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This profile was last updated on 10/21/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Ambassador
    Catholic University of Washington
  • Ambassador
  • Un Ambassador

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
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Nora ..., 21 Oct 2008 [cached]
Nora Astorga Ambassador to the United Nations (former) Catholic University of Washington
Focus International / WIDNET (Women in Development NETwork) - Billboard, 9 April 2000 [cached]
NO OTHER REALITY The life and times of Nora Astorga ..... BOOK
NO OTHER REALITY The life and times of Nora Astorga by Patricia Daniel
On International Women's Day 1978 Nora Astorga, a young Nicaraguan lawyer from an upper-middle class family, took part in an undercover military operation as a member of the Sandinista
National Liberation Front.As a result of this action, the dictator's right-hand man, General ‘The Dog' Vega, was killed and Nora had to flee the capital, leaving her two daughters.She escaped the National Guard's dragnet and joined the guerilla in the mountains.Nora inspired many young people to join the resistance against the Somoza dictatorship and the following year, on July 19th 1979, the people succeeded in bringing an end to his cruel régime.Nora went on to hold high office in the revolutionary government, as Public Prosecutor of war criminals in the People's Tribunals, Vice Foreign Minister and then Nicaraguan Ambassador to the United Nations.On Valentine's Day 1988, she died of cancer at the age of 39, was awarded the title ‘Hero of the Fatherland' and remembered as Ambassador of Love, Life and Peace.
As a biography of a remarkable woman the book is accessible to a wide audience, telling a story which is powerful, passionate and poignant.At the same time, the book provides an excellent political analysis of the context in which the story takes place.
It is of particular interest to those concerned with the part women play in national and international development.While celebrating the achievements of Nora Astorga, the book also reflects the difficulties still faced by women in the public eye, even in a revolutionary society.
It is also of special interest to those involved in Latin American Studies, since the biography serves as a vehicle for revisiting the story of the Nicaraguan revolution.The life of Nora Astorga illuminates the period 1950-1990 (leading up to and including the revolutionary government of the 1980s).
NO OTHER REALITY The life and times of Nora Astorga by Patricia Daniel
Famous Nicaraguans | By Nicaragua Channel, 13 Aug 2006 [cached]
Nora Astorga (Guerrilla fighter, lawyer, politician, judge and Nicaraguan ambassador)
Nicaraguan Government Reports Death Of Un ..., 31 Dec 1986 [cached]
Nicaraguan Government Reports Death Of Un Ambassador Nora Astorga
Paul Kantner's Commentaries, 15 Oct 2000 [cached]
This cycle began when I read a story about a woman named Nora Astorga and the Sandinista Revolution.She had been a corporate lawyer under the regime of Anastasio Somoza, in Nicaragua, prior to the revolution.But she secretly supported and worked for the Sandinistas from inside the 'belly of the beast'.She was a beautiful, vibrant woman as well and, as such, enflamed the heart of one of Somoza's generals.He pestered her for a long time to become his lover.At some point she consented to his visiting her in her apartment in Managua.Unbeknownst to him, several Sandinista soldiers were hidden in her bedroom.When the general got there, they jumped out and tried to capture him to hold him hostage in order to get some of their companeros released from jail.He put up a furious fight and they ended up killing him.At that point Nora had to flee to the mountains and join the guerillas for a long time, until July 19, 1979, the date of the success of the Revolution.
The general also happened to be a CIA connection, so when Nora was appointed as the Nicaraguan consul to the United States, she was turned down by the Reagan administration because of the general's CIA connections.She subsequently became the representative to the United Nations, an appointment over which the United States held no sway.It was about this time that I came across her story.
I was impressed with her braveries, her stance and the look in her eyes.I wrote a song, "Mariel" in which I lionized her history in the poetic persona of the fictitious "Mariel".
She came to visit San Francisco in the mid eighties, at the Rev. Cecil Williams' Glide Memorial Church.I took the opportunity to meet her through the National Lawyer's Guild, who sponsored her speech,
When I finally met her I expressed my admiration and she was amused that anyone would write a song about her.I said I would love to play in her country with my band of the time , the Kantner Balin Casady Band.She just said, " Well come on down."Just that ... no hassle, no red tape, just "Come on down.We're having our celebration of the revolution in July, the 19th," she said.
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