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On October 25, 2008 I returned to Nicaragua for my 14th visit in a little less than 2 years. In fact, in the past 2 years I've spent almost as much time in Nicaragua as I have in the United States. I've learned a lot about the country, it's people, and it's history in that time and it's been an eye opening experience to say the least. I'm probably going to write a lot more than normal in this months report simply because a lot of things happened this trip and I'm now more worried than ever that Nicaragua is heading ever closer to civil war.

When I arrived in Nicaragua the country was in the final weeks of preperations for the municipal elections to be held throughout the country on 11/9 to elect local governments. The overwhelming theme I heard from the Nicas that I talked to was that there was a great fear that Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas were going to do anything possible to steal as many elections as possible. These fears were fueled by the fact that Ortega had outlawed 2 political parties and he was also refusing to accredit any international observers for the election. The outlawed parties (MRS and PC) were the only 2 parties that were threats to take votes away from the Sandistas. The Sandinistas hope was that by getting rid of the MRS and PC parties those voters would vote for them instead. They badly needed all the help they could get because the Sandinistas were losing (and badly) in the polls in almost every district in the country just 3 months ago. The 2 "liberal" parties (remember, liberals in Latin America equate to conservatives in the United States) were not outlawed. Ortega's hope was that they (the ALN and PLC) would split the liberal vote thereby assuring an easy victory for the Sandinistas.

Proudly Supporting The PLC
Proudly Supporting The PLC
Showing Our Colors
Showing Our Colors
Thanks For The Warning
Thanks For The Warning
Hombres Trabajando
Hombres Trabajando
The FSLN Is All About Child Safety
The FSLN Is All About Child Safety
Juniett Ordering
Juniett Ordering

Our first order of business was to take a trip to the beach at San Juan Del Sur. The day we were there the Sandinistas were having a rather unenthusiastic rally. It consisted of kids having bike races under the watchful eye of a chica with an AK-47.

Although baseball is the national sport in Nicaragua soccer is a close second. There is a group of girls that play on the beach frequently and they're amazing to watch.


Play Nice Or I Will Kill You
Play Nice Or I Will Kill You
Chica And Her AK-47
Chica And Her AK-47
This Rock Bought By Daniel
This Rock Bought By Daniel
Sandinista Games
Sandinista Games
The Party Of Peace And Love
The Party Of Peace And Love
Sandino Keeps An Eye On Things
Sandino Keeps An Eye On Things
Nice View Of SJDS
Nice View Of SJDS
The Beach Is Crowded
The Beach Is Crowded
Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween
Future Democrats
Future Democrats
Car Repair Shop
Car Repair Shop

Nicaraguan women have a unique technique for riding on motorcyles that I've never seen anywhere else. They ride "side saddle". It looks horribly dangerous and I always think they're going to fall of at any second.



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