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Nicaragua: News & Updates

Nicaragua was ruled by the Somoza dictatorship, backed by the US, for 30 years. After the Sandinista Revolution took control in 1979, the US assembled former Somoza National Guardsmen into a counterrevolutionary force that, for the next decade,  terrorized the civilian population in an attempt to weaken popular support for the Sandinistas. The  “contra war”  left 30,000 people dead and forced more than 100,000 to seek refuge in the US.

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The US has been party to the favorable opinions given by all the main international bodies on the way Nicaragua uses the finance that is provided, with no suggestions of money being diverted for other uses or used corruptly. Its action [passage of the NICA Act] will therefore be seen as hypocritical, and contrary to the evidence gathered by bodies of which it is an influential member.
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Nicaragua's achievements in education, healthcare, energy, and lowering poverty can be seen in contrast to the ‘northern triangle’ countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Nicaragua produces only a very small proportion of the thousands of undocumented migrants who travel north to Mexico and the US.
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As threats to the environment increase across Latin America, new laws and police practices take aim against the front line activists defending their land and resources

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