Central America: Trouble with the Law

Nicaragua wins a propaganda victory over the U.S. in the World Court

As fighting between the Sandinista government and the U.S.-inspired contra guerrillas sputters along Nicaragua's northern border, skirmishes between Washington and Managua continue to rage on broader battlefields: in newspapers, at fund-raising offices, in college classrooms and along the corridors of Congress. Through legal challenges, diplomatic maneuvers and public relations jabs, Nicaragua's Marxist-led government and the Reagan Administration have been fighting for the hearts and minds of the international diplomatic community. In this not-at-all-secret war of words, the U.S. last week...

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