Secondly, linked via their site, comes this explanation of the unpopularity of Bush and US politics in the region. Sorry, it's a little late for Dubya's visit, but it does make interesting reading and is a further explanation for all those burning flags.
Finally, if you want to put it all in still larger context, comedian/social commentator Robert Newman's "Caliban to the Taliban" is incredible - you can download it from iTunes, either in its entirety or just the Nicaragua bit which details a, now infamous, piece of CIA propaganda.
All that history and it's just gone 7.15am in Granada. Okay, I'm off for my rice, beans and lovely Nica coffee.
Over the past 16 years Nicaragua has been undergoing a silent
revolution, led by one of the most impoverished sections of society,
the peasant farmers, or campesinos. It is a revolution that
fundamentally challenges the traditional free market and its
neo-liberal economics, which favours paying farmers the lowest price
possible, leaving them powerless to do anything but sell direct to the
multinationals at prices they dictate.
It is a revolution that has
allowed a group of people to produce, market and sell their produce on
their own terms and in so doing challenge the multinationals that still
dominate the trade.
"That Nicaraguans withstood intense pressure and re-elected Ortega
demonstrates the absolute failure of U.S. foreign policy to provide a
decent life to even a small country of a few million people -- so what
are the chances the U.S. would be able to do so in a region like the
Middle East? That the Sandinistas remain the single most popular party
in Nicaragua is evidence of the limits of U.S. power, especially when
it is exercised purely in military terms, which is, after all, the
favorite exercise of the neocons. A country as poor as Nicaragua, in a
region long locked into the United States' sphere of influence, bucking
Washington's diktats is an intolerable embarrassment." Professor Greg Gandin in the Ohmy News.
The Time Magazine Cover is from March 31st, 1986. The news items below it is dated yesterday.
The United States told Nicaragua on Feb. 5 to destroy Soviet-era anti-aircraft missiles, setting up its first fight with old Cold War foe President Daniel Ortega since he returned to office last month.
Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla, said on Feb. 2 that Nicaragua should keep its arsenal of more than 1,000 SAM-7 missiles because Washington was giving planes to neighbor Honduras.