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August 2018
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Experts Question Study of Attacks on US Diplomats in Cuba

A dozen neurologists and other brain scientists have questioned an investigation supported by the US government to consider that 26 of its diplomats suffered an attack of unknown origin and claim that it contains errors. Continue reading

IMF-World Bank Message to Ortega: First Solve the Political Crisis

At the end of July, Ivan Acosta, head of the Treasury and Public Credit Ministry, visited the Head Offices of the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), both in Washington D.C. He was seeking funds to oxygenate the depleted coffers ... Continue reading

Costa Rican MDs Denounce Persecution of Colleagues in Nicaragua

"Not even in the great world wars has this happened, persecuting doctors, persecuting and destroying ambulances, health personnel," said the president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica, Andres Castillo, during a forum organized by... Continue reading

Nicaragua’s Reserves Drop Sharply in Three Months

Although the government of Daniel Ortega tries its best to make everything look normal, financial data shows a very disturbing truth: reserves and deposits continue to fall, as well as the number of social security affiliates. Continue reading

OAS Forms a Working Group for Crisis in Nicaragua

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday formed the "working group" that is supposed to visit Nicaragua to mediate the sociopolitical crisis that has left 317 dead. However, the foreign minister of the Ortega regim... Continue reading

Burlington, Vermont Sister City Group “Shocked” over the Violence in Nicaragua

"We, concerned citizens of Burlington, are shocked at reports of increasing violence coming out of Nicaragua. What began as non-violent citizen protests in April has escalated, with police and masked paramilitaries linked to the Ortega government attac... Continue reading

Cuban State Security Calls In Havana Times Illustrator

Yasser Castellanos, an independent Cuban artist and illustrator for Havana Times, received an official citation from State Security signed by a certain Lieutenant Pablo. He is expected at the Cuba and Chacon, Old Havana station on Friday, August 10, at... Continue reading

UN Urges Nicaraguan Government to Stop “Witch Hunts”

A group of UN experts urged the Nicaraguan government to "stop the repression" and the "witch hunt" against dissenting voices and participants in opposition protests, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported ... Continue reading

Havana Weather for August 9-15

For this forecast period there will be little change in weather conditions. The days will remain very hot, with isolated and scattered cloudiness and a low probability of rain. The high temperatures will range between 32 and 33° C (90 and 91 F), while the lows will be between 24 and 25° C (75 and 77 F). Continue reading

New Wave of Protests in Nicaragua against Ortega

The two main opposition coalitions in Nicaragua today announced a new wave of protests against the government of Daniel Ortega, now focusing their claims on "ending the repression and the release of political prisoners" captured since last April. Continue reading

No Audience with the Pope for Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Moncada

Despite Daniel Ortega’s request, Pope Francis did not receive Nicaraguan foreign minister Denis Moncada last week in the Vatican. However, he did send Ortega a strong message of support for the Nicaraguan Episcopal Conference. Continue reading

US Airlines Reduce Flights to Nicaragua in Crisis

Gangs of delinquents and paramilitary groups associated with the Government emerge from the shadows at night, roaming the streets of Managua and other cities of the country committing murders, kidnappings and assaults. Others operate in broad daylight. Continue reading

Defaults Increase on Bank and Micro-credit Loans in Nicaragua

The crisis in the country has already caused some 215,000 people to lose their jobs according to a study from Funides, the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development. This in turn has increased the level of debt delinquency in the local financial system, with ever more people – up to 45% - unable to make payments. Continue reading

Important Human Rights Group in Nicaragua Closes Offices under Threats

The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights, ANPDH, closed its offices on a temporary basis, due to a series of threats to the staff and the siege of its facilities, the organization informed on Saturday through a statement, reports 100% Noticias. Continue reading

Maduro Says He Suffered Assassination Attempt in Caracas

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro affirmed Saturday evening that he was the victim of an attack on him allegedly committed with drones carrying explosives in Caracas. The president was unhurt but seven soldiers were injured. Continue reading

Carlos Mejia Godoy Takes Refuge in Costa Rica after Threats

Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Carlos Mejia Godoy went into exile in Costa Rica after receiving death threats from alleged associates of Daniel Ortega's government. "I had to leave without telling anyone (...) I was recommended to leave the country as so... Continue reading

OAS Creates Working Group to Seek Peace in Violence Torn Nicaragua

The permanent council of the Organization of American States (OAS) decided today to create a "working group" to contribute to a peaceful solution to the crisis in Nicaragua, where hundreds have been killed and thousands wounded since April 19th. Continue reading

OAS Permanent Council Meets on Nicaragua (Live)

Today the permanent commission of the OAS meets to discuss the situation in Nicaragua and proposals for action by the organization. At 10:30 ET, the Council announced that at the resquest of the countries presenting a resolution, the meeting time has b... Continue reading

Havana, Cuba Weather for August 2-8

The hot days will be a little cloudy in the morning and partly cloudy in the afternoons with some isolated showers towards the south of the capital. The maximum temperatures will be 32 and 33° C (90 and 91 F), while the lows at 23 and 24° C (73 and 75 F). The sea surface temperature will remain at 29° C (84 F). Continue reading

OAS Meets Thursday in Special Session on Nicaragua

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) will address this Thursday at 10:00 a.m. ET a draft resolution sponsored by eight countries, which pursues the creation of a "special commission" for Nicaragua. Continue reading

Nicaragua’s Central American University (UCA) Closes Indefinitely

The Jesuit University of Central America (UCA) of Nicaragua, one of the academic centers where protests against the government began last April, announced today its indefinite closing, faced with the end of an economic subsidy that it received from the... Continue reading

Ortega Regime Incriminates University and MRS leaders for “Terrorism”

Daniel Ortega’s National Police has named members of the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy and figures from opposition groups as backing crimes of terrorism. This statement was presented in the government’s case against Christian Fajardo and his wife, Maria Adilia Peralta, members of the April 19th movement in Masaya. Continue reading

OAS Meets Tuesday to Discuss another Resolution on Nicaragua

The Organization of American States will meet this Tuesday, July 31st to discuss a new resolution regarding the situation in Nicaragua including the creation a follow-up group on the national crisis. If the necessary support for passage is obtained, it... Continue reading

The OAS Considers Options for Nicaragua Crisis

Daniel Ortega’s government of Nicaragua could face in the coming days the creation of a "special commission" within the Organization of American States (OAS) or the freezing of loans from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), diplomatic sources informed. Continue reading

Marches Pro and Contra Ortega in Managua without Incident

Thousands of Catholic parishioners and government opponents took to the streets of Managua today in support of the bishops who mediate the currently suspended national dialogue and in demand for justice and democracy in the country. Not far away gover... Continue reading

ASCE Conference on the State of the Cuban Economy Concludes

The final day session covered two topics of great interest: the implications of the end of the "dry feet / wet feet" law and the current status of self-employment in Cuba. Continue reading