In June 2013, Nicaragua gave initial approval for what seemed like a ridiculous plan to let a Chinese group build a 173-mile canal across the Latin American country. On Monday, workers broke ground on one of the largest infrastructure projects ever.one of the biggest infrastructure projects ever.
It was a time of change in Nicaragua. Daniel Ortega, once the leader of the Sandinista rebels and a former president of the country, had won the presidency yet again in a free and fair election in the fall of 2006. The world was holding its breath to see what would happen — especially including more than a few expats in the real estate business in Nicaragua.
The presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela offered Friday to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, one day after leftist South American leaders gathered to denounce the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane over Europe amid reports that the American was aboard.
Yves here. Reader From Mexico often chides readers in comments who like try to depict Argentina and other Latin American states as failures, when the ones who have distanced themselves from American/neoliberal policies have made solid social and economic progress.
This piece highlights a tangible indicator of the wane of US influence in the Americas.
Oswaldo Rivas/ReutersNicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, who has so far governed the country for two decades, has chosen his controversial wife as his running mate for the country's next elections in November.
Managua (AFP) - A Chinese company breaks ground Monday on a $50 billion canal across Nicaragua, an ambitious rival to the Panama Canal that critics condemn as a pipe dream and protesters say will wreck the environment.
Opposition lawmakers have arrived at Nicaragua's legislature under heavy police escort as the body convened for the first time in two days amid protests by supporters of President Daniel Ortega.Protestors have rallied outside the National Assembly for days seeking to stop opposition right-wing representatives from repealing a decree Ortega issued that lengthens the terms of some 25 top magistrates and civil servants.Tension has risen in Nicaragua since a Supreme Court ruling last November cleared the way for Ortega to seek re-election in 2011.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Nicaraguan president and one-time Sandinista revolutionary Daniel Ortega appears headed for victory Sunday in an election that his critics say could be the prelude to a presidency-for-life....