NICARAGUA: Undoing the Dynasty

A new junta sets out to build "the country Sandino dreamed of"

It was as though the country had emerged from a coma. After the 46 years of suffering inflicted by the corrupt Somoza dynasty, a new spirit ruled the land. From the flagpole by the bunker in Managua where exiled Dictator Anastasio ("Tacho") Somoza Debayle had commanded a bloody last stand fluttered the red-and-black banner of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (F.S.L.N.). Even the sounds were different Gone was the stream of anti-Communist propaganda that had once poured from Somoza's radio station....

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