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Micro hydro plants bring light to poor Nicaraguan communities

News from Nicaragua | Friday, 23 June 2017

The lives of the 3,000 inhabitants of the remote mountain town of San   José de Bocay were transformed in 1994 when the lights were turned on. The electric plant was constructed by the NGO Nicaragua Association of Rural Development Workers – Ben Linder (ATDER-BL) whose engineers, contract workers and local volunteers read more



Tariq Ali on Trump & Latin America, resisting the Empire

NSC News | Friday, 23 June 2017

Writer and long time leading figure on the international left, Tariq Ali speaking on resistance to renewed US intervention in Latin America under the Trump administration. A wall (with solar panels) to keep Mexicans out The stifling of Obama administration openings with Cuba Threats against Nicaragua that could suffocate the economy Escalating threats of read more



Father Miguel D'Escoto with Bolivian president Evo Morales Remembering Father D’Escoto, former Nicaraguan foreign minister and president of the UN

News from Nicaragua | Friday, 9 June 2017

In memory of Father Miguel D’Escoto, former Nicaragua foreign minister and president of the United Nations Nicaraguan vice president, Rosario Murillo, has announced the death of Father Miguel D’Escoto at the age of 84, describing him as a ‘priest, friend, comrade, supporter of just causes, [who] we will miss forever.’ The son read more



Reasons why Nicaragua didn't sign Paris Agreement

NSC News | Friday, 2 June 2017

In extensive coverage of the decision of President Trump to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, there are a plethora of misleading references to the US joining Syria and Nicaragua in rejecting the Agreement. Presented out of context, this condescending comparison is fundamentally flawed. Syria didn’t sign because of the read more



Orlando Nunez, Presidential Adviser on Social Policy Socialism from below: the popular economy*

News from Nicaragua | Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Liz Light talks to Presidential Advisor on Social Affairs Orlando Núñez Soto about the importance of the popular economy*, a sector that generates 50% of the country’s wealth but receives little recognition. “Nicaragua's wealth is created by three economic blocks – foreign capital, national capital, and the read more



Nicaragua Now No 8 summer 2017

NSC News | Thursday, 25 May 2017

Featured articles Nicaragua – US relations in the age of irrationality, the NICA Act explained Socialism from below: the popular economy, Liz Light talks to Presidential Adviser on Social Policy, Orlando Nunez Soto, about the importance of the popular economy, a sector that generates 50% of the country’s wealth but receives little read more



UK organisations join trade union leaders condemning NICA ACT

NSC News | Monday, 22 May 2017

Eight national and local UK organisations and 128 individuals join trade union leaders in condemning the NICA Act On 27 April, a bill was introduced into the US Senate that could, if enacted, cut off international loans to Nicaragua for education, social programmes, electrification, roads and other infrastructure initiatives. On introducing the read more



Augusto César Sandino and the defence of national sovereignty

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto César Sandino was born on 18 May, 1895. From 1927 until 1933 he led a guerrilla army in a rebellion against the occupation by US marines. A liberal and a nationalist, Sandino stated: ‘The issue is that the US has no right to invade and humiliate read more



US volunteer Ben Linder killed by contra 30 years ago

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 27 April 2017

Thirty years ago, US mechanical engineer and clown Ben Linder and two Nicaraguan co-workers were killed in northern Nicaragua by the US backed contra forces. Ben went to Nicaragua in 1983 to work on hydroelectric projects that today provide energy to the community, schools, clinics and campesinos in the region read more



US threats against Nicaragua

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 27 April 2017

In a move ominously reminiscent of US acts of aggression against Nicaragua in the 1980s, when the United States administration waged a brutal war (known as the contra war) against Nicaragua, legislation was re-introduced on 5 April 2017 to the US House of Representatives that would, if enacted, profoundly destabilise read more