|Central American University - UCA
Number 366 | Enero 2012
A rerun with contradictions inside and out
Contradictions within the FSLN began to surface even before
Daniel Ortega’s presidential rerun ceremony on January 10.
In his speech, Ortega reiterated that he wanted to keep doing
“the same thing we did these past five years, but even better.”
Can he resolve the contradictions inside his party
and those starting to affect him from outside,
just by doing “more of the same”?... continuar...
LAW ON VIOLENCE
AGAINST WOMEN APPROVED By an almost unanimous vote, the National Assembly passed the Comprehensive Law against Violence against Women on January 26. As is typical of Nicaraguan... continuar...
Confronting the Ortega regime requires national unity
This leader of the Sandinista Renovation Movement,
which joined the PLI Alliance in the recent elections,
reflects on the challenges the country’s current situation
poses for both the political and civic opposition.... continuar...
How did they commit the fraud?
An empirical basis for talking about fraud is revealed in the electoral data collected and in the population’s generalized perception
that the irregularities in the 2011 elections were so widespread and varied that
we can’t know the real result, as the author shows
in this detailed analysis of last November’s electoral fraud.... continuar...
The human genome: A way to read the “book of life”
Fifteen years after the international program
to sequence the Human Genome was launched
and almost a decade after it was published in 2003,
how do the chances of applying this flood of knowledge
look in impoverished countries such as Nicaragua?
Could we gain access to this scientific-technological program?
And what use would it have for us?... continuar...
Mapping the Salvadoran media
Democratizing the mass media is indispensable to democratizing a society.
In El Salvador, the powerful economic groups’ media monopoly hinders democracy. They are accumulation media rather than communication media,
and they are building an anti-democratic hegemony.
Grassroots sectors need to take on the struggle
for grassroots media with which to build a fairer society.... continuar...
What the new President did and didn’t say
Retired General Otto Pérez Molina, Guatemala’s new President,
began his speech by announcing, rather demagogically:
“The change has begun, the change has arrived,
the change you were promised, that I gave my word about.”
But invoking and promising change isn’t the same as achieving it.
The new government’s four years will demonstrate whether or not he can.... continuar...
The peace movement and the government’s warlike responses
After five years of Calderon’s “war on drugs,”
the terrible results are 63,700 dead
and more than 10,000 disappeared,
with 98% of these cases unsolved.
The peace movement poet Javier Sicilia heads
is continuing to speak out, organize, mobilize
and continually call for meetings and dialogue.
Calderon’s response has been ferocious repression.
Amid so much horror, the peace movement and the Zapatistas
are both announcing new plans.... continuar...