Adolfo Calero, Contra Leader in Nicaragua, Is Dead at 80
MEXICO CITY — Adolfo Calero, a leader of the American-backed contra rebels who fought Nicaragua’s revolutionary Sandinista government and eventually achieved its ouster through democratic elections, died on Saturday in Managua. He was 80....
Mr. Calero played a major role in the Iran-contra scandal, lobbying in Washington for aid for his anti-Communist forces and testifying before Congress when it began investigating the Reagan administration’s efforts to funnel money to the contras despite a Congressional ban on such aid.
The contra rebels’ fight against the Sandinistas was a centerpiece of President Ronald Reagan’s anti-Communist efforts in the 1980s. But although he called the contra leaders “the moral equivalent of our founding fathers,” Congress cut off financing for the contra war in 1984....
comments powered by Disqus
- NYT History Book Reviews: Who Got Noticed this Week?
- Researchers have discovered a previously unknown 149-page manuscript defending homosexuality.
- What Counts as Historical Evidence? The Fracas over John Stauffer’s Black Confederates
- Israeli journalist-turned-biographer, Shabtai Teveth, is remembered for his attack on the New Historians
- Harvard’s Drew Faust says the Civil War marked the start of large-scale industrial war, not WW I