In Nicaragua, being a member of the ruling Sandinista party is a prerequisite for government work. Tens of thousands of fired employees are now petitioning for US Labor Department for help.
Disgruntled Sandinista revolutionaries threaten to shut down Nicaragua and form a new political party.
Will Nicaragua be the next domino in Central America's "northern triangle," a region plagued by drug cartels, violence and narco-penetrations within their governments?
Can Nicaragua prevent an infiltration of drugs, gangs and narco-violence? It may already be too late.
Nicaragua's new family code defines marriage as a union between man and woman. To embarrass the lawmakers, gay rights activist Marvin Mayorga threatens to "out" 20 closeted congressmen.
When CAFTA was first proposed, Nicaragua's Sandinistas called it a "Yankee" trick to dominate the region. Since embracing it, Nicaragua has outperformed other countries in economic growth.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, in the 1980s a socialist firebrand antagonist to Ronald Reagan, today touts a surprising free-market line.