Nicaragua

China’s Belt and Road Reaches Central America

China’s state-run Global Times on Wednesday celebrated the inauguration of leftist dictator Daniel Ortega – beginning his fourth term as president of Nicaragua after a rigged election denounced by worldwide democracy activists and the Organization of American States – as a big victory for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

A woman and children walk by a mural depicting Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega in Managua on January 10, 2122, day in which he starts his fourth term. (Photo by Oswaldo RIVAS / AFP) (Photo by OSWALDO RIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

El Salvador Welcomes Persecuted Cuban Journalists

El Salvador allowed two Cuban reporters to enter the Central American country on Wednesday after the men said they learned they would be denied entry to Nicaragua, their intended destination, while on a layover at an airport outside San Salvador on Tuesday, El Salvador’s General Directorate of Migration confirmed.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele delivers a speech on the first day of inoculation with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 to health workers in San Salvador, on February 17, 2021. (Photo by MARVIN RECINOS / AFP) (Photo by MARVIN RECINOS/AFP via Getty Images)

U.N. Criticizes Nicaragua’s Crackdown on Political Opposition

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet presented an oral report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday in which she accused Nicaragua’s ruling government of detaining political opponents in inhumane circumstances ahead of the country’s general election in November, VOA reported Tuesday.

A youth carries a portrait of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega during commemorations for the anniversary of the triumph of the 1979 Sandinista Revolution that toppled dictator Anastasio Somoza in Managua, Nicaragua, late Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Miguel Andrés)

Critics: Joe Biden Is Restarting ‘Hunger Games’ Migration Policy

President-elect Joe Biden is promising to aid Central American countries — but he is also promising to extract more of their valuable young workers and consumers for exploitation inside the United States via the semi-official “Hunger Games” obstacle course between migrants’ homes and U.S. jobs.

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U.S. Navy Veteran Killed in Nicaragua Prison Riot

Nicaraguan-American dual national Eddy Montes Praslin was one of 18 imprisoned anti-government protesters killed or wounded on Thursday in a disturbance at the La Modelo prison near the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua. Montes was reportedly shot dead by prison guards in what U.S. Ambassador Kevin Sullivan called an “unjustifiable use of lethal force against an unarmed political prisoner.”

A sign reads "Eddy, Matagalpa shouts present, present, present" during the burial of Nicaraguan-US political prisoner Eddy Montes Praslin, killed in a riot in La Modelo maximum security prison, in Matagalpa, about 124 km southeast of Managua, on May 19, 2019. (Photo by INTI OCON / AFP) (Photo credit should …