Nicaragua: Sandinistas Celebrate 39th Anniversary of Revolution

Nicaragua marked Thursday the 39th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Popular Revolution, a process that signaled the end of the Somoza family dictatorship and represented socioeconomic transformations to benefit of the Nicaraguan people.

The historical turning point came on July 19,1979 as the Sandinista National Liberation Front, or FSLN, assumed the responsibilities of the government and set about reconstructing the country.

A public demonstration is planned to take place in the Plaza de la Fe, in the capital of Managua.

Nicaraguan Vice-President Rosario Murillo has called on the people of the nation to "celebrate in all the municipalities...to commemorate the victory en route to new victories in unison, because we are heading for more victories through the hand of God for his glory, victorious times, by the grace of God and for his glory.”

Murillo exhorted that the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution be “guided in Christianity, in the love of Christ, in the love of thy neighbor, in socialism, in solidarity, the 39th anniversary (of the Sandinista Revolution) led to many new victories.”

He also noted that the new victories should be in the name of “reconciliation and peace” and for the “prosperity of all Nicaraguan families.”

The vice-president conveyed the well wishes of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega for each and every Nicaraguan, "commitment to the common good, hope, faith, love of neighbor, Christian spirit, values of family and community restoration in all of our territories, together with security, peace, work and life.”

Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the country's Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, will lead a delegation from the island that will attend the Sandinista's triumphant 39th anniversary.

The anniversary comes at time when the country is facing a sociopolitical crisis fueled by the international right with the intention of overthrowing the government of President Daniel Ortega. The unrest began in mid-April with protests against social security reforms that President Ortega later withdrew in a bid to halt the escalation in violence.

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Cuban Foreign Minister Chairs Delegation to Nicaraguan National Event

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez heads the delegation of Cuba that will attend the central event in Nicaragua for the 39th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, diplomatic sources said today.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the delegation is also made up of Juan Hernandez, Cuba's ambassador to Nicaragua and other officials.

On July 19, 1979, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) defeated Anastasio Somoza´s dictatorship and started a process of socio-economic transformation for the benefit of the Nicaraguan people.

Currently, that Central American country faces a sociopolitical crisis fueled by the international right with the intention of overthrowing President Daniel Ortega´s government, elected by popular will expressed at the polls.

The day before, Latin American leaders ratified in the Forum of Sao Paulo, which took place in Cuba, their solidarity with Nicaragua, its people and the Executive led by Ortega.

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Nicaragua: Not One Inch Back

All part of the imperialistic counteroffensive to tear down progressive governments and establish a neoliberalism only in favor of the national oligarchy and foreign transnational.

Nicaragua begins its fourth month of turmoil triggered by elements who blindly follow the so-called plan of soft coup d’état, not so soft. Such practice has been successfully used in Ukraine and has been trying to destabilize Venezuela, where the Empire and acolytes continue an economic war that it has been unable to prevent the continuous social progresses.

All part of the imperialistic counteroffensive to tear down progressive governments and establish a neoliberalism only in favor of the national oligarchy and foreign transnational.

Around these days have had positive repercussions the massive rallies for peace throughout the entire country. Among participants appear those opposed to the violence and vandalism fed by millionaire amounts of money.

Nearly 200 casualties and great havoc is the balance of that situation, born from the understandable upset caused by an officially approved measure, which was immediately eliminated by President Daniel Ortega.

Let’s not forget that Ortega has been president for 12 years due to continuous reelections where he has won the popular approval. This continued reelection has been verified by international observers, including the pro-imperialistic Organization of American States (OAS).

The complex panorama of Nicaragua crisis is manipulated by the media, the politicians as well as right-wing governments that desire the defeat of the Sandinista government. In that conspiracy, clarifies Correo Magazine, the government of the United States plays a key role.

SINCE YESTERDAY UNTIL TODAY

Although the campaign against the Sandinista government is driven by several domestic and North American media, the beginning as such took place in Sweden, a nation famous for being neutral, something inaccurate, and followed by the rest of Scandinavian countries whose governments are also considered as human rights defenders, but this is not always like that.

