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Dick Move #3: Kick out the donor

Chapter 10 of the Dictator's Handbook focuses intensely on how to "work" with the foreign donor community.  But sometimes an example is worth a thousand words.  Let's go to Nicaragua then, where Daniel Ortega provides one:

Courtesy of the Nicaragua Dispatch we have Daniel Ortega, whose foreign assistance is in jeopardy, using a tight pinch to his advantage: he turns around the threat and puts NGOs in the gunsight.    Now it may be illegal for Nicaraguan pro-democracy NGOs, we can assume - to receive funding from the United States.


 Any dictator knows that's the sort of move that wakes people up.  Let's look at the pros and cons:


Pros:




  1. The Yanqui Imperialista American government is out of your (thinning) hair.

  2. Your Pro-Democracy NGOs are suddenly in the yardsale and bakesale business

  3. Everyone has just remembered who the frikking boss is around here.


Cons:


 




  1. No more skimming that development assistance, dammit

  2. No more Yanqui Imperialista American government to blame when things go wrong (shout out to Fidel Castro!)

  3. A bunch of unemployed Nicaraguan NGO workers

  4. Many other Nicaraguans suffer, since this doesn't affect just the pro-democracy crowd.  Oh well, Ortega's presidency was never really about them anyway. 


 

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