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Open newsletter – february 22, 2022

AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, also told a news conference on Monday that they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes […]

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Nicaragua’s president is sworn in again, so what’s next? (Al Jazeera)

To some, Daniel Ortega has ruthlessly crushed all dissent in Nicaragua. He won a fourth straight term as president last November after jailing opposition candidates, and banning international observers and journalists from the country. But his supporters say he is standing up to bullying from the West. The United States and the European Union imposed […]

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US slaps new sanctions on Nicaragua on Ortega’s inauguration day (Al Jazeera)

The United States on Monday imposed a new round of sanctions on Nicaraguan officials, including the defence minister, on the day President Daniel Ortega was sworn into office following highly questionable elections. Monday’s action, the latest sanctions targeting Nicaragua that the US has coordinated with allies, aims to increase pressure on Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario […]

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China says ready to work with Nicaragua as Chinese embassy reopens in Managua (Global Times)

China is ready to work with Nicaragua to enhance friendly exchanges, promote practical cooperation in various sectors and open up new prospects in bilateral relations, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said after the Chinese Embassy in Nicaragua held a solemn reopening ceremony on Friday (local time). The two countries resumed ties on December 10. […]

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China, Nicaragua kick off cooperation on vaccines, eye potential business projects (Global Times)

With the first batch of China-donated vaccines arriving in Nicaragua within three days after the two countries resumed diplomatic relations, a new chapter of cooperation in combating the COVID-19 and boosting bilateral trade and investment has quickly unfolded, as the historic move is expected to open a smooth passage for the two countries to collaborate […]

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First shipment of 1 million China-donated vaccines arrive in Nicaragua after two countries reestablish relations (Global Times)

The first shipment of 1 million doses of vaccines donated by China have arrived at Nicaragua, just days after the two countries announced the reestablishment of diplomatic relations, according to Bolivia-based news outlet Kawsachun News. First shipment of 1 million China-donated vaccines arrive in Nicaragua after two countries reestablish relations – Global Times

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Resumption of China-Nicaragua ties to boost trade, BRI connectivity (Global Times)

As China and Nicaragua announced the resumption of diplomatic relations on Friday, trade has become the next topic which is of great potential not only between China and Nicaragua, but also between China and other countries in the Caribbean, with more trade opportunities set to be unleashed. Resumption of China-Nicaragua ties to boost trade, BRI […]

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Nicaragua cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan to align with Beijing (Erin Hale, Al Jazeera)

Nicaragua has broken off diplomatic relations with Taiwan, leaving the self-ruled democratic island with just 14 formal diplomatic allies amid continuing pressure from China, which claims the island as its own. The Central American country made the announcement in a brief statement on Thursday from its foreign ministry, and cited Beijing’s “One China” policy. Nicaragua […]

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Nicaragua detains former OAS ambassador, critic of Ortega (Al Jazeera)

Nicaragua’s former ambassador to the Organization of American States – who has been critical of President Daniel Ortega – has been detained in Managua, according to his wife and a human rights observer. Edgard Parrales was picked up by identified men near his home on Monday, his wife, Carmen Dolores Cordova, and Nicaraguan Center for […]

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Biden bans Nicaragua officials from entering United States (Matt Spetalnick, Reuters)

President Joe Biden on Tuesday banned members of the Nicaraguan government from entering the United States as he issued a broad proclamation in response to an election that Washington has denounced as rigged in favor of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. Biden’s travel ban applied to all of Nicaragua’s “elected officials,” apparently including Ortega and his […]

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New Sanctions Following Sham Elections in Nicaragua (US Department of State)

The United States is acting to promote accountability for Nicaraguan officials in the wake of the November sham election in Nicaragua.  Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions against the Nicaraguan Public Ministry and nine Nicaraguan government officials. On November 7, the Ortega-Murillo government held an election that denied […]

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Nicaragua’s Undemocratic Election (US Department of State)

Nicaraguan President Ortega and Vice President Murillo have declared themselves the winners of national elections whose outcome has long been a foregone conclusion.  The Ortega-Murillo government has deprived Nicaraguans of any real choice by dissolving all genuine opposition parties and imprisoning all the principal presidential candidates.  This repression and electoral manipulation, widely decried by Nicaraguans […]