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The US & Nicaragua: a Case Study in Historical Amnesia & Blindness

By Dan Kovalik on June 15, 2018

I was stunned the other day to see an opinion piece by Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe in which he was portraying the violent anti-government protests in Nicaragua as some kind of revolutionary insurrection. What is surprising about Kinzer’s position is that he is the individual who wrote the wonderfulbook, All The Shah’s Men– one of the essential readings about the CIA-backed coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran in 1953.

What is happening in Nicaragua right now looks a lot like what happened in Iran during this coup, and yet, Kinzer somehow does not see this. In this way, Kinzer typifies the utter confusion of so many in this country — including those who should know better, such as many self-described leftists — about what is happening in Nicaragua and in Latin America generally.

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Saturday June 23, Washington DC IFCO/Pastors for Peace Cuban Caravan Send-Off

Join us for a film screening of Dare to Dream, a documentary film about US students at the Latin American Medical School in Cuba, and a discussion about the current state of US-Cuba relations with:

José Ramón Cabañas, Cuban Ambassador to the United States
Bill Hackwell, Pastors for Peace, member of the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

Saturday, June 23
7pm-9pm
Bolivarian Hall 2445
Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington DC 20008

$10 donation at the door (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

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Unprecedented Cruelty against Immigrants and their Children

By Bill Hackwell on June 17, 2018

Protest in Los Angeles against separating immigrant families. Photo: Mario Tama

Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions tightened US immigration policy on April 6 by issuing a “zero tolerance” order against those trying to enter the country without papers, even for those seeking asylum from domestic abuse and violence, 2000 children have been ripped out of their parents’ arms by immigration agents including toddlers and breast feeding babies. Many of these parents do not know where their children are nor do the children know where their parents are.

Recently White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly backed up the policy when he explained that, “the children will be put in foster care or whatever.” This comes at the same time as a new report revealed that there are some 1,500 undocumented children, who have been placed by federal authorities in homes of “sponsors,” and are now missing in the system.

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A Slow Birth in Colombia

By Atilio A. Boron on June 17, 2018

Campaigners for Gustavo Petro. Photo: Luis Robayo

The result of the second round in the presidential elections of Colombia delivered the victory of the candidate of the right, Iván Duque, who obtained 10,362,080 votes against the 8,028,033 of his rival, Gustavo Petro, candidate of the Colombia Humana coalition. Threatened like never before, the forces of the old Colombian social order regrouped and prevailed by a difference of about twelve percentage points. At the end of the recount, the uribista won 54 percent of the votes while the former mayor of Bogotá reaped 42 percent. The voter turnout was slightly higher than 51 percent, a promising statistic in the face of persistent absenteeism in the polls of a country where voting is not mandatory.

The title of this note fully reflects what is happening in Colombia. If there is one thing to take away from this election is that for the first time in its history the traditional bipartisanship of the right was broken, which had in the past been presented to the electorate masked

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Open Letter to Amnesty International by a Former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience

By Camilo E. Mejia on June 13, 2018

Through this letter I express my unequivocal condemnation of Amnesty International with regards to the destabilizing role it has played in Nicaragua, my country of birth.

I open this letter quoting Donatella Rovera, who at the time this quote was made had been one of Amnesty International’s field investigators for more than 20 years:

“Conflict situations create highly politicized and polarized environments (…). Players and interested parties go to extraordinary lengths to manipulate or manufacture “evidence” for both internal and external consumption. A recent, though by no means the only, example is provided by the Syrian conflict in what is often referred to as the “YouTube war,” with a myriad techniques employed to manipulate video footage of incidents which

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