Quotes by Nicaraguan authors


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"We are not supposed to go out and kill all those we suspect to have committed a crime"
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"I feel great identification with the developing world"
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"I don't believe in lobbying only progressives and liberal members of Congress. I don't believe in doing interviews only with those who share my views. I want to reach a wider audience"
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"I didn't want to be discriminated against because of my gender and status. I promised myself I was never going to be treated as a second-class citizen"
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"George W. Bush and his administration embarked on a full-scale assault on civil liberties, human rights and the rule of law, walking away from his international obligations, tearing up international treaties, protocols and UN conventions"
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"Without the United States, there simply would not have been an armed uprising in our country"
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"The people of Nicaragua were suffering oppression. This made us develop an awareness which eventually led us to commit ourselves to the struggle against the domination of the capitalists of our country in collusion with the U.S. government, i.e. imperialism"
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"Conditions are ripe for triumph. We will win. And we will wield great power here"
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"Of course, the kind of support that Cuba could give us was very limited when it came to building up our army, since they didn't manufacture armaments in the quantities that we required. So we turned to Algeria and the Soviet Union for support"
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"Those who suffer are not those at the top, but are the less privileged members of society"
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"The British Red Cross asked me to help them spearhead a fundraising campaign for the victims of the war in Nicaragua. It was a turning point in my life. It began my commitment to justice and human rights issues"
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"I've enjoyed doing Wolf Blitzer's program, and I even enjoyed having a heated debate with Bill O'Reilly. I will do it any time"
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"Tony Blair has turned his back on the principles he claimed he believed in before he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with George W. Bush. He was an entirely different kind of leader"
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"The mere fact of an American being present could help save the lives of innocent people. That's why I believe in the importance of bearing witness, to become a voice for the voiceless"
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"President Bush should be indicted and should be driven out of office. He should be sent back home in Texas"
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"Most governments in Latin America have failed to recognize the rights of indigenous people and their right to their own traditional territories"
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"Look at what President Kennedy managed to achieve during the Cuban missile crisis. If Bush had been president in 1962, do you think he would have avoided a nuclear war?"
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"I think the difference between El Salvador and Nicaragua is that in Nicaragua you had a popular insurrection, and in El Salvador you had a revolution"
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"I have always been willing to admit when I made a mistake. I made a mistake in my understanding of the composition of the Contras, not on my opposition to the Contra war"
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"I find it disturbing that the media keeps referring to my marriage, since I got divorced in 1979. But the media never wants to let me forget"
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"I am still profoundly troubled by the war in Nicaragua. The United States launched a covert war against another nation in violation of international law, a war that was wrong and immoral"
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"During the first 10 years of my life, while my parents were married, I enjoyed a privileged upbringing. After their divorce, my life was difficult"
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"Americans need to understand the significance of having their civil liberties dismantled. It doesn't just affect terrorists and foreigners, it affects us all"
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"A man who gets divorced is not forever going to be talked about for it. There are very different standards that we have for women than we have for men"
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"The U.S. embargo imposed on Nicaragua, rather than weakening the Sandinistas, actually maintained them in power"
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"In Nicaragua, liberty, equality and the rule of law were the stuff of dreams. But in Paris I discovered the value of those words"
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"I don't think there was really a time when I have not been politically aware"
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"I am not just a celebrity, I'm a human-rights advocate for the last 20 years"
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"There is a question for which we will never know the answer: had the U.S. not launched the Contra war to overthrow the Sandinista government, would they have succeeded in bringing socioeconomic justice to the people of Nicaragua?"
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"Live interviews are more difficult to distort"
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