LIFE AFTER THE COVERT U.S. WAR AGAINST NICARAGUA04/15/03
For much of the 1980s the Reagan-Bush administration carried out a covert war against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. The U.S. spent hundreds of millions of dollars to oust the Sandinistas. Are the people of Nicaragua better off today? Our guest, Lillian Hall, a Quaker activist with the grassroots humanitarian group Ponca, says in many ways Nicaraguans are worse off. Their health care and education systems have seen massive cuts, sweatshops are on the increase. So are poverty and homelessness. The country's past president is facing charges of massive corruption, yet, Hall says, the U.S. government continues to intervene in the country's internal affairs in order to support the party behind the corruption, low wages and cuts to social programs.