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The human rights of the majority

NSC chair James Poke interviews human rights lawyer Dan Kovalik about the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, why the spirit of the declaration became so fragmented during the Cold War, and what this means today for countries like Nicaragua. JP: Can I start by asking you to describe the background...

The best health care is free: Susana’s story

Susana lives with her family in the remote community of El Porvenir in northern Nicaragua. An initial test in a private clinic showed that she apparently had a large ovarian tumour, potentially cancerous. *Becca Renk tells the story of what happened next. I met Susana when the JDC- CDCA (Jubilee...

A day in the life of an NSC building brigade, 1984    

The first NSC brigade spent four months working on a school building project, part of the Sandinista government’s rural education programme. During the time the brigade was in Nicaragua the Sandinistas won free and fair elections. Despite this the full force of the Reagan administration military, economic and political war on Nicaragua...

Nicaragua’s free universal health care system

 *Becca Renk, who has lived and worked in Nicaragua for the past  22 years, contrasts neoliberal and Sandinista government health care models.  Neoliberal health care 1990 - 2007 State-of-the-art public hospitals - or even ones that aren’t actively violating basic hygiene protocols - are a relatively new phenomenon. During 16 years of neoliberal...

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