Nica Update

This editorial appeared on the official media site of the FSLN, El 19 Digital on Oct 19, 2018. Written by the President of the Church and Society Evangelical Coordinator (CEPRES), it again is an example of the extreme polarization in the country. Even more serious when the polarization is fueled by a religious leader using … Continue reading Ideologues of the coup created a 7 handed monster, carrier of the deadly poison of lies
This article appeared  on the website of “Nicaragua investiga” on October 17, 2018. The anonymous author is a victim of sex abuse. While it is similar to the reflection of Daniel Ortega´s stepdaughter, Zoilamerica Narvaez, in  drawing a parallel between the dynamics of abusers with their victims and the relationship of Ortega with the country, … Continue reading “Nothing will be more revolutionary for our new Nicaragua than that the road to the liberation from the dictatorship be accompanied by the liberation of our consciousness”
This is the statement from the Articulación de Movimientos Sociales on the arrests mentioned in the previous post. The Interamerican Commission on Human Rights issued a tweet this morning reminding the government of the right of the citizens to peacefully protest. (double click on image to pull up pdf)
Independent news channels in Nicaragua showed the police arresting what later became known as 38 people among many who gathered to demonstrate against the government. In the past the government policy was to mount pro government counter demonstrations along the same route announced by the opposition. This week the Police announced that they would arrest … Continue reading Police detained people who carried out a demonstration without the corresponding permit
This news piece follows up on an earlier piece where a ruling party journalist announces his resignation from the pro government media where he worked. Because he has been receiving death  threats from ex-fellow workers, he is now threatening to release screen captures that reveal false flags operations that would compromise the government. Ex pro-government … Continue reading Ex pro-government journalist publishes chat of the attack on the May 30th march and denounces threats
This interview of a student leader now in exile appeared in an online magazine started by a recently formed organization composed mainly of socialist parties in Europe and Latin America.. The translation of its name is International  Anticapitalists Network.  It is significant in that he addresses two recent proposals made by the opposition for an … Continue reading Interview of Fidel Narváez: “our struggles cannot be divided by borders”
A significant announcement was made yesterday of a coalition of some 43 civil society organizations that includes university students, peasants, human rights activists, business sector, feminists, politicians and other movements, including the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, which is organization that represented civil society in the National Dialogue. This manifesto represents another step in … Continue reading Blue and White National Unity Manifesto
This interview in Sunday´s supplement to La Prensa provides inside confirmation of a number of incidents that Nicaraguans themselves noted if they watched the same events on both government and independent media. A former editor of the principal FSLN on line media- El 19 Digital –  shares his experience of seeing pro government media distort … Continue reading Carlos Mikel Espinoza: “I was an accomplice of the Ortega family”
An important issue in the current crisis in Nicaragua is the question of what would Nicaragua look like should Ortega leave, as the opposition demands. In recent weeks some important proposals have been developed to begin to respond to this question. The following was developed by mostly student groups calling themselves “Construimos Nicaragua” and was … Continue reading “We are Building Nicaragua” Program
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
Daniel Ortega gave this speech on August 29, 2018 for the gathering on the 51st Anniversary of the Heroic Feat of Pancasán. In the past there was no massive celebration of this anniversary. Many analysts interpreted the gathering as a response to the release that day of the report “Human Rights Violations and Abuses in … Continue reading Daniel Ortega´s speech on the commemoration of the Heroic Feat of Pancasán
This article appeared on the nicaraguainvestiga.com website. The context is that the business sector for 11 years had been in an alliance with the Ortega government that provided them with tax breaks, macroeconomic stability and favorable business climate; in return the business sector refrained from criticizing the government. After the 40 some  deaths -mostly students … Continue reading The Land Takeovers Put Many into Checkmate, and They are Trying to Convince Pellas to Negotiate with Ortega
This speech was given on the 40th anniversary of the taking of the National Palace . On Aug 22, 1978 the Rigoberto López Pérez Command of the Sandinista Front took Somoza´s Congress hostage and demanded the release of political prisoners and money.  At the beginning of his speech Ortega names those involved, and for those … Continue reading Speech of Daniel Ortega on the 40th Anniversary of the Taking of the National Palace, August 23, 2018
This is an interview done this week of Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo,  Rosario Murillo´s daughter, and Daniel Ortega´s step daughter. (She is mentioned by Pinita in the previous post). Here she compares her experience of being an abuse victim of her stepfather and the complicity of her mother, with the current experience the country is undergoing. … Continue reading “No one would like to have a murderer as the woman who gave you life”
The following is a letter written by Pinita Gurdian, a well known member of the Christians in the Revolution movement in the 80s, in response to a letter from a Spanish priest friend. It is a witness to how she – and her family – lived their faith in response to the events of the … Continue reading Letter from a Christian in Nicaragua to a priest in Spain
This article was published on the website nicaraguainvestiga.com on Aug 8, 2018. This young anonymous Nicaraguan addresses a debate among the international left that has come out to strongly defend Daniel Ortega in this crisis. The most well known figure in this group of leftists is Max Blumenthal, who came to Nicaragua in July and … Continue reading The left has to be re-invented, which is urgently facing new challenges in a new context
This speech was given on the anniversary of the Navy (August 13), considered an important speech because it was given within a context of  debate over the role of the military in the current crisis. After the violent removal of the barricades, the government has been promoting an image of a  return to normalcy that would allow … Continue reading Declarations of VP Rosario Murillo on 38th Anniversary of Nicaraguan Navy
This was published in the Costa Rican newspaper “Semanario Universidad” on August 7, 2018, located on the campus of the University of Costa Rica in San José. It provides a window into the lives of people who participated in the protests and saw themselves forced to flee the country and sought refuge in Costa Rica … Continue reading “My Head has a price in Nicaragua”, fleeing to Costa Rica to Survive.
