CAFTA and Maquilas in Nicaragua

NACLA reports on CAFTA and maquilas in Nicaragua. Executive summary: bad news.

Gringo Retirement in Central America

Seniorscopie has an article about Central America as the new retirement destination.

Organic Coffee Farming in Matagalpa

Hard to pick a title but this article in The Telegraph) (mostly) is about organic coffee

The Last 49 Days of Somoza

This END article offers a good look at the last 49 days of Somoza's rule in Nicaragua.

Bush Flops on His Latin Love Affair

An editorial in the Guardian (UK) takes some serious swipes at the non-legacy of the Bush admini

More China vs. Taiwan

A detailed article about China vs. Taiwan in the world scene is in The Washington Post.

A Catholic Look at Ortega

California Catholic Daily offers a look at today's Daniel Ortega from the point of view of organ


NL member Jim Richard likes to say "western policy doesn't create terror, terrorists do". It's a nice on-liner but you can't explain everything in one line. Some points:

Plant Trees, Harvest Water

This story reported by Interpress News Service is the kind we need to hear more often.

What People Eat

A friend of mine pointed me at this article about what people eat around the world and said "I would like to see th

Health Care: Here and "There"

In the past month a neighbor and two relatives have undergone significant surgery in the local public hospital. One relative was sent to a hospital in Managua for a CAT scan.

Latin American Popularism

A COHA report on Latin American Popularism looks at what they call the "pink tide" in La

Secret Prisons: Bush Iran Contra Redux

James Mulvaney's blog in the Huffington Post from yesterday ties Iran-Contra and a lot of other things to current actions by the Bush II administration. To me, he comes off as supporting the US Constitution. Talking about Iran-Contra, Mulvaney says

Where Did the Name America Come From?

This blog offers two theories where the name America came from. The second is the Nicaragua-related one:

Health Care Really is Free

On of the Ortega promises was to make health care really free again. From what I have seen, while severely underfunded which is nothing new, this really happened.

Last year public hospitals and health clinics offered free staff time but you had to buy your own medicines and such. While you still bring your own sheets, for example, medicines really are free.

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