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Four years later, Nicaragua’s $40 billion interoceanic canal remains a pipe dream

There are fears that Wang could now use his 50-year concession to sell the rights to ports

From the Miami Herald:

Four years ago last month, Daniel Ortega made headlines across the world by announcing that a Chinese firm would build a $40 billion interoceanic canal in Nicaragua, which would compete with the Panama Canal […]

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China’s faltering, but Nicaragua isn’t giving up on canal plans

Manuel Coronel Kautz isn’t a man who’s easily deterred. Good thing. Because as head of Nicaragua’s Canal Authority, he’s seen the $50 billion, Chinese-backed project suffer setback after setback. The latest: 12 months of construction delays on a key port just as financial turmoil in China deepens speculation the funding won’t come through.

Three years […]

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'Digging for truth' on the Nicaragua Canal

Several thousand protesters, shouting ”We don’t want the Chinese”, protested in Managua, the capital, despite police efforts to keep them in their villages, activists say. Boatmen in Punta Gorda on the Caribbean coast have refused to ferry heavy machinery to be used to begin construction, fearing their livelihoods will be harmed.

From an article […]

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Nicaragua canal route unveiled; Congressman warns of ‘false hopes’

Nicaragua Canal proposed route

Excerpts from an article by the BBC:

The Nicaraguan government and the company behind plans to build a canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean have settled on a route.

Nicaragua says it will break ground on the $40bn (£23bn) project this year. It said it expected construction to […]

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Nicaragua, Chinese tycoon say canal work will start in 2014

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Chinese tycoon Wang Jing on Saturday said plans to start building a $40 billion canal across the Central American country were on track for late 2014.

Their remarks appeared aimed at shooting down any idea of a delay. Nicaragua’s Canal Authority chief Manuel Coronel Kautz recently was quoted as saying […]

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The Bogota Solidarity Centre and Possible Intervention in Venezuela

From the Alliance for Global Justice:

The Solidarity Center office in Bogotá has received an unusually large two-year grant of $3 million for its operations in the Andean Region.

The scope and dimensions of the grant are not fully known, nor the exact programs to which it will be applied.

However, given the history […]

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USAID Grants $3 Million to Solidarity Center’s Bogotá Office – Unionists Want to Know Why

From the Alliance for Global Justice:

The Solidarity Center has some good and helpful programs and some that are at least more or less benign. But these good programs can act to hide a more fundamental purpose to infiltrate and influence the labor movements of other countries and to provide a channel of interference in […]

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Iran, Venezuela plan to build rival to Panama Canal

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

The recent border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is a sign of an ambitious plan by Venezuela, Iran and Nicaragua to create a “Nicaragua Canal” linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that would rival the existing Panama Canal.

Costa Rica says that [in November], […]

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