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 …

Iran’s Tango with Latin America

DC Dispatches Editor Yleem Poblete penned an op-ed for the National Interest on Iranian adventurism in the Western Hemisphere, particularly in Latin America. The core message: the United States needs to move beyond a “drugs and thugs,” or pure law enforcement mindset when addressing regional challenges: Networks have been uncovered operating in Latin America that …

China-Nicaragua Canal, News to Many Nicaraguans

There have been news reports floating around the web for some time now about a canal that the Chinese government allegedly wants to build in Nicaragua. The latest articles were published in the UK’s Daily Mail and the Daily Caller. Yet when I ask non-Sandinista Nicaraguan political types about it, they insist that there is …

Nicaraguan Anti-Communist Freedom Fighters Coming Back?

According to a blog posting at The Nicaraguan Dispatch (no relationship with our DC Dispatches), and similar articles in Spanish from the region, there are a group of fellows that claim to be a modern-day version of the Nicaraguan freedom fighter movement, the Contras. I’ve had folks well connected in the region tell of simliar …

Around Town …

Seattle resident Yuri Montgomery (aka, Yuri Malinkovski) received a New Year’s present of sorts from Uncle Sam. He was slapped with a $340,000 civil penalty and was banned from exporting from the U.S. for 30 years. If he behaves for ten years, the government will only require an up front payment $17,500. The balance of …