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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: Virtual reality and human rights

July 5th 2020 By Stephen Sefton, Tortilla con Sal Ever since January 2007, the Western human rights industry has attacked Nicaragua’s Sandinista government for being undemocratic and repressive. For over a decade, Nicaragua’s social and economic development and successive democratic elections repeatedly contradicted that mendacious narrative. Frustrated by Nicaragua’s embarrassing example of undeniable, sovereign, socialist-inspired social…

NicaNotes: Feeding the People in Times of Pandemic: The Food Sovereignty Approach in Nicaragua

By Rita Jill Clark-Gollub (Washington), Erika Takeo (Managua), and Avery Raimondo (Los Angeles) (A longer version of this article was published by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on June 22, 2020: https://www.coha.org/feeding-the-people-in-times-of-pandemic-the-food-sovereignty-approach-in-nicaragua/) “A nation that cannot feed itself is not free.” Fausto Torrez, Nicaraguan Rural Workers Association An array of UN agencies is predicting a…

NicaNotes: Keeping Count in Nicaragua during COVID-19

June 24, 2020 By Tom Ricker (This article was originally published by the Quixote Center on June 19, 2020, at https://www.quixote.org/keeping-count-in-nicaragua-during-covid-19/) At the moment, there is a debate about numbers. Official statistics concerning COVID-19 in Nicaragua are 1,823 confirmed cases, with 64 deaths. Based on official statistics, this is the lowest number of confirmed cases…

NicaNotes: US-led Nicaraguan Opposition Inflates Covid19 Death lists

By Nan McCurdy (An earlier version of this article was published in Popular Resistance https://popularresistance.org/us-led-nicaraguan-opposition-inflates-covid19-death-lists/) The US is still trying to overthrow the democratically elected president of Nicaragua who won with 72% of the vote – this time it is a Covid-19 related coup attempt. The US-led opposition is utilizing doctors instead of students to…

NicaNotes: Telling the Stories of Rural Workers

On May Day, Friends of the ATC (Rural Workers Association) released a series of testimonies from the ATC Estelí federation, which has a large presence in the tobacco/cigar making industry but also organizes peasant farmers in rural areas near the city of Estelí. This is the second publication in a four-part series of testimonies from…

NicaNotes: Costa Rica Provokes Regional Transportation Crisis

By Nan McCurdy Costa Rica appears to be trying to cause hunger and shortages in Central America by blocking nearly a 1,000 trucks going south through Central America with food and merchandize, some of it for treating and dealing with COVID-19. The trucks are from every country in Central America, but the majority are from…

NicaNotes Opinion: Are You Asking Me about Nicaragua?

By Yorlis Luna Published originally by the Council of Hemispheric Affairs, COHA I think when many of us look at the world today we feel like we’re watching a science fiction movie: 22 million officially unemployed in the U.S. while analysts say the true figure may be double that, predictions of the worst economic crisis…