24 June 2021 — MROnline
Originally published: Nicaragua’s Benedict Arnolds – political opposition as organized crime by Stephen Sefton and Tortilla con Sal (June 17, 2021 )
Ever since they lost badly in the 2011 elections to the Frente Sandinista, Nicaragua’s political opposition has divided into conventional political parties working in the country’s legislature and an extra-parliamentary opposition based in local NGOs. The U.S. government, in particular, gave up supporting Nicaragua’s opposition political parties financially so as to focus on consolidating an opposition bloc exploiting the figure of “civil society” but excluding the country’s main labor and rural workers’ organizations and the cooperative movement. The member organizations of this exclusive, bogus civil society were all financed either directly by the U.S. and allied governments or indirectly via foreign corporate and state-funded foundations.