This message was published on the Colegio Centro America facebook page, and gives an inside view as how the crisis is affecting normal families. It is a large Jesuit run institution from Preschool to High School, seen as a feeder school to the Central American University (UCA). https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=230926940896878&id=103126253676948 Posted on facebook, August 6, 2018 Good … Continue reading Message to Parents at the Colegio Centro América
This letter, although written on July 24, was published as a paid ad in La Prensa,  on August 2, 2018. Early on in this crisis the Commander in Chief of the Army, General Avilés, issued a press release saying that the Army would not take part in this internal conflict. The position of the Army … Continue reading Letter to the Commander in Chief of Nicaraguan Army from Prominent Nicaraguan Women
The Central American University in Managua released this press statement yesterday July 31, 2018 announcing the suspension of most of their activities for the month of August. Nearly half of its budget in recent years, much of it used for scholarships for low income students, has come from state funding . By constitutional mandate dating … Continue reading Central American University announces SUSPENSION OF WORK FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST
This is an opinion piece done by Guillermo Rothschuh, writer, essayist and Director of Observatorio de Medios of CINCO, published on July 20 in their digital publication, Confidencial. It addresses one of the principal problems for the future of Nicaragua, no matter how the crisis unfolds – the ongoing polarization of the country. Will We … Continue reading Will We be Able to Live Together Some Day?
On July 23 Daniel Ortega was interviewed on Brett Baier´s Fox News Program. The full interview with its English translation can be seen here: http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/07/23/bret-baier-interviews-nicaraguan-president-daniel-ortega-special-report The interview was widely followed in Nicaragua, and it was the first interview Ortega has offered to non Sandinista media in 9 years. So it raised the question as to why … Continue reading Daniel Ortega´s interview on Fox News
To have a full picture of the polarization in Nicaragua today it is important to compare this speech with the previous post, the interview of Daniel Ortega´s Vice President in the 1980s, Sergio Ramírez. Ortega accuses the opposition of exactly what he is being accused of. What is particularly noteworthy is his conflict with the … Continue reading Daniel Ortega´s Speech on the 39th Anniversary of the Revolution
This is an interview of Sergio Ramírez by the Costa Rican newspaper “La Nación”. He is a well known writer throughout the Spanish speaking world, and was Daniel Ortega´s vice President in the 1980s. In 1995 he was one of the founders of the MRS (Movement for Sandinista Renovation). Sergio Ramírez: “Maybe what Daniel Ortega … Continue reading Sergio Ramírez: “Maybe what Daniel Ortega wants is to provoke a civil war”
Many well known progressive academics and activists throughout Latin America and beyond issued the following declaration on July 17, 2018. This date is significant, because July 17 was the date that Somoza fled Nicaragua in back in 1979.  The signatures below just represent those collected by July 17th. URGENT DECLARATION FOR NICARAGUA July 17, 2018 … Continue reading URGENT DECLARATION FOR NICARAGUA
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
This pronouncement came out on July 2, 2018 published by the FAD (Frente Amplio por la Democracia), a coalition formed in Sept 2016 to reject what they called “the political farce of elections” scheduled for Nov 2016. It was originally composed of opposition political parties, movements, unions, youth and other sectors opposed to the government) … Continue reading Transition Junta to Save the Nation
This interview was done of Francisca Ramírez, the most recognized leader of the Anti Canal Movement, officially known as the National Council in Defense of Our Land, Lake and Sovereignty-Peasant Movement. They are participants in the National Dialogue Francisca Ramírez: “We need to rise up with more force” “The barricades have become the national power … Continue reading Interview: Francisca Ramírez, Leader of the Peasants Movement Against the Canal
This article appeared in an online publication based in Barcelona, but written by an Honduran writer on the left. It was written in the early days of the uprising, but it still very relevant and offers a common sense lens to analyze competing explanations for the uprising.  The original Spanish can be found here: http://kaosenlared.net/que-pasa-en-nicaragua-explicacion-desde-un-enfoque-critico-de-izquierda/  What … Continue reading What is happening in Nicaragua: Explanation from a critical leftist approach
Dr. Humberto López ,a Nicaraguan psychiatrist,   provides an interesting scientific explanation for the sudden massive uprising in Nicaragua. It was published on social media. THE NICARAGUAN SOCIAL PHENOMENON AND MIRROR NEURONS Dr. Humberto López For everyone it is inconceivable how a civic insurrection was produced so quickly and massively in Nicaragua. The presidential couple and … Continue reading The Nicaragua Social Phenomenon and Mirror Neurons
