Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

One of the main sources of jobs for people on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua is the cruise line industry. Many families are dependent on the remittances sent back by family members on the ships. But a recent BBC Radio Four programme exposed the super-exploitation that goes on in one of the fastest growest global […]

The extent of the devastation caused by Hurricane Felix is becoming clearer every day. The latest report filed by the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Attention paints a sombre picture. 188,000 people have been affected, with 102 dead, 35 unconfirmed dead, and 86 missing. Whole communities have been blown away, with a total […]

The Wales Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign’s sister organisation, NSC, has launched an appeal which the Welsh campaign is supporting (click here to read updates and to make a donation). Felix has left over 100 dead in and around Bilwi (Puerto Cabezas), with 180,000 left homeless, a large percentage of the population in Nicaragua’s North Caribbean region. […]

Trade agreements have been taking centre stage over the past week in the region. CAFTA (Central America Free Trade Agreement) came under attack by Daniel Ortega in a speech in Sebaco, ironically the site of a maquila, a garment sweatshop. He also praised ALBA, the Bolivarian alternative, which includes Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia. In […]

Abortion has again hit the news in Nicaragua. Revelations appeared over the past week in El Nuevo Diario concerning Rosita. She became famous when she became pregnant aged nine, raped by her neighbour whilst living in Costa Rica with her mother and step-father, who were migrant workers. She was dramatically whisked out of Costa Rica, […]

After the emerging disaster of CAFTA, Central American countries recently launched into a new round of trade negotiations, this time with the European Union. The one surprise in the announcement is that it is scheduled to take place over two and half years, and not the one year that some were predicted. Though some in […]

Whilst it might still be too early to assess the impact of the Central America Free Trade Agreement on Nicaragua, some of the predictions before its signature look like they are coming true. In two recent articles, a pair of regular commentators on Nicaragua highlight the affect of the Agreement. In the first, Ben Beachy, […]