Nicaragua Biting Yet Another Hand That Feeds It
Almost five years ago, I was in Central America for the first time. I wanted to find out which country would be best to choose as my home. In Nicaragua, I saw that the ex-President (Aleman) had been jailed for corruption. I saw optimistic views of the country from several websites. I visited Nicaragua, and I bought a farm and lived there for several years. When I had learned enough about the culture and saw that it was not advancing, but rather declining, I sold the farm. I now live in Costa Rica.
Nicaragua is a country where the economy depends on foreign cash. There is practially no manufacturing, practically no export of agriculture or natural materials. Nicaragua for thirty years has existed primarily on handouts it has received from three directions: the capitalists, the communists, and the expatriates (Nicaraguans living abroad, and foreigners living in Nicaragua).
Nicaraguans don't mind milking these foreign sources (like NGOs, expats, gov't subsidies, etc.) But they also don't mind killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. This latter, is the classic example of short-sightedness.
So here they go again, doing their best to silence opposition - either own opposition politicians and publicists, and even NGOs. Lack of freedom of speech and press threaten journalistic integrity in Nicaragua again.
It is amazing to me that people like the Chamorros continue to live in Nicaragua. But maybe "home" is "home" for him.
Here you can see the video where Chamorro describes recent actions by the Sandinistas.
Other recent political arrests:
And in this other article(quoted in part), you can read about the latest NGOs raided by Ortega's comrades:
"The Sandinista government has launched a sweeping crackdown on non-governmental organisations, including Oxfam, prompting concerns about freedom of speech and democratic rights.
Police raided the offices of two pressure groups, carting away computers and files, and a further 15 organisations are under investigation for alleged money-laundering and subversion.
Critics condemned the move as a further sign of intolerance and authoritarianism by President Daniel Ortega, the Sandinista leader who was feted as a hero in the country's 1980s revolution.
Several European governments are preparing to axe tens of millions of dollars in aid in protest, a sign of how much international support Ortega has lost since his return to power last year. "It's a response to the deteriorating democratic environment," said one diplomat in the capital, Managua.