U.S. preparing to "intervene" in Nicaragua?

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U.S. preparing to "intervene" in Nicaragua?

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[url=http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nicaragua-election-idUSKCN10V0MW?il=0]... election campaign begins with Ortega as clear favorite[/url]

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Ortega, a 70-year-old former guerrilla leader, remains highly popular after nearly a decade in power due to his handling of the economy and a series of social welfare programs that were backed by leftist allies Cuba and Venezuela.

But the political opposition has accused Ortega and his Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party of neutering state institutions and trying to install a dynasty after he announced his wife, Rosario Murillo, would run as his vice presidential candidate.

Murillo previously served as the government's chief spokeswoman.

The United States and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have criticized Ortega's government for failing to accept international election observers, a decision Ortega defended by arguing that he has lost elections in which such monitors failed to recognize irregularities.

The U.S. government has also voiced concerns over efforts by the country's Supreme Court to weaken the opposition Independent Liberal Party (PLI) and the Constitutionalist Liberal Party (PLC), in what it called efforts "to limit democratic space."

All the buzzwords are there, and this morning the CBC was repeating the same garbage - it's easier than investigative and fact-based journalism.

ETA: I've added the emphasis, obviously. The U.S. is not described as "rightist" or "imperialist", nor is the "political opposition".

The U.S. has much blood on its hands - in Nicaragua, as throughout the world. People should be vigilant to ensure that another Honduras or Haiti or Venezuela or Chile or Panama or El Salvador or Dominican Republic is not in the making. Here's a better picture.

Geoff

Unionist wrote:

[url=http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nicaragua-election-idUSKCN10V0MW?il=0]... election campaign begins with Ortega as clear favorite[/url]

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Ortega, a 70-year-old former guerrilla leader, remains highly popular after nearly a decade in power due to his handling of the economy and a series of social welfare programs that were backed by leftist allies Cuba and Venezuela.

But the political opposition has accused Ortega and his Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party of neutering state institutions and trying to install a dynasty after he announced his wife, Rosario Murillo, would run as his vice presidential candidate.

Murillo previously served as the government's chief spokeswoman.

The United States and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have criticized Ortega's government for failing to accept international election observers, a decision Ortega defended by arguing that he has lost elections in which such monitors failed to recognize irregularities.

The U.S. government has also voiced concerns over efforts by the country's Supreme Court to weaken the opposition Independent Liberal Party (PLI) and the Constitutionalist Liberal Party (PLC), in what it called efforts "to limit democratic space."

All the buzzwords are there, and this morning the CBC was repeating the same garbage - it's easier than investigative and fact-based journalism.

ETA: I've added the emphasis, obviously. The U.S. is not described as "rightist" or "imperialist", nor is the "political opposition".

The U.S. has much blood on its hands - in Nicaragua, as throughout the world. People should be vigilant to ensure that another Honduras or Haiti or Venezuela or Chile or Panama or El Salvador or Dominican Republic is not in the making. Here's a better picture.

If Nicaragua agrees to have "international election observers", then the US should do the same. After all, The Donald has already said that, if he loses, it can only be the result of cheating. Americans have been warned.

Misfit Misfit's picture

I don't speak Spanish but I fully understood that. ETA: now I don't understand your revision. I'll look it up.

Cody87

Hopefully the U.S. will at least wait until after November 8th to "bring democracy" to any more countries.

It would not be right to start a new engagement which three of the four candidates (albiet the least likely 3 to win the GE) would not support.

Misfit Misfit's picture

and where were the international election observers when Bush forced the votes of so many ethnic minorities in Florida to be thrown out so that he could win the state of Florida and the 2000 election?

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Vete a la mierda los gringos

 

Keep it simple and on point

 

Unionist

Misfit wrote:
and where were the international election observers when Bush forced the votes of so many ethnic minorities in Florida to be thrown out so that he could win the state of Florida and the 2000 election?

They were busy in training, getting ready to bring democracy to Iraq in 2003. Including Audrey McLaughlin, who joined the NDI "mission" in Baghdad after the invasion. Delivering democracy is a 24/7 business.

 

Mr. Magoo

Any good point deserves a good counterpoint, so...

