Who is Toni Solo

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Maybe your right

I can only go on my friendships with several and my husband's familiarity with living there. I have nothing more to go on, so I could be wrong.

experience?

I certainly met many educated, city-dwelling Nicaraguans in the course of doing business, although I lived more in el campo that's true.  To be honest, I'm not sure whether the educated, city-dwelling Nicaraguans you met outside Nicaragua are who I had in mind at all when I say that the Nicaraguan culture is so pervasive that those who grow up and live within it are unable to divorce objective reality from their interests.

Of course, the same observation is true about anyone probably, so it is a matter of degree.  If you ever live in Nicaragua six months or more (and especially if you try to have any type of property or business ownership) rather than passing by or reviewing the situation from a distance, it would be interesting to hear if your opinion changes to match the way Nicaraguans think of each other, as mine did, as opposed to the way they like to be thought of.  You are a kind person giving them the benefit of the doubt, as is natural for a person of quality to do for anyone they don't yet know intimately.

Yes, both people born and raised in Nicaragua their entire lives

The one who paid for the attorney for my husband has never traveled outside of Central America, but I believe the CEO has been to the U.S. a few times among other countries for business. They are very well educated people from good families who demonstrate another side of Nicaragua. And one was part of the Sandinistas at one time, attending some type of meetings for his party and stopped attending as things changed.

And from what you have said about the Nicaraguans you've encountered I would have to assume they came from a ranchero background, originally. As I said, you've described the rancheros to a tee, but the educated city dweling Nicaraguans I've known were nothing like that. And the people you've described don't reflect my husband's complete experience in Managua, either. He said for the most part the Nicaraguans were like any other Central Americans, the same types of good and bad behaviors depending on where they were from.

Now you can argue that he might have been treated differently because he is Central American, and I might agree. Just like many in the U.S. will hire an Anglo first and give them other preferential treatment over a minority (who they assume any number of negative things about) many Latinos return that favor when Anglos come to their country. Racial mistrust and suspicion and even sometimes resentment creates some rather petty behaviors. A few Central Americans hold a bit of resentment over the fact that Anglos appear to travel freely where ever they want without visa issues, while Central Americans are often denied entry to the U.S. or imprisoned and deported from the U.S.; where an American can overstay their visa in C.A. and simply pay a fine. When you have inequity like that, you may see behaviors reflecting people's feelings about it. And I'm not going to lie, since my husband was tortured and deported by the U.S., if you catch me on a bad day when I'm outside of the U.S. I'm less likely to feel that wonderful benevolence towards Anglo Americas either, where normally, I try to be the bigger person and forget about what happened. It's human nature and a natural response to some disgusting American policies.

maybe I'm overgeneratlizing then

Were those two people raised in Nicaragua and lived most of their lives in Nicaragua?  

No doubt I'm overgeneralizing to some extent, maybe because of some of the issues you raised in your recent post; but I think if you read the diary of 99.99% of the Nicaraguans, they would agree with the overgeneralization also (though they would not agree in public in the company of non-Nicaraguans). 

My husband has met them

We would count a dear friend who volunteered his own money to cover the expense of an attorney for my husband while he was held those 9 days, and who made every effort to contact any number of people, even taking a day off from work to help us. This very kind man also packed all my husband's things and and sent them on a King Quality bus to his country so we could collect them. And he asked for nothing in return but friendship, because I tried to pay him.

And his landlord proved to be another, releasing him from his lease three months early and returning his deposit when he heard what happened, even sending this deposit Western Union, when we weren't expecting to see it at all. There were a few people who were kind and generous and trusting while he was there and he holds them as dear friends now. They will be the few who visit us.

So yes, I think you are generalizing excessively. My husband found both good and bad in Nicaragua like anywhere else. However, like anywhere else, the more education the person had, it appeared the less judgmental they were. My husband wasn't dealing with people from ranches or the countryside. And as much as I hate to say it, but it has been our experience that rancheros are some of the most nasty people to deal with. I think their limited exposure to the world makes them this way, and yes, many of them act the same way you have outlined. But the same could be said for the salt of the earth country folks in the U.S. It seems when a person hasn't been outside of their locale, they adopt a harsher idea of reality. It takes exposure to others to have compassion.

My husband's landlord was an ex CEO of a pharmaceutical company and well traveled and his dear friend is in pharmaceutical sales. They make fairly good incomes for Nicaragua, and they are decent, non judgmental people.

Where?

