US expat recounts harrowing assault by gunmen

I was  renting a small a house in  Reparto San Juan, a residential neighborhood off the highway near the entrance to Granada. On the evening of Dec. 16, there were only two people at home in the complex: me and another...

Daniel Ortega Highlights Need for Constitutional Reforms

President Daniel Ortega said that after the constitutional reforms currently under discussion in the Parliament are approved, there will be more peace, security and hope among Nicaraguans. The president’s statement came at the graduation...

Murillo announces surprise gov’t shakeup

First Lady Rosario Murillo this week announced another herky-jerky shakeup in the Sandinista government following the alleged resignations of two high-ranking officials who were replaced without explanation. Central Bank president José Alberto Guevara and vice-minister...

Schedule for 2014 Granada Poetry Festival

  MARTES 18 DE FEBRERO (Tuesday)   TODO EL DÍA FERIA DEL LIBRO  LECTURA DE POESÍA: MICRÓFONO ABIERTO Lugar: Plaza de los Leones Coordinan: Luz Marina Acosta, Fernando López y Víctor Chavarría   FERIA DE ARTESANÍAS  Lugar: Inicio de calle La Calzada Coordinan Fernando López...

Nicaragua’s Ortega congratulates Maduro on election win

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Monday congratulated Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV) for fending off the opposition Democratic Unity Movement (MUD) in Sunday’s municipal elections, which appear to...

China now has the right to build a Nicaraguan canal to compete with Panama...

In a move that may turn out to be a lot more historically important than China’s reported lunar landing this weekend, the Sandinista government of Nicaragua is rapidly moving forward with a plan to...

Good Prospects for Retail in Nicaragua

The Nicaragua retail industry projects US$680 million in sales in the Christmas and end of the year season, which would represent a 7% increase compared to the 2016 season. The Cámara de Comercio y Servicios...

Venezuelan Subsidiary in Nicaragua May Face Sanctions from US

A prominent activist fighting the Maduro regime in Venezuela has asked the United States government to investigate Alba de Nicaragua S.A. (Albanisa), a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, PDVSA Carlos Vecchio, a member of...

Praying For A Miracle Rescue

NICARAGUA NEWS - Rescuers hoped for a miracle as they cautiously dug through mud, rocks and clay in search of at least four men missing since late last week when a landslide trapped them...

Nicaragua ranks 127 in corruption index

What does Nicaragua have in common with Pakistan, Russia, Madagascar, Mali, Lebanon and Azerbaijan? Give up? They’re all tied for 127th place in Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perception Index, which uses a combination of surveys...

Nicaragua and Venezuela: Latin American Dictatorships that Refuse to Die

(Q24N) The regime of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua took the final step on its way toward dictatorship when it removed 28 opposition congressmen from office on July 29. Moreover, the country’s electoral body rubber-stamped Ortega’s...

New 1,000 Cordoba Note Will Begin Circulation December 1

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS - The 1,000 Cordoba note will begin circulating on December 1, says the Banco Central de Nicaragua (BCN). Despite the suspicions about a possible devaluation of the Cordoba that generated in some...

Elections end in shouting…again

(posted March 2, 6:30 pm) — And the Oscar for best lead actor in an electoral farce goes to….Roberto Rivas! (Unfortunately, Mr. Rivas couldn’t be here tonight to accept his award; he’s busy on...

Venezuelan economic aid to Nicaragua down 10.9% first half 2016

(Today Nicaragua) Venezuela’s oil loan-centered cooperation with its traditional ally Nicaragua fell by 10.9% during the first half of 2016 as compared to the same period last year, reported Monday the Central Bank of...

Meteorite Impacts In Nicaragua’s capital

NICARAGUA NEWS - Managua: A mysterious late-night blast in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua that left a crater 12 metres wide was most likely caused by a meteorite, government scientists say. The loud explosion occurred...

Nicaragua Dispatch to become crowdsource news site

Dear Gentle Reader,  When The Nicaragua Dispatch tried to sign off last July, the outpouring of public support for the webpage was both touching and inspiring. It was clear to sign to me that the...

Nicaragua’s Brenes made cardinal by Pope Francis

(posted Jan. 12, 8:50 a.m.) - Nicaraguan Catholics today are celebrating the unexpected announcement that Monseñor Leopoldo José Brenes, archbishop of Managua, has been named cardinal by Pope Francis. The announcement was made this...

Police kill protester in Chichigalpa

(posted Jan 20, 8:50 am)- Rights activists are questioning the police’s use of force after cops opened fire on a group of protesters in Chinandega on Saturday evening. At least one protester was killed...

Dutch students promote bamboo housing in El Rama

Next month, Shortsighted Architecture, a collective of three architecture students of the Delft University of Technology (DUT) and one water science and management student of Utrecht University, will depart to El Rama, Nicaragua to...

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How Nicaragua is becoming a renewable energy paradise

“First came the wind, then water, water everywhere. At first we wanted to stay and protect our things, but then we panicked.” Patricia Martinez can...

Immigration Status Unsure for Nicaraguans In The U.S.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it would terminate the status for some 2,500 Nicaraguans in January 2019, making the...

Nicaragua Government Condemns Violent Actions in Local Elections

The Nicaraguan government emphatically condemned today the isolated actions of violence that took place in the country around the municipal elections, in spite of...

Nicaragua Climate Politics In Hot Water Over Canal Plan

(Reuters) Shaking off its climate change “pariah” status alongside the United States and war-torn Syria, Nicaragua took the plunge and joined the Paris Agreement...

Good Prospects for Retail in Nicaragua

The Nicaragua retail industry projects US$680 million in sales in the Christmas and end of the year season, which would represent a 7% increase...

Nicaragua Looking for Alternatives in Face of US’ ‘Interventionist’ NICA Act

In the wake of the looming threat of the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA Act) — a U.S. bill that is set to impose...

Murillo Calls Senior Israeli Official ‘Brother’

Nicaragua’s vice president, Rosario Murillo, called a guest Israeli official “hermano,” or brother, seven months after the countries renewed diplomatic ties. Murillo used the Spanish...

Poll Shows Declining Expectations on a Nicaraguan Canal

According to the results of the most recent survey conducted by Cid Gallup, the Nicaraguan interoceanic canal project, a concession given to the Chinese...

Nicaragua Unveils Central America’s Largest Baseball Stadium

Nicaragua has unveiled its long-awaited baseball stadium in Managua, replacing the former baseball field built in 1948. The new structure will hold up to...

Church and State in Nicaragua: Letter From Managua

Between 2013 and 2015, the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega spent roughly US$3.2 million installing decorative metal trees in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. The...