To Tap Blog readers.
I’m sending this request to people I think might be interested.
This NICA Act is a real shocker – the US threatening to block all international loans to Nicaragua on the grounds of lack of democracy.
The last elections were reported on as fair and transparent by the OAS (Organisation of American States – not usually friendly towards Nicaragua either, so their report is powerful evidence).
I just signed the petition “Boris Johnson MP: Stop the US from imposing sanctions on Nicaragua” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.
Our goal is to reach 500 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:
Alice is Tap’s sister. Her daughter, Tap’s niece, is a professional musician/singer known as Clara. She has lived in Managua for over ten years. They run charities, and a music school. Here below she is singing at 33 minutes, and again at 44 minutes in Spanish. The song at beginning of post is topical, poignant and beautiful mourning the assassination of Margarita Murillo, a social justice campaigner from Honduras.
Canción original de Hannah Curteis dedicada a Margarita Murillo (Q.E.P.D.), héroe de la revolución centroamericana, asesinada en Honduras el 27 de agosto del 2014.
Picture – Daniel Ortega, outright winner of the Nicaraguan election. He is, of course, not approved of by Nicaragua’s northern ‘neighbour’. The USA is controlled by bankers who wish anyone trying to build a worthwhile life in Central America to be crushed, and kept as slaves in perpetuity. Needless to say, this policy is none too popular, and the ‘pueblo’ are finding the courage to fight back.
Will Britain act as a US toady or just for once stand up for what is right?
Nicaragua: Sandinistas Resoundingly Win Municipal Elections
Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council, CSE, With 98.7 percent of the vote gathered, announced the victory of the Sandinista National Liberation Front with 134 out of 153 mayoralties in dispute. The Independent Liberal Party obtained 12 mayors, followed by the Yatama party with 3. The Constitutionalist Liberal Party got 2 and the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance achieved 1, leaving only one mayoralty unaccounted for.
The FSLN, according to the CNE, has received 68 percent of votes thus far. Meanwhile, the right-wing Constitutionalist Liberal Party has received 16.33 percent of votes. Other parties opposed to the Sandinistas received less than two percent of votes.
The CNE’s preliminary report, announced Sunday night, found that the FSLN won the departmental capitals of Managua, Matagalpa, Granada, Chinandega, Jinotepe, Boaco, Juigalpa, Esteli, Jinotega, Leon, Masay and Somoto.
The CNE is expected to announce the final results on Monday at 12 p.m. local time.
Nicaragua’s municipal elections involved 153 mayoral seats as well as 6,088 city council positions.
The elections were attended by 60 international observers belonging to a mission of the Organization of American States, or OAS, and about 5,000 student volunteers from the National Council of Universities.
Chief OAS election observer Wilfredo Penco acknowledged that Nicaragua’s municipal elections proceeded “normally” and “peacefully.”
Meanwhile, CSE President Roberto Rivas announced during his preliminary report that participation was somewhere between 52 and 53 percent.
Support the overwhelming majority of Nicaraguans who don’t want US sanctions
Since 2007 Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Americas, has undergone a remarkable turnaround. Key achievements include reducing poverty and inequality, diversifying the economy, while at the same time promoting greater economic and social stability.
This includes free health care and education at all levels, extensive electrification, housing, renewable energy and road building programmes, and support for small family businesses, particularly for women.
According to a World Bank report in October 2017, ‘Nicaragua’s macroeconomic stability has allowed the country’s decision makers to shift from crisis control mode to longer-term, pioneering strategies to fight poverty, particularly in remote rural communities.’
However, all this would be threatened if proposed US legislation called the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) Act is approved by the United States. It would mean that the US would use its influence in international lending institutions to block all loans to Nicaragua from the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and other institutions. Running at US$250 million annually, these loans are being invested in education, social programmes, electrification, roads and other infrastructure initiatives.
US sanctions would mean the reversal of the Nicaraguan government’s highly successful poverty reduction programmes; those who are most impoverished would suffer the most serious consequences.
According to an October, 2017 independent poll carried out by M&R Consultores, 77.8% of Nicaraguans indicate that the government gives them hope. Among them is street seller Flor de María Avellán who stated: ‘I am active as a woman and as a trade unionist with great hopes of being able to pass on with love a better world to our sons and daughters.’
A December, 2017 poll indicates that 90% of Nicaraguans don’t want US sanctions. The NICA Act is also opposed by the Nicaraguan parliament, trade unions, the private sector, almost all political parties, religious leaders and the government.
This petition will be delivered to:
- Boris Johnson MP
- Tony Lloyd MP
- Emily Thornbury MP