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first_imgIn a novel – and seemingly successful – approach, the local political leadership provided every pair of returning Contras, called “desalzados,” with a fishing net (a venture funded by donations from the government of Norway). The idea was to give the returning youth a means of employment and a way to reintegrate into the life of their community. Many, it seemed, had joined the Contras because it provided a way out of unemployment, and they were each given a backpack!The desalzados, mostly young men in their late teens, told of being led into the bush and then mostly abandoned by their commanders. “Sometimes we eat, sometimes we don’t eat,” said one young man to me. They had very little direction and often turned to staging raids on their own communities in order to get needed provisions. Many kept secretly in touch with their families when they could; others had no contact and now returned to parents who had not known if they were still alive. All of them seemed, at least at this moment, glad to have put this portion of their lives behind them. However, none returned with weapons. Many may never have had one. Others, one local resident told me, “probably buried them somewhere, just in case they want to go back.”It was a turning point in the Contra war in many ways. Although later that month, I was to travel through one of the largest Contra offensives to date on the Rama Road, overall, the exposure of the Iran-Contra Affair in 1986, combined with international recognition of corruption within the leadership and human rights abuses by Contras hastened the decline the Contras as a military force. In 1990, it was an electoral defeat – not a military one – that unseated the Sandinistas from power. The February 1990 loss for Daniel Ortega came in the wake of years of a harsh economic embargo by the United States combined with a U.S. military invasion of Panama in December 1989, which further cut off the flow of consumer goods to the starved Nicaraguan economy. Sandinista soldiers taking a break in the town of Haulover, Nicaragua. (Courtesy of Norman Stockwell)Today, 35 years after the Sandinista victory on July 19, 1979, Daniel Ortega is again president of Nicaragua. But both Ortega and the country he governs have changed a great deal since the hopeful days of August 1987, when the five Central American presidents joined together to thumb their noses at a U.S. president and seek to solve their own issues in their own way.*Norman Stockwell is a freelance journalist based in Madison, Wisconsin. He also serves as operations coordinator for WORT-FM Community Radio. Stockwell has reported from numerous countries in Latin America, including interviews on Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast with Contras surrendering to take amnesty under the 1987 Esquipulas Accords. Read his excellent story marking the 30th anniversary of the La Penca bombing here. Read the original U.N. document entitled “Procedure for the establishment of a firm and lasting peace in Central America,” signed by the presidents of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaraqua on Aug. 7, 1987, here. Following are more of Norman Stockwell’s photos from that era: Two Sandinista soldiers on patrol in the community of La Fe, Nicaragua. (Courtesy of Norman Stockwell) Taking advantage of a quiet moment in Orinoco, Nicaragua. (Courtesy of Norman Stockwell) Peter Martínez, regional political officer, meets with member of the local Peace Commission in Haulover as Sandinista officer looks on. (Courtesy of Norman Stockwell) A young man recounts his story of serving with Contra forces. He was too shy of the video camera to come outside. (Courtesy of Norman Stockwell) Peter Martínez, regional political officer, meets with members of the local Peace Commission in Haulover. (Courtesy of Norman Stockwell) Young men recount their stories as community members listen in. (Courtesy of Norman Stockwell) A young man, back at his home, is congratulated by a member of the local Peace Commission. (Courtesy of Norman Stockwell) Another young man is welcomed back into the community by local Peace Commission members. (Courtesy of Norman Stockwell) Local Peace Commission members explain the gift of the fishing net to the two returning Contras. The net was to be used to help them start a business. (Courtesy of Norman Stockwell) Related posts:Is the sword still the enemy of freedom? Did we forget the lesson the ‘Greatest Generation’ fought so hard to learn? Remembering La Penca, 30 years later For Central America’s migrant women, life can change in a second On Aug. 7, 1987, five Central American presidents signed a peace accord known as Esquipulas II, named after the city in Guatemala where the first round of meetings had taken place the