|Central American University - UCA
Number 398 | Septiembre 2014
Clouds in the government’s statistical heaven
Heavy clouds have darkened
the sunny sky of official statistics
that show Nicaragua as a place
where life is safe and pleasant.
In the nearly eight years of
this is the cloudiest sky yet,
portending a nasty rain for many.... continuar...
A BIRD? A FISH?
A METEORITE? At roughly 11:30 the night of September 6, a huge explosion in a wooded area perilously near Managua’s international airport and an adjacent Air Force base shook... continuar...
The politicizing of the institutions is the greatest risk to our security
An analysis of Nicaragua’s security and insecurity
by this expert in public safety and drug trafficking
after the July 19 attack on Sandinista sympathizers
concludes that the politicizing of the
National Police and Nicaraguan Army
is resulting in outbreaks of political violence
that could result in our no longer being one of
the safest countries in Central America.... continuar...
Rape-imposed motherhood has a little girl’s face
In his first apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,”
Pope Francis reiterated that “the Church cannot be
expected to change her position” on the abortion issue.
But he nuanced it with the following compassionate consideration:
“It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.
On the other hand, it is also true that we have done little to
adequately accompany women in very difficult situations,
where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish,
especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape
or a situation of extreme poverty.
Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?”... continuar...
The canal will affect ecosystems, species and even genes
Between August and November 2013,
Nicaragua’s Academy of Sciences held three forums
to publicly discuss the interoceanic canal project.
A book with a selection of papers based on the talks
was subsequently published by several of the experts
who shared their knowledge in those forums.
Jean-Michel Maes, who participated in the third forum,
emphasizes the possible effects the canal will have
on our country’s complex biodiversity.
The chosen canal route won’t include the Río San Juan,
eliminating a few of the author’s concerns at the time,
but the other negative aspects he describes remain valid.... continuar...
“We must remove the tattoo from this country’s soul”
The Spanish parish priest Antonio Rodríguez
was arrested in El Salvador at the end of July
as part of a police raid against 127 gang members,
accused of illicit association and giving prisoners cell phones.
He was paroled in early August but re-arrested the next day.
For over a decade, Padre Toño, as he’s called,
has helped gang members reenter society.
We offer here excerpts from a text he wrote
defining his work philosophy,
followed by a journalist’s account
of a trip into his world.... continuar...
To seek asylum or to go without papers? That is the question
The difference between the millions
of undocumented migrants
who evade immigration control
and the thousands who seek asylum
is that those who apply for asylum
give the Migra and the judges the last word
on the possibility of staying in the United States,
while undocumented migrants don’t give it up;
they leave this chance in their own hands.
For every undocumented migrant the Migra detains,
three others manage to gain entry to the United States.... continuar...