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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: The Journey North

By John Perry John Perry is based in Masaya, Nicaragua, and writes for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, London Review of Books, FAIR and other outlets. In the photo his mother shows me, Alejandro is with a group of friends: seven Nicaraguan men and women, one with a 14-year-old daughter. There’s no apprehension in the…

NicaNotes: Profound Advances in Education and Culture

By Nan McCurdy and Katherine Hoyt Since 2007, when the Sandinistas returned to power, until 2023, Nicaragua’s education budget has increased by a staggering 457%. Nicaragua places children and families at the center of all its educational policies. An inclusive multicultural model at all levels of education has been developed, from preschool through technical and/or…

NicaNotes: Putting people first

By Roger McKenzie [This article first appeared in the UK publication The Morning Star.] Roger McKenzie is a journalist from the UK who has spent time in Nicaragua. Here he reports on Nicaragua’s free family and community model of healthcare and the role of ‘brigadistas’ in assisting pregnant women and rural populations. He speaks with…

NicaNotes: Send messages to your Senators! Oppose new & old sanctions on Nicaragua!

By Katherine Hoyt and Richard Kohn [Katherine Hoyt is a retired National Co-Coordinator of the Nicaragua Network/Alliance for Global Justice. In retirement she has published “Unequal Encounters: A Reader in Early Latin American Political Thought” from Lexington Books. Rick Kohn is a professor at the University of Maryland and member of Friends of Latin America.…

NicaNotes: Mission Accomplished! Ten Homes Built the Cooperative Way

By Winnie Narvaez [This article was first published by the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign of the UK on August 24, 2023.] (Winnie Narváez Herrera is a popular education facilitator working with the educational organization ÁBACOenRed /FUPECG supporting co-operatives. It is based in northern Nicaragua. Here she reports on how public institutions and the Victorias de Noviembre…

NicaNotes: Elliott Abrams and the People of Central America: Never Forget!

By James Phillips (James Phillips is a cultural and political anthropologist who has lived in Nicaragua and Honduras and has studied Central America for many years. His latest book is: Extracting Honduras: Resource Exploitation, Displacement, and Forced Migration.)  Elliott Abrams is being considered for a position on the State Department’s Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.…