Guardian Continues Shameless Misinformation Campaign Against Nicaragua

Camilo E. Mejía

Sandinista Nicaraguans march for Peace and Justice for their dead, wounded, and disappeared. Managua, September 8, 2018.

In its September 7 article, the once progressive newspaper reports that Nicaragua was brought to a standstill by a general strike called by the Civic Alliance, one of the main opposition coalitions behind the attempted soft-coup, citing how banks and upscale shopping malls in Managua are all closed in support of the strike.

What The Guardian fails to mention is that those upscale businesses only represent a small portion within the Nicaraguan sector, which is mostly driven by micro, small, and mid-size businesses that are part of the country’s popular market economy, which in turn employs about 90 percent of the country’s workers. In truth, commerce was business as usual throughout Nicaragua, as these images show.

The paper then quotes Ana Margarita Vigil, calling her the “national director of the outlawed Sandinista Renovation Movement (MRS).” What they omit is that the MRS was not arbitrarily “outlawed,” it simply lacks the legal status of a political party because its leaders have not been able to obtain more than 1.3 percent of the popular vote, which isn’t enough to qualify them to run in elections.

“With 200 political prisoners and [new] murders every day,” Vigil is quoted, “this strike is just one more sign that nothing is normal here in Nicaragua.” Here, again, The Guardian leaves out vital information.

First, since the roadblocks were removed, the only people who have died as a result of political turmoil have been Sandinistas, including Lenin Mendiola, who died as a result of gunshots fired directly  from an opposition march in Matagalpa on August 11 of this year.

Another Sandinista,  Bismarck Martinez Sanchez, is presumed dead after video evidence of his capture and torture was found on the cell phones of opposition operatives; he was kidnapped at a tranque (or roadblock) on June 29 of this year. Several of the perpetrators of these crimes have been arrested. They are the kind of criminals being called “political prisoners,” by people in the opposition, such as Vigil.

“Last week, Ortega expelled a UN human rights mission after it published a report denouncing government repression and describing a “climate of fear” in the Central American country,”continues the article, giving the impression the Nicaraguan government punished the UN for publishing its report.

In reality, it was the Nicaraguan government that invited the UN mission, at a time when political violence still prevailed in many parts of the country, but that violence has largely ended, and since the UN already conducted its investigation and issued its report, there was no longer a need for their continued presence.

The team was not ‘expelled’ from Nicaragua, as was the case in Guatemala, where President Jimmy Morales, with police and military leaders in tow, asked the UN mission to initiate its transfer out of the country.

The paper portrays the opposition as a strong and unified movement that represents the sentiment and interest of the Nicaraguan people against a repressive dictatorship, but the reality is almost the exact opposite. For starters, the opposition not only lacks a well-defined and unified leadership, but the different actors within it are constantly at odds with one another.

On the day the Civic Alliance issued its call for a national strike, a leader from the so-called Azul y Blanco Movement asked its members not to follow the Alliance on social media, and continued to promote a change.org petition asking the Alliance to become more belligerent.

Differences also exist between pro-choice civil society organizations and the fervidly pro-life, homophobic, and deeply misogynist Catholic Church, which has perhaps been the strongest pillar in the anti-Sandinista charge, a role the church has played historically.

Other differences exist between student groups that have openly advocated for a prolonged general strike, and wealthy business groups who would lose a lot of money from such a measure. Lastly, there are those within the opposition who consider themselves leftists, and those who have traveled to the US, where they have met with extreme right wing republicans who are co-sponsors of the NICA Act in the US Congress, a measure that would effectively amount to an economic embargo.

Nicaraguan students meet with right-wing Republican lawmakers Marco Rubio and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to seek their help.

In the case of Vigil and other MRS leaders, they have met with Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is trying to re-arm the contras.

In contrast to everything The Guardian would have its readers believe, and with the disarticulation in leadership of the right-wing opposition, the Sandinista government and its base are stronger than ever.

Despite western media claims that protests have continued, the only significant marches taking place in Nicaragua are led by pro-government people, clamoring for justice for those who were wounded, tortured, disappeared, killed, burned, and for those who are still being persecuted and hunted, for the simple crime of being Sandinista.