Monica Baltodano was part of the Chief of Staff of the FSLN in Managua at the triumph of the revolution in 1979. This interview brings out her comparisons between those times and now. Monica Baltodano: “The Attitude of the Army is a Disgrace” La Prensa, June 24, 2018 by Fabián Medina According to the Sandinista … Continue reading Interview: Monica Baltodano, translated from La Prensa, Jun 24
The Bishops Conference have been asked by the Govt to act as Mediators and Witnesses to the National Dialogue. This is their press release from Saturday, June 23, 2018 PRESS RELEASE JUNE 23, 2018 EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE OF NICARAGUA The Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua on this occasion wants to exalt once again the nobility of the … Continue reading Bishops Conference Press Release June 23
This is a translation of the Vice President and First Lady´s declaration the evening of June 16, after a terrible early morning fire took the lives of 4 adults and 2 infants. Usually the First Lady makes a daily declaration around noon, but this time she did it in the evening. That morning government media … Continue reading Govt Document: Declaration of Rosario Murillo, special night edition of Citizen Power Media, June 16
This is the press release  from the governmental firefighters office, 2 km away from where a fire killed 6 people, including two infants early on the morning of June 16th. Later that morning there was another session of the National Dialogue,  and the Civic Alliance participated in protest, claiming hooded para-police forces were responsible for … Continue reading Govt Document: Press release of Firefighters on June 16, 2018
This is an interview of student Jessica Cisneros and professor Yerling Aguilera published in digital newspaper Público from Madrid on June 20, while on a tour of European cities to talk about the situation in Nicaragua. In addition to a good summary of the period from the student perspective, it also begins to address some … Continue reading Student Interviews: Jessica Cisneros and Yerling Aguilera
This is the Commission composed of Catholic Bishops asked by Pres. Ortega to play this role. This is their report after the first work sessions of the committees called for in the meeting of the National Dialogue on June 16th. The Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy issued their own statement here MEDIATION AND WITNESS … Continue reading MEDIATION AND WITNESS COMMISSION Press Release June 18, 2018
Gioconda Belli is a well known poet and writer and participated in the overthrow of the Somoza government as a Sandinista. She tells her story in the  book, “The Country Under My Skin: A Memory of Love and War” (Anchor:2003) OPEN LETTER TO ROSARIO MURILLO (translation of letter by Gioconda Belli June 17, 2018) Rosario: … Continue reading Gioconda Belli Open Letter to Rosario Murillo
MEDIATION AND WITNESS COMMISSION National Dialogue PRESS RELEASE JUNE 16, 2018   On Saturday June 16, 2018, gathered together the Mediation and Witness Commission, composed of His Eminence Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, Mons. Rolando Álvarez, Mons. Jorge Solórzano, Mons. Bosco Vivas, Mons. Silvio José Báez, with the presence of Mons. Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertang, Apostolic Nuncio in … Continue reading NATIONAL DIALOGUE MEDIATION AND WITNESS COMMISSION June 16, 2018 Press release
The Civic Alliance is the civil society organization that is the counterpart to the Government in the National Dialogue called by the  Government. This press release came after the National Strike that was called for June 14 CIVIC ALLIANCE FOR JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY Press release #8 To the Dialogue for Nicaragua We thank each and … Continue reading Civic Alliance Press Release #8 of June 14, 2018
The Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy is the civil society body that accepted Nicaraguan Government´s invitation to Dialogue.   Press Release #9 Government Non-compliance Considering That the government once again failed to comply by not immediately issuing the invitation letters to the International Human Rights organizations: The Secretary General of the Organization of American … Continue reading Civic Alliance Press Release #9 of June 18, 2018
This is the translation of an interview of one of the principal student leaders, published in La Prensa, Sunday June 17, 2018 Madelaine Caracas: “They try to shut up any voice that rebels” Madelaine Caracas is in Europe denouncing the Ortega massacre. At the inauguration of the National Dialogue she read the names of those … Continue reading Student Interview: Madelaine Caracas, co founder of University Coalition for Justice and Democracy
