Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere.
Its history has been characterised by earthquakes, hurricanes and violent intervention by the United States.
During the early 1980s, the FSLN government, or Sandinistas, introduced extensive reforms in public health, education and agriculture designed to benefit the majority, who previously had suffered under 80 years of dictatorship.
The U.S government, under Reagan, responded to the Sandinista regime with violent intervention known as the ‘Contra’ war, which lasted nine years, severely crippled the Nicaraguan economy and lead to thousands of casualties.
As a result, Nicaragua has experienced the erosion of of many of the initiatives introduced by the Sandinistas, and under successive governments the population has experienced increasing hardship.
Today, BLINC offers solidarity to those affected by Nicaragua’s turbulent history. Through education and health initiatives, aims to support the development of the kind of society which the Sandinistas had originally envisioned.
For recent news on Nicaragua, see:
NicaNet – NicaNet hotline is the first stop for up to date, detailed news not featured in the mainstream press.
Tortilla con Sal or “Tortilla with Salt” – Bi-lingual Nicaraguan news website offering balanced commentaries
Nicaraguan Post – English language Nicaraguan news website
El Nuevo Diario (Spanish) – Leading Nicaraguan newspaper, largely pro-Sandinista
La Prensa (Spanish) – Popular leading newspaper, largely pro-neoliberal/U.S.
Nicaraguan Government website (Spanish)
Amnesty report on abortion rights – one of the most contentions issues in Nicaraguan politics is the Sandinista govenrments abolition of therapuitic abortion.