NPR erases history in Nicaragua

by Mytwords, NPR Check

NPR reports on the possible victory of Daniel Ortega in Nicaraguan elections. If you listen to NPR you would think that Ortega (along with the Sandinista party) was a "nemesis" and "foe" to the United States. During the story John Ydstie asks (reporting from Nicaragua), "It's been all about peace and reconciliation -- is this a new Ortega?"

This is an amazing case of turning history on its head. I was around during the 1980s and remember that the Sandinistas were constantly asking for peaceful resolutions to the war being waged against Nicaragua out of Washington. It is especially informative that NPR never refers to the World Court verdict finding the US guilty of agression and terrorism against Nicaragua. Even in the most damaging indictment against the Sandinistas -- their abuses against the Miskito Indians -- they showed a willingness to submit to international law and follow through on the findings against them.

Given that the current Bush administration features many of the prime architects of US crimes against Nicaragua (esp. Negroponte) covering up this history is really a shame. But as Garcia-Navarro states, Ortega is "more civil" and "trying to present this moderate face" where he wants to "put our past behind us" an attitude that she makes clear she approves of if its true. See the IPS News article for better coverage of the elections.

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