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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: Of 9/11, Beethoven, and Mother Earth

By Paul Baker Hernandez “When Americans are in need. Americans pull together and we are one country.” President Trump’s words ‘honoring’ victims of September 11, 2001, and the lashings of Irma and Harvey, have all the tawdry familiarity of last year’s Halloween costume. You have to feel for comfy politicians faced with yet another random…

NicaNotes: The Image of Sandino in Nicaragua

By John Kotula Photos by John Kotula This photo essay, and the ideas that accompany it, is directed mainly to people from the US with an interest in Nicaragua. The premise here is that the image of Augusto César Sandino in Nicaragua is so omnipresent, so beloved, and so central to Nicaraguan’s self-identity that it is impossible…

NSCAG Rebuts Amnesty International Allegations

This piece was originally published on September 1, 2017 by NCSAG We have written a detailed response to Amnesty International’s recent report Nicaragua: Danger: Rights for Sale. A link to an article by AI and the report can be found here The report is largely if not exclusively based on testimony from a minority group of activists opposed…

Nicanotes: Nicaragua Reminds the US of its Debts

Passage by the US House Foreign Affairs Committee of the ridiculous NICA Act brought a rebuff by the Sandinista government of President Daniel Ortega and a reminder of the US’s own unpaid debt to Nicaragua. The NICA Act (Nicaragua Investment Conditionality Act of 2017), if it became law, would require US representatives in multilateral lending institutions to vote against loans…

Poor Journalism Muddies Canal Story

About       Subscribe       Contact I’ve noticed a few Nicaphiles on social media have published on their timelines an article from The Times entitled China puts Nicaraguan Canal plan on hold. While the status of the Grand Canal is by no means clear, I would caution against putting too much faith in this short article that appears to…

Trump’s Budget Would Cut Aid; Nicaraguan Leaders Aren’t Concerned

About       Subscribe       Contact Economic sector leaders recently spoke out unanimously that Trump’s proposed budget cuts in foreign aid will not affect Nicaragua. The threat of the NICA Act, though, does continue to look malignantly over the horizon, so let’s explore this week where economic relations stand between Washington and Managua. In the US system, presidents…