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US intervention in Nicaragua election: threats, intimidation and bribes
    *   Joan Russow 
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Urgent need for global community to address the impact of the  continual and 
constant US intervention in the democratic elections in  Nicaragua”. There 
have been years of US military and economic intervention in  Nicaragua along with 
US government intimidation, blatant threats, and with the  US funded 
so-called “humanitarian” organizations’ intrusion into various stages  the electoral 

US intervention in Nicaragua election: threats, intimidation  and bribes

Joan Russow

The impact of the continual and constant US  intervention in the democratic 
elections in Nicaragua” must not be minimized.  The years of US military and 
economic intervention in Nicaragua along with US  government intimidation, 
blatant threats, and with the US funded “humanitarian”  organizations’ intrusion 
into various stages the electoral process has to be  addressed by the global 

In the current lead up to the  election, Bush bribed Nicaragua with a grant 
for “social programs” co-incidently  on the same day that the Nicaraguan 
government was pressured into ratifying  CAFTA. Subsequently on June 29 the US 
Controlled World Bank announced “Nicaragua  to Receive Debt Relief Totaling 
...US$37 Billion in Debt Cancellation”. In Aug  24, 2006, US- controlled World Bank 
approved US$17 Million Nicaragua loan from  the “World Bank for Competitiveness
” fund. In the Press release this loan was  connected to CAFTA: “With 
DR-CAFTA in place, it is essential to support the  institutions that will help the 
private sector grow, modernize and become more  productive as a way to increase 
investment and exports,” (Jane Armitage, World  Bank Director for Central 

On October 3, in Managua, Rumsfeld  presided over the Defense Ministers of 
the Americas conference. At this  conference Rumsfeld made veiled threats which, 
because of past US military  attacks on Nicaragua, were intended to impact on 
the upcoming election. While  raising concerns about Venezuela and the 
supposed build up of arms, he began to  enter into bilateral agreements with the 
various Latin American countries that  provide arms on condition that US military 
will be exempt from prosecution under  the International Criminal Court. 

The infamous School of the Americas  has be renamed Western Hemisphere 
Institute for Security Cooperation and linked  with International Military Education 
& Training (IMET) for allied and  friendly nations”. This program exposes 
students “to the U.S. professional  military establishment and the American way 
of life” and provides human rights  face-lift Including courses demonstrating 
the “U.S. regard for democratic  values, respect for individual and human 
rights and belief in the rule of law”.  
The Presidential race is based on the “First Past the Post System” which is  
plagued with the spectre of “vote splitting”. To counter the right wing 
vote-  splitting. On Monday, April 17, Paul Trivelli, the US Ambassador in 
Nicaragua  met with right wing parties in the country to discuss and opposition 
strategy  against Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in the November 5 presidential  
elections. He urged the right wing to rally around Eduardo Montealegre, the  
Presidential candidate from the Alianza Liberal. Years early, the US had  
encouraged the vote splitting in the Frente Sandinista Liberation National.  Herty 
Lewittes, recently deceased, led the break away group (MRS) Movimiento de  
Renovación Sandinista. The US contributed a few million dollars to create the  
bizarre Tarzan style park called “Hertlandia”. 

Even the Organization of  American states has criticized the US direct 
intervention by Ambassador Paulo  Trivelli U.S. congressman Daniel Burton, Deputy 
Secretary of State Robert  Zoellick, and US Commerce Secretary, Carlos 
Gutierria. Ambassador Trivelli  signaled that “Washington would review its aid for 
Nicaragua if Mr. Ortega wins  the election”. Congressman Daniel Burton, and Robert 
Zoellick, former Secretary  of state threatened to pull the 175 million 
dollar loan from Millennium  Challenge Corporation which is headed by Condolezza 
Rice .Carlos Gutierria  declared that “an Ortega victory would scare off foreign 
investors. Daniel  Burton also warned the Nicaraguans of dire consequences “ 
it´s important that  the people know what can happen if the government returns 
to the kind of  government there was in the 1980s.” Burton similarly “
threatened Nicaraguans  with the loss of remittances, thus taking advantage of 
Nicaraguans’ economic  desperation to bribe them into voting against Ortega”. 
(Common Dreams)

US  rights wing “Think tanks” have hosted a reception for Montealegre whose 
speech  was web cast . Other US private citizens and corporations, are using a 
loop hole  in the Nicaraguan constitution to send funds to Montealegre. In 
Virginia an  organization called Applied Government Strategies organized a 
Montealegre  fund-raising event purporting to be “In defense of Freedom and 
Democracy in  Nicaragua”.This fund raising campaign has been endorsed by Jeane 
Kirkpatrick  Former Ambassador to the United Nations, who emplores US citizens “ 
Your help is  needed to stop Daniel Ortega and Hugo Chavez from winning in 
Central America.  Patrick Anderson, President of Applied Government Strategies, the 
event  organizer stated a fundraiser was also held in Miami. When asked if 
foreign  corporate donations were possible under the Nicaraguan Constitution, he 
claimed  that they were and that he had received a legal opinion that 
corporate donations  were possible if used for educational purposes but then assured 
me that leaflets  etc would qualify (personal communication).

For years, so-called US  “humanitarian groups” with altruistic and 
euphemistic names, while claiming to  be “independent” of US Government policy, have 
impacted on all aspects of  Nicaraguan society in attempting to promote US 
government policy. Influence has  come from the National Foundation for Democracy 
first formed under Reagan,  through the International Republican Institute for 
International Affairs, the  Fund for American Studies, the Center for 
Democracy, the Center for  international Private Enterprise, the global development 
alliance, the American  Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce, the Academy for 
Educational Development, Freedom  House etc to the PRODEMCA (Friends of the 
Democratic Center in Central America)  and the Committee for the Free World (CFW). 

The US is doing all it can  through all these various channels to prevent the 
election of Daniel Ortega but  currently Through these various channels the 
US is misrepresenting the strength  of the right wing parties by claiming that 
Ortega is ahead in the polls because  the right wing is split. It would be 
more accurate to state that Ortega would  easily win if Joaquim and Pastora who 
have split from the FSLN would forget  their differences and support Ortega. 
Nicaragua has for too long been controlled  by US interests. If they united 
around Daniel Ortega he would definitely win.  
Joan Russow PhD
From January –April, 2006 Joan Russow along with her late  husband David 
White, volunteered at the Museum honouring the Nicaraguan  revolution, and video 
interviewed Nicaraguans on the revolution and the upcoming  election for a 
forthcoming film.US intervention in Nicaragua election: threats,  intimidation and 

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