August is the month of major political crises in Brazil, but no one suspected that an environmental issue would be the trigger for the storms threatening the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, just eight months into his term.
It was the end of summer 1987, I was 10 years old, and Trianon was still a movie theater at the time. Darkness. The first image: The fog disperses as dawn breaks behind a lighthouse where the protagonist looks out at the waves: “The sea... It’s contaminated with radiation... Will it ever be blue again?”
This past Tuesday, during the anniversary of the Naval Force celebrated with the top brass of the Nicaraguan Army, the dictator Daniel Ortega revived his promise to build an interoceanic canal, which according to his official plans should already be about to be inaugurated this year 2019.
The Public Ministry assigned the most loyal officials to the Ortega regime to fabricate cases and charges against its political prisoners, while the “puppet” prosecutors signed the complaints that they were not even allowed to read, sources inside and outside the Prosecutor’s Office told Confidencial.
Murder, kidnapping, sexual assaults, persecution and exile are some of the words that Nicaraguans have been hearing daily since April of 2018, when the sociopolitical crisis erupted. However, among the Miskito communities of the northern Nicaraguan Caribbean, these words are not only recurring—they are a horrific reality they have lived for many years.