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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: Good News in the Financial Arena in Nicaragua: January to September 2022

By Nan McCurdy and Katherine Hoyt The international main-stream media rarely focuses on good news from Nicaragua, on its achievements in reducing poverty, and maternal and infant mortality, or on its expansion of health care, education, electrification, water and sewerage, renewable energy, and roadways. However, a recent article published on the web page of the…

NicaNotes: The Catholic Church and Nicaragua

By Becca Renk (Becca Renk has lived and worked in sustainable community development in Nicaragua since 2001 with the Jubilee House Community and its project, the Center for Development in Central America. The JHC-CDCA also works to educate visitors to Nicaragua, including through their hospitality and solidarity cultural center at Casa Benjamin Linder. The article…

NicaNotes: The Privilege of Free Health Care

By Becca Renk [Becca Renk has lived and worked in sustainable community development in Nicaragua since 2001 with the Jubilee House Community and its project, the Center for Development in Central America. The JHC-CDCA also works to educate visitors to Nicaragua, including through their hospitality and solidarity cultural center at Casa Benjamin Linder. This article…

NicaNotes: A Strange Kind of Dictatorship

By Barbara Larcom (Barbara Larcom is the coordinator of Casa Baltimore Limay, a Baltimore, MD-based friendship project linked with San Juan de Limay, in the Esteli Department of Nicaragua.  With Nan McCurdy, she is also the co-organizer of the monthly Nicaragua Webinars series.  She has visited Nicaragua regularly since 1989.) My government in the United…

NicaNotes: Celebrating Revolution in Nicaragua

By Margaret Kimberley  (Margaret Kimberley is Executive Editor and Senior Columnist at Black Agenda Report.) [This article was originally published by Black Agenda Report on July 20, 2022.] Genuine peoples’ holidays are hard to come by in the U.S. But in Nicaragua the ongoing revolutionary process is widely celebrated. Holidays in the United States celebrate…

NicaNotes: Nicaragua celebrates 43 years of revolution: A clash between reality and media misrepresentation

By John Perry (John Perry is a COHA Senior Research Fellow and writer living in Masaya, Nicaragua. This article first appeared on the web page of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) at: https://www.coha.org/nicaragua-celebrates-43-years-of-revolution-a-clash-between-reality-and-media-misrepresentation/. It is also available in Spanish at: https://www.coha.org/nicaragua-celebra-43-anos-de-revolucion-un-choque-entre-la-realidad-y-la-distorsion-mediatica/.) July 19th is a day of celebration in Nicaragua: the anniversary of the…

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…