Tim Rogers

Editor of Nicaragua Dispatch. Currently a 2014 Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

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Nicaragua rescues 20 miners

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Nicaraguan rescue workers led by miners acting as tunnel guides have successfully rescued the first 20 miners trapped in an old gold and silver mine in the northern mining zone of Bonanza. The miners, who had been trapped for more than 34 hours, were rescued Friday night, following a full day of steadily increasing rescue efforts. Two other miners managed to escape on their own, and an additional five miners are thought still to be trapped somewhere in the earth’s bowels, according to press reports. The 20 rescued miners, ages 18-30, were saved by a joint team of rescue workers from Managua, firemen, soldiers, and other miners who led the dangerous missing down the rickety ladders and through the tunnels of the old Hemco mine. “How heroic, those artisanal miners,” cooed First Lady Rosario Murillo. Continue Reading →

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Nicaraguan police nab 8 more in massacre

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Nicaragua’s National Police have captured eight men — one allegedly with ties to the Mexican drug cartel known as “Los Zetas” — who will face charges of authoring and executing the July 19 attack on a Sandinista caravan, which killed five people and injured 24 others. Police Chief Aminta Granera called a press conference Thursday afternoon in Managua to present the eight men to the press. The men, handcuffed and dressed identically in gray t-shirts and blue pants, were paraded out by masked police officers. A ninth suspect remains at large, according to police. Granera was quick to dismiss suspicions that the suspects belonged to a rearmed contra group, despite the apparently political nature of the attack. Continue Reading →

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US extends property waiver for Nicaragua

US Embassy in Managua

The U.S. government today announced another one-year extension of its annual “property waiver” for Nicaragua, granting the Sandinista government access to U.S. bilateral aid and support for multilateral funding for another year. The waiver, granted to Nicaragua every year since 1995, was renewed as a reward for Nicaragua’s continued efforts to resolve pending property claims from U.S. citizens whose properties were confiscated by the Sandinista government in the 1980s. Cases are “resolved” when the original owner get his or her land back or is indemnified by the Nicaraguan government, according to the U.S.

The Sandinista government resolved an additional 52 property cases from 28 claimants during the last waiver cycle, from July 2013 to July 2014. An additional 154 property claims — including some of the most complicated cases filed— remain pending, according to the U.S. government. Over the past 19 years, Nicaragua has forked over nearly $1.28 billion in compensations to thousands of U.S. and Nicaraguan citizens whose properties were confiscated by Sandinistas in the 1980

The U.S. government used to grant Nicaragua two waivers each year, one for budget transparency and the other for property confiscations. Continue Reading →

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Nicaragua community photos on #nicadispatch

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Community contributors to The Nicaragua Dispatch continue to show the beauty, charm and idiosyncratic wonder of the “land of lakes and volcanoes” in our user-generated Instagram feature #nicadispatch. This week’s featured photos come to us from across the Pacific coast. All readers of The Nicaragua Dispatch are welcome to participate by publishing their Instagram photos of Nicaragua directly to our site using hashtag #nicadispatch. Here are this week’s winners:

‘Pitaya Stand in Rivas’ by @masfreeolas

“Curiosity” by @fifo9x

 

“Maria Auxiliadora Church in Granada” by tmpyne

 

“Mason Jar Juice” by @stephie1909

Punta Jesus Maria, Ometepe Island by @professionalsabbatical

“Sunset in San Juan del Sur” by @danrobinsonphoto

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Nicaraguan police nab 4 after massacre

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(posted July 20, 6:00 pm) — Nicaraguan police have detained four suspects who are being questioned for their alleged role in this morning’s massacre of five people in coordinated assaults on two buses in Matagalpa. Nicaraguan Police Chief Aminta Granera said four suspects have been taken into custody for questioning. She did not say who the suspects were, or what their alleged motivation was. Meanwhile, an unknown self-proclaimed rearmed contra group calling itself the Armed Forces for National Salvation- Army of the People (FASN-EP) has claimed responsibility for the attack on social media. The group, which was unknown before today, and claims it will fight state terrorism with terrorism of its own, said “We have no reason to fear the oppressor.” The group, whose alleged membership is unknown, claims that Sunday’s attack is “just an example of the operations we have coordinated on a national level.”

It’s not clear who FASN-EP is, whether they are real or responsible for the attack. Continue Reading →

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Deadly ambush in Nicaragua brings bloody end to anniversary celebration

Bus carrying Sandinista supporters from Ocotal was tagged with FDN-380

(July 20, 6:50 am) —The 35th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution ended in bloodshed early this morning when buses carrying party supporters back home to Matagalpa and Estelí were ambushed in what appears to be coordinated attacks that killed 5 people and injured more than two dozen, according to preliminary reports from state media. Sandinista authorities say buses bringing party supporters home from the 35/19 anniversary celebration in Managua were ambushed around midnight on KM 60 of the Inter-American Highway, in the community of Las Calabazas, Matagalpa. The armed men opened fire on the bus, killing four people and injuring 24. There was apparently a second similar attack that occurred around the same time in San Ramon, Matagalpa, where another bus was ambushed, claiming the life of a 19-year-old Sandinista passenger, according to Sandinista Mayor Sadrach Zeledón. The victims of the attacks were from the rural communities of San Ramon, Matagalapa, and San Juan de Limay, Estelí. Continue Reading →

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