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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a visit to the Monument to the Dead of World War II in Rio de Janeiro, August 14, 2018.

Mattis gave a blunt warning against generals becoming politicians, and in neighboring country where this is happening

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling through South America to boost US ties, and while in Brazil, he was about the military's role in politics — a touchy subject in Latin America's biggest country.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez at a military parade in Caracas, June 24, 2016.

Trump keeps suggesting an invasion of Venezuela, and the government there keeps taking advantage of it

Venezuela's rapid deterioration and the spillover of its many crises were, in Trump's mind, reasons to consider military action against the country that has the world's largest oil reserves. The president reportedly cited what he considered successful past invasions of Panama and Grenada as justification.
Pro-abortion demonstrators take part in a protest in front of National Congress while an abortion bill is debated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 10, 2018.

Abortion laws in Latin America show what the US could look like in a world without Roe v. Wade

"If there's something the US can learn from Latin America, it is that restricting abortion does not reduce the number of abortions. It only increases maternal mortality," Paula Avila-Guillen, a human rights legal expert from the Women's Equality Center, told Business Insider.
People wait in line to buy bus tickets at station in Caracas, Venezuela, May 21, 2018.

Millions of Venezuelans have fled their homes, and it’s affecting the entire region — here’s where they’re going

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have sought refuge in neighboring countries in recent months, and the communities receiving them have struggled to deal with the influx.
Chinese President Xi Jinping makes a toast during the first day of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, May 14, 2017.

China’s latest triumph over Taiwan points to its growing influence in the US’s neighborhood

China gained another victory in its longstanding dispute with Taiwan at the end of April, when the Dominican Republic cut ties with Taipei and recognized Beijing — a move that hints at China's growing clout in the region.

25 under-the-radar places in Latin America to visit in your lifetime, according to the world’s top travel experts

From deep, dark Peru to the crystal blue underground cenotes of Mexico, there is something incredibly alluring about Latin America.
A Colombian soldier guards the border with Venezuela in Cucuta, Colombia, February 9, 2018.

‘I don’t have a happy ending’: Venezuela’s misery is deepening — and spilling over its borders

Colombian immigration officials say there are nearly 600,000 Venezuelans in the country — double the number six months ago.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro fist-bumps with oil workers during a visit