29
Sep
08

The left is leaving Nicaragua

Much to the dismay of expatriates in South Florida, Daniel Ortega made a political comeback and was re-elected as Nicaragua’s president in 2006. One of my best friends was especially affected by the new term of Ortega in his native Nicaragua. He knew that this will be a life-changing presidency for him the same way it was for his parents in the 1980’s when they had to leave the country to come to the United States.

My friend introduced me to the intricate story of Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution and its effects on his life. Moreover, he introduced me to one of my favorite Latin American writers, Gioconda Belli.

“The Country Under my Skin” is Belli’s own account of the Sandinista Revolution. What really makes me wonder about this book is how much things have changed in Latin American politics over the past 20 years. The left, which at the time was somehow glorified, is now deemed in a different light with unpopular rulers like Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales claiming it. At the time, the left was less stigmatized with the presence of military regimes oppressing people and creating a tight elite, like the one of Anastasio Somoza before the Sandinistas took over power in the 1980’s.

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times published an opinion piece on Ortega’s involved in a great scandal over the prosecution of the 83-year-old poet Ernesto Cardenal, who was once his minister of culture and is now being judged by a Sandinista judge.

The sin for which he is now being punished is that during a visit to Paraguay last month, he had the temerity to call Ortega a “thief” who runs “a monarchy made up of a few families in alliance with the old Somoza interests.”

The author of the opinion piece, Stephen Kinzer, draws a parallel between Cardenal’s case and that of Heberto Padilla, who was under house arrest in Cuba after Fidel Castro punished him for his writings. At the time, figures like Jean-Paul Sartre, who had previously expressed admiration for Castro, signed a protest petition against Castro and his derailment from the true leftist thinking.

Similarly, other thinkers are drawing a clear distinction between them and Ortega. Among them is Belli, who cut off her links to the unpopular president after having helped his revolution 20 years ago.

Jose Saramago, the Portuguese Nobel Prize Winner, is now among the more than 60 Latin American writers and figures protesting against the judge’s move against Cardenal. He said:

if Ortega does not reverse last week’s court ruling, “we will know that his human and political merits have fallen to zero,” and added: “Once more a revolution has been betrayed from within.”

I agree with Saramago and Belli. People can’t be silenced for what they think. If Cardenal wanted to give such a controversial statement, he is free to do so. Maybe, when the Sandinista Revolution had plans for greater good, its leaders were not as corrupted as they may be now. But that is a whole other story. I think that somehow that leftist regimes have proved to be ineffective in Latin America.


1 Response to “The left is leaving Nicaragua”


  1. February 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Hay especiales criaturas que viven del pasado glorioso de un pueblo como los gusanos de los intestinos y carnes de un cadaver. Ocurrio en la Rev Rusa (Trotsky en nombre de la Rev traicionada comploto e hizo todo lo posible por mandar abajo el poder stalinista y no pudo, fue asesinado), La rev China (la banda de los cuatro, tambien criticaron Teng Sia Ping su traicion a Mao y fueon politicamente liquidados), con la insurreccion aprista en Peru contra los miliatres del 1930 (el mismo Haya en vida los traiciono diciendo que no fueron apristas los insurrectos, esto cuando haya hacia su conviencia con la oligarquia del pradismo y odriismo) y en Cuba (Camilo Cienfuegos fue desaparecido por razones que hasta ahora se desconocen) y un escritor Heberto Padilla quien critico a Fidel como literato -recibio el apoyo de Sartre- tuvo que salir del pais) y ocurre hoy en Nicaragua. Ortega arma alianzas con los guardianes de Somosa y parte de la oligarquia para traicionar la Rev de la que el fue parte antes). Quienes son los traidores?. Los que roban las glorias de una revolutcion(fraude electoral incluido) para satisfacer el enfermizo encanto por el poder. Lo dijo claro Ernesto Cardenal y por eso fue acusado en las Cortes de Ortega. Lo hizo Stalin con la Rev rusa, Teng Siao en China y el mismo Haya en Peru. Hoy el aprista Garcia -Presidente por 2da vez en ese pais-, tambien en nombre del pasado glorioso del Apra, asesino y robo al por mayor y luego regreso con fraude y apoyo Usa al poder para hacer lo mismo: dictadura que succiona y destruye las glorias del pasado. De Cuba no sabemos mucho de la razon por la que Cienfuego o el mismo Che dejaron la rev cubana, al menos se sabe que Fidel fue magnanimo con el Che a quien glorifico despues de muerto, pero nada de Cienfuegos. En Peru, el traidor Garcia es un dictador de la peor especie -acusacion que hoy se hace a Ortega de Nic- hoy Garcia no duda en perseguir a la oposicion de izquierda en defensa del modelo neoliberal y el TLC neocolonial que prometio revisarlo y someterlo a voto para luego imponerlo a sangre y fuego. Entiendo que hay varios historiadores que escribieron The history of betrayed revolutions. Los leere y regreso al tema.


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