by Ben Norton from Mint Press
Every single member in both chambers of the US Congress approved
legislation that will impose sanctions and financial restrictions on
Nicaragua in an explicit effort to weaken its government.
Known as the NICA Act, the bill is now on its way to the desk of
President Donald Trump, who will almost certainly sign it into law. Its
passage was spearheaded by neoconservative lawmakers centered around the
Miami lobby of right-wing Latin American exiles dedicated to
eradicating any iteration of socialism in the Western hemisphere.
The United States has spent decades trying to topple Nicaragua’s
government, now led by the left-wing Sandinista movement. In April, US-backed opposition figures launched an unsuccessful and exceedingly violent coup attempt in the Central American country — one of the last bastions of leftist politics in an increasingly right-leaning Latin America.
The newly approved Nicaraguan Investment and Conditionality Act(NICA)
will give the US president the authority to impose targeted sanctions
on Nicaraguan government officials, former officials, or people
purportedly “acting on behalf of” Managua.
The bill also seeks to prevent international financial institutions
from providing “any loan or financial or technical assistance” to
The NICA Act enjoyed bipartisan support, but the campaign behind it
was largely led by neoconservative Florida Representative Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen, with help from Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Ros-Lehtinen and Cruz met for a Facebook live this December 13 to celebrate the bill’s passage.
In June, these three right-wing Cuban-American lawmakers gathered
with young leaders of the Nicaraguan opposition in Washington, DC...
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