Nicaragua: Challenging the Sandinistas

Hard times ahead for a war-shattered country

When guerrillas of the Sandinista National Liberation Front swept to power in July 1979, hopes were high that the forces that had united to overthrow hated Dictator Anastasio Somoza would join together to rebuild the war-shattered country. That did not happen. The nine-member Sandinista directorate, which is the real political power behind the country's five-man governing junta, has angered Nicaragua's nonradical friends abroad by adopting a strongly pro-Cuban and pro-Soviet foreign policy. The Sandinistas have also alienated nearly all their onetime anti-Somoza allies at...

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