The Pragmatism of the President of Nicaragua

Inflamed with imperialist verve when with his peers in his own backyard, Daniel Ortega has in the U.S. a major economic partner and a firm ally in security.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

An article in notes that President Daniel Ortega went in a week from asserting "... the government of Panama to be a 'spokesman for interests of the empire', referring to the United States and regarding its position on the situation of violence in Venezuela" to deporting " ... the Cuban American Ana Sol Alliegro, wanted by the FBI for illegal campaign donations, among other crimes. "

The United States is Nicaragua's main trading partner, and the third country in importance as a source of foreign investment, after Venezuela and Panama.

"... Ortega, who fought against the Somoza dictatorship (1937-1979) and who is 68 years old, is now presented as a pragmatic and moderate politician, something very different to the young Marxist guerrilla commander of the 1980s."

"...The Sandinista leader is now presented as an ally ruler from a part of the Catholic hierarchy and one who can maintain relations simultaneously with both Iran, Russia, Cuba and Venezuela, as well as the U.S., the European Union and Taiwan "," keeping "... agreements both with the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and the International Monetary Fund."

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