The Central American scene: Links 7/9/2015

My expatriate e-mail pen-pal Jack sent me a batch of links to interesting articles concerning two central American countries—Nicaragua, ruled by the formerly anti-U.S. Sandinistas, and Honduras, ruled by a military junta covertly supported by the U.S.

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Daniel Ortega is a Sandinista in name only by Stephen Kinzer for Al Jazeera America.

Daniel Ortega Goes From U.S. Foe to Friend in Drug War Battle by Michael D. McDonald for Bloomberg Business.

Nicaraguan Canal Could Wreck Environment, Scientists Say by Brian Clark Howard for National Geographic.  This is about a deal with a Chinese company to build a canal to supposedly rival the Panama Canal.

Nicaragua canal will wreak havoc on forests and displace people, NGO warns by Mark Anderson for The Guardian.

Nicaragua’s Grand Canal: No Indigenous Consent and Probable Environmental Catastrophe by Rick Kearns for Indian Country.

A Canal Too Far: Nicaraguan Campesinos Tell Ortega to Take His Canal and Shove It by Wilfredo Miranda for The World Post.

Long silence from Nicaragua’s president as first lady keeps press at arm’s length by John Otis of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Nicaragua’s Ortega says US senator, congresswoman on official list of banned foreigners by the Tico Times.

Mitch McConnell: John Kerry visited Nicaragua in 1980s to accuse Reagan of ‘engaging in terrorism’ by Louis Jacobson of the Tampa Bay Times.

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Hillary Clinton sold out Honduras: Lanny Davis, corporate cash and the real story about the death of a Latin American democracy by Matthew Pulver for Salon.

Hillary Clinton Admits Role in Honduran Coup by Mark Weisbrot for Al Jazeera America.

Hillary Clinton Suggested Lanny Davis Back Channel in Honduras by Lee Fang for The Intercept.

Scandal in the Social Security Institute in Honduras: Key Witness Shot by Aqui Abajo

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