Nicaragua’s Interoceanic Canal: Interview with Edgardo Garcia Aguilar

“We’re trying not to follow the vegetable route of an impoverished population.” Edgardo Garcia Aguilar, General Secretary,Rural Workers Association of Nicaragua, Member of Via Campesina International Tortilla con Sal How important is Nicaragua’s Interoceanic Canal for the country’s labor unions and rural workers organizations? As rural workers and smallholders we think that to reorganize our…

Nicaragua’s Interoceanic Canal: Interview with Domingo Francisco Perez

“Our country was impoverished. We were made impoverished by big capital and we have this chance now with the Canal to really develop our economy” Interview with Domingo Francisco Perez, General Secretary of the National Union of Public Employees comprised of public sector workers in government ministries, the Autonomous Regional bodies and 128 of Nicaragua’s…

Nicaragua’s Canal : The Environmental and Economic Arguments

By Tortilla Con Sal With the approval by Nicaraguan government on Nov. 5 of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study, the project of the Inter-oceanic Canal will enter its phase of design and execution. Initial construction will begin by the end of this year of the Brito port facilities on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast…

Nicaragua’s Canal : A Socialist Project for Economic Change

By Tortilla Con Sal The fundamental argument in favor of Nicaragua’s Interoceanic Canal is that it will change the structure of Nicaragua’s economy in such a way as to dramatically reduce poverty and so enable a reversal of the current destructive national and regional trends of impoverishment-driven environmental depredation. Progressive and radical opinion in North…

Nicaragua’s Canal : Shallow Science and Phony Environmentalism

By Tortilla con Sal Western media coverage of Nicaragua’s interoceanic canal has been almost uniformly hostile and often woefully ill-informed since the project was announced in 2013. The most recent attacks have focused on the alleged disaster the canal represents for Nicaragua’s natural environment, mixed in with largely gratuitous attacks on the Nicaraguan government and…

The Guardian Falsely Smears Nicaragua Yet Again

Tortilla Con Sal April 12th 2018 Under the headline “Nicaragua fires: aid from Costa Rica rejected as blaze destroys rainforest”, once again the UK Guardian has published another badly researched, politically skewed report falsely smearing Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. This time, the pretext is a devastating forest fire affecting the peripheral buffer zone of the Indio…

Class War and Neocolonial Progressive Western Media

Tortilla con Sal In North America and Europe, the class war spiraled to new levels of intensity during and after the 2008 financial crisis. Governments acting on behalf of their countries’ corporate elites ensured an unprecedented transfer of wealth, imposing public sector austerity to protect Western corporate control of the international financial system. Simultaneously, Western…

Propaganda: How Neocolonial Progressives Support Western Imperialism

Across the region, the legitimate struggles of indigenous peoples are being coopted by Western NGOs and media to serve the psychological warfare offensive of the US government and its allies against progressive governments in Latin America. Tortilla con Sal Almost all Western reporting of foreign news constitutes a permanent drip-feed of poisonous disinformation accumulating into…

The West and Latin America

Stephen Sefton One of the most curious phenomena of what passes for intellectual life in North America and Western Europe is the broad ignorance and deep prejudice of otherwise politically sophisticated people. In one way this is hardly surprising, given the relentless determination of Western news media to misinform their countries’ populations about world affairs….

The Nicaraguan Crisis: A US Regime Change Operation

Camilo Mejía Over the past four and a half months western corporate news reports about Nicaragua have painted a harrowing picture about the Central American country, historically known for a revolutionary legacy that has put the nation at odds with United States foreign policy and interests. In this latest iteration of conflict between the two…

Nicaragua: Lies, Damned Lies and the New Yorker

Stephen Sefton Jon Lee Anderson’s September 3rd New Yorker article “Fake news and unrest in Nicaragua” confirms that its elite consumer oriented Condé Nast parent company has chosen to take the publication back to its 1925 origins as a “15 cent comic”. Anderson’s mix of gossip, invention, fantasy and fiction panders perfectly to the elite…

From the End of History to the End of Truth

Tortilla Con Sal Making nonsense of Fukuyama’s premature triumphalist screed, it is commonplace now to note that the United States corporate elites and their European and Pacific country counterparts are increasingly losing power and influence around the world. Equally common is the observation that these Western elites and the politicians who front for them have…