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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’s Indigenous Peoples: Neocolonial ties, autonomous reality

Conversations with Indigenous leaders, and people at the grass roots in Nicaragua’s Northern Caribbean Autonomous Region March 2021 Introduction By Stephen Sefton [The interviews in their entirety can be read at: https://afgj.org/download/nicaraguas-Indigenous-peoples-neocolonial-lies-autonomous-reality ] Between November 11 and 16, 2020, between the passing of Hurricane Eta and the arrival of Hurricane Iota, the Tortilla con Sal…

NicaNotes: Nicaragua’s ‘Foreign Agents’ Law Explained

By Louise Richards (Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group-UK) [This article was originally published by NSCAG on 22 February 2021 at https://www.nscag.org/news/article/333/nicaraguas-foreign-agents-law-explained] In October 2020, Nicaragua passed a ‘Foreign Agents’ law. The law requires all organisations, agencies or individuals, who work with, receive funds from or respond to organizations that are owned or controlled directly or indirectly…

NicaNotes: San José de las Mulas: February 27, 1983

By Magda Lanuza Magda Lanuza is an analyst from Esteli, Nicaragua, who writes on different topics. This article is based on a visit to San José de las Mulas in June of 2019. [Editor’s note: Last week we reported that the National Assembly, on Feb. 18, declared San José de las Mulas, located in the…

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…