Where are the Nicaraguans who have a different worldview?  I did not meet any of them living in Nicaragua who after getting to know them for 6 months or more I could say that.  Those who haven't lived in Nicaragua might have a different worldview, but that's not who I'm talking about when I say that the Nicaraguan culture of domination, lying, thievery has been accepted by them and makes normal social and business relations impossible.  Sure, every Nicaraguan will say, "The politicians [or the Liberals, or the Police, Lawyers, etc, etc] are a corrupt bunch of thieves.  What a pity that you had to interact with them.  I will help you find someone better."  That lasts usually about 3 minutes or at most 6 months in the best of cases, until there's some petty difference of opinion - maybe because their being offended when you point out that the someone better they recommended actually tried to rip you off - that they (secretly) turn into a justification for reframing the relationship as a battleground. Of course there are some who are non-confrontational and live under the wings of some other person who does all the thinking and decisionmaking for both, but you know where the allegiance is.

Do you think I'm generalizing excessively?

There is no excuse for acting that way

Because when you've been tricked and lied to, your objective should be to correct that, if you have any sense of decency. I know many Nicaraguans who do not live with that type of view of the world. They are decent, upstanding citizens who are as disgusted by this type of view as much as we are. But those who take positions in policing and administrative roles often seem to have a like mindset. Maybe that is what draws them to the profession; much the same way as many weightlifters were often kids that had weight problems or were too skinny and picked on.

sad

It's sad how poorly they treated your husband.  Nicaraguans have been lied to and mistreated by their family and culture so thoroughly, that they assume everyone is out to trick them, and their response is whenever possible to trick them first.  One of the first words I ever learned in Nicaragua was dominar.  It struck me as odd that my teacher, a slum-dwelling 20-year-old young man, insisted that my first sentence should be, "Voy a dominar el español" using that specific word but I learned later that is how the Nicaraguan mind works and it was not odd at all.

On Toni Solo's homepage

http://toni.tortillaconsal.com/

He has a banner for the U.S. to "Free US political prisoners !" My question to this person is why doesn't Nicaragua free the Cuban they are holding in DGME incommunicado, who asked for asylum and was arrested and has been held for ransom by Director Roger Pablo Morales and his Sandinista goons that run the Managua immigration detention facility?

That Cuban told my husband that he was disgusted with Ortega and his Sandinistas because he said, "We showed them what to do, trained their military and all, and now they hold me here for ransom?" I wonder why this Toni Solo isn't as concerned about Nicaraguans holding political prisoners as other countries?

Toni Solo is a mouthpiece for Ortega

Whoever this person is, they sure missed the truth on Ortega's " promotion of human rights." Unless Ortega has since broadcast the fact that his Director of DGME is holding people from around the world incommunicado, claiming they illegally entered the country when most of them did not. I wonder what the Nicaraguan Government thinks of the fact that Director Roger Pablo Morales was holding 10 Somalians and 15 Ethiopians captive in his Criminal Investigation Unit of DGME for at least a month, and saying he would release them for $1500 per person? I wonder if his human rights propaganda includes the fact that there were two Venezuelans being held too; one an attorney and the other a physician, who had been pulled aside as they were preparing to leave Nicaragua to go home and were held incommunicado for over a week. I know my husband would tell Ortega to shove his human rights up his rearend for holding him incommunicado for over 9 days, in a dark cell, dressed in only his underwear and telling him he could only make one local call for $10.00.

And all this garbage about "self-evident advances and benefits achieved by programmes like Zero Hunger" are sort of a joke if his human rights policies are realistic. If food is plentiful to all, then why would so many charitable agencies and missions be feeding his people? You certainly don't see the need for that in developed countries. Toni Solo claims there is a "Zero Usury" campaign? Then how does he justify that his customs agents charged my husband $250 for items shipped to him worth approximately $400? How does he justify his immigration people holding people for ransom?

I'm all for socialism and good humanitarian policies. I'm one of the few who likes Hugo Chavez, where others hate him. But Daniel Ortega is a clown! He raped his own step daughter for years and has the nerve to talk about human rights? He keeps his people poor while he enriches himself. His Sandinistas tax people so ridiculously that foreign investors are fleeing his mosquito infested country and the cadre is so insecure and self protective that they no longer have any validity.

I think Toni Solo is nothing more than part of the Sandinista cadre, blurting propaganda for Daniel Ortega's fake policies and reforms. I wonder how much Toni Solo makes for doing this? If this person were an actual journalist, he/she would have a real web site or contact information beyond this joke of an email address: tonisolo@yahoo.com. Give me a freakin' break!

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