Robert C. McFarlane, Top Reagan Aide in Iran-Contra Affair, Dies at 84

As national security adviser, he pleaded guilty in an illegal scheme to aid Nicaraguan rebels in the 1980s. Guilt-ridden, he attempted suicide.

#deaths-obituaries, #iran, #iran-contra-affair, #mcfarlane-robert-c, #nicaragua, #north-oliver-l, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #washington-dc

Nicaragua’s Secretive Ruling Family Reaches Out Quietly to the U.S.

Sanctions intended to thwart the president’s dictatorial actions have hit his family and inner circle hard. More pain is expected as sanctions hit Russia, an ally.

#chamorro-carlos-fernando, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #murillo-rosario, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

How Nature Becomes a Casualty of War

Research on past conflicts suggests that the war in Ukraine could have a profound environmental impact.

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A World Away From Ukraine, Russia Is Courting Latin America

The Ukraine crisis has revived a struggle over Latin America between the U.S. and Russia, as Vladimir V. Putin seeks greater influence in the region.

#argentina, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #china, #colombia, #cuba, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #fernandez-alberto-1959, #latin-america, #nicaragua, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #ortega-daniel, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Nicaragua Seizes Universities, Inching Toward Dictatorship

Many see the move as President Daniel Ortega’s latest effort to clamp down on dissent, after persecuting political opponents and extending his time in office.

#colleges-and-universities, #costa-rica, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #murillo-rosario, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel

Taiwan Loses Nicaragua as Ally as Tensions With China Rise

The nation switched diplomatic allegiance to Beijing, leaving 13 nations and the Vatican still recognizing Taiwan as a sovereign nation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #taiwan, #tsai-ing-wen, #united-states-international-relations

In Nicaragua Election, Ortega Crushes Dissent

President Daniel Ortega quashed the opposition and struck fear in voters, all but guaranteeing his victory in a presidential contest on Sunday.

#elections, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel

‘Everyone Is on the List’: Fear Grips Nicaragua as It Veers to Dictatorship

A crackdown on opposition by President Daniel Ortega leaves Nicaraguans to wonder: Who is next?

#elections, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #managua-nicaragua, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #political-prisoners

Enrique Bolaños, Former President of Nicaragua, Dies at 93

A conservative leader who fought corruption and pushed for economic progress, Mr. Bolaños believed that his country was in a time of crisis.

#central-america, #deaths-obituaries, #latin-america, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #politics-and-government

Nicaragua Denies Entry to New York Times Journalist Amid Escalating Crisis

The refusal to admit the reporter comes amid a nationwide crackdown on journalists, opposition politicians and civil society groups.

#anatoly-kurmanaev, #central-america, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #freedom-of-the-press, #latin-america, #media, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel

In Nicaragua, Repression Deepens as More Opposition Leaders Are Detained

With a stunning wave of arrests of political opponents and civil society leaders, President Daniel Ortega will practically be unopposed in November elections.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations

Nicaragua’s Democracy Hangs by Thread as Crackdown Deepens

Under President Daniel Ortega, the country is a step away from becoming a one-party state. Money-laundering charges against his main rival have heightened concerns.

#international-crisis-group, #murillo-rosario, #nicaragua, #organization-of-american-states, #ortega-daniel, #politics-and-government

For Nicaragua’s Lobstermen, Deadly Dives Are All Too Common

Catching spiny lobsters is a stunningly dangerous pursuit for the mostly Indigenous fishermen along the country’s Caribbean coast, requiring deep plunges with subpar gear.

#accidents-and-safety, #caribbean-area, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #indigenous-people, #lobsters, #nicaragua, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sandinista-national-liberation-front

Hurricane Iota Live Updates: Still ‘Extremely Dangerous’ at Category 2

The storm is barreling across parts of Central America that are still reeling from Hurricane Eta’s impact less than two weeks ago.

#central-america, #colombia, #honduras, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nicaragua

Hurricane Iota Path: Live Updates of Category 5 Storm

#central-america, #floods, #honduras, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #landslides-and-mudslides, #national-hurricane-center, #nicaragua, #weather

Hurricane Iota Becomes a Category 5 Storm

The storm will be the second hurricane to strike the region in two weeks.

#central-america, #floods, #honduras, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #landslides-and-mudslides, #national-hurricane-center, #nicaragua, #weather

Hurricane Iota Barrels Toward Central America

The storm is expected to make landfall along the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras as a Category 4 hurricane by Monday night.

#central-america, #guatemala, #honduras, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #landslides-and-mudslides, #national-hurricane-center, #nicaragua, #weather

Iota, Now a Hurricane, Is Season’s 30th Named Storm

A Category One storm, Iota was expected to strengthen into a major hurricane by Monday as it approached the coast of Central America, according to the National Hurricane Center.

#central-america, #global-warming, #honduras, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-hurricane-center, #nicaragua

Iota Becomes 30th Named Storm in a Record-Breaking Season

Tropical Storm Iota is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane this weekend as it approaches the coast of Central America, according to the National Hurricane Center.

#central-america, #global-warming, #honduras, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-hurricane-center, #nicaragua

Eta Heads for South Florida

Eta, the 28th named storm of the active 2020 hurricane season, was expected to strengthen as it approached the Florida Keys after bringing catastrophic rainfall to Honduras and Nicaragua.

#atlantic-ocean, #caribbean-area, #central-america, #floods, #florida, #florida-keys, #gulf-coast-us, #honduras, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nicaragua, #rain, #weather

Hurricane Eta: Live Updates

Forecasters warned of “catastrophic” damage in the region, with winds up to 150 miles per hour and severe flooding expected as the Category 4 storm prepares to make landfall on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

#caribbean-area, #central-america, #hurricane-eta, #nicaragua, #weather, #world-meteorological-organization

Hurricane Eta Heads Toward Central America

The storm was expected to strengthen before making landfall on Tuesday, producing as much as 35 inches of rain.

#caribbean-area, #central-america, #hurricane-eta, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nicaragua, #weather

400,000 Immigrants Can Be Forced to Leave the U.S., Court Rules

People from countries like El Salvador and Haiti who won temporary protected status after fleeing natural disaster and war can be forced to return home, a federal appeals court ruled.

#appeals-courts-us, #decisions-and-verdicts, #el-salvador, #haiti, #honduras, #immigration-and-emigration, #nepal, #nicaragua, #sudan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Nicaragua’s Ruling Sandinistas Fall Victim to Covid-19, Highlighting the Disease’s Spread

The haphazard, politicized response to the pandemic by the country’s leaders has put the government’s own officials and supporters at particular risk.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #murillo-rosario, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #sandinista-national-liberation-front

Edén Pastora, ‘Commander Zero’ in Nicaragua, Dies at 83

A hero of the 1979 Sandinista revolution, he later turned on his comrades in arms, mounting an international campaign of political pressure and later guerrilla attacks inside the country.

#commander-zero, #deaths-obituaries, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #pastora-gomez-eden, #sandinista-national-liberation-front, #somoza-debayle-anastasio

Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Sends Two Million Hydroxychloroquine Doses to Brazil

The two countries are studying whether the drug is safe and effective for the prevention and early treatment of Covid-19. And protests in the United States have sparked fears of spreading the virus.

#brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #nicaragua

Resisting Lockdown, Nicaragua Becomes a Place of Midnight Burials

The country is one of the last to reject the strict measures introduced globally to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Families say they are paying the price.

#cemeteries, #central-america, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #managua-nicaragua, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #pan-american-health-organization, #pneumonia

Brazil and Coronavirus: Defiant Bolsonaro Dismisses Threat

President Jair Bolsonaro, who has called the virus a “measly cold,” is the sole major world leader continuing to question the merits of lockdown measures to fight the pandemic.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #indigenous-people, #latin-america, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #pan-american-health-organization, #rio-de-janeiro-brazil