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China ascending, U$A descending, Israel remembering it has roots in China. Jewish press clippings posted by Fog of War BTL SyrPer:

– Revealed: In 1939, China Planned to Settle Persecuted European Jews in Remote Part of Country –
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– Mao’s Jews –
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China Offers Venezuela $5 Billion Loan To Support ‘Ideological Ally’ Maduro

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-13/china-offers-venezuela-5-billion-loan-support-ideological-ally-maduro

“In our own back yard — what effrontery! Quick, Fortescue, have the military despatch Lootenant Pinkerton to … to … where did you say China was? Near Japan, good, shouldn’t take him long to teach those Chinks a lesson.”

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– Military intervention in Venezuela ‘on the table,’ says OAS secretary general –

https://www.rt.com/news/438512-venezuela-oas-military-intervention/

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So now China is helping both Nicaragua and Venezuela; so both rearming the Contras and a war against Venezuela are “on the table” says Uncle $cam. So let’s read some more about China, from Saker Vineyard BTL: The fallacy of western economics II; China Breaks the mould 3688 Views September 15, 2018 33 Comments by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog The economic rise of China is perhaps the best example that challenges the basic foundations of the “science” of economics and demonstrates the invalidity of many of its theories. …. The failure of western economics is the result of… Read more »

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Misinformation on Nicaragua, Venezuela and Latin America in general is an increasingly urgent problem: the USA still regards the Monroe Doctrine as the cornerstone of its foreign policy and, as Asia becomes less and less hospitable it is driven back to re-asserting its hegemony close to home. It is in the former Manchester Guardian’s DNA to side with southern slaveowners and their mestizo equivalents in Latin America where both Indians and blacks have been either real or virtual slaves since Cortez ‘the killer’ conquered Mexico. It is an old story and the basic plot is simple: to obtain cheap raw… Read more »

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Bevin, I hope JC supports the socialist ‘dictators’ in Ven & Nic a damn sight better than he has supported the socialist ‘dictator’ in Syria.

Brian Eggar
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I am divided over the Guardian. It has some excellent and thought provoking articles into which there appear some editorial pieces designed to back up the scripted agenda.

OffGuardian does an excellent job bringing these to people’s attention.

Knowing nothing about Nicaragua, I would need to do some background research to find out what is going on. Is it yet more regime change?

vexarb
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Brian, yep, the Man from Uncle has been growling and snapping at Nicaragua’s socialist govt for 20 years or more; but the stakes have become much bigger lately. Twenty years ago Uncle $cam was attacking little Nicaragua on its own; now China has appeared in Uncle’s Own Back Yard. Start here:

http://www.atimes.com/article/chinas-new-silk-roads-reach-latin-america/

Jen
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Jen

There is an awful lot of history to learn regarding the relationship between the United States and Nicaragua. “History: The Occupation of Nicaragua” http://www.nicaragua.com/blog/history-the-occupation-of-nicaragua “During a period of conflict between the United States and several Central American countries that came to be known as the Banana Wars, the US invaded and occupied Nicaragua in 1912 – although a number of other operations were carried out prior to this. The start of the Great Depression and the activities of the guerilla army led by Augusto Cesar Sandino were contributing factors to the withdrawal of US troops from Nicaragua in 1933. Military… Read more »

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Jen, but young major Smedley Butler learned. And bequeathed us his hard-earned wisdom in a book which is still being quoted a century later — perhaps even more than in the century it was written.

“Praise be to Zeus who writes this law in His sky / That mankind must learn the hard way” — Aeschyles
[if we are determined to learn no other way]

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I think this is probably because China plans to build a second Panama Canal through Nicaragua that is bigger and better than the original. The United Snakes has been trying to wreck this project since it was first mooted.

