Nicaragua Is Teetering on the Edge of a Civil War

Anti-government demonstrators take cover behind a barricade after gunfire erupted during a march against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, Managua, Nicaragua, May 30, 2018 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).
Anti-government demonstrators take cover behind a barricade after gunfire erupted during a march against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, Managua, Nicaragua, May 30, 2018 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).

At a time when the international order is being challenged and decades-old conflicts appear to be in flux, perhaps it isn’t a surprise that anti-government protests in an impoverished Central American country have fallen under the radar. But the escalating unrest in Nicaragua, less than 1,000 miles from U.S. shores, could well morph into a catastrophe that grabs global attention, if the government there continues along its uncompromising path of repression. The toll of clashes between protesters and government forces has spiked to at least 148 dead and well over 1,000 wounded in recent weeks, according to the Nicaraguan Center […]

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