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Nicaragua Now

Our bi-annual magazine Nicaragua Now contains feature articles and interviews about developments in Nicaragua and news of Nicaragua - UK solidarity activities carried out by  NSC, Wales NSC, twin towns, trade unions and other UK organisations with projects and volunteering programmes.


issue 10

Download Nicaragua Now no 10 Summer 2019

The Sandinista overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship in 1979 was a defining event not only for Latin America and the Caribbean but also globally.

Nicaragua became a beacon of hope regionally and internationally. In Latin America, the Sandinista Revolution represented the fulfilment of dreams that had been brutally destroyed in a CIA backed coup in Chile six years previously.

Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world participated in a global movement to support the Sandinista Revolution and to condemn US aggression: NSC, set up in 1978, was one such group.

This publication tells the story of the tens of thousands of people in the UK, particularly in the labour movement, who have contributed to sustaining solidarity through four decades of profound political change in Nicaragua, the UK and globally.

We dedicate this publication to the Nicaraguan people and organisations we have worked with, and their commitment, against enormous odds, to building a society based on social and economic justice, free from outside interference.


Download Nicaragua Now No 9 winter 2017/18  issue 9

Articles in this issue include:

  • Tropical and political storms converge: the NICA Act and Storm Nate
  • The Paris Agreement: the US out, Nicaragua in
  • Nicaragua’s exemplary shift to renewables
  • National Education Union (NUT section) delegation shares skills and experience with Nicaraguan English teachers
  • How to not only recognise but also remunerate the unpaid work of women
  • The world renowned Nicaraguan mural movement and its legacy
  • Protecting a rural community’s lifeline – its water source
  • What potential does Nicaragua’s tourist boom have to benefit all Nicaraguans?

Download Nicaragua Now No 8 summer 2017  

Articles in this issue include:

  • Nicaragua – US relations in the age of irrationality, the NICA Act explained
  • Socialism from below: the popular economy, Liz Light talks to Presidential Adviser on Social Policy, Orlando Nunez Soto, about the importance of the popular economy, a sector that generates 50% of the country’s wealth but receives little recognition.
  • Protecting the environment & mitigating climate change through Fairtrade, Santiago Dolmus and Juana Antonia Mendez from CECOCAFEN explain
  • Unionised sex workers who act as advisers to the judicial system, the story of the Nicaraguan Association of Sex workers
  • What difference does a decent road make? Ludi Simpson revisits Bradford’s twin town of Tisma
  • TUC funds training programme for Nicaraguan street sellers, Louise Richards describes the impact

Download Nicaragua Now No 7 winter 2016/spring 2017 

Articles in this issue include:

  • Nicaragua, elections and beyond
  • Solidarity through football and music
  • Confronting climate change: farmers in San Francisco Libre
  • Strengthening teachers' union links
  • Living on the margins on the slopes of a volcano
  • Food security, climate change and Rama communities
  • Solidarity through twin towns.


Nicaragua Now Issue 6

Download Nicaragua Now No 6 spring/summer 2016

Articles in this issue include:

  • Climate Justice, the example of Nicaragua.
  • The struggle for the rights of women workers in Nicaragua’s Free Trade Zones.
  • Intergenerational solidarity in Sheffield and Esteli.
  • Nicaragua, elections and the US.
  • Electricity, water, roads and ‘buen vivir’ on the Caribbean Coast.
  • Reducing food waste, reducing poverty.
  • Trade union solidarity.
  • Mutual solidarity through volunteering.
  • UK-Nicaragua solidarity news.


