Community Dispatches

Freed member of the ‘Cuban Five’ visits Masaya


Fernando González, the second of the Cuban Five to be released from prison, has been in Masaya as part of the campaign on behalf of the other three, who have been incarcerated since 1998. On Saturday afternoon a small room packed with about 300 people saw him receive the freedom of the city from the mayor, Orlando Noguera. For a man who’s spent 17 years in various US penitentiaries (he left the last one in February), he’s remarkably composed and gentle, obviously sincere in campaigning for the release of his colleagues. That the Five should have been imprisoned at all is the product of a bizarre sequence of events in which justice was turned on its head. While the anti-Castro politics of many Miami Cubans are well known, there is less knowledge of the terrorist acts they’ve carried out, the worst of which was the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976 that killed 78 people. Continue Reading →

Coffee and bricks

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Freddy stepped out into the morning mountain air, his body cutting through the dampness. He paused for a moment, took a breath, and smiled. When the moment passed he got to work. He moved dirt, lovingly tending his coffee crop. Most of the world lay quiet. It was early still, but Freddy worked.  Fueled by his  product, his pride, and his desire for success, he was wiping sweat from his brow before most eyes had opened. Freddy worked. Circumstances were not fair. Continue Reading →

US Embassy echoes storm warning in Nicaragua

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The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Nicaragua that SINAPRED (Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención de Desastres) has issued a Yellow Alert for Tropical Storm Hanna, which is currently located off the northeast coast of Nicaragua. The storm is accompanied by high winds and is expected to cause moderate to heavy rains. Continue Reading →

Expat publishes insiders’ guidebook to San Juan del Sur


Unlike other destinations in Central America, San Juan del Sur hasn’t been pre packaged into a series of touristy attractions.  It’s a place defined as much by its heritage of fishing as its holiday traditions.  To be honest, it’s a little rough around the edges, but this off the beaten track feel is what most visitors like best about the place. Although cruise ships occasionally drift through the bay and surf shops are starting to offer daily beach shuttles to popular surf breaks, San Juan del Sur still doesn’t come with easily accessible travel guides, souvenir shops or neatly organized day trip options. The language barrier can be limiting. Continue Reading →

Introducing the New Nicaragua Non-Profit Network (NNN)

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It is our goal to develop and provide a common sustainable platform where all non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, government entities, and individual volunteers helping Nicaragua can share knowledge, resources, experiences, locations of operations, needs and even their resulting goals and accomplishments in a collective effort to increase visibility, efficacy, and proper distribution of aid. Continue Reading →