previous year. The accord, signed by Costa Rica’sÓscar Arias, Guatemala’s Vinicio Cerezo, El Salvador’s José Napoleón Duarte, Honduras’ José Azcona and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, included a number of provisions for cooperation between the five countries, and most notably, it called for an end to support for “irregular forces” by all of the signatories. This provision was aimed at ending the Contra war in Nicaragua, and included an offer of amnesty to those Nicaraguan Contra fighters who chose to lay down their arms and reintegrate into society.This groundbreaking document was later used as a basis for other peace agreements in the region. The process was also important because the U.S. government, the main funder of the Contra forces, was actually pushed out of the negotiations and had little influence over their outcome. Peace Commission member posting amnesty sign in bush outside Tasbapauni, Nicaragua. (Courtesy of Norman Stockwell)In October of that year, a small group of us traveled by panga (small motorized boats) up Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast to interview Contras who were surrendering and returning to their communities. We traveled from Bluefields to the coastal towns of Haulover, Pearl Lagoon (Laguna de Perlas), Brown Bank, La Fe, Orinoco and Tasbapauni, in each location meeting with members of local Peace Commissions and Sandinista military and political officials. In some areas we accompanied local residents as they affixed posters to trees in the surrounding bush areas that proclaimed “amnistía” and showed a photo of the five presidents at the signing ceremony of Esquipulas II in Guatemala City.I carried two Pentax K1000 cameras (one with black-and-white film, one color) and an old, brown Marantz PMD200 cassette recorder. But my load was light compared to the Bluefields regional TV crew with their Sony 3-tube analog video camera, 3/4” tape deck, tripod, cables and mics. We spent nights bunking with Sandinista patrols and sharing their scant provisions. A short video from that trip can be found on YouTube:center_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img1205676 TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints ForPoints Against When the Los Angeles Rams win, nobody else in the division does.At least that’s held true through three weeks of the NFL season. The Rams scored a wild 41-39 win over the 49ers on Thursday Night Football, then got a chance to watch the Seahawks and Cardinals flounder on Sunday and Monday.Here’s a closer look at what went down in the NFC West in Week 3.Dallas Cowboys 28, Arizona Cardinals 17One of the big questions entering this week’s Monday Night Football offering was whether or not Dallas’ dynamic duo of Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott would/could have another lackluster performance. Top Stories 21010775 San Francisco, much like the crazed murderer in a horror movie, still wasn’t dead. Robbie Gould’s onside kick was recovered by Raheem Mostert, giving the Niners another chance. The didn’t do anything with it, though. Hoyer was sacked on 4th and 20 by Aaron Donald to finally preserve the win in what was arguably the most entertaining game of the early season.Stat of the Game: The Rams scored 41 points — the second time they’ve scored 40 or more in a game so far in 2017. They’ve scored 107 points in three games. It took Los Angeles until its sixth game to reach that same level in 2016.He Said It (LA): “You see a lot of playoff teams win games like this. I’m not saying that we’re going to the playoffs, but when you can get a win like this you can just feel it.” — Rams defensive lineman Michael BrockersHe Said It (SF): “This has only been our third game together. For us to be down 15 and still stay in there, stay fight … that’s one of the things that we can take from this game. You see the potential. You see where we can go. We just have to learn how to win, learn how to play a full game. And we’ll be where we want to be.” — 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   What’s Next for the Rams: Los Angeles hits the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium Sunday.What’s Next for the 49ers: The winless Niners play another division foe, traveling to Glendale to face the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday afternoon.Tennessee Titans 33, Seattle Seahawks 27A three-touchdown outburst in a six-minute stretch of the third quarter carried the Tennesee Titans (2-1) to a win over the Seattle Seahawks (1-2) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.Trailing 14-9 midway through the third, Marcus Mariota hit Rishard Matthews, who took a screen pass and weaved through defenders for a 55-yard touchdown to give the Titans a 16-14 lead. They weren’t nearly done.After the Seahawks went three-and-out