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.
Our Hands off Nicaragua campaign has generated a terrific response since we launched it September 13th. Over 650 of you have signed the open letter to Ambassador Trivelli opposing U.S. interference in Nicaragua’s elections, and contributed $25 or more to get that letter published in La Prensa and Nuevo Diario on October 13th.
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.
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.
[This analysis prepared by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs]
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.”
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.