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN RELATIONS OF NICARAGUA MRE/DM-DMC/0742/06/18 TO THE INTERAMERICAN COMMISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS The Government of the Republic of Nicaragua expresses its most energetic rejection of the press release issued by the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of June 13, 2018, for being slanted, partial and lacking in objectivity, in pointing to the … Continue reading Govt Doc: Ministry of Foreign Relations Rejects IACHR press release of June 13
When the President Daniel Ortega called for a National Dialogue to deal with the crisis, he asked the Bishops to be mediators and witnesses to the dialogue. These are the translations of the documents that they have produced, with the most recent at the top: NATIONAL DIALOGUE MEDIATION AND WITNESS COMMISSION PRESS RELEASE JUNE 15, 2018 … Continue reading National Dialogue Mediation and Witness Commission Press Releases
This is a translation of an interview of Fr. José Alberto Idiáquez, S.J. the President of the Central American University in Managua published in El País, a Spanish newspaper based in Madrid, written by Carlos Salinas on June 15, 2018. Fr. Idiáquez is a participant in the National Dialogue, and has received death threats from … Continue reading Interview of Fr. José Idiáquez, President of the UCA, El País
The massive protests have been led by university students, who also are key players in the National Dialogue. This is an interview of one of those student leaders Víctor Cuadras: “It is unacceptable that Ortega try to stay in power” University leader states that moving up the elections is with Ortega out of power Translation … Continue reading Student Interview: Víctor Cuadras: “It is unacceptable that Ortega try to stay in power”
TRANSLATION OF FACEBOOK POSTING OF OSCAR RENE VARGAS[1] JUNE 12, 2018 Oscar René Vargas Escobar Nicaragua: the end of Ortega Murillo / Oscar-René Vargas / June 12, 2018 Uniformed police, sharpshooters, para-police forces close to the Ortega-Murillo government shoot at close range at disarmed people. The para-police forces are applying state terrorism mechanisms against unarmed … Continue reading TRANSLATION OF FACEBOOK POSTING OF OSCAR RENE VARGAS JUNE 12, 2018
Managua, April 24, 2018 Your Most Reverend Eminence Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes Bishops of the Bishops Conference of Nicaragua Your Eminence and Excellencies: We have received your message to the Nicaraguan people with a lot of recognition and respect, expressing your decision to accompany the Dialogue Process that we are installing in our country, to take … Continue reading Govt Document: Letters from Daniel Ortega to Bishops Conference re National Dialogue
PRESS RELEASE- BISHOPS CONFERENCE OF NICARAGUA  April 24, 2018 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil 2) “The love of Christ urges us” (II Cor 5,14) The Bishops Conference of Nicaragua, after praying, listening and asking for the light of the Holy Spirit: Accepts being “mediator and … Continue reading Bishops Conference of Nicaragua Statements on National Dialogue
Release # 1 United to Dialogue Monday, May 14th, 2018 Together, representatives of students, the countrymen movement, the civil society and the Nicaraguan private sector, we reiterate our willingness to attend to the National Dialogue, although we agree with the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua that the circumstances for such dialogue are not ideal. We demand the … Continue reading Statements of the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, May 14-June 12, 2018
A number of people have asked me about the sequence and timing of events since April that have led Nicaragua to this moment in time.  With that question in mind, please click on this link for a pretty good timeline synopsis of events to the present.  It may not transport you into the thick of … Continue reading How Did We Get Here?
The massive protests have been led by university students, who also are key players in the National Dialogue. This is an interview of one of those student leaders University Alliance warns: they want to “advise” us and “impose agendas” June 11, 2018 (translation of article published originally in El Faro, republished in Confidencial: https://confidencial.com.ni/la-prioridad-ahorita-es-que-no-nos-maten-luego-la-justicia-y-la-democracia/ Harley … Continue reading Student Interview of Harley Morales of the University Alliance
The confrontations continue, and with them the growing uncertainty of where it all will end.  Comparisons with the Sandinista Revolution of the 70’s are inevitable, even with the figure of Daniel Ortega front and center as he was all those years ago.  But this time, he finds himself on the other side of the fence, … Continue reading Insights from Inside: Student Interview of Enrieth Martínez
With the ongoing demonstrations and attacks occurring in Nicaragua, and our periodic attempts to summarize some of the most important events, we have initiated this extra blog column.  Nica Update won’t take the place of daily news, but it will provide some information from sources which might not be readily available elsewhere.  This column will … Continue reading Adding Nica Update