Let’s not forget that until very recently, Nicaragua was an exemplary country amidst the violent region of Central America.

The crime rates were among the lowest in Latin America. The economic growth, between 4% and 5%, it was the second highest in the region after Panama. It was one of the Latin American countries with greater reduction of absolute and relative poverty, the only country in the region that produced the 90% of the food that consumed.

As for education, it was one of the few countries of Latin America and the entire Third World that produced all their text books at all levels, since primary school until University and Adults Education.

It had been able to brake the exodus to the United States, while dozens of thousands of Mexicans, Guatemalan, Honduran and Salvadorans attempt entering the United States by any means necessary. In the U.S. where is ever growing the number of crimes committed against immigrants on behalf of the “just” of the “law and order” and protectors of the “purity” of the white race.

THE TRUTH

For years the reactionary propaganda has attacked the Sandinista government for fostering models of agreements and alliances with the private sector, which had presented as accomplice of Sandinism to boost businesses. Now, overnight, the visible heads of national capitalism have joined the insurrectionists of the far-right.

In fact, neither in those visible heads of the business men who represent most of Nicaraguan capitalists, nor the capitalist private sector is the main economic engine of the country. Nicaragua’s economy rests basically in the popular sectors that produce more than 50% of the Gross Domestic Product and they generate more than 70% of employment in the country.

An important source of revenues for Nicaragua is family remittances that go directly to that sector of economy. There was a considerable redistribution of lands after the revolution of 1979 and the peace agreements of the 90’s. At present 80% of lands are owned by small and medium producers. In addition, since 2007, the Sandinista Government has given 100 000 ownerships in the country and the city, giving capital goods to sectors that don't follow a capitalist economic logic.

That economic base produces the 90% of all the food consumed in Nicaragua. Besides, entire sectors, like transportation and even most of tourism are controlled by cooperative and family businesses. The enterprising private sector was the one that least increased its investments during the Sandinista government. The State, the Direct Foreign Investment, as well as the sector of Popular Economy are the ones that contributed the most to investment in the country.

That is, enterprise leaders don't represent the true businessmen, most of which want to see a stable and thriving country. The managerial top is made of individuals linked to international finances, transnational companies or the managerial mafia of the organizations of businessmen.

Those groups don’t care at all that Nicaragua gets torn by a war; they have their cover funds and salaries from the multinationals they shield under. For example, Michael Healey, current spokesman for the insurgent Fascists, is a simple employee from a cane factory property of Colombian capitals. Also, José Adam Aguerri, president of the Superior Council of the Private Company, COSEP, doesn't own any other company besides COSEP. The Pellas family that during the Revolution of the 80’s declared the economic strike on the Sandinista Government and transferred all its money to tax haven, from which they started financial speculation, gained power and influence with the war that torn the country.

From the Hospital (private) Vivian Pellas are sent boxes of condoms and “following day pills” for the orgies that the middle class boys have together with the most dangerous racketeers in Managua at the Polytechnic University. Meanwhile, the Pellas Family that holds the monopoly on liquor in the country, live off the subsidy through which they force the Nicaraguan people to pay more than the world market price for sugar.

That subsidy, an outcome of rendition without fight of neoliberal governments, exemplifies the State model those sectors deem “democratic”. Lastly, the manager who first than anybody else dared to express in public his total support to the Fascist groups on Saturday, April 21 at the Polytechnic University UPOLI, Piero Coen, is the richest man in Nicaragua, head of the financial group Coen and seventh greatest capitalist of Central America, according to Forbes magazine.

To these individuals who want to destroy the Sandinista Revolution and give Nicaragua, whether in ruins or not, to the Empire, we can’t budge one inch back.

