Archive for April, 2012

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With Congressional ‘Super Majority,’ Nicaragua’s Ortega Set To Govern At Will

April 6, 2012

Daniel Ortega consolidates power in Nicaragua (Renata Avila/Flickr)

Lingering allegations off election tampering have poked new holes into President Daniel Ortega’s already threadbare democratic credentials. They are not, however, likely to stop him next month from donning Nicaragua’s presidential sash for the third time. Indeed, for all of the legitimacy questions, Ortega appears to be more in control than ever. Read the rest of this entry ?

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A Summer Ceasefire For Chile’s Student Protestors. Will They Be Back In 2012?

April 6, 2012

"No more repression" (simenon/flickr)

Chile’s warm southern summer has brought an end – for now at least – to a relentless sequence of student-led protests that dominated headlines for much of 2011, cost two education ministers their jobs and sank President Sebastián Piñera’s approval rating.   Read the rest of this entry ?