Friendship Office of the Americas

The Friendship Office of the Americas is a social justice organization that fosters solidarity between the peoples of Nicaragua, Honduras and the United States and pursues polices of peace and friendship.

Why Must I contribute $25?

Dear Friend of Nicaragua, I want to address a few complaints about the $25 contribution to include your signature in the full page ads that appeared in the two Nicaraguan papers on October 13. We publicly challenged the U.S. Ambassador Paul Trivelli to stop trying to manipulate the Nicaraguan voting process. Our ads produced a strong defensive reaction from the Embassy.

Will you help us say NO to illegal US interference in Nicaragua's elections?

Will you help us say NO to illegal US interference in Nicaragua’s elections?If you follow this site, you know by now that the U.S. government is illegally interfering in the Nicaraguan elections to be held in November. In June, with the help and signatures of many of you, we ran an open letter denouncing this interference as half-page ads in Nicaragua’s two main newspapers. This ad generated a lot of media attention, but U.S. Ambassador Paul Trivelli has continued his blatant and outrageous attempts to influence the election’s outcome.

Nicaragua Network pre-election delegation Report

Report finds condemnation of US role among Nicaraguan parties and civil society groups. WASHINGTON – July 10 – The Nicaragua Network sent a delegation of academics and representatives of human rights and solidarity groups to Nicaragua June 17-24, 2006, to investigate the role of the US government in Nicaragua’s presidential election scheduled for November 5, 2006. The Nicaragua Network is a national network of local committees which has worked for 27 years to change US government policy toward Nicaragua.

Toledo Introduces Peru FTA to Congress as Garcia vows to Re-negotiate

President Toledo has introduced the U.S. Peru Free Trade Agreement to Peru’s national legislature for a vote. The vote may happen as early as today. Toledo will be leaving office in late July. The new President of Peru, Alan Garcia noted in an interview on Monday that “he would insist on revising – line by line – the free-trade agreement that Peru’s outgoing government of President Alejandro Toledo signed with the United States in April.”

US loses interest in FTA with Ecuador

            The chances for a short term conclusion to trade negotiations between the U.S. and Ecuador were handed a major setback last week, when the national government decided to revoke its operating contract with Occidental Petroleum and seize $1 Billion of its assets.  This action was taken after the energy ministry ruled that the company had acted improperly when it transferred 40% interest in its oil fields to EnCana, a Canadian oil company.