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“We Are the Face of Civic Struggle” in Nicaragua

One of the central questions of the debate was: How are we going to reach a democratic Nicaragua? For economist and business specialist Salvador Amador, when the possibility of elections approaches, "the first thing that must be guaranteed is the stren... Continue reading

Small Entreprenuer Returns Tram to Cienfuegos, Cuba

Pulled along by horses and later powered by electricity, trams circulated in Cuba until the early 1950s. Approximately 65 years later, a “self-employed” worker from the south-central city of Cienfuegos has “rescued” this form of transport from oblivion. Although his tram is very unique. Continue reading

Manipulation of Family Visits to Political Prisoners Denounced

“The Government of Nicaragua guarantees that terrorists receive visits of family members, who also bring them essential products,” were the headlines in official media outlets on Wednesday. However, relatives of the prisoners regretted the “manipulation” by the government. Continue reading

Nicaragua: Five Months of Civic Rebellion in Five Cartoons

Since the civic rebellion began, thousands of Nicaraguans have participated in countless marches. Many of these protesters have been beaten, tortured, jailed and even condemned to long prison terms by the Ortega regime. During these same five months, c... Continue reading

Violence against Women in Cuba, It Is My Business

It’s a visible problem, although official Cuban media doesn’t tackle the subject in as much depth as it should. Some people have a warped vision about this kind of violence and believe that it only exists if there is physical aggression. However, violence against women takes many forms. Continue reading

Nicaraguan Neurosurgeon Reveals Torture Cases He’s Attended

Neurosurgeon Josmar Briones fully grasped the level of brutality unleashed by Daniel Ortega’s regime in Nicaragua when he received in his clinic two young demonstrators who had been raped with AK-47 rifles by paramilitaries. Continue reading

Fact-checking Daniel Ortega’s Version of Events

In late August and early September, Daniel Ortega embarked on an unprecedented round of interviews with the international media. In these interviews, he repeats a number of false statements about the repression his regime has spearheaded since the nat... Continue reading

Nicaragua’s Female Political Prisoners Suffer Inhumane Conditions

At the “La Esperanza” (Hope) prison in Tipitapa, 17 women are illegally detained. For them there is no sun light, nor phone calls from their relatives. They receive no medical attention and are considered by the prison wardens as “highly dangerous criminals.” The crime committed by these women was to protest against the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. Continue reading

The Way We Drink Coffee in Cuba

It’s no wonder that even with foreign products which people love so much outside of Cuba (which come to the island from time to time after the dollar economy took off), Cubans continue to prefer dark, concentrated, strong coffee. Not decaffeinated, not Nescafe, not a Cappuccino... that’s for tourists and an Americano is considered flavorless water in Cuba, for US citizens... Continue reading

The Way We Drink Coffee in Cuba

It’s no wonder that even with foreign products which people love so much outside of Cuba (which come to the island from time to time after the dollar economy took off), Cubans continue to prefer dark, concentrated, strong coffee. Not decaffeinated, not Nescafe, not a Cappuccino... that’s for tourists and an Americano is considered flavorless water in Cuba, for US citizens... Continue reading

Memes Go Viral with Cuba’s Recent Internet Trial Runs

On Monday September 10th, coinciding with the last day of the third free Internet access trial using mobile data in Cuba, characters on the most popular comedy program on national TV, Vivir del cuento, arrived on set somewhere else with their cellphones in hand, “looking for a signal.” Continue reading

Memes Go Viral with Cuba’s Recent Internet Trial Runs

On Monday September 10th, coinciding with the last day of the third free Internet access trial using mobile data in Cuba, characters on the most popular comedy program on national TV, Vivir del cuento, arrived on set somewhere else with their cellphones in hand, “looking for a signal.” Continue reading

International Pressure on Ortega May Increase if He Refuses to Negotiate

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved its third resolution on Wednesday condemning the violence of the Daniel Ortega’s regime and urging the government to return to the national dialogue. The new resolution opens the door to bilateral sanctions by the international community, agreed former diplomats. Continue reading

