Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has one of the highest approval rates in the region, but he is still going to great lengths to secure his re-election November 6th at all cost. Is this just Ortega playing it safe or a permanent power grab?
El régimen de Maduro sistemáticamente viola todos los estándares democráticos y ahora intenta obstruir el referendo revocatorio, jugando su última carta para sobrevivir políticamente. Sin referendo el chavismo apuesta por el autoritarismo. ¿Logrará perpetuarse en el poder?
Two weeks ago, the Nicaraguan government kicked out three U.S. citizens under trumped up charges (soon, I fear, Trumped Up will become formal adjective to be capitalized). So, why has the State Department been so quiet about it?
The Nicaraguan government’s expulsion of U.S. citizens—linked loosely to the military—found fertile ground in the country’s popular opinion. Surveys by LAPOP demonstrate high levels of distrust in Nicaragua toward the U.S. military—especially among those who support Ortega.
After his prompt, unexpected and unceremonial removal from Nicaragua, while there to conduct research on the transoceanic canal, Evan Ellis reflects on the events and what they mean for Nicaraguan democracy and U.S.-Nicaraguan relations.