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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: A Conversation with Leaders of the Mayangna Nation (Part One)

Interview by Stephen Sefton [Stephen Sefton is a community worker who has lived for the last twenty-five years in Nicaragua. Susan Lagos, long-time resident of Dario, helped with transcription, translation and editing of the interview.] In November of 2020, between hurricanes Eta and Iota, Stephen Sefton interviewed Indigenous leaders and others in Nicaragua’s North Caribbean…

NicaNotes: Nicaragua, COP26, Climate Justice, and Reparations

By Helen Yuill [This article was first published by the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign of the UK on February 2, 2021.] In the lead up to COP26 [the 26th meeting in Nov. 2021 of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change], the Nicaraguan representative Dr Paul Oquist, argues that the high…

NicaNotes: Managua’s Bloody Lead Hill

(This article was originally published on Jan. 27, 2020, on https://www.casabenjaminlinder.org/navigatingnicaragua/managuas-bloody-lead-hill) The capital city of Managua is a good lens through which to view Nicaraguan history. Its expansive views, shaded buildings, and streets with no name give us physical places to anchor our stories of colonization, injustice, insurrection, revolution and resilience. This is the first in…

NicaNotes: A Crucial Year for Nicaragua

By Louise Richards (Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group-UK) [This article was originally published by NSCAG on January 20, 2021. https://www.nscag.org/news/article/329/nicaragua-update] Introduction 2021 is a crucial year for Nicaragua, with national elections due in November. There are strong indications that President Daniel Ortega and the FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) might again be re-elected with a…

NicaNotes: Juggling during Wartime in Nicaragua—Jugglers for Peace

By Esteban Velez [This article was originally published in eJuggle on Dec. 17, 2020. Copyright International Jugglers’ Association, Inc.  Reprinted with permission.] Days after the assassination of juggler and engineer Benjamin Linder by soldiers from Los Contra (you can read my article about him here), more artists arrived in Nicaragua. It was the Jugglers For Peace group.…

NicaNotes: Unelectable coup mongers

By Fabrizio Casari [This article was previously published in Spanish by Radio La Primerisima and in English by Tortilla con Sal on Jan. 9, 2021.] Trump, as he leaves the scene, has decreed new sanctions against Nicaragua. Totally in line with his profile, it must be said: illegitimate, in open violation of international law, and…

NicaNotes: Infrastructure Advances Improve Lives of All Nicaraguans

By Nan McCurdy During the neoliberal governments from 1990 to 2007, the Nicaraguan population suffered lack of electricity an average of five to twelve hours a day. Electricity was needed to pump water so Nicaraguans had even more hours without the precious liquid. In my Managua neighborhood, Ciudad Jardin, we prepared for the outages with…

NicaNotes: Progressive Media Promoted a False Story of ‘Conflict Beef’ From Nicaragua

By John Perry (This article was published on Dec. 4, 2020, by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting: https://fair.org/home/progressive-media-promoted-a-false-story-of-conflict-beef-from-nicaragua/) In reports by Reveal (10/21/20) and PBS NewsHour (10/20/21) there were calls for a boycott of “conflict beef” from Nicaragua. The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal claims to be “fair and comprehensive” and PBS to be “trusted,” but…