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BTL from Pepe’s “wow!” article in link above: “Just three months ago, the first high speed train from China to Iran made its maiden voyage. China, with Russia, will rebuild Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and a host of war torn nations left like carcasses by the voracious West” “Don’t worry about the Chinese. They’re doing fine. On July 1, 2021, every Chinese will have a home, a job, plenty of food, education, safe streets, health and old age care. On that day there will be more poor, hungry and imprisoned people in America than in China. Not relatively, not per… Read more »

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“The Right Stuff” — in Chinese. Re-posted from Milosevic BTL Russian Technology thread; this is Chinese air / sea defense capability — and China is negotiating a big deal with Nicaragua. So, will Uncle $cam again be despatching Lootenant Pinkerton with the White Fleet and Major Smedley with the marines, like in the good old days? Or will Uncle $cam these days have to content himself with this verbal barrage from the Fraudian?

https://youtu.be/crQDcCJpKPQ

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Amanda: “How was China?”

Elliott: “Very big”.

— Noel Coward, Private Lives.

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Thomas Prentice

Those Nicaraguan students remind me of the well-dressed khaki slacks clad riot mob — all flown in to FLorida from D.C. Republican offices — that protested demanding an END to the RECOUNT of a DEMOCRATIC election in the leading DEMOCRACY of the world in 2000. Too bad Gore didn’t have any balls.

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Yr Hen Gof

Post Snowden The Guardian is more firmly than ever in the grip of MI6, now as worthless as any of the other neoliberal mouthpieces. Despite their readership and revenue falling off a cliff, it’ll be kept afloat for what it’s ‘owners’ consider to be its propaganda value.
I doubt it has many left leaning readers left amongst its subscribers.

Jen
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Jen

There had been talk of The Guardian and The New York Times merging.

Eeyew … just imagine, the Bayer / Monsanto merger stinking up the planet with genetically engineered Franken-vegetables and the Fraudian / New Porkie Times merger smelling even more with modified Franken-news.

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It will probably get state funding soon like the state controlled BBC (£3,700 million a year.) MPs are now openly discussing the bankrolling of tame media hacks in the Guardian and elsewhere so long as they keep to the script and sing from the same hymn sheet. Hence the frantic efforts to censor and suppress real news in alternative media.

vexarb
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I remember students in England posting, Drink to Nicaragua with Niguaraguan coffee. That was in the days of Regan, Iran and Ollie North arms scandal. Good to see Nicaragua still resisting the Great Satan, despite the spite of Soros-funded Gender-tender Mass-murder-cheering Guardian.

rtj1211
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The gratifying position is that the Guardian is haemhorraging readership and losing money hand over fist.

George Cornell
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George Cornell

The effrontery! It is neck and neck between the outrageous censorship on CiF and the sheer cheek to beg its readers for money to continue its anti democratic campaigns. Subversion of democracy by the Democratic National Committee to force feed Clinton to their membership? No problem. Invasion of Iraq, laying waste to Syria, pillaging of Libya? Gimme dat! The doctrines they espouse mutually exclude the majority of its former readers, forced to choose between figurative pokes in the eye with a sharp stick and kicks in the backside with a frozen boot, then finally realizing they can get along just… Read more »

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Haltonbrat

Shilling? Wonder if Friedland speaks Yiddish?

George cornell
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George cornell

Not sure I get your point.

mark
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The Empire seems to be ratcheting up the pressure on the free nations of Latin America. Trump has backtracked on the limited contacts to Cuba (probably just to spite Obama) and is now ratcheting up sanctions and regime change efforts. There was the Clinton coup in Honduras, with similar “constitutional coups” like the one to unseat and replace the Brazilian president with a CIA asset. Judith Kirchner in Argentina has been replaced with a neoliberal hack kowtowing to the US vulture funds and the IMF. There is the pressure on Ecuador, with Rafael Correa being replaced by a US toady… Read more »

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Whoa, Nellie! I think you meant to type “Amy Goodman at the Soros-funded Democracy NOW,” not the Real News Network, where I haven’t spotted any obvious signs that Paul Jay, Aaron Maté, and the rest of the crew might be on a covert corporate/billionaire payroll. And while I know that Soros made at least one major donation to Democracy NOW in the past, I don’t know that he’s funding them currently. Still, from their coverage of Syria, Assad, and the White Helmets — maybe a year ago (?), before I stopped watching/listening to Democracy NOW entirely — it sure seemed… Read more »