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We didn’t know their names.  We hadn’t seen their faces.  We really didn’t know much of anything about them, except that there were twelve soccer players altogether, accompanied by their coach.  They had crawled up into the inner reaches of a cave, exploring with the excitement and energy that 12-year old boys seem to have, … Continue reading Boys Will Be Boys
Periodically, I have written letters from Nicaragua to the U.S. through two made-up pen pals.  The correspondence is intended to reflect the views that a Nicaraguan might have about his/her own country, as well as the U.S..  What follows is the latest of these. Mi Amigo: Greetings from Nicaragua!  I hope that this letter finds … Continue reading Letter from Nicaragua
Yesterday was Father’s Day in the U.S. , that commercial innovation designed to sell goods and greeting cards and, oh yes, to recognize the important role of dads in our society.  The date also happens to be my wedding anniversary, that moment in time forty-six years ago when Katie and I formed our official Sheppard … Continue reading Father’s Day
In the game of chess that is being lived out within Nicaragua right now, the Bishops Conference of the Catholic Church has been visible and active as a mediator between the demonstrators and President Daniel Ortega.  That role has persisted this week, even as the violence continues and, with time, both sides seem to have … Continue reading Can Bishops Avoid A Stalemate?
The power of a shared vision in peasant-indigenous cultures René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] In the film “Spartacus” on the slave rebellion in 71 BC we recognize the strength of a shared vision. After twice defeating the Roman legions, the gladiators/slaves fell before the legion of Marcus Crassus, who says to thousands of survivors: “you were slaves … Continue reading Updated version- The power of a shared vision in peasant-indigenous cultures
The power of a shared vision in peasant-indigenous cultures René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] In the film “Spartacus” on the slave rebellion in 71 BC we recognize the strength of a shared vision. After twice defeating the Roman legions, the gladiators/slaves fell before the legion of Marcus Crassus, who says to thousands of survivors: “you were slaves … Continue reading The power of a shared vision in peasant-indigenous cultures
The height of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not. Plato Even an honest man sins in the face of an open treasure. Saying. The VII song of the Odyessy tells how the goddess Circe warned Ulysses that the sailors of those waters were so enchanted by the song of the sirens … Continue reading Toward the Re-Invention of “Fair Trade” (updated edition)
Dismantling the large estate with cooperativism René Mendoza Vidaurre with Edgar Fernandez[1] You have to look at coffee like the fingers on a hand; the first year we plant, the second year the coffee develops, The third year we harvest, the fourth we harvest more and the fifth year the coffee begins to decline    … Continue reading Dismantling the large estate with cooperativism
The Catholic Bishops conference issued this pastoral letter yesterday, after pro-governmental groups attacked the barricade students had held at the UNAN, and the Catholic Church nearby where the students ran seeking refuge. Two students were killed and the heavily armed pro-governmental groups would not allow the students to receive medical treatment or be evacuated from … Continue reading Pastoral Letter from Bishops Conference of Nicaragua, July 14, 2018
Video today showed pro government groups who verbally and physically attacked Nicaraguan bishops who had travelled to Carazo to defend the population there where 14 people earlier were killed. The church was then vandalized by hooded and unhooded government supporters. This statement by the Coordination of Social Movements and Civil Society Organizations of Nicaragua refers … Continue reading WE CONDEMN THE NEW REPRESSIVE ESCALATION AND WE CALL FOR RESISTANCE
This was issued by the US Treasury Department, July 5, 2018. A number of news articles appeared in the Nicaraguan press today about this designation. Treasury Sanctions Three Nicaraguan Individuals for Serious Human Rights Abuse and Corrupt Acts 22363 July 5, 2018 Designations Represent a Response to the Violence and Corruption in Nicaragua   Washington – … Continue reading Treasury Sanctions Three Nicaraguan Individuals for Serious Human Rights Abuse and Corrupt Acts
This is a letter that retired General Humberto Ortega, founder of the Sandinista Army and brother of Pres. Daniel Ortega, wrote on July 4 to the National Dialogue. Humberto Ortega calls on his brother to break up the paramilitary groups and call for early elections Letter to the National Dialogue On June 16th, thirty days … Continue reading Letter from Humberto Ortega to the National Dialogue

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WPF concept paper final Jan 2014

For an introduction to this Concept Paper,
see CEO Steve Sheppard’s Jan. 31, 2014 blog post titled
The Difficult Work of Bridges.

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