Charles Castaldi

Former NPR reporter in Central America, currently living in Nicaragua

Former NPR reporter in Central America, currently living in Nicaragua

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Protests against the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega began about two months ago after Ortega cut pensions.

Is Nicaragua heading toward civil war and collapse?

Protests against the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega began about two months ago after Ortega cut pensions.

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