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Truth-telling has never been “the easy way.” In all of history, mankind has too often concluded that truth tends to hurt us.  Whether in refusing to face a reality which we don’t wish to acknowledge or bending a reality to serve some other purpose, we are masters of deceit.  The continuing deaths of 130 Yemeni  … Continue reading Never An Easy Road
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.
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
This event received a lot of attention for several reasons: 1) Daniel gave awards to university student leaders who led protests in the past, but have opposed the current protests, and to two university presidents who have been loyal to him, in the face of the student led uprising that continues today, whom he continues … Continue reading President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo at the Closing of the XVI Congress of the UNEN
Oscar René Vargas is a well known political analyst, now in exile in Costa Rica after the government ordered his arrest in July. He  joined the FSLN in 1967 and was forced into exile during the Somoza regime that same year, after rescuing Ortega from a safe-house surrounded by Somoza´s military. He was named Nicaraguan … Continue reading Ortega-Murillo: Against the Ropes?
This article, and a similar one by Cajina published in ENVÍO this month, respond to an important question about the role of the Nicaraguan Army vis a vis  the current crisis. This is especially important  in light of the government´s position that what was really behind the crisis was an attempted coup. Ortega and Murillo  … Continue reading NICARAGUAN ARMY, SPECTATOR OR ACCOMPLICE?
This pastoral letter by the Catholic Bishop´s Conference, released on December 2, 2018 , should be seen within the context of the ongoing call for dialogue from the leaders of the opposition, the government sponsored proposal for a culture of peace and reconciliation, and the ongoing government threats and attacks against leaders of the opposition and … Continue reading Advent Message from the Bishop´s Conference of 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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