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This Happened—January 10: Pinnacle For Ortega

Daniel Ortega is inaugurated as president of Nicaragua for the first time on this day in 1985.

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What is Daniel Ortega known for?

Daniel Ortega led the Nicaraguan Revolution, which overthrew the regime of Anastasio Somoza Debayle and was meant to liberate the small central American country from U.S. imperialism. Ortega’s first term of president was from 1985 to 1990.

What happened to Daniel Ortega after he left office for the first time?

Daniel Ortega assumed power again in 2006. This time around he has proven to be more authoritarian and corrupt. Constitutional amendments were made to allow him to stay in power. He has now been in power for almost 16 straight years.

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Making It Political Already? Why Turkey's Earthquake Is Not Just A Natural Disaster

The government in Ankara doesn't want to question the cause of the high death toll in the earthquake that struck along the Turkey-Syria border. But one Turkish writer says it's time to assign responsibility right now.

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President Erdogan surveys the damage on Wednesday

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ISTANBUL — We have a saying in Turkey: “don’t make it political” and I am having a hard time finding the right words to describe how evil that mindset is. It's as if politics is isolated from society, somehow not connected to how we live and the consequences of choices taken.

Allow me to translate for you the “don’t make it political” saying's real meaning: “we don’t want to be held accountable, hands off.”

It means preventing the public from looking after their interests and preserving the superiority of a certain type of individual, group and social class.

In order to understand the extent of the worst disaster in more than 20 years, we need to look back at that disaster: the İzmit-Düzce earthquakes of 1999.

Because we have before us a regime that does not care about anything but its own interests; has no plan but to save itself in times of danger; does not believe such planning is even necessary (even as it may tinker with the concept in case there is something to gain from it); gets more mafioso as it grows more partisan — and more deadly as it gets more mafioso.

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