Senior Nicaraguan Election Official Sanctioned by the Trump Administration

The Trump administration has blacklisted Robert Jose Rivas, the president of Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council. The Council or Consejo Supremo Electoral is somewhat similar to the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC), but it has a lot more powers including maintaining a national voter registration list. Yesterday the Trump Administration launched a new sanctions regime targeting …

Congress Urges Trump Administration to Crack Down on Nicaraguan Corruption

A bipartisan group of Members of Congress from in the House and the Senate is urging President Donald Trump to impose visa restrictions and block assets in the United States of Nicaraguan officials engaging in acts of corruption. Led by the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee Chairman, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the letter will …

Congress Takes Aim at Nicaragua Corruption

This week in the U.S. House of Representatives Members of Congress approved, by voice vote, an anti-corruption measure that seems to have struck a political nerve in Managua. Among other things, the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017 could result in less U.S.-backed lending to Nicaragua from international financial institutions such as IMF and the …

US Congress Seeks to Expose Corruption in Nicaragua

On September 21, the House of Representatives approved passage H.R. 5708, the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017 that, if it becomes law, will prohibit loans by international financial institutions (“IFIs”) to the government of Nicaragua unless Nicaragua takes steps to ensure free, fair, and transparent elections as well as strengthen the rule of law. The left-wing …

Leading Nicaraguan Lawyer: Rule of is Law Dead in Nica

After watching just a few minutes of the CNBC Republican debate yesterday, I was off, channel surfing, then reading. Mark Levin is on to something. It is time for the Republican National Committee (RNC) to take control of this process and host its own debates. With RNC funds and technology, we can have a Republican primary …

Trouble Brewing in Nicaragua

If an American corporation engaged in unlawful property confiscations in rural areas of Nicaragua, with the full cooperation of the Nicaraguan military, it would be front page news at the New York Times and other progressive news organizations. The international NGO network would see to it and then some. However, since it involves a left-wing Sandinista government …

Tackling Cold War Demons in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is undergoing a political transformation that has the small Central American nation teetering right on the edge of it becoming another policy problem for the United States. Most of the issues come from atop the government as well as the lack of rule of law and transparency. Then there are longer term challenges that include …