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False Bluff (in RAAS)

Long-time NL member wholly_mary sent an "access problem" request to us. She was fairly active here a few years ago and then seemed to have disappeared. Well, disappeared is clearly the wrong word. What she did was actually get herself to Nicaragua.

Who Owns the Media?

Being an ex-owner of a magazine, I continue to watch where our news comes from. No conspiracy theories here but where your news comes from continues to contract. An article in journalism.org titled News Corp Split, Buffett’s Bet Top Year of Big Media Ownership Changes tells us a lot more than just what Warren Buffet is doing.

Nat Geo TV: Locked Up Abroad (Nicaragua)

National Geographic's popular television program "Locked Up Abroad" just debuted an episode tied to Nicaragua ("I Am Not A Terrorist"- air date 07/09/2012 - the drug smuggling account of Duane Wollum). One will learn very little of Nicaragua by watching the episode, though how Wollum ended up released from prison is interesting, especially in that no outside assistance (outside the system) seems to have taken place - quite different from most other autobiographical accounts in the NatGeoTV Series.

Obamacare is a Tax

If you have been following the US health care reform stuff which seems to get labeled Obamacare, you probably already know that some piece of the legislation says that some people must have health insurance and must pay for it out of their pocket or pay a fine for not doing this. (I confess that I have been ignoring most of this but it now gets my attention.)

Popularity of Presidents

I was just watching Julian Assange's interview of Rafael Correa on The World Tomorrow. Besides being an interesting interview, it got me thinking about Presidential popularity. My conclusion is that how people feel about Presidents in Latin America is very different than the way it works in the US. Or, at least that is my perception.

PRONicaragua Named World's Top Investment Facilitator by World Bank

PRONicaragua, Nicaragua's investment promotion agency, was named the top investment facilitator of 189 countries - the first time for a developing country.

Another "Illegal Immigration" in the US Story

We, like most sites about Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and such, have our share of stoies related to people illegally immigrating to the US. Most have little to do with more than legal games. If you want to hear a bit more about a real example, there is a good article in Forbes t titled Girl Refugees: From the hands of smugglers to community leaders. There are two women's stories told, one being from Nicaragua.

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What Should Be National?

That is, what businesses should be run by the government (or in some not for profit way) vs. what should be available for profit. The thread http://www.nicaliving.com/node/20172 started out about a specific nationalization that recently took place in Bolivia. It continues to be an interesting topic but, to move the concepts back to Nicaragua, I have created this thread.

No More Free Medical Care in Spain for Illegal Immigrants

I just read an AFP article about how Spain is going to stop giving free medical services to illegal immigrants. The specific example in the article is a woman from Nicaragua.

I have posted this for two reasons:

  1. I know multiple Nicaraguans who are currently illegal immigrants living and working in Spain. Other Nicaraguans considering such a move need to know this.

World Newspapers Map . . this is a keeper ...FABULOUS!!!

WHOEVER CAME UP WITH THIS IS PRETTY NEAT!

Just put your mouse on a city anywhere in the world and the newspaper headlines pop up...

Double click and the page gets larger.... you can read the entire paper on some if you click on the right place. You can spend forever here.

http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/flash/

Also, if you look at the European papers, the far left side of Germany will pop up as The Stars & Stripes (European edition, of course). AND, this site changes every day with the publication of new editions of the paper.

Hope you enjoy this.

What is a Cooperative (Nicaragua-style)?

Today, a guy from MARENA in Managua came by to count beans. That is, to ask how many manzanas of X, Y and Z there are here. This happens about once a year.

As part of the question game, he asked who the neighbors are. When I said that it was ASCOPAN on the north he said, oh, Cooperative La Garnacha. I said yes and nothing more to him but it got me thinking, "what is a cooperative, Nicaragua style?"

Guerrilla My Dreams

Bianca Jagger isn't in the "real" news that often. Her name appeared in my head today, somehow, as things do, and this is what I found afterward.

A geographer's review of the tempest in a coffee cup.

A virtual cup of coffee made from waters of the Rio San Juan, that is. . .

See 'The First Google Maps War' by Frank Jacobs

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/the-first-google-maps-wa...

Made in the World

That's the title of this Op-Ed piece in the New York Times by Thomas L. Friedman. It does a good job of illustrating how there is a disconnect between CEOs and politicians.

Big Boys Gone Bananas

That's the name of a movie that just premiered at Sundance. It is about the Dole vs. Nicaraguan banana workers situation and, more specifically, Dole's attack on journalism exposing the story.

The film was to premier at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2009 but Dole managed to threaten enough people to prevent that. So, finally, the movie premiered at Sundance. You can read the story in canada.com

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