|Central American University - UCA
Number 342 | Enero 2010
Stones in Their Shoes
Daniel Ortega has cleared the way to run again in 2011,
but he has a sharp stone in his reelection shoe.
The dispersed political opposition to Ortega
is proposing a unitary coalition to defeat him,
but it has a sharp stone in its opposition shoe.
The electoral institutionality has been shredded
by 12 years of the Ortega-Alemán pact.
Can Nicaragua open up a different future
by getting some of the stones out of its shoes?... continuar...
DROUGHT AND HUNGER On January 22, the agriculture and forestry minister announced that the government would create technical teams, including officials of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization... continuar...
A Decision of Principles and a Challenge to Ortega
Carlos Fernando Chamorro directed the
Sunday TV news program “Esta Semana” for ten years
and the nightly ”Esta Noche” for five.
Channel 8, which broadcast these highly rated programs,
was bought in January with Venezuelan capital
administered by President Daniel Ortega.
On January 24, Chamorro bid his audience farewell
with this message, which reveals fundamental aspects
of the national reality related to the mass media.... continuar...
Chilling Similarities Between Ortega and the Somozas
This retired Brigadier General of the Army of Nicaragua
was one of those responsible for several of the FSLN’s
most heroic feats during the struggle against Somoza,
including the taking of Chema Castillo’s house in 1974
and of the National Palace in August 1978.
The following is his vision of the challenges
the Army faces at this difficult time.... continuar...
Zero Hunger: Development or Just Raindrops?
In February 2009 the Dutch Embassy released an evaluation
it had contracted of Nicaragua’s Zero Hunger Program.
The report covers the first year and a half of one of the
FSLN government’s “star programs,” but is still valid, as
“not many changes are forecast for 2009,” according to the text.
The following is an edited selection of the report’s descriptions,
evaluations and conclusions.... continuar...
“In the Name of the Salvadoran State, I Ask for Forgiveness”
On January 16, in a historic speech marking the 18th anniversary of the
signing of the Peace Accords that ended El Salvador’s military conflict,
President Mauricio Funes asked forgiveness of the
victims of that cruel war.... continuar...
Pacific Rim Mining Company: The Kraken of Cabañas
A kraken is a legendary gargantuan sea monster, similar to a giant squid,
that lives in the depths and attacks ruthlessly with its powerful tentacles.
A few years ago one was sighted in the Salvadoran department of Cabañas.
It’s a powerful killer that suffers from an age-old disease: gold fever.... continuar...
What Does the Rosenberg Case Show Us?
Rodrigo Rosenberg planned his own death.
The unexpected conclusions of the CICIG investigation
created quite a stir in Guatemala and also threw light
on the violence to which Guatemala’s privileged classes resort.
Violent crimes are not limited to the poor, youth gangs or drug dealers.
Extortion, hit men and networks of silence and complicity are also
present in society’s upper echelons.... continuar...
For Suffering Haiti, The First Word...
Haiti is in pain. We had never seen a disaster so close and so terrifying as the earthquake of Tuesday, January 12. Never before had a Latin American country— and to top it all, the poorest country—suffered... continuar...
Is There Participatory Democracy In the ALBA Countries?
Dissatisfaction with low-intensity citizenships
and purely electoral democracies inherited
from decades of neoliberalism helps explain
the rise of leftist governments in Latin America.
The ALBA governments of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador,
Cuba and Nicaragua may label themselves leftwing.
But they’re developing a perverse, conflictive confluence
between the justified expectations of full democracy
and the practices inherited from the traditional Left.... continuar...