on their next possession, Mariota hooked up with tight end Jonnu Smith on a 24-yard touchdown. Seattle punted again, leading to DeMarco Murray’s 75-yard touchdown jaunt on the first play of Tennessee’s next possession.Russell Wilson spearheaded a comeback attempt with fourth quarter touchdown passes to Luke Willson and Paul Richardson, but it was too little, too late for the Seahawks.Stat of the Game: Tennessee ran for 195 yards on Seattle’s defense, which has uncharacteristically struggled against the run this season. The Seahawks rank 30th in the league against the rush, giving up an average of 146 yards per game through three weeks. They ranked seventh in the league last season, giving up only an average of 92.9 yards per game. He Said It: “Block better.” — Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians when asked what his offensive line needs to do to improve.What’s Next for the Cardinals?: Arizona will play a second consecutive home game as they host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium.Los Angeles Rams 41, San Francisco 49ers 39What was this? An entertaining Thursday Night Football game? And from two the league’s least-likely participants?That’s exactly what transpired in Santa Clara last Thursday night, with the Rams’ suddenly potent offense lighting up the scoreboard (and the stat sheet) in a two-point win over the Niners at Levi’s Stadium.Jared Goff threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and Todd Gurley scored three times in helping the Rams to a 41-26 lead midway through the fourth quarter. But to their credit, the 49ers (0-3), who hadn’t scored an offensive touchdown before Thursday, rallied. Brian Hoyer hit Trent Taylor on a 3-yard touchdown pass to make the score 41-33. Then, LA’s Pharoh Cooper fumbled on the ensuing kick-off, setting the Niners up at the Rams’ 30-yard line.Eight plays later, on fourth down, Carlos Hyde scored from a yard out, giving San Francisco a chance to tie with a two-point conversion. However, Hoyer’s pass to Taylor was deflected and intercepted by Michael Brockers, thwarting the attempt. Special Teams Player of the Week: Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers — Mostert recovered an onside kick and had a 20-yard kickoff return.Standings Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) scores a touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) The answer, unfortunately for the Cardinals, was a big, fat ‘no.’Prescott threw two touchdown passes and ran for another and Elliott responded with 80 yards on the ground and a touchdown as the Cowboys broke a four-game losing streak to the Cardinals in Glendale.Carson Palmer had his best game of the year for Arizona (1-1), throwing for 322 yards and two touchdowns, but Arizona’s running game was not a factor.Questions that have yet to be answered by the Cardinals so far in 2017 were very much prevalent on Monday? Like, can the Cardinals block anyone — or more to the point — can they field a healthy offensive line. Guard Alex Boone left the game late and it’s being reported to be a pectoral muscle injury. Daniel Munyer, a surprise member of the Cardinals’ 53-man roster when training camp ended, finished the game at guard. He’s the eight different lineman Arizona has been forced to use so far through three games.Stat of the Game: The Cardinals dominated the time of possession, keeping the ball for 36:15 to Dallas’ 23:45, but then again, the Cowboys didn’t have to go far. Three of their four touchdown drives were 50 yards or less. 0305176 He Said It: “Eliminating the frustration. Eliminating the bickering with other teams, eliminating the extra exertion of energy that we don’t need. Need to conserve the energy for each play so your brains can think. That, and just tackling better.” — Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor on what needs to happen for the team.What’s Next for the Seahawks: Seattle returns home to the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field to host the Indianapolis Colts (1-2) Sunday afternoon.Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams — It could have been any number of winners from L.A., but Gurley had 113 yards on the ground, 36 yards in the passing game and visited the end zone three times. It was his first 100-yard game since Week 14 of his rookie season in 2015, when the then-St. Louis Rams beat Detroit, 21-14.Defensive Player of the Week: Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams — There wasn’t a lot of defense played in the division (NFC West teams gave up an average of 35.3 points in Week 3), so we’ll give it to the player who made the most impactful play. Donald came up with a sack on fourth down late against San Francisco to preserve the Rams’ second win of the year. 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