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Bangkukuk Taik is an indigenous Rama community that will be directly affected by the construction of a deep water port that will be one of the sub-projects planned for the making of the Grand Interoceanic Canal mega project pomoted by the Nicaraguan government. The Nicaraguan government gave a 116 years concession to a Chinese businessman Wang jing to operate, design, plan and execute the grand interoceanic canal in Nicaragua. Such project is so far one of the most ambitious projects in Nicaraguan history and the one that is so far violating so many human rights in the country. Please bear in mind that this advocay piece serves the purpose of giving the testimonials of the indigenous peoples directly affected by this project. We appreciate your concern and your distribution of this materia...
Nicaraguan environmental organizations continue waiting for the economic and environmental impact study for the construction of the Interoceanic Canal, proposed to begin in December. Environmentalists have concerns about the effects of the canal, but experts state that the route chosen is both the most expensive and allows for the least possible environmental impact. teleSUR. http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/web/telesur/#!en/video/ambientalistas-analizan-impacto-de-canal-interoceanico-en-nicaragua-en
Demonstrators in Managua protested Nicaragua's plan for an Inter-Oceanic Canal. They charge that the canal threatens their water, homes, and livelihood. The ambitious project, an alternative to the Panama Canal, involves major infrastructure investments and contemplates two free trade zones, an oil pipeline, and airport and railway line. teleSUR http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/v/nicaragua-protesters-reject-inter-oceanic-canal/
This video narrated by Gioconda Belli, a renowned Nicaraguan author and activist, shows places likely to be affected by the canal all across Nicaragua. It shows how if the canal were to be constructed, it would bring with it dramatic changes to people's current ways of life.
Nicaragua has announced the start of work on a new canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. At an opening ceremony, Wang Jing, the president of HKND, the Chinese company building the canal, said this moment would go down in history. The 278km (172 mile) waterway will be longer, deeper and wider than the Panama Canal. But critics fear a negative environmental impact and doubt its viability and economic benefits. The Grand Canal of Nicaragua, as it has been called, aims to rival Panama's waterway and lift the country out of poverty. The opening ceremony was largely symbolic, as work began on an access road for machinery needed to build a port for the canal on Nicaragua's Pacific coast. Nicaragua's Vice-President Omar Halleslevens said the canal would change the history and the ec...
Several thousand people marched through Nicaragua's capital on Wednesday to protest against a planned 50 (b) billion US dollars inter-oceanic canal project that has residents of some villages fearing they will be displaced. Demonstrators waved flags, chanted anti-government slogans and shot homemade rockets in the air as they marched to United Nations offices in Managua on the anniversary of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "We are defending our rights, our lands, which is where we spend our lives, we live with it and we don't want to sell the land," said protester Jorge Robleto. Officials say it will be an economic boom for one of the region's poorest nations, with at least 50,000 jobs directly related to the construction. Groundbreaking is scheduled for 22 December. C...
The project for the future construction of the Interoceanic Canal in Nicaragua have caused reactions among several sectors in this country. It will take 10 years to build it and it will require an investment of 40 billion dollars. It will also create 500,000 jobs according to government's statistics. teleSUR http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/media/telesur.video.web/telesur-web/#!en/video/impacto-economico-positivo-tendria-construccion-de-canal-interoceanico
The Interoceanic Canal megaproject has been launched in Nicaragua. The Canal is an alternative to the Panama Canal route and will span 278 kilometers in length, is between 230 and 520 meters wide, and 30 meters deep. teleSUR http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/v/arranco-megarproyecto-del-canal-interoceanico-en-nicaragua-en/
The Inter-Oceanic Nicaragua Canal is a proposed waterway through Nicaragua to connect the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. Such a canal would follow rivers up to Lake Nicaragua (the second largest lake in Latin America) and then at least 10 km through the isthmus of Rivas to reach the Pacific (via a canal dug from Brito). Construction of such a canal along the route using the San Juan River was proposed in the early colonial era. Louis Napoleon wrote an article about its feasibility in the early 19th century. The United States abandoned plans to build such a canal in the early 20th century after it purchased the French interests in the Panama Canal at a reasonable cost. Speculation on a new canal continues. The steady increase in world shipping may make it an econ...
Dozens of Nicaraguan peasants protested in Juigalpa, Saturday, against the construction of an inter-oceanic canal in the southern region of the country despite an extensive police deployment, which lead to some moments of tension. Protesters waved Nicaraguan flags and faced the riot police, who were blocking the road at the La Tonga bridge. According to the protesters, police set up checkpoints all over the country to prevent people from participating in the demonstration. The canal is planned to connect the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans through the lake of Nicaragua. The construction works will be carried out by Chinese company HKND and will reportedly cost an estimated $50,000 million (€46,600). SOT, Wendy Puertos, Humanist Network for Latin America representative (Spanish): "The re...
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Expectations are growing as the realization of Nicaragua's Interoceanic Canal project is developing in the country and plans to involve Chinese companies. teleSUR http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/web/telesur/#!en/video/nicaragua-crecen-expectativas-por-construccion-de-canal-interoceanico
Just days away from breaking ground for the construction of the Nicaragua Inter-oceanic Grand Canal, expectations of greater employment opportunities are rising in the country. The project is expected to bring jobs and capital to the country as well as to increase the demand for housing. teleSUR http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/v/nicaragua-pueblo-cree-que-canal-interoceanico-traera-mas-empleo-en/
The Government of Nicaragua submitted to the National Assembly a bill for the construction of the interoceanic Canal. The exclusivity of the concession would be granted to the Chinese company HK Nicaragua for 50 years. teleSUR http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/media/telesur.video.web/telesur-web/#!en/video/nicaragua-presentan-proyecto-de-canal-interoceanico-ante-congreso
Nicaragua's Parliament passed the law that will rule the building and concession of the interoceanic canal, the project is estimated to cost $40 billion, it includes an oil pipeline, an interoceanic "dry canal" freight railroad and two international airports. teleSUR http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/media/telesur.video.web/telesur-web/#!en/video/aprueban-en-nicaragua-ley-que-regira-canal-interoceanico
The possible construction of an inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua has caused several reactions in the among the social sectors. One of the main concerns is the impact that this mega project may have on the environment. teleSUR http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/media/telesur.video.web/telesur-web/#!en/video/nicaragua-environment-will-determine-the-feasability-of-the-canal
Managua, Nicaragua (NTN24) - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega sent an ambitious plan to the country's National Assembly earlier this week for the construction of an inter-oceanic canal that officials say could transform the impoverished nation's economic fortunes.