Archive for the ‘Nicaragua’ Category

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Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On: Nicaragua Rattled By Multiple Earthquakes

June 26, 2014

Nicaragua remains on “red alert” following a cluster of pre-Easter earthquakes that killed two people; damaged nearly 5,000 homes, some completely; opened up a 20 km-long crack in the earth; and may have even caused an odd drop in the water level of Lago Xolotlán, also known as Lake Managua. Read the rest of this entry ?

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President Ortega Grants Himself Control Of Nicaragua’s Forestry Resources

June 25, 2014

Having just put the finishing touches on a power-enhancing overhaul of the Nicaraguan constitution, President Daniel Ortega is now looking to extend control over yet another area of the country’s government apparatus: forestry administration. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Weighing The Costs And Benefits Of Nicaragua’s Mining Boom

June 25, 2014

A leading Nicaraguan environmental group is sounding the alarm over President Daniel Ortega’s cozy embrace of metals mining, an industry that has boomed in recent years and now boasts the country’s number one export product: gold. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Ortega’s Overhaul Of The Nicaraguan Constitution Is A Done Deal

June 5, 2014

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega put the finishing touches this month on a thunderous political power play that could extend his already lengthy stay in office until 2021 – and beyond. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Kidney Disease Epidemic In Nicaragua’s ‘Land of Rum and Sugar’

June 5, 2014

In Chichigalpa, Nicaragua’s “tierra del ron y del azúcar” (land of rum and sugar), hundreds of men who developed a “mystery” illness while working in local sugarcane fields are seeking compensation from their former employer, a powerful conglomerate called Grupo Pellas. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Daniel Ortega Reworks Nicaragua’s Constitution To His Liking

January 29, 2014

At the behest of President Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua’s Sandinista-controlled legislature is preparing to approve a series of made-to-order constitutional reforms that together amount to an overhaul of the country’s entire political system. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Nicaragua’s Tapirs Running Out Of Time And Space

January 29, 2014

Born and raised outside of Managua, in Nicaragua’s Zoológico Nacional,  “Maya” and “Carburito” will soon be traveling east – aboard a military helicopter – to the Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sur (RAAS), where they will swap their familiar chain-linked enclosure for the leafy wilds of the Wawashang forest. Read the rest of this entry ?