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Nicaragua Now

Our twice annual magazine Nicaragua Now contains feature articles and interviews about developments in Nicaragua and news of Nicaragua - UK solidarity activities carried out by  NSC, Wales NSC, twin towns, trade unions and other UK organisations with projects and volunteering programmes.

Nicaragua Now Issue 6

Download Nicaragua Now No 6 spring/summer 2016

Articles in this issue include:

  • Climate Justice, the example of Nicaragua.
  • The struggle for the rights of women workers in Nicaragua’s Free Trade Zones.
  • Intergenerational solidarity in Sheffield and Esteli.
  • Nicaragua, elections and the US.
  • Electricity, water, roads and ‘buen vivir’ on the Caribbean Coast.
  • Reducing food waste, reducing poverty.
  • Trade union solidarity.
  • Mutual solidarity through volunteering.
  • UK-Nicaragua solidarity news.


Nicaragua Now Issue 5

Download Nicaragua Now No 5 autumn 2015/winter 2016

  • The benefits and risks of Nicaragua’s inter-oceanic canal.
  • What has happened with property claims and reparations related to the Sandinista Revolution and the US-backed contra war? What lessons for Cuba?
  • How is Nicaragua addressing the problem of child trafficking?
  • What role for international volunteers in supporting young people in Nicaragua to set up businesses?
  • Thirty-five years of solidarity research on Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast
  • Helping to re-activate community development in La Concha
  • An inspirational UK speaker tour by Flor de Maria Avellan, street seller and deputy general secretary of the Confederation of Self-Employed Workers (CTCP)
  • Solidarity through Fairtrade, community theatre, circus workshops, duck and toilet related fundraising, and developing resources for UK schools


Nicaragua NowDownload Nicaragua Now Issue 4 Spring 2015

  • Calling for an end to US destabilisation of Latin America
  • Renewable energy: the Nicaraguan example
  • Solar powered energy for an ‘off grid’ community
  • Nicaraguan waste and the London fashion show: how does this contribute to empowering women?
  • Fair trade gets fairer: recognising the unpaid work of women
  • First ever UK – Nicaragua hospital twinning
  • The challenges of film making in Nicaragua: Wales NSC talks to Florence Jaugey (Camila Films) about their latest film La Pantalla Desnuda (The Naked Screen)
  • UK – Nicaragua solidarity through twinning, school linking, fair trade, football, marathon running, delegations and more...


Nicaragua NowDownload Nicaragua Now issue 3

  • Between October 2013 and August 2014, more than 66,000 undocumented Central American minors entered the US, an upsurge described by President Obama as ‘a humanitarian crisis.’ Why were only 200 of these children Nicaraguan?
  • Confronting climate change, Nicaragua’s example. Nicaragua ranks fourth on a global index of countries suffering the most serious consequences of climate change. What are Nicaragua demands in the global climate change talks? What are the government, NGOs and small farmers doing to mitigate the impact and reduce Nicaragua’s own footprint?
  • Steve Lewis volunteered in the community of La Dalia in 1985 during the Sandinista government and the US-backed contra war. Thirty years on he returned to find out what had changed and what remains of the spirit of the Sandinista Revolution.
  • The CIA, the Nicaraguan contras and crack cocaine in the US. Hollywood film ‘Kill the Messenger’ due for reléase in UK on 28 November, illustrates the murky, morally reprehensive depths of the Reagan administration’s attempts to overthrow the Sandinista government.
  • News in brief: interoceanic canal; research into causes of chronic kidney disease among sugar workers; maternity centres reduce maternal mortality; school meals for over one million children; Latin American support for Palestine
  • UK – Nicaragua Solidarity through trade unions; twin towns in Reading, Sheffield, Swindon, and Tavistock; the Earth Project Nicaraguan jewellery at the London fashion show.
  • Nicaraguan trade unions focus on women and young people


Nicaragua NowDownload Nicaragua Now issue 2

  • Chronic kidney disease epidemic (CKDu) Over 20,000 Central American sugarcane workers have died over the past two decades. How can further deaths be prevented?
  • Improving the well-being of the majority: Nicaragua's example
  • NSC representative Liz Light talks to Carlos Fonseca, FSLN international department
  • What role for solar power in rural areas? Danielle Gent explains
  • ‘We also have hands!’ Junieth Peralta, Kathrin Sautter and Irene Villa report on how the Condega Women Builders Association is working to overcome barriers
  • News in brief: Interoceanic canal, Hugo Chavez remembered, regional integration, Street Child World Cup, UK – Central America trade, quotas for women in public posts
  • UK – Nicaragua solidarity: News from Wales, Bristol, Reading, Sheffield, Oxford and London
  • Trade unions flourish again: NSC’s trade union coordinator, Louise Richards, reports on her visit to Nicaragua
  • Building ecostoves in northern Nicaragua. Amy Porter talks to volunteer Tara O’Reilly


Nicaragua NowDownload Nicaragua Now issue 1

  • The pros and cons of the planned 250km interoceanic canal
  • Recognising the unpaid work of women in the costing of coffee and sesame
  • Raising awareness of women’s rights through soap operas
  • What difference does ALBA make in addressing poverty?
  • The Road to the Street Child World Cup in Rio
  • Raleigh International’s volunteer programmes in Nicaragua
  • What difference can a legal office make to trade unionists?
  • Nicaraguan students engagement in politics



Nicaragua and ALBA: another way is possible

As the Eurozone plunges into meltdown and the governor of the Bank of England predicts the worst crisis in the UK since the depression, innovative ideas based on solidarity between countries are being successfully put into practice through the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA). Trade is being turned into a tool to combat poverty rather than one for the enrichment of powerful countries at the expense of poorer ones. Formed in 2004 by Cuba and Venezuela, ALBA is a bloc of Caribbean and Latin America countries that believe that unity is essential to addressing the problems of poverty, inequality, exclusion and climate change. States that make up ALBA include Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuela.

ALBA means daybreak, hope, a new opportunity for Latin American nations to use their resources for trade exchange to escape from poverty and ensure a more ensure a more just distribution of wealth. That is why we categorically recognise the positive impact of ALBA on Nicaragua. With ALBA it isn’t a case of I get what I want and everyone else can get swept away on the tide.

Walmarro Guitierrez Mercado, Economic Commission of the Nicaragua National Assembly

Since 2010 NSC has worked to raise awareness in the UK of the importance of ALBA in the context of Latin American integration, and the way in which ALBA funded programmes have helped to address problems of poverty in Nicaragua. ALBA is an example to Europe of the way in which trading relations can be conceived in a way that promotes solidarity and co-operation while respecting national sovereignty.