 million students in the public school system by the end of February. I thought back to the state of education in Nicaragua ten…

Nicanotes: Down the Rabbit Hole: The MRS Looks Forward to 2017

Last week I received an email from the Sandinista Renovation Movement entitled Nicaragua 2017: Crisis and Opportunity. Wow, did it contain some whoppers! You know, I expect politicians to lie to me, but when the lies come from people I once respected and considered compañer@s, the betrayal seems so much worse. The email didn’t come with a web link, and…

NicaNotes: Guest Blog: Farmers Adapting to Climate Change and Improving Crop Yields

Today’s guest blog is a reprint of an article from Nicaragua Now (Issue 7, Fall/Winter 2016/7), the publication of our United Kingdom sister solidarity organization, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign. The author, Liz Light , is the NSC’s staff person stationed in Nicaragua. Farmers Adapting to Climate Change and Improving Crop Yields Liz Light visited San Francisco Libre to…

NicaNotes: Humor and Irony from the United States

This week’s NicaNotes guest blog is by a long-time friend of the Nicaragua Network, Felipe Stuart. Felipe Stuart C. is a dual Nicaraguan-Canadian citizen and a longtime socialist and solidarity activist. He is a member of the Nicaraguan Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN). His short commentary addresses the media hysteria about allegations that the Russian government hacked and released embarrassing emails…

Nicanotes: Rosario Murillo and Empowering Women

This week’s blog is a translation of two pieces written as part of the Spanish-language blog, Informe Pastran, on Dec. 30 entitled respectively, “Women as Protagonists of Change” and “2016: The Year of Rosario Murillo.” To read the originals you can go here and here. In the November election, Murillo, wife of President Daniel Ortega, was elected in her own right as vice-president…

Nicanotes: An Appeal for Support

The Alliance for Global Justice started its activist life as the Nicaragua Network way back in February, 1979, six months before the Triumph of the Sandinista Revolution. During the 1980s we took thousands of people to Nicaragua to pick coffee, build health centers and schools, plant trees, and generally witness for themselves the reality of…