Cubasi Translation Staff / Amilkal Labañino Valdés

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Nicaragua Rejects 'Partial' OAS Report, Slams 'Fake News'

Nicaragua's Foreign Minister Denis Moncada has rejected the new report by the Interamerican Commission of Human Rights (ICHR) as "subjective" and "partial."

Addressing the Organization of American States (OAS), Moncada said: "The report analyzes the social protests that occurred April 18, which did not result in any deaths.

"However, the media, manipulating information, published fake news about the death of a university student in the Central American University, which never happened. This information served as a detonator for the events that occurred from April 19 onward.

"Groups interested in the destabilization and rupture of the country's constitutional order, oblivious to any social claim, fueled riots from that day on, which became ravages, fires and looting.

"The Nicaraguan state expresses categorically its position regarding the events that the ICHR analyzes, which are not within the framework of social protests, rather... an attempt at constitutional and institutional rupture to change... the legitimately elected government."

Moncada went on to say that contrary to claims the protests were peaceful, from April 19 onward protesters began to use violent force, which resulted in numerous deaths.

The ICHR, a branch of the OAS, released a report condemning alleged excessive force by the Nicaraguan government against protests.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday also condemned Nicaragua for allegedly using excessive violence against "peaceful protesters."

"The police and pro-Nicaraguan government paramilitaries have intensified efforts to punish peaceful protesters," Haley said in a statement. She claims President Ortega is "using the political crisis to increase violence and repression."

Moncada countered that it is "not the policy of the state to repress social protests, and even less the excessive and arbitrary use of force by the National Police. It is enough to cite the multiple marches that have occurred in the country, in which no death occurred.

"There is absolute freedom of expression,and what's more this is sometimes abused, spreading fake news that keeps the population in confusion and provoces criminal acts, such as the burning of Radio Ya and Radio Nicaragua, acts which were omitted by the report, even though the life of working journalists was put in danger."

The foreign minister said the 143 deaths reported by the ICHR have "not been dutifully investigated and verified," and that several citizens have already come forward saying their identities were falsely reported as victims.

According to Moncada's statement, the "report deliberately omits all the armed attacks, sieges, harassment and kidnappings" on the part of protesters.

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Western Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico on alert for possible tropical storm late this week


A tropical low could strengthen into the second named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Basin tropical season late this week.

All eyes will be on the western Caribbean later this week, an area that looks to have the right conditions for a new tropical system to brew.

"A tropical low is expected to develop north of the Nicaraguan coast around midweek," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio.

As the week progresses, the system looks to lift northward through the western Caribbean Sea, and eventually could reach the Gulf of Mexico. Depending on the exact conditions at the time, this low could become the next tropical depression or tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin.

"Water temperatures in both the Caribbean and the Gulf are more than sufficient for tropical development and possible strengthening," added Rossio.

If the system reaches tropical storm strength, it will be given the name Beryl.

However, the atmospheric conditions across the Western Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico this week are not that simple.

Some pockets of wind shear, as well as drier air in the western Gulf of Mexico, could inhibit any rapid intensification or organization of the system as it moves northward.

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Nicaragua Creates Truth, Justice and Peace Commission

The commission will have three months to investigate the deaths and violence committed since during protests against the social security system reform.

The National Assembly of Nicaragua appointed, ratified and swore in members of the Commission for Truth, Justice and Peace Sunday, who will investigate the deaths and violent acts that happened during the protests against the proposed social security system reform.

RELATED: Nicaraguan Truth Commission to Analyze Protests and Deaths

The commission will integrate the Franciscan Priest Uriel Molina, Indigenous and human rights activist Dr. Mirna Cunningham, the Vice President of the National Council of Universities Jaime Lopez Lowery, human rights prosecutor Adolfo Jose Jarquin, and economist Cairo Amador.

Over the course of three months, the commission will investigate the death of protesters and other violent acts that took place since April 19, when clashes between protesters and security forces began.

“The Commission for Truth, Justice and Peace is in your hands, and we want to tell you that you're completely free to do the corresponding investigations,” said Gustavo Porras, president of the parliament.

