Nonfiction | March 01, 1990

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On July 19, 1989, Nicaragua observed the tenth anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution. As most anyone who pays attention to the news headlines might surmise, the recent record of U.S.-Nicaraguan relations endowed the occasion with particular significance. The Sandinistas have no been popular in Washington. Were their country situated in some half-forgotten corner of the globe, all things being equal, Yankee opinion might not count for much. But since Nicaragua occupies real estate regarded by the United States as part of its “backyard,” Uncle Sam’s displeasure has translated into eight years of devastating trade embargo and even more devastating sponsorship of the Contra rebels.

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