ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Mess in Sugar

liberal-conservative La Prensa sells as well as the Nuevo Diario (a left breakaway of the former) and the PSLN Barricada. A number of private radio stations compete with the Radio Sandina Not only has the Nicaraguan bourgeoisie international support, but it has the backing of the local church as well Although there have been few open confrontations between the church and the FSLN, the former has been selectively putting pressure on the 'committed' priests, who have openly been working in support of the Sandinistas. It is these sections, especially the employers' groups like COSEP which represent the private sector, and the old, powerful oligarchies which have been echoing the positions of the Reagan Administration. The conditions, therefore, are such that the increasing social and economic tensions may well create a realignment of class forces which in turn would be the cue for American intervention. By reintroducing the state of emergency the FSLN has sought in fact to retain control over the existing balance of power within the country.

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