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But the political opposition has accused Ortega and his Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party of neutering state institutions and trying to install a dynasty after he announced his wife, Rosario Murillo, would run as his vice presidential candidate.

That IS kind of sketchy.  Some might say that the Kennedys, or the Bush family, or the Clintons are also a "dynasty" -- or even the Trudeau family -- but if I'm not mistaken, JFK didn't appoint Bobby to be Secretary of State, and GHW Bush didn't run alongside GW (or Jeb!) and Bill never appointed Hillary to anything.

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The United States and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have criticized Ortega's government for failing to accept international election observers

Back in the fall of last year, I suggested that Canada didn't really need such observers, so I'll suggest that Nicaragua shouldn't have observers forced on them either.

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The U.S. government has also voiced concerns over efforts by the country's Supreme Court to weaken the opposition Independent Liberal Party (PLI) and the Constitutionalist Liberal Party (PLC), in what it called efforts "to limit democratic space."

This one shouldn't be a "team sport" or "tribal solidarity moment".  Are they, or aren't they?  That should be the only question.

The government of Venezuela currently seem to have their judiciary on a short leash; is this defensible in the interest of a team "win"?

 

swallow swallow's picture

You are sort of mistaken, in fact. 

JFK appointed Bobby to be Attorney General, a post as important as Secretary of State. 

Bill appointed Hillary chair of the Task Force on National Health Care Reform, which failed, but wasn't nothing. 

And hey, Kevin Spacey appointed Robin Wright his VP candidate. Oh wait, that was House of Cards. I get it confused with the real 2016 elections sometimes, though it is less fanciful than the Year of Trump, of course. 

(I don't actually object to the appointments of Bobby Kennedy and Hilalry Rodham Clinton to those posts especially, but they did take palce.)

Mr. Magoo

OK, fair enough.

But where, on the list of succession, does "chair of the Task Force on National Health Care Reform" fall, versus Vice President?

It's still just a little bit weird, to have the VP be your wife, isn't it?

Would we say it was weird if The Donald chose Ivanka Trump as his running mate?

I'm not saying it shouldn't be allowed.  I'm just saying it's kind of weird.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

The only role the US should be playing in any Nicaraguan election is to promise, whoever wins, to pay for past atrocities: , e.g., the Internaional Criminal Court found them guilty of, [bombing Nic ports], or other atrocities, like killing school teachers, priests, agricultural workers and the like, where they used funds from drug sales [Iran Contra] to fund the contra terrorists. 

 

jjuares

Mr. Magoo wrote:

OK, fair enough.

But where, on the list of succession, does "chair of the Task Force on National Health Care Reform" fall, versus Vice President?

It's still just a little bit weird, to have the VP be your wife, isn't it?

Would we say it was weird if The Donald chose Ivanka Trump as his running mate?

I'm not saying it shouldn't be allowed.  I'm just saying it's kind of weird.


I agree. It is a little weird. I am just thanful I don't live in such a country. It sounds almost dynastic. I have even heard of countries in which the unaccomplished son of a former leader gets to run the country because a major party picked him as the candidate based on the memory and last name of his father. Thank goodness I don't live in such as a country as that either.

Unionist

I think the key issue is that the U.S., Canada, UK, etc., despite their great accomplishments in building inclusive and democratic societies, and despite their obvious superiority in skin colour and speaking English, etc., have no right to organize coups, support "opposition" forces, enforce no-fly zones, or outright invade countries which don't get down on their knees on command and do their bidding.

Isn't that the issue?

First they'll say, "what, he's sticking his wife in as VP!?" Then they'll murder him. I know, we don't do those things. Never happened to Saddam or Gaddafi. We never overthrew or expelled Aristide. The list is endless.

Canadians who moralize about the evils of other societies should actually just emigrate there, put their lives on the line, and help create democracy. Like that Audrey McLaughlin character. And never come back.

 

Mr. Magoo

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I have even heard of countries in which the unaccomplished son of a former leader gets to run the country because a major party picked him

Dynastic would be if his father picked him.

See:  Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

Given U.S. history in Latin America there are really only two words I can think of that are appropriate to say to U.S. officials when they speak out about regimes in the region that they don't like.    The first word starts with the letter "F".   For the second word, you have to buy a vowel.