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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: Touching Sandino: A Sandinista Guerilla Fighter Meets a Sandino Collaborator, A selection from the last chapter of Omar Cabezas’ famous book

Translation and Commentary by Nan McCurdy Omar Cabezas’ book about being a Sandinista guerrilla fighter in the mountains of Nicaragua in the mid-1970s, La montaña es algo más que una immensa estepa verde [The Mountain is More than Just an Immense Green Steppe], is incredibly moving and made this reality so real for me when…

NicaNotes: Language of Revolution

By Becca Renk (Becca Renk is part of the Jubilee House Community, which works in sustainable development in Ciudad Sandino. The JHC also works to educate visitors to Nicaragua, including through their hospitality and solidarity cultural center at Casa Benjamin Linder.) When I was in college, I took a class called Methods of Peacemaking. We…

NicaNotes: Since when is dismantling a coup d’état “dismantling democracy”?

By Edwin Sánchez (This article was originally published in Spanish by Nicaragua Sandino and can be read here: http://nicaraguasandino.com/desde-cuando-desarticular-un-golpe-de-estado-es-desmantelar-la-democracia/. It was translated into English by Tortilla Con Sal.) [Nicaragua journalist Edwin Sánchez writes a heartfelt comparison between what happened on Jan. 6, 2021, in the United States and the US-supported coup attempt of April to…

NicaNotes: Nicaragua’s Finance Minister Ivan Acosta: “We are going to have GDP growth … of between 4 and 5%, which is important!”

[This interview by Dennis Schwartz took place on the Revista En Vivo program on Nicaragua’s Channel 4 on June 8, 2022. The interview has been edited for length. Translation by Tortilla con Sal and AfGJ. The entire interview can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTiAukig1hs] Dennis Schwartz: Let’s start! How has May been economically for our country?…

NicaNotes: When Art Bloomed in the Secret Gardens of Managua

By Becca Renk (Becca Renk is part of the Jubilee House Community, which works in sustainable development in Ciudad Sandino. The JHC also works to educate visitors to Nicaragua, including through their hospitality and solidarity cultural center at Casa Benjamin Linder. The first installment of this series on Managua’s murals was published in NicaNotes here:…

NicaNotes: Women in Nicaragua: Power and Protagonism: A virtual course with an optional in-person visit to the country

COURSE LAUNCH THIS SATURDAY, MAY 21! Have you ever missed a study delegation you would love to attend because of time, money, or family obligations? Our hybrid delegation was developed just for you! Have you ever wondered how the women from a poor, developing country—Nicaragua—have managed to be world leaders in terms of educational achievement,…

Nicanotes: Who Wove the Petate?

By Winnie Narváez Herrera [Winnie Narváez has a master’s degree in sustainable development and is studying for a doctorate in popular education at the UNAN in Estelí. She works with ÁBACOenRed / FUPEGC which is an initiative of educators who have been working with the Ministry of Education since the 1980s in teacher training.]  The…