International Pressure on Ortega May Increase if He Refuses to Negotiate

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved its third resolution on Wednesday condemning the violence of the Daniel Ortega’s regime and urging the government to return to the national dialogue. The new resolution opens the door to bilateral sanctions by the international community, agreed former diplomats. Continue reading

Miss Teen Nicaragua Shaves Head in Solidarity with Political Prisoners

Idania Flores, Miss Teen Nicaragua 2017, decided to show her support for the more than 300 political prisoners of the government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. The young woman shaved her head to draw attention to the plight of her fellow Nicarag... Continue reading

Miss Teen Nicaragua Shaves Head in Solidarity with Political Prisoners

Idania Flores, Miss Teen Nicaragua 2017, decided to show her support for the more than 300 political prisoners of the government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. The young woman shaved her head to draw attention to the plight of her fellow Nicarag... Continue reading

The Social Networks have been Our Eyes

An image with the tag “#SOSINSS” circulated over the social networks, inviting people to a citizen protest on Wednesday, April 18. A time and place had still not been agreed upon, or at least not been disclosed. The protest’s organizers, a group of young university students and professionals, wanted to avoid having the riot squad and the shock forces be the first to arrive. Continue reading

The Social Networks have been Our Eyes

An image with the tag “#SOSINSS” circulated over the social networks, inviting people to a citizen protest on Wednesday, April 18. A time and place had still not been agreed upon, or at least not been disclosed. The protest’s organizers, a group of young university students and professionals, wanted to avoid having the riot squad and the shock forces be the first to arrive. Continue reading

How Effective was Friday’s Work Stoppage in Nicaragua?

Some 85% of the large business sector heeded the call for a National Work Stoppage on Friday put out by the Civic Alliance and backed by the Superior Council of Private Business (COSEP), the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham), and the Nicaraguan Fou... Continue reading

How Effective was Friday’s Work Stoppage in Nicaragua?

Some 85% of the large business sector heeded the call for a National Work Stoppage on Friday put out by the Civic Alliance and backed by the Superior Council of Private Business (COSEP), the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham), and the Nicaraguan Fou... Continue reading

Irlanda Jerez 54 Days as a Political Prisoner in Ortega’s Nicaragua

The small business leader and dentist Irlanda Jerez has been for 54 days in an eight by four meters’ cell, in the “La Esperanza” women’s prison along with nine other prisoners of the Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo regime. Despite the hardships, the spirit of this leader remains “unbreakable”, according to her relatives. Continue reading

Irlanda Jerez 54 Days as a Political Prisoner in Ortega’s Nicaragua

The small business leader and dentist Irlanda Jerez has been for 54 days in an eight by four meters’ cell, in the “La Esperanza” women’s prison along with nine other prisoners of the Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo regime. Despite the hardships, the spirit of this leader remains “unbreakable”, according to her relatives. Continue reading

Civic Rebellion Gains Momentum on Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast

Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega’s abuses have been widely condemned by international human rights organizations including the OAS and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. One place where they viewed the government’s new downward spiral as “more of the same” was Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast region. Let me explain why. Continue reading

Civic Rebellion Gains Momentum on Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast

Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega’s abuses have been widely condemned by international human rights organizations including the OAS and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. One place where they viewed the government’s new downward spiral as “more of the same” was Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast region. Let me explain why. Continue reading

Tortures and Missing Persons Denounced in Nicaragua

In addition to the hundreds of dead, the repression from Daniel Ortega’s regime has left innumerable cases of abductions, disappearances and tortures. The testimonies of Ricardo Gutierrez, Xavier Mojica and “Karla” offer clear examples of the scope of the human rights violations and the vulnerability of the entire Nicaraguan population. Continue reading

Tortures and Missing Persons Denounced in Nicaragua

In addition to the hundreds of dead, the repression from Daniel Ortega’s regime has left innumerable cases of abductions, disappearances and tortures. The testimonies of Ricardo Gutierrez, Xavier Mojica and “Karla” offer clear examples of the scope of the human rights violations and the vulnerability of the entire Nicaraguan population. Continue reading