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Two botched speeches from the Nicaraguan tyrant


Sewers! By PxMolina / Confidential

By Enrique Saenz (confidential)

HAVANA TIME – It is a thankless task to refer to Ortega’s speeches, but it must be done. Though his use of grueling verbiage and endless repetitions of his absurd take on history are less and less effective, even for its own supporters, the political struggle for democracy demands unmasking every hoax it vociferates. .

So, allow me to outline his two speeches from last week.

The OAS “sewer”

Let me start with his attacks on the OAS. Ortega has continued to attack the OAS, surely angry because only two governments supported him at the recent Permanent Council meeting: a small Caribbean island and its Bolivian comrades. He called it a “sewer”. But instead of referring to Nicaragua, he showed his bitterness, referring instead to Cuba’s separation from the inter-American organization 60 years ago. He also repeated the same attacks on control the United States supposedly has over the Continental Corps.

Obviously, Ortega did not mention several facts which, for the forgetful, are best ignored.

At no time did he mention that in 1979, Father Miguel D’Escoto, occupying the seat assigned to him by the Panamanian delegation, and speaking on behalf of the Sandinista Front, demanded the support of the OAS. He participated in the debates which led to the resolution demanding the immediate and definitive replacement of the Somoza regime. The tyrant seems to have forgotten this episode.

Ortega also forgot more recent events such as the deal he signed with [OAS Secretary General] Luis Almagro to carry out electoral reforms. Likewise, the smiling meeting they held after the electoral circus that Ortega organized in November 2016. At that time, he enjoyed the indulgence of the international community which looked away from his excesses.

Nor does he recall that in July 2018, his own representative to the OAS co-sponsored with the United States the resolution that enabled the Permanent Council to deal with the Nicaraguan crisis. It is important to repeat: Ortega himself co-sponsored and voted in favor of the resolution that enabled the OAS to promote a solution to the Nicaraguan political crisis.

Why wasn’t it a sewer before and now it is?

Free exchange

Ortega also spoke out against free trade and, referring to developed countries, shouted: “For them, yes, the free market, to do whatever they want.”

But he made no mention of the CAFTA free trade agreement signed with the United States, nor of the association agreement with the European Union. The two international treaties allow Nicaraguan exports to enter these markets on preferential terms.

If these trade relations irritate the tyrant so much, why does he not break these agreements?

I remind the forgetful that thanks to CAFTA, more than 100,000 Nicaraguan workers, mainly women, have jobs in the free zones. It is true that the lowest wages in Central America are paid, and it is also worth highlighting the audacity of the dictatorship: to attract foreign investors – a blatant expression of imperialism -, precisely by promoting the low wages imposed. by the Ministry of Labor as a comparative advantage for companies.

It should also be noted that 50% of Nicaraguan exports go to the United States under CAFTA. Why does it not instead promote exports to Venezuela, Iran, Cuba, Russia or China?

Thousands of producers and exporters of coffee, cheese, beans, peanuts, tobacco, sugar cane, cattle… make a living from exports to the United States. They are competitive thanks to preferential treatment, because in 15 years in power of Ortega, the country has not advanced a step in terms of competitiveness and technological modernization.

Neither under Somoza, nor with the neoliberal governments, has the Nicaraguan economy depended as much on the American economy as it does today, with the anti-imperialist Ortega. At least 45% of GDP depends on the United States.

Savage capitalist talks about savage capitalism

He also railed against savage capitalism. The same person who imposed predatory capitalism on the country, worse, much worse, than the governments that came before him. A predatory capitalism which through abuse, fraud and impunity has made him the richest man in Nicaragua and one of the richest in Central America.

The same predatory capitalism that encourages foreign investment presents the poverty of its workers as the country’s main advantage. The same character who with his power and fuel companies squeezes the pockets of Nicaraguans, consumers and businessmen, with the highest energy prices in Central America and the highest fuel prices of the region.

Ortega says savage capitalism causes inequality and poverty. And that’s true. So, let him start by banning him from Nicaragua.

Lies and nonsense

As usual, there was no shortage of lies [in his recent speeches]. Recklessly, he said the following: “… we have started literacy until we are able to reduce illiteracy totally. He should be invited to see today’s UNESCO figures. According to this organization, illiteracy affects around 20% of the population.

There was no lack of nonsense. He made the following assertion: “That only certain countries have the right to have atomic weapons and others do not, it is not democracy!”

What do you think of this insane conception of democracy?

What does Nicaragua have to do with this or democracy with atomic bombs?

Ortega measures democracy by force of arms. It’s crazy, but coming from him, it makes sense.

Finally, he became a prosecutor and judge for the citizens he held hostage for the simple fact of demanding fair elections, without their relatives or their lawyers being able to even see them. Worse than “Somocism.”

Without any shame, without being a prosecutor or a judge, he anticipated that the sentence of these Nicaraguan citizens is already ready.

In conclusion, these are the last speeches of a bellicose and deceptive tyrant, with illusory pretexts of world leadership. A tyrant madly clinging to the past and to power.

A tyrant without a future.

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