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May 2018
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Maduro and Abstention Win in Venezuela

The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela declared on Sunday evening Nicolas Maduro the winner of the controversial presidential elections, with almost 68% of the votes, more than triple his weak opponent Henri Falcon (21%), who did not recogni... Continue reading

Attack on University in Nicaragua Breaks Truce and Darkens Dialogue

An armed attack on a university in the capital of Nicaragua on Saturday night, left at least four students injured and broke the truce promised by the government in the now uncertain national dialogue, coincided student and religious sources. Continue reading

Passenger List Released of Fatal Plane Crash in Havana

Cuban authorities today found one of the black boxes in "good condition" of the Boeing 737-200 plane that crashed Friday in Havana, leaving 110 dead and three survivors. They also released the full passenger list of the tragedy. Continue reading

Nicaragua: Ortega Agrees Not to Attack Protesters for 48 Hours

The Government of Nicaragua today pledged to remove the police, paramilitary forces and Sandinista activists from the streets as part of a 48-hour truce agreed with protesters who began demonstrations a month ago. Continue reading

Airliner with 104 Passengers Crashes in Cuba, 3 Survivors

A commercial plane with 104 passengers on board crashed today shortly after taking off from Havana's international airport. The official newspaper, Granma, informed that three persons survived the accident, although they are in critical condition. Continue reading

Nicaragua: Day 2 of Dialogue as Nationwide Protests Continue

Today, on the second day of the national dialogue, the university movement and civil society will reiterate to the Government that the central agenda is ending the repression of protests and the restoration of democracy in Nicaragua. Continue reading

Ortega Continues the Repression: Three Dead in Matagalpa

Confrontations pitting the riot squads and government-sponsored mobs against citizens and students who had gathered spontaneously to protest left at least three fatalities and around 60 injured in the city of Matagalpa this past Tuesday. Continue reading

As Nicaragua Grinds to a Halt, Students call “Peaceful Rebellion”

The university students leading the protests in Nicaragua called today for a "giant peaceful rebellion" in the country to press for the departure of Daniel Ortega's government, one month after the start of the conflict, Continue reading

Nicaragua: Zoilamerica Praises Students who Rebuked her Presidential Parents

Zoilamerica Ortega Murillo, Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega’s step-daughter, who she accused of sexual abuse and rape in 1998, thanked students who came together today and rebuked the leader during the first session of the national dialogue process in Managua. Continue reading

Havana Weather for May 17-23

Cloudy skies will predominate from the morning on, with rain and some thunderstorms in the capital. The maximum temperatures will range between 29 and 30° C (84 and 86 F), while the lows between 23 and 24° C (73 and 75 F). The sea surface temperature will be 27° C (81 F). Continue reading

Human Rights Mission (IACHR) Arrives Thursday in Nicaragua

A delegation of 11 members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will arrive in Nicaragua on Thursday to examine the country's situation in the midst of the crisis shaking the Ortega-Murillo government. Continue reading

Granada, Nicaragua Businesses Demand Security following Looting

On Monday, business owners from Granada affiliated with the National Chamber of Tourism, sustained a heated meeting with Mayor Julia Mena and Departmental Chief of Police Alejandro Ruiz in which they demanded that the officials “fulfill their Constitutional mandate”... Continue reading

Nicaragua’s Anti-Canal Farmers Demand Participation and Announce Protests

Leaders of the farm population who oppose an interoceanic canal in Nicaragua announced today that they will block the country's roads until they are included in the national dialogue that will begin Wednesday with the government, almost a month after t... Continue reading

Nicaragua: Ortega Finally Accepts Human Rights Investigation

The Government of Nicaragua announced today that it will allow a mission of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to visit the country to "observe the human rights situation", informed the secretary general of the Organization of Americ... Continue reading

Nicaragua’s Army Says Dialogue Is the Only Way Out of the Crisis

The Nicaraguan Army warned that dialogue is the only way to resolve the governance crisis faced by President Daniel Ortega and to avoid irreversible damage to the economy and national security. Continue reading

Nicaragua in Chaos and Ortega Asks God for Help

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega sent an audio message to the nation Saturday evening amidst serious riots and clashes in Masaya, a city near the capital, where he invoked God to ask for "strength to achieve peace." The protesting students note his m... Continue reading

Nicaragua: Ortega Forces Attack Universities

One more student killed and at least 11 persons wounded is the preliminary result of an armed attack Thursday night on entrenched students at a university in Managua, in the northern part of the Nicaraguan capital, said Víctor Cuadras, a spokesperson for the April 19th Student Movement (M19A). Continue reading

Havana Weather for May 10-16

For this 7-day period the probability of rains and some storms will remain high, especially in the afternoons and evenings. Maximum temperatures will range between 29 and 30° C (84 and 86 F), while the lows will be between 23 and 24° C (73 and 75 F). Continue reading

Independent Journalists Condemn Repression in Nicaragua

The Independent News Media in Nicaragua is under assault from the Ortega/Murillo government. Today several of these journalists, photographers, editors, photographers, etc. issued a statement demanding an end to the repression and censureship. Continue reading

Nicaragua: Ortega Calls March Simultaneous to the Students

Tensions rose this morning as Nicaragua's vice president, Rosario Murillo, called on government supporters to attend a rally "for peace, love and coexistence" in Managua, almost at the same time of a national march announced last week led by university... Continue reading

Falcon Insists on the Futility of Abstention in Venezuelan Elections

Venezuelan opposition candidate Henri Falcon reiterated today his criticism of the call of the opposition alliance Mesa de Unidad Democratica (MUD) to boycott the elections on May 20, in which President Nicolas Maduro seeks his reelection. Continue reading

Nicaragua: Ortega’s Legislators Name Their “Truth Commission”

The Nicaraguan National Assembly set up a 'Truth, Justice and Peace Commission', to which it gave the mandate to "know, analyze and clarify the truth of the latest events in the country," referring to the massacre perpetrated by the Police National and... Continue reading

Havana’s Alternative Biennial Opening

The Havana Alternative Art Biennial was inaugurated without police intervention or direct repression on Saturday. However getting to the opening was another story with promoters and artists suffering several different experiences... Continue reading

Monotony of May 1st in Havana Broken by Grafitti

Long live the Dictatorship!, somebody dared to write hundreds of meters away from Revolution Square, on the wall of a building which belongs to Havana University, near the Calixto Garcia Hospital, on the night before the annual May Day parade. Continue reading

Cuban Bureaucrats vs. Artists, the May Performance

Today, May 5th, marks the day that the #00 Havana Biennial is set to begin. UNEAC and the AHS (organizations of artists, writers and creators who are authorized by the Cuban government) published a statement yesterday calling for the official Biennial ... Continue reading

Nicaragua Rejects International Human Rights Investigation, Prefers “Internal Procedures” First

The Nicaraguan government rejected the IACHR’s petition to make a pressing visit to the country in order to investigate the recent violence and protests, where at least 46 people have died, the government claiming that “internal procedures” need to be completed first. Continue reading