contra


contra
contra1
/kon"treuh/, prep.
1. against; in opposition or contrast to: Consider the problems of the teenager contra those of the adult.
adv.
2. contrariwise; on or to the contrary.
[1350-1400; ME < L contra]
contra2
/kon"treuh/; Sp. /kawn"trddah/, n., pl. contras /-treuhz/; Sp. /-trddahs/.
(often cap.) a member of a counterrevolutionary guerrilla group in Nicaragua.
[ < AmerSp, shortening of contrarrevolucionario COUNTERREVOLUTIONARY]

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Member of a counterrevolutionary force that sought to overthrow Nicaragua's left-wing Sandinista government.

The original contras had been National Guardsmen during the regime of Anastasio Somoza (see Somoza family). The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency played a key role in training and funding the group, whose tactics were decried by the international human-rights community. In 1984 the U.S. Congress banned military aid to the contras; the efforts of the administration of U.S. president Ronald Reagan to circumvent the ban led to the Iran-Contra Affair. A general peace in the region was negotiated by Costa Rican president Oscar Arias Sánchez, and in 1990 Nicaraquan president Violeta Chamorro negotiated the contras' demobilization. See also Daniel Ortega.

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