Porras said the commission's members are prominent Nicaraguans who are committed to peace, and who will carry out the investigation with total freedom.

The creation of the commission was approved during a special session of the National Assembly of Nicaragua on April 29, with 74 votes in favor and none against. The opposition Liberal Party didn't take part in it.

In addition to the truth commission Nicaragua's Public Prosecutor's Office launched Friday an investigation into the protests and deaths. "We will start a formal and responsible investigation into the loss of life of students and national police," Prosecutor Ines Miranda said.

“Vandals promoting chaos by burning Catarina's city hall, taking away peace and tranquility from the families of this touristic town.”

After a peaceful day of protests Sunday, violent opposition groups installed barricades, burned buildings and attacked people while they were praying in Catarina and Niquinohomo. Catarina's city hall and the town house of the National Liberation Sandinista Front (FSLN) were set on fire by some vandals.

The protests were sparked by a proposed reform of the social security system, which the government tried to push for without falling for the IMF recommendations that encouraged tougher austerity measures.

At least 11 people have died during the protests.

Days after the opposition expressed their concerns about the reform, President Daniel Ortega decided to backtrack on it to avoid more blood shed and called for the Catholic Church to mediate the peace dialogues.

On April 24, the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua accepted to be the mediator and witness of the dialogue between Ortega's government and different opposition groups, including dissident student organizations and the Private Enterprise Superior Council.

The government approved on April 16 the reform of the social security system after several negotiation talks during 2017, with the objective of distributing responsibilities between companies and workers, and thus avoiding the privatization of the service.

Even though the reform was suspended and the government of Nicaragua and the Episcopal Conference issued calls for peace and dialogue, some opposition groups have continued to commit violent acts in the streets of Nicaragua and clash with security forces.

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Nicaraguan Women´s Soccer Team beat Cuba in Second Game of the Friendly Match

Nicaragua women's soccer squad beat 2-1 Cuba in the second and last friendly match these two sides held at Havana´s Pedro Marrero stadium.

The visitors opened the score at the 25th minute when Cuban goalkeeper Katherine Montesinos couldn´t keep a header and right winger Yensi Aguirre took the rebound and sent the ball home from close range.

At 45´, left winger Sheyla Flores starred a magnificent play when dribbling past two local defenders to then beat Montesinos through a tremendous shot, thus setting the score 2-0.

In the second half, the Cuban coach Reiniel Bonora made some substitutions as he had lined up several not-regular players and his team noted the improvement and at 75´, Nicaragua´s defender scored an own goal, but the visiting side didn´t collapse, as in the first match, and managed to maintain the score 2-1.

Last Tuesday, Cuba won 4-2 the first of these two matches after starring a tremendous comeback in the second half as they were losing 1-2 at half time.

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Cuban First Vice President: Nicaragua will always have Cuba's Support

Cuba's First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel said on Wednesday in Managua, that Nicaragua will always have the unconditional support, friendship and solidarity of the Caribbean island, reported Prensa Latina News Agency.

The Cuban First Vice President traveled to Nicaragua to participate in the 38th anniversary celebrations of the Sandinista Revolution. He said that the Cuban government and people express their solidarity and revolutionary feelings to the Nicaraguan people.

He extended greetings on behalf of President Raul Castro to his Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo who, together with the Sandinista National Liberation Front, struggle to eradicate poverty in Nicaragua.

The Cuban leader stressed that Nicaragua is living intense reaffirmation and revolutionary struggle after hosting the 23rd Meeting of the Forum of Sao Paulo, important space of political debate in which the Latin American left forces are drafting common strategies to face neoliberalism.

It is significant that at such a transcendental moment we are able to express our congratulations to the Nicaraguan people and ratify once again that they have the unconditionally support, friendship and solidarity of the Cuban people, said Diaz-Canel.

The Cuban government leader was welcomed by Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada and other government authorities at the Augusto Cesar Sandino Airport.

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