Nicaragua: The Check Isn't In the Mail

The Check Isn't In the Mail

For the people of Nicaragua, Hurricane Joan was a rare thing, only the fourth such storm to touch their shores in the past century -- and by far the worst. But for officials in Managua and Washington, it was just politics as usual as Joan's 125-m.p.h. winds cut a swath of panic and devastation across the country, leaving 116 dead and flattening the Atlantic port city of Bluefields.

All but foreclosing the prospect of relief assistance from Washington, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega Saavedra declared, "The best help they can give us is to stop the ((rebel)) aggression." He accused the U.S....

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