By Carlos Fonseca Terán on May 3, 2018
Now it is Nicaragua’s turn. Nicaragua is a country which after two successive wars, has achieved remarkable stability: the annual economic growth has hovered around 5% in the last ten years, with high levels of security and safety, and, according to the UNDP, Nicaragua is one of the Latin American countries with the greatest reduction of poverty and inequality during this same period of time—since the return of the Sandinista Front to govern the country.
During nearly one week, the country literally burned. The detonator was a reform to social security—since reversed—which consisted in a slight increase in the deductions of workers and a larger increase for businesses, as well as establishing a contribution from pensioners. Another measure was to make those whose salaries are beyond a certain amount pay deductions in correspondence with what they really earn and not only up to a certain sum, as it has been up to this point. This latter measure had the objective to decrease the possibilities of business owners to scam the social security system by reporting invented high salaries to be able to draw large pensions. But the general objective of the set of measures taken was to solve the fiscal crisis of the Nicaraguan Institute of Social Security (INSS) caused by the broader coverage of social security and the increased amount of benefits enjoyed by workers.
By Dario Pignotti on May 7, 2018
Upon completing a month of detention in the Supervision of the Federal Police in Curitiba, the former president of Brazil, Lula De Silva, defended the “sovereignty” of his country and warned that nothing will separate him from the campaign towards the elections on October 7.
“This country is only going to be fixed by someone who does not have an inferiority complex , this country cannot think small and I think in big terms and if God wants I will still see this country become a great nation. ”
The words were recorded in a video released on Sunday night by the Lula Institute. Lula’s fifteen-square-meter cell on the fourth floor of the Police Headquarters has become a point of reference since he arrived by helicopter on April 7 after two days of entrenchment in the headquarters of the Union of Metalworkers of Santo André, in San Pablo A chorus of militants received him that night on Saturday, April 7, with the cry of “Lula warrior of the Brazilian people”, after which there was a discharge of rubber bullets and tear gas thrown by the Federal Police into the crowd of supporters.