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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 Now Defunct UCA in Nicaragua

By Germán Van de Velde [This article was first published in Spanish in Cuaderno Sandinista on August 18, 2023. It was translated into English by Jill Clark-Golub.] (Germán Van de Velde is a Belgian/Nicaraguan educator who has lived for many years in Estelí.) The Jesuits founded the now-defunct Central American University (UCA) in the 1960s.…

NicaNotes: Nicaragua: Example to the World of How to Defend Sovereignty and Independence

By Nan McCurdy Time and again Nicaragua is showing other countries the importance of fighting for sovereignty, independence, peace and the well-being of its people. On June 27, 1986, the World Court condemned the United States for illegal war and aggression against Nicaragua and ordered the US to compensate Nicaragua for damages, estimated to run…

NicaNotes: Inspiring Social and Economic Advances in Nicaragua

Inspiring Social and Economic Advances in Nicaragua By the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group (The Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group links Nicaraguan and United Kingdom trade unions. Their web site is at https://www.nscag.org/) Since the election of President Ortega and the FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) in 2006, Nicaraguan society has been radically transformed. After…

NicaNotes: The Attempted Coup in Nicaragua in 2018: Why Support for It Collapsed

By Dan Kovalik and John Perry (Daniel Kovalik is a Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs—COHA. He teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. John Perry is based in Masaya, Nicaragua, and writes for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, London Review of Books, FAIR and elsewhere.)  [Two previous…

NicaNotes: Education for the Good of Humanity

By Roger McKenzie [This article was first published in The Morning Star of the United Kingdom. In this article, Roger McKenzie reports on an interview about Nicaragua’s education policies with Salvador Vanegas, adviser for education to President Daniel Ortega.] Salvador Vanegas, as the adviser for education to President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega, plays a central…