Article Review: “Daniel Ortega Goes From U.S. Foe to Friend in Drug War Battle”

This article comes as a pleasant surprise, considering the only publicity Nicaragua seems to be getting right now is from their attempt to build a second Central American canal.  Personally, I had always assumed Nicaragua was a much more violent place than how this article describes it.

President Ortega, who is still considered a dictator by many, has at the least done a good job at effectively fighting the “drug war.”  As a result, he is receiving praise from US officials, as they are working together to prevent drugs from being smuggled from South, to Central, and then into North America.

The author lays out statistics to support this notion that Nicaragua is actually a fairly safe place, much unlike its northern neighbors.  One such example is the homicide rate per 100,000 people. Nicaragua’s rate is 11 homicides per 100,000, the United States’ is 5 per 100,000, while Honduras’ is 90 per 100,000.

Posted by Tyler Lee

Article URL:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/daniel-ortega-goes-u-foe-050001991.html;_ylt=AwrBEiGIj.NUdlMAnAHQtDMD

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