Nicaragua Now Issue 5

Download Nicaragua Now No 5 autumn 2015/winter 2016

  • The benefits and risks of Nicaragua’s inter-oceanic canal.
  • What has happened with property claims and reparations related to the Sandinista Revolution and the US-backed contra war? What lessons for Cuba?
  • How is Nicaragua addressing the problem of child trafficking?
  • What role for international volunteers in supporting young people in Nicaragua to set up businesses?
  • Thirty-five years of solidarity research on Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast
  • Helping to re-activate community development in La Concha
  • An inspirational UK speaker tour by Flor de Maria Avellan, street seller and deputy general secretary of the Confederation of Self-Employed Workers (CTCP)
  • Solidarity through Fairtrade, community theatre, circus workshops, duck and toilet related fundraising, and developing resources for UK schools


Nicaragua NowDownload Nicaragua Now Issue 4 Spring 2015

  • Calling for an end to US destabilisation of Latin America
  • Renewable energy: the Nicaraguan example
  • Solar powered energy for an ‘off grid’ community
  • Nicaraguan waste and the London fashion show: how does this contribute to empowering women?
  • Fair trade gets fairer: recognising the unpaid work of women
  • First ever UK – Nicaragua hospital twinning
  • The challenges of film making in Nicaragua: Wales NSC talks to Florence Jaugey (Camila Films) about their latest film La Pantalla Desnuda (The Naked Screen)
  • UK – Nicaragua solidarity through twinning, school linking, fair trade, football, marathon running, delegations and more...


Nicaragua NowDownload Nicaragua Now issue 3

  • Between October 2013 and August 2014, more than 66,000 undocumented Central American minors entered the US, an upsurge described by President Obama as ‘a humanitarian crisis.’ Why were only 200 of these children Nicaraguan?
  • Confronting climate change, Nicaragua’s example. Nicaragua ranks fourth on a global index of countries suffering the most serious consequences of climate change. What are Nicaragua demands in the global climate change talks? What are the government, NGOs and small farmers doing to mitigate the impact and reduce Nicaragua’s own footprint?
  • Steve Lewis volunteered in the community of La Dalia in 1985 during the Sandinista government and the US-backed contra war. Thirty years on he returned to find out what had changed and what remains of the spirit of the Sandinista Revolution.
  • The CIA, the Nicaraguan contras and crack cocaine in the US. Hollywood film ‘Kill the Messenger’ due for reléase in UK on 28 November, illustrates the murky, morally reprehensive depths of the Reagan administration’s attempts to overthrow the Sandinista government.
  • News in brief: interoceanic canal; research into causes of chronic kidney disease among sugar workers; maternity centres reduce maternal mortality; school meals for over one million children; Latin American support for Palestine
  • UK – Nicaragua Solidarity through trade unions; twin towns in Reading, Sheffield, Swindon, and Tavistock; the Earth Project Nicaraguan jewellery at the London fashion show.
  • Nicaraguan trade unions focus on women and young people


Nicaragua NowDownload Nicaragua Now issue 2

  • Chronic kidney disease epidemic (CKDu) Over 20,000 Central American sugarcane workers have died over the past two decades. How can further deaths be prevented?
  • Improving the well-being of the majority: Nicaragua's example
  • NSC representative Liz Light talks to Carlos Fonseca, FSLN international department
  • What role for solar power in rural areas? Danielle Gent explains
  • ‘We also have hands!’ Junieth Peralta, Kathrin Sautter and Irene Villa report on how the Condega Women Builders Association is working to overcome barriers
  • News in brief: Interoceanic canal, Hugo Chavez remembered, regional integration, Street Child World Cup, UK – Central America trade, quotas for women in public posts
  • UK – Nicaragua solidarity: News from Wales, Bristol, Reading, Sheffield, Oxford and London
  • Trade unions flourish again: NSC’s trade union coordinator, Louise Richards, reports on her visit to Nicaragua
  • Building ecostoves in northern Nicaragua. Amy Porter talks to volunteer Tara O’Reilly


Nicaragua NowDownload Nicaragua Now issue 1

  • The pros and cons of the planned 250km interoceanic canal
  • Recognising the unpaid work of women in the costing of coffee and sesame
  • Raising awareness of women’s rights through soap operas
  • What difference does ALBA make in addressing poverty?
  • The Road to the Street Child World Cup in Rio
  • Raleigh International’s volunteer programmes in Nicaragua
  • What difference can a legal office make to trade unionists?
  • Nicaraguan students engagement in politics