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Yatama Vindicated by Nicaraguan Protests

     by Laura Hobson Herlihy / Cultural Survival The Miskitu Yatama (Yapti Tasba Masraka Nanih Aslatakanka/Children of the Mother Earth) organization remained silent during last week’s violent protests in Nicaragua, ignited by the government’s April 16, 2018 approval of social security reforms. Many Miskitu people on the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast claimed the Instituto Nicaragüense … Continue reading Yatama Vindicated by Nicaraguan Protests

The Powder Keg of Nicaraguan Politics

Featured image: Destruction in León. Source anonymous. The official death toll from explosions of state violence has risen to 63.      by Laura Blume / Intercontinental Cry Over the past week, Nicaragua has erupted in protests. While this current crisis started over pension reform, its development has revealed far greater rifts. It appears Nicaraguans have finally … Continue reading The Powder Keg of Nicaraguan Politics

IACHR Rules That a Healthy Environment is a Fundamental Human Right

Featured image: Mario Lopez/EPA      by Gabriella Rutherford / Intercontinental Cry Indigenous communities know all too well of the potentially devastating risks that the construction of mega-projects can entail. Time and again, such projects have led to irreparable environmental damage that harmed if not destroyed the well-being, culture, economy and traditional ways of local communities. The … Continue reading IACHR Rules That a Healthy Environment is a Fundamental Human Right

Another Indigenous Community Leader Killed by Colonos in Nicaragua

Featured image:  Cejudhcan Derechos Humanos      by Courtney Parker / Intercontinental Cry ¡Ya Basta! A phrase known for its political and revolutionary connotations throughout much of the Spanish-speaking world, translates roughly into English as, ‘Enough is Enough!’ It is a statement of finality; a concrete call to action; a heightened call for awareness; and … Continue reading Another Indigenous Community Leader Killed by Colonos in Nicaragua

Yatama Condemns Military, Police in Urban Destruction

     by Brett Spencer / Intercontinental Cry On Saturday, Nov. 11, members and supporters of the Miskitu indigenous party, Yapti Tasba Masraka Nanih Aslatakanka (YATAMA) crowded into their burnt down compound to celebrate their thirtieth anniversary. Over one thousand people were present, including many from surrounding villages that came to listen to the party’s political leader … Continue reading Yatama Condemns Military, Police in Urban Destruction

Indigenous Yatama Party Undeterred by Sandinista Military Siege

Featured image: Amid reports the Sandinista army has ordered his capture or execution; historic political and spiritual leader of the Indigenous political party of Yatama, Brooklyn Rivera, prepares to brave a public appearance. Photo: Lloyd Lopez      by Laura Hobson Herlihy / Intercontinental Cry Since the elections on Sunday Nov. 5, Yatama has lost far more … Continue reading Indigenous Yatama Party Undeterred by Sandinista Military Siege

History Repeats Itself on Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast

     by Laura Herlihy / Intercontinental Cry  The Nicaraguan Sandinista (FSLN) government of Daniel Ortega and the indigenous Miskitu people are repeating their own history. Resembling the Cold War era of the 1980s, violence is playing out again along the Caribbean Coast. At least four indigenous Miskitu men are dead, several are missing, and many more … Continue reading History Repeats Itself on Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast

Indigenous Community Judge Shot Dead As Colonial Violence Terrorizes Nicaragua

Featured image: Three young brothers and their mother, from a family with 6 children overall – Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who fled to Bilwi, Nicaragua in August of 2015 from the frontier community of Santa Clara. Their family is struggling to get by in Bilwi; they are not used to needing money to survive. They don’t … Continue reading Indigenous Community Judge Shot Dead As Colonial Violence Terrorizes Nicaragua

Nicaragua: The Most Deadly Country for Land Rights Activists

Featured image: A Miskito elder stands watch in what has become a daily vigil – awaiting the promised return of armed Colonos who recently attacked her village with sophisticated weaponry, covering her home in bullet holes and terrorizing the Miskito community. Courtney Parker, 2016      by Courtney Parker / Intercontinental Cry Recently published statistics from watchdog … Continue reading Nicaragua: The Most Deadly Country for Land Rights Activists

Inspired by Berta Cáceres, Francisca Ramírez Leads Unified Indigenous and Campesino Anti-Canal Movement in Nicaragua

Featured image: Francisca Ramírez. Photo: Jorge Torres / La Prensa      by Courtney Parker / Intercontinental Cry For those who have not yet heard of Nicaraguan activist, Francisca Ramírez, that is about to change. The apolitical, movement-focused leader of the growing anti-canal mobilization in Nicaragua is not backing down from state intimidation tactics, and is … Continue reading Inspired by Berta Cáceres, Francisca Ramírez Leads Unified Indigenous and Campesino Anti-Canal Movement in Nicaragua