Nicaragua Rejects US Congressional Passage of NICA Act

The US Congress approved the Nica Act that will now go to President Donald Trump's desk to sign.

The United States Congress (U.S.) approved Tuesday the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (Nica Act) which seeks to sanction the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

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After the approval of Congress, U.S. President Donald Trump has a period of ten days to sign and formalize the law for the sanctions to come into effect. It's largely expected that he will sign considering he signed an executive order in November personally sanctioning members of the Ortega's government.

With the Nica Act the U.S. government will put restrictions on loans from international financial institutions destined for Nicaragua.

Upon passing the law,  President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua rejected it as an interventionist law seeking to harm the economy of the Central American country. It was also rejected in a large part by the Nicaraguan people, who consider it to be detrimental to Nicaragua's democracy, according to a survey by M & R Consultores.

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Cuba Condemns US Sanctions against Nicaragua

Cuba on Thursday condemned the sanctions announced this week by the United States against Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo and National Security Adviser Nestor Moncada, measures that Havana described as interventionist.

'These actions are part of the traditional interventionist and interventionist policy by the United States against that brother country, and express once again that government's will to revive the Monroe Doctrine,' Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra told reporters in Havana.

The official repeated Cuba's rejection of the use of unilateral coercive measures and ratified the invariable solidarity with the Nicaraguan government and people, President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Murillo.

On Tuesday, the United States announced the sanctions that establish the freezing of property, a hostile position that was also condemned by the governments of Venezuela and Bolivia.

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Ortega Warns of US Military Intervention, Open to Meeting Trump

In an interview to be aired Monday night, Nicaraguan President Ortega says he will talk to U.S. President Trump, but wants U.S. government out of Nicaraguan affairs.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega says he is open to meeting U.S. leader Donald Trump at the United Nations Security Council meeting this month despite the fact that he feels “under threat” from the country’s military amid interventionist comments and actions from the U.S., along with other regional right-wing governments.

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In an exclusive interview taped on Sunday night, Ortega told France 24 TV, "We are under threat. We can't rule out anything out as far as the U.S. is concerned. We can't rule out a military intervention," added the Nicaraguan head of state during the interview to be aired on Monday night.

U.S. government officials have not responded to Ortega’s comments, but the United States government is moving forward to apply the Nica Act (Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act) passed in October 2017 to slap sanctions on the Central American country much like it has on Venezuela.

However, Ortega said that if given the chance, he would meet with President Trump at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) scheduled to take place in New York City starting Sept. 24.

"The idea of having a dialogue with a power like the U.S. is necessary," said Ortega, and that going to the UNGA summit, "could be an opportunity (to meet Trump). ... I'd like to go."

The Nicaraguan president added, “I don’t think that Nicaragua is on President Trump's agenda,” in terms of trying to overthrow his government in a soft-coup. He says those ambitions, “have their roots in Florida,” referring to right-wing business leaders and politicians within the state with strong ties to the Central American country.

Last week, the United States ambassador to the U.N. Security Council, Nikki Haley, pushed to include Nicaragua and Venezuela on the September meeting agenda, despite not having a 15-member consensus. China, Russia, Bolivia, and Ethiopia rejected the proposal saying the two Latin American countries don’t pose an international security threat.

Though he expressed interest in talking with Trump during the interview, Ortega added that if the United States wants to “contribute to peace, stability in Nicaragua and the region, they simply have to be respectful of the decisions that Nicaraguans make and not be conspiring against governments that are not enemies of the US. We are enemies of submitting ourselves to U.S. policies," said Ortega, reiterating again that the U.S. should "not mess with Nicaragua."

Nicaragua: Sandinistas Demand Justice, Ortega Slams UN

The U.S. government has long sought to suppress Ortega who first came to power in 1979 as part of a Marxist junta overthrowing the Somoza dictatorship. Voted in several times as president for the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party, Ortega has implemented a slew of social welfare programs, including land redistribution, and greater access to health and education.

Between April and August of this year, 270 people died and over 2,100 were injured during major national protests in Nicaragua, according to Nicaragua's Commission for Truth, Peace and Justice. Demonstrations initially began over state plans to increase social security contributions in order to bridge a budget deficit. Those demonstrations were quickly co-opted by violent opposition groups demanding Ortega's resignation.

When asked by France 24 TV about the stalled peace talks in his country, the FSLN leader responded that “an attempt was mad; it simply did not work," but added that he wants to restart dialogue with opposition leaders and had approached Spain and Germany to help play a role. For the moment, said the president, the dialogue is "in the community, in the neighborhood, among the population ... among the people."

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Nicaragua Sets in 197 those Killed by Coup Plotting Terrorism

The Nicaraguan government confirmed today that 197 people died from April 19 to July 25 as a result of an attempted coup, and denounced the manipulations with political purposes raised in that context.

When a detailed report on the fatalities was made public during the press conference, Foreign Minister Denis Moncada clarified that 253 more lives were truncated as a result of common criminal activity, traffic accidents and other causes.

The Foreign Minister maintained that some human rights organizations and the media add up these deaths as if they had been all caused in the attempted coup d'état.

In that sense, he warned that those who are part of this manipulation are aimed to promote a greater perception of instability and insecurity to the detriment of the Nicaraguan government and people.

According to the report presented by the National Police, in coordination with the other branches of the state, 191 of the total number of victims referred as a result of violent events correspond to men and six to women.

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Nicaragua: Gov't Helps Families To Rebuild Homes After Riots

Seventy families – from Granada, Carazo, Masaya, Managua and Leon – will, from Sunday, receive state assistance, Vice-President Rosario Murillo said.

Nicaragua's Vice-President Rosario Murillo has announced that 70 families caught up in the violence that has plagued the country since April are to be given government assistance in rebuilding their damaged homes.

The affected families – from Granada, Carazo, Masaya, Managua and Leon – will, from Sunday, receive state assistance in nine stages, Murillo said without giving further details.

"Obviously we cannot repair the suffering, the psychological damage that was done to these families, when rioters tried to terrorize them and, in many cases, were successful.

"That is a coup attempt: terror; humiliation; denigrating and cruel treatment, and installing in the hearts of families shame about being Sandinistas."

Murillo called on government agencies to identify crimes committed since protests broke out in April at state plans to increase social security contributions in order to bridge a budget deficit.

Those protests were quickly co-opted by violent opposition groups, believed to be sponsored by the United States, which then called for the resignation of President Daniel Ortega.

Despite the government rolling back its social reforms, three months of violence inflicted considerable damage on the nation's economy and infrastructure.

"We do not promote revenge or hate crimes," Murillo continued. "We want justice and reparation for the families that suffered."

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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 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.


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.


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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