What's happening in Venezuela?
While what is happening in Venezuela is important to Nicaragua -- both in terms of imporrts of petroleum and exports of food -- I have hesitated to say anything until now because information sources have been far from clear. I have seen a big Twitter storm but it has been almost exclusively about two sides saying the the other side was full of caca.
A recent Reuters article titled Fourth person dies in Venezuela unrest, rallies convulse Caracas offers a little insight. In particular, the rioting is by students and apparently there is little involvement by the general population. What is likely but hasn't been disclosed in a meaningful way is what is the motivation. Yes, there are economic problems in Venezuela but they pre-date Chávez. With just students involved, it seems likely they have received an external push.
Protest numbers, though, are small compared to mass movements in places such as Brazil, Ukraine and the Middle East, with little sign of Venezuelans joining en masse in the hundreds of thousands seen on the streets a decade ago.