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Politics and its Discontents: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Plenty. When construction crews begin digging a new canal this month across Nicaragua, connecting the Pacific and Atlantic, it’ll be a boon to global shipping and, the government says, to the economy of the second-poorest nation in the Americas. But activists, scientists and others are increasingly alarmed by the environmental impact of a 173-mile artificial waterway—wider, deeper and three and a half times the length of the Panama Canal

The grim facts include: -The new canal and its infrastructure, from roads to pipelines to power plants, will destroy or alter nearly one million acres of rainforest and wetlands.

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OPSEU Diablogue: Video: Inside the Nicaraguan Maquilas

OPSEU is engaged in solidarity work that extends well beyond our borders. In February we travelled with Cobourg’s Horizons of Friendship to look at development projects in Nicaragua. Our 9-part BLOG has been well received, and there is a possibility of an … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Nicaragua Day 9: “From Misery to Poverty”

MANAGUA – At 5:30 am the sun is rising over the Las Mercedes industrial park. The walkway into the park is long, at times multiple railings appear as if organizing queues for a theme park. On either side is a … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Day 5: The other Nicaragua

The lobster fisherman of Puerto Carvaza don’t take boats out and cast traps in into the sea. Instead they take groups of men out in boats to dive into the sea to catch the lobsters by hand. It may be … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Nicaragua Day 2: A sense of persistence against tremendous odds

The entire bus erupted with laughter when the guide suggested that Canada was a balanced country. The young Nicaraguan was trying to describe how Nicaragua had skittered from the “dictatorship” of Anastasio Somoza to the “dictatorship” of the Sandinistas. Canada … Continue reading →