Category Archives: Nicaragua

RIP – Adolfo Calero

Just a month after Tomás Borge, one of the founding members of the Sandinistas, died, his one-time ideological enemy Aldolfo Calero has died, also at the age of 81. Calero, a conservative who, like the Sandinistas, opposed the dictatorship of the … Continue reading

Posted in Deaths, Nicaragua

RIP – Tomás Borge

Tomás Borge, the last living founding member of the Sandinista movement, has died at the age of 81. A victim of the Somoza dictatorship and a key figure in the Sandinista government from 1979-1990, Borge was no stranger to either … Continue reading

Posted in Deaths, Nicaragua

Today in the Ongoing War Against Women in Latin America: Honduras

Honduras’s Congress is debating a bill “that would send women to jail if they use the morning-after pill — even for victims of sexual assault.“ If it were to pass, the law would be part of a trend of laws in … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion, Chile, Honduras, Nicaragua, Women's Movements & Issues, Women's Rights | 2 Comments

Around Latin America

-A Guatemalan judge has denied dictator and ex-general Efraín Ríos Montt’s claim that an amnesty protects him from prosecution for human rights violations his regime committed, leaving the general open to more genocide charges. Ríos Montt governed from 1981-1982 during a … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-The prison camp at Guantanamo Bay turns 10 years old today, with no sign of closing or of the detainees receiving trial anytime soon. -Mexican ex-president Ernesto Zedillo is facing charges of crimes against humanity for the murder of 45 … Continue reading

Posted in Around Latin America, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Favelas, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionárias de Colombia (FARC), Guatemala, Human Rights Violations, Indigenous Peoples, Latin American Media, Mexico, Mexico's Institutional Dictatorship, Nicaragua, Prisoners' Rights, United States

Around Latin America

-Mexico had around 12,000 people die as a direct cause of drug violence in 2011, and it’s important to remember that death total doesn’t include violent deaths not connected to drug violence. Meanwhile, a new report suggests that the Zetas … Continue reading

Posted in Around Latin America, Brazil, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Guatemala, Indigenous Peoples, Labor in Latin America, Mexico, Nicaragua, Student Movements

Mourning Kim Jong Il in Latin America

Though I don’t agree with it, I can at least understand Cuba’s stance from an allegedly”ideological” standpoint (though the similarities between the two countries are pretty superficial at best, as is their so-called “communism”). That said, Ortega’s stance seems based … Continue reading

Posted in Cuba, Latin American Foreign Relations, Nicaragua