A sign in Rancho Grande, Nicaragua -- "No to mining in Rancho Grande." (Max Serjeant)

RANCHO GRANDE, Nicaragua — Father Pablo Espinosa looks down pensively, taking his time to think as he speaks. “In the history of Nicaragua there is not one town that has benefited from mining,” he says. “I have visited other communities and seen the contamination. All they have is disease and more poverty than before.” Behind…

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Top Story — Thousands marched through the Nicaraguan capital of Managua on Wednesday to protest the construction of a transoceanic canal, two weeks ahead of the project’s start-date. The demonstrators — may of whom travelled to the capital from villages along the canal’s proposed route — fear they will be displaced without adequate compensation. Critics…

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Top Story — Nicaraguan music promoter Henry Fariñas was found guilty of money laundering and drug trafficking by a judge on Thursday. Fariñas was the alleged target of the attack that killed Argentine singer Facundo Cabral last year as the two men rode together to the Guatemala City airport. Fariñas and 21 others — including Alejandro Jiménez, the…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was sworn in Tuesday to his third five-year term as the Central American nation’s president amid calls that the elections were illegal. Ortega, the former Sandinista rebel leader who was at odds with the U.S. during his term in the 1980s, has since worked to…

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. Photo by Presidencia de la República del Ecuador

Today in Latin America Top Story — Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council decided Tuesday to formally allow President Daniel Ortega to run for reelection, the Associated Press reports. Opposition politician María Eugenia Sequeira of the Alianza Nicaragüense por la Esperanza party was the first to announce the decision when she mentioned the news on Wednesday. Nicaraguan…

To begin viewing this photo essay as a slideshow, click the first image. This photo essay is adapted from “Gold Fever: Artisanal and Industrial Mining Extraction in the Industrial Triangle,” which originally appeared on Feb. 28, 2010, at MiMundo.org. The images, by James Rodríguez, were produced with the support of Oxfam America. Captions by Roque…