>Latin America File: Sandinistas slash government salaries, fuel prices; ex-Contra leader Ortega’s VP; Venezuelan Army to build highway in Nicaragua

>In addition to slashing fuel prices, “born again” communist and Jimmy Carter bud Comandante Ortega, is admirably cutting his own salary and that of his cohorts in order to soothe the fears of the impoverished masses who voted for him and the wary policymakers in Washington DC. This follows an attempt by Comrade Dan to reassert direct presidential control over Nicaragua’s police and military forces.

Pictured here are the neo-communist presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela, Ortega and Chavez.

In a move that ought to prompt the student of Latin America’s red spread to re-examine the origins of the US-backed Contra resistance during the 1980s and the staged drawdown of the Sandinistas during the 1990 election, former Contra leader Jaime Morales is now Ortega’s vice-president. In spite of the fact that the Sandinistas chased Morales into the hills, confiscated the banker’s mansion during the 1979 revolution, and moved Comrade Dan’s furniture into the premises, these former arch-enemies are now best friends. “We were sworn enemies,” Morales opines. “I know Ortega in times of war and in times of peace. He has matured a lot and the Sandinistas have changed.”

The Sandinistas have NOT changed and their cozy relationship with the terrorists and communists of the Sao Paulo Forum is incontrovertible proof. Old commies don’t change their ideology. They only change their tactics. The temporary retreat of communism in Nicaragua occurred simultaneously with a similar phenomenon in Eastern Europe, reinforcing the belief among the duped inhabitants of the shopping mall regime that communism was dead. “Since that time,” writes Tim Rogers in the May 5, 2006 issue of The Christian Science Monitor, “Ortega’s [Sandinista] party has managed to consolidate enormous power in the legislative, judicial, and electoral branches of government, despite losing three presidential bids in the process.”

Nicaragua’s President Ortega Cuts Government Salaries, Including His Own
January 23, 2007

Nicaragua’s new leftist president, Daniel Ortega, has slashed his own salary as part of a government austerity plan.

A former Marxist rebel who led Nicaragua in the 1980s, Ortega returned to office on January 10. After seeing how much the government spends on payroll, he said he is cutting his own salary and those of ministers and senior civil servants.

Several presidents in Latin America have recently reduced their salaries to deflect criticism that they earn too much while many of their citizens live in poverty. President Felipe Calderon of Mexico cut his salary by 10 percent after taking office in December.

The United Nations classifies half of the population of Nicaragua as poor, and 17 percent as extremely poor.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
Source: VOA

Neo-Communism’s Twenty-First Century Domino Effect

The Venezuelan Armed Forces is busy these days consolidating President Chavez’s Socialist Republic. Personnel are learning to fly Russian fighter jets, operate Russian assault rifles, and construct plants to produce more Russian assault rifles. They are preparing to repel a hypothetical US invasion and offering a little covert ground support for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which has pledged its allegiance to Comrade Hugo. They are shuttling President Comrade Evo around Bolivia in two loaned helicopters. MSM reports indicate that there are 30 Venezuelan soldiers in Bolivia. Unconfirmed reports, which we have posted, suggest that there are as many as 3,000 Cuban and Venezuelan troops in Bolivia.

The MSM also reports that Nicaragua’s neo-Sandinista regime will be employing the Venezuelan Army to build a highway across the country. “The Venezuelan army will build a 300-mile road in Nicaragua that will link the Pacific to the Atlantic region, El Universal reported Jan. 22,” the short news item reveals. “The construction, set to begin in a year and be completed in at least five years, will cost an estimated $350 million and will be financed by Venezuela as a donation.” Perhaps Comrade Hugo’s troops and military engineers will overstay their welcome in Managua and mingle with their revolutionary chums in the Nicaraguan Armed Forces? After all, the neo-communist parties of neighboring El Salvador and Guatemala need a little encouragement to oust the anti-communist regimes currently in place. Chavez talks of “21st century socialism.” We might as well talk of communism’s new “domino effect.”

In any event, the Caracas-sponsored highway project in Nicaragua is only the next step in the consolidation of the political relationship between the Ortega and Chavez regimes, the first being the formation–before Ortega’s November re-election–of a Nicaraguan-Venezuelan oil firm, Alba Petróleos de Nicaragua, to operate under the management of AMUNIC, the Sandinista-controlled municipal government association. The second step was the admission two weeks ago of Nicaragua into the Castro-contrived, neo-communist, anti-FTAA trading bloc known as the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas.

3 responses to “>Latin America File: Sandinistas slash government salaries, fuel prices; ex-Contra leader Ortega’s VP; Venezuelan Army to build highway in Nicaragua

  1. mah29001 January 23, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    >Looks like Chavez wants to make a “European Union” of Latin America. And yet Chavez proclaims to be “against” imperialism.

  2. mah29001 January 23, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    >I also wonder what really went on with the “Iran-Contra” affair between the Contras and U.S. giving arms to them. With Ortega having a former Contra member as his VP, one can most certainly say, the story of far left propaganda outlets certainly don’t fit the bill.

  3. mah29001 January 26, 2007 at 2:44 am

    >I was wondering if you could also add the National Network on Cuba as a Communist front group for the Communist Party of Cuba:http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=National+Network+on+CubaAs you can see it is quite involved in being behind the talking points of getting rid of the embargo against Cuba.

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