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.

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Cuban Migrants Arrive to U.S. in Record Numbers, on Foot, Not by Boat

Political repression and escalating economic difficulties on the island, along with a new visa-free travel policy in Nicaragua, are some of the factors driving the change.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Latin America Is Facing a ‘Decline of Democracy’ Under the Pandemic

The coronavirus is battering Latin American health systems and economies. It is also threatening the region’s fragile political freedoms.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Despite Pandemic, This Country Has a Full Sports Calendar

Baseball and soccer leagues carry on in Nicaragua, whose public health officials report relatively few coronavirus cases. Many others have doubts.

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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.

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