A database search of all mainstream news outlets suggests that this announcement has gone completely unreported in both the United States media (source) and the Canadian media (source), however some publications in Europe published the story.
The story, in case you missed it because you don’t read the European press, is that U.S. president George W. Bush has just appointed Robert Callahan as the United State’s Ambassador to Nicaragua. Callahan was John Negroponte’s (the former Ambassador to Honduras) right hand man, spokesman and speachwriter while the two were co-ordinating the operations of the Contras in Nicaragua during the 1980s.
Some background information:
-The World Court ruled in their 1986 verdict in the case of Nicaragua v. United States, what the whole world already knew: that the Contras constituted an illegal terrorist movement and that the United States had violated international law by funding the Contras. The World Court ordered the United States to pay reparations to Nicaragua; reparations which the United States has refused to this day to pay.
-Callahan and Negroponte were co-ordinating terrorist activity from the embassy of Honduras, launching attacks against Nicaragua from the diplomatic immunity of a foreign embassy — itself an illegal act.
Injury: Naming an internationally-recognized terrorist sympathizer as ambassador to the country he used to help terrorize.
Adding insult to injury: When Callahan was operating against Nicaragua’s government during the 1980s, his boss’s efforts were centred around trying to overthrow and/or assissinate then-Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. Guess who was just elected Nicaragua’s president last January after a long hiatus? Answer: Daniel Ortega.
Usually ambassadors are formally ‘received’ by the head of state of the recipient country. How awkward will that introduction be: “Hi. You don’t remember me, but I worked hard to try to illegally topple your democratically-elected government and assissinate you while I was stationed in Honduras in the 1980s. How do you do?”