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Nica Update

For the past several weeks I have struggled to come up with the right means of expression to describe how I feel about circumstances in Nicaragua.  In the shadow of killings and abductions and fear, Nicaragua would seem to be quite unlike the country in which Winds of Peace has worked over the past 35 … Continue reading Words of Eloquence and Meaning
Now in the fourth month of discord in Nicaragua, there is no end in sight.  Statements and actions of the president indicate no capitulation to the demands of the protesters.  The demonstrators show no weakening of will or purpose in their stand against the government.  Other voices from outside the country weigh in on both … Continue reading Paying the Price
Periodically, I have written letters between the U.S. and Nicaragua through two made-up pen pals.  The correspondence is intended to reflect the views that a U.S. citizen might have about his/her own country, as well as Nicaragua.  What follows is the latest of these, a response to a letter from Nicaragua on July 1. Hola … Continue reading Letter from the U.S.
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
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
Given the amount of deaths (322 according to UN and OAS Human Rights organizations), and the number of extrajudicial kidnappings and detentions- hundreds and ongoing – there are some that are asking about the effectiveness of what so far has been a mostly peaceful opposition. This piece by Silvio Prado is an important contribution to … Continue reading Nicaragua and the Trap of a Civil War
We generally only post translations that are not available elsewhere, but realizing that some readers also value our selection of documents, we are including a couple significant ones from the English section of Confidencial, an on line magazine in Managua. There have been many denouncements of this type of treatment by the paramilitaries, so this … Continue reading Nicaraguan Neurosurgeon Reveals Torture Cases He’s Attended
This is a statement signed by hundreds of people from the left in Spain and Europe that criticizes the left that continues to support Ortega. Open Letter to the Left from the Left Nicaragua and the responsibility of the Left Hundreds of people, including deputies from Podemos, IU and PSOE in Spain, Spanish and British … Continue reading Open Letter to the Left from the Left: Nicaragua and the responsibility of the Left
This interview by a Spanish News Agency (EFE) has received a lot of attention in that Daniel Ortega denies all responsibility for the hundreds of deaths, claims that the only armed paramilitary groups belong to  the opposition, calls “liars” those who claim the police have fired on the population, and makes many more assertions about … Continue reading Ortega denies the repression and blames the US and Narcos for the crisis in Nicaragua

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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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