Nicaragua

Ortega Wants Names


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This cartoon first ran Friday, August 31, 2018, in The Costa Rica Star.

What is it with strongman-type leaders, dictators, and dictator wannabes that they feel they can force their will on people who don’t have to bend to their demands?

Daniel Ortega, the president of Nicaragua whose wife is vice president, is demanding Costa Rica to supply him with the names of each of the over 20,000 Nicaraguan refugees currently in that nation. He wants “a list of people seeking asylum,” to point out who committed crimes during protests and should face justice.

Ortega promises they won’t be harmed, and he’s only looking for the lawbreakers. Yeah, sure. You really don’t want someone of the likes of Ortega to define lawbreaking.

During his press conference with Donald Trump in Helsinki, Russia’s Vladimir Putin told members of the American press not to “disregard these issues and don’t think about this anymore again,” when asked if he had anything on to hold over Trump. The U.S. press doesn’t take orders from U.S. politicians, less enough one from Russia.

Turkey’s Recep Erdogan has demanded the United States extradite a Turkish cleric he’s accusing of engineering a coup against him. The United States doesn’t typically deport people to face death sentences.

Donald Trump is demanding that The New York Times provide him with the name of the anonymous writer of the op-ed from his staff, accusing him of being incompetent. He’s floating the idea of the Justice Department going after the free press to find out sources, without identifying any laws that were broken other than it was “treason” to criticize him.

Ortega, Putin, Erdogan, and Trump aren’t interested in what’s best for their people, only their self-interest. The world would be a better place without any of them.

The U.S. will not be turning over any clerics to Turkey, the American press isn’t going to take journalism advice from Putin, and The New York Times will never give names to Trump (not sure about the Justice Department thing). And, Costa Rica is not going to any names to Ortega. That would go against international law.

When authoritarians start asking for names, that’s when they need to be told to sit and spin.

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Costa Rica Nazis


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This cartoon was first published August 24, 2018, in The Costa Rica Star.

There were several protests in Costa Rica by white nationalists and even a few Neo-Nazis protesting against refugees coming to their country to escape the violence in Nicaragua. Most people in Costa Rica are welcoming the refugees and trying to help them. They know they don’t want to be there sleeping in a park permanently. Most people want to go home.

Donald Trump’s rhetoric has encouraged racists to come out into the open in the United States. Now, I believe it’s happening internationally.

Donald Trump is a vile and horrible person. Don’t be like Trump.

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Costa Rica’s Nicaragua Problem


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This cartoon originally ran in The Costa Rica Star on August 3, 2018.

The violence in Nicaragua, which isn’t a civil war, is sending thousands of refugees into Costa Rica. Costa Rica is accepting them.

At the beginning of the month, over 23,000 refugees from Nicaragua were seeking asylum in Costa Rica. They’re not being turned away but the nation is being overwhelmed. Still, no baby jails or families being torn apart. No comments from the president about not wanting anyone from “shithole countries.” No howls about changing demographics and culture. No accusations about gangs sneaking in, or that the opposing political party supports crime by welcoming refugees. Basically, Costa Rica is being very compassionate and humane.

I can think of another president who can learn a lot from Costa Rica about how to respond to a humanitarian crisis.

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Costa Rica Border Defense


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This cartoon was published June 22, 2018, in The Costa Rica Star.

There’s a huge crisis happening in Nicaragua, a nation that borders Costa Rica. There is not a civil war going on, but a civic uprising where the president’s goons have killed more people than the dictator has in Venezuela.

The protests started over increased taxes and decreased benefits in the public pension system, it’s expanded to grievances over the amount of time Daniel Ortega has and will occupy the presidency, in addition to his wife being vice president. Ortega was elected (again) in 2007 and the constitution was amended in 2014 which allowed him to run for a third term in 2016, which he won. His current term ends in 2022.

Sanctions have been placed on Venezuela but the world has been silent over what’s happening in Nicaragua.

I think if you’re fleeing Nicaragua and the dictator posing as a democratically-elected president, then you’re not going to want to cross into another country run by a wannabe dictator.

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