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…

Amnesty International – Weaponizing Hypocrisy for the US and NATO

Tortilla con Sal Over the last year, in Latin America, Amnesty International have taken their collusion in support of NATO government foreign policy down to new depths of falsehood and bad faith attacking Venezuela and, most recently, Nicaragua. The multi-million dollar Western NGO claims, “We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or…

Global False Witness – Targeting Nicaragua

Tortilla con Sal Global Witness is a well-established environmental and human rights non-governmental organization based in Britain. As with many other similar organizations, its reports often figure in news media as authoritative sources on international issues. Ever since the 1980s and, increasingly so, after the turn of the century, the status of NGOs as trustworthy…

The Anti-Democratic, Anti-Intellectual West

Tortilla Con Sal Western imperialist elites accumulated their power and wealth by means of genocidal conquest which they have defended over centuries through different kinds of colonialism and, since late in the 20th century, by systematic neocolonialism. Many writers, perhaps most notably Edward Said in his pioneering books titled, “Orientalism” and “Culture and Imperialism,” have…

Fake News in a Multipolar World

Outside the Western corporate and alternative media bubble, the fake news controversy looks like a very contrived and double-edged propaganda exercise. Tortilla Con Sal Anyone trying to understand current developments in Latin America and the rest of the world may well find it useful to consider how, throughout the 20th century, Western ruling elites agreed…

Neocolonial Psy-warfare: The Collusion of Western Media and NGOS

Tortilla con Sal Ever since the early 20th Century, managing global consumer taste in communications has been fundamental to the Western corporate elites’ success in their endless global war on the impoverished majority. But their control of global perceptions is in jeopardy now as the effects of climate change become more extreme and the Western…

Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua – Permanent Media False Positives

Tortilla Con SalPolitical scientists could work out the correlation between the downright hostile media coverage and official measures by the U.S. and allied governments Member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas are natural targets for the relentless psychological warfare of Western news media, because they form a resistance front to the foreign policy…