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    Nicaraguan Government Releases Anchor, Station Owner Charged With Terrorist Acts

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    https://www.voanews.com/episode/nica...t-acts-3898151
    Just another day of broadcasting in a banana republic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kf4rca View Post
    Video report:
    https://www.voanews.com/episode/nica...t-acts-3898151
    Just another day of broadcasting in a banana republic.
    It's been about a century since United Fruit had serious influence on the politics and economies, so the term "banana republic" is certainly obsolete... even more so since the economies of those nations are no longer as dependent on banana exports as they once were. So, to people in those countries, the term is really offensive.

    The issues in Nicaragua have to do with the remnants of a Socialist government aided by Cuba and Russia in the armed conflicts of the 80's. That era was characterized by government take-overs of the media, including radio stations. Sometimes those seizures were done by force, such as the takeover of Radio TicTac and Radio Chinandega and the death of a good friend, Eddie Delgado. It was the habit of the Socialist Sandinistas to attack and take over any opposing voice. And the leader of the Sandinistas in the 80's is the current head of government today. And he continues to close opposition radio stations, sometimes burning them down in the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    It's been about a century since United Fruit had serious influence on the politics and economies, so the term "banana republic" is certainly obsolete... even more so since the economies of those nations are no longer as dependent on banana exports as they once were. So, to people in those countries, the term is really offensive.
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    Thanks for the insight, I did not know that.

    To Americans it's just another term in the slang file. Will try to avoid it in the future.

    Most alive today have no idea what United Fruit was or why it was so controversial in Latin America.

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