“Mutantism on the March” :Chapter 36 “Business as Usual in Nicaragua”

Bertie Foonbean, the mutant child of Zeus and Aphrodite, was becoming an increasing embarrassment to the Greek Gods who of course viewed themselves as perfection. Friends of the Greek Gods were increasingly curious as why no invitation for a birth party had been sent out by the Greek Gods in weeks. If only they could locate Squid to get rid off, rather to aide, Bertie.

After his Columbian adventure with Santa Claus and Tarzan Squid decided to head back to his latest home, Montreal but first he would stop in Nicaragua where Santa had told him things were not going well for the population. The natives were in a life and death struggle with foreign entrepreneurs and their man in the capital City of Managua, General Sam Moza.

Santa had told Squid what was happening in Nicaragua was quite similar to what had happened in Columbia. Locals were battling inhumane conditions foistered upon them by gringos ring fenced by a military junta. The junta had assassinated newspaper owners critical of the regime and even progressive Roman Catholic clerics. The country was being strangled by foreign investment mostly for its mineral wealth. Starvation was not uncommon in the barrios while the leaders of the junta and their foreign lackies enjoyed a lavish lifestyle. The junta would spare no expense in silencing opposition being well compensated by the gringos. Sam Moza, a Westpoint graduate, was a brutal machine crushing opposition with his paramilitary force The National Lard led by American trained officers but comprised of opportunistic lumpenproletarian equipped with the finest American weaponry.

As the Yankee corporations gorged themselves with mineral deposits Nicaraguans were becoming increasingly marginalized. Again, as in Columbia, the gringos were harping on the benefits of foreign investment as it brought jobs and created more capital to be invested in the country. But they neglected to say it was the gringos that would direct economic development and that this capital disappeared into gringo banks. The jobs created were few and paid little. For example we look at the case of Enrico Zorro who owned a small brewery and needed some capital to modernize but as two large American breweries had opened up in Nicaragua the local banks considered him a risk. Apparently the hearty beer Enrico brewed was no match for the fizzy swill the Yankees sold and promoted ceaselessly. Enrico declared bankruptcy.

Starvation of capital was bad for it impeded national development but starvation of the population, which was in full swing, was even more odious as it meant the end of national existence. Multinational agribusiness, the scourge of underdeveloped countries, was thriving in the country.  Local arable land was bought and the food that fed the nation was replaced by pineapple plantations to feed the developed world. This brutal cold machine that ejected farmers gobbling up the most productive land resulting in a fatal reduction of crops that fed the nation. Barley and plantain crops were replaced what could be exported to gringo countries for a good profit. The highly mechanized agriculture wiped out the subsistence and small farmers like flies. This was like the Enclosure Movement in England which was a precondition for the Industrial Revolution.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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