Elliott Abrams

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Nicaragua’s Sad Story Continues

by Elliott Abrams

Nicaraguans go to the polls in a few months, but not for a free election.

A group of Nicaraguan writers, intellectuals, and civil society leaders have written an open letter describing and decrying the conditions under which Nicaraguans will vote. ¬†The key line: they urge their fellow citizens to “reject the electoral farce the ruling group is trying to impose on us. If this farce is finally carried out, the results should be considered null and void.” Read more »

Nicaragua and the Russians–Again

by Elliott Abrams

According to USAID, “with a per capita income of $1,239 in 2011,¬†Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.” Moreover, “the average number of years of schooling in Nicaragua is 5.8, the second lowest in the sub-region” and in Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast region, “45 percent of school age boys and 40 percent of girls are not in school, and 25.6 percent of girls and 25.2 % of boys are illiterate.” Read more »

The Sandinistas Attack the Miskito Indians–Again

by Elliott Abrams

The hostility between the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua and the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast was sharp during the 1980s, and many Indians joined the contra effort against that regime. They wanted little more than to be left alone, but the Sandinistas wanted to conscript them into the revolution. To the Marxist Sandinista leaders they were relics of a pre-capitalist age, and had to brought into 20th century Stalinist reality. Read more »