Nicaragua: Sandinistas Wing It

Sandinistas Wing It

During 10 years in power, Nicaragua's Sandinista National Liberation Front confiscated millions of dollars worth of privately owned factories, farms and houses for the state. Since their electoral defeat last February, however, some Sandinistas have decided to make money the old-fashioned way: by earning it.

Last week Central American Airlines, owned partly by former Sandinista officials, inaugurated service between Managua and Miami, its rented Boeing 727 less than half-filled with passengers lured by a bargain $275 round-trip fare. Said CAAL director Herty Lewites, the former Minister of Tourism: "I want to be the richest man in Nicaragua." Backed by $1.75 million...

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