Governments and the IMF

We have recently been talking about the International Monetary Fund a lot. Just last month, it's relationship with the Nicaraguan government has been the subject for four articles: here, here, here, and here.

Comparing Nicaragua to Iraq

There is an interesting article in the Christian Science Monitor titled Want Democracy in Iraq?

IMF refuses to disburse US$39 million due to National Assembly failure to pass Anti Fraud Law

Source: Nicaragua Network Hotline (May 20, 2008)

IMF refuses to disburse US$39 million due to National Assembly failure to pass Anti Fraud Law

"My Questions For Obama"

"My Questions For Obama

The brightest and best of the presidential hopefuls seeks to extend a cruel, immoral Cuba blockade

By Fidel Castro

A Bullet or a Swiss Bank Account

Recently, I have heard people suggest that Ortega has a Swiss bank account and is funding that instead of helping the poor. Well, a friend just emailed me a link to an article titled A Bullet or a Swiss Bank Account. It is a short article which contains a video.

The Food Crisis and Corporate Profits

A Real News Network video talks about how the internationalization of food production over the past 30 years has created the current situation where profits of a few corporations soar as people starve. While Nicaragua is not specifically mentioned, it addresses the issues you see here. Specifically:

Interesting court ruling...

concerning a neighboring country.

Does a leader have the right to make agreements contrary to the constitution of the country?

And if it is determined that he does not posses this power, what sort of penalty will be handed to him?


International Oil Demand

Bloomberg has an article about Venezuela signing a deal with China to form a joint venture that will produce oil in Venezuela's Orinoco Belt to supply a new 400,000 barrel-a-day refinery that will be built in China. That's a pretty big deal.

Rice Rationing

I was told about bulk rice rationing in the U.S. a few days ago. Well, it has made it to The (Real) News. This piece goes a bit beyond Costco and Sam's Club policies.

Coffee and the Planet

An editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle offers a bit of insight into why shade-grown organic coffee is more than just a yuppie thing. This is my contribution here for Earth Day.

Lessons from a forgotten American Occupation

An article written by Garrett Johnson If there is one consistent theme I've seen from our on-going occupation of Iraq is how the media, military, and politicians refer to the people we are fighting: "Criminal gangs", "Thugs", "Bandits", and "Outlaws". But never "rebels", "nationalists", or "patriots".

This is an old story that played out in much the same way 80 years ago in Nicaragua.

Homes or Water

This Interpress article does an excellent job of showing that development in Nicaragua has some difficult tradeoffs. It is specifically about housing development, employment, and the future water supply for Managua.

Is GDP a Good Measure of Growth?

This question has been asked before—including here in It usually turns in to a political discussion about haves and have-nots. The Real News offers a short video that takes a different (and I feel very meaningful) look at the subject.

Cocaine and Latin American Relations

It seems every time an article related to cocaine (use, interdiction, "war on drugs", ...) is posted here the discussion degenerates. That is, it goes from what the article was actually about into some other more global discussion. So, I have decided to post this article as a starting point for that Politics of Cocaine discussion.

Castro stepping down as Cuba's leader....

"To my dear compatriots, who gave me the immense honor in recent days of electing me a member of parliament ... I communicate to you that I will not aspire to or accept -- I repeat not aspire to or accept -- the positions of President of Council of State and Commander in Chief," Castro said in the statement published on the Web site of the Communist Party's Granma newspaper."

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