It’s hard to know what’s been happening in Nicaragua based on the mainstream coverage of the recent protests. Here are some resources that add much-needed context.

It’s also striking that while protests in Nicaragua were largely supported by outsiders and were ostensibly aimed against cuts to its social security system (which in actuality, the government — the target of the protests — was trying to protect), similar protests in Puerto Rico against broad cuts to spending  have failed to galvanize such outside support.