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Commentary: Nicaragua was one of the most peaceful countries in Latin America. After Ortega's crackdown, it's in a tailspin

Nicaragua is taking a dangerous turn toward civil war. Since protests and riots began three months ago, Nicaraguan soldiers, police and paramilitary groups have killed more than 280 people and injured 1,800 others.

The demonstrations were sparked in April by changes to the country's Social Security system and the government's slow and inadequate response to a large fire in the Indio Maiz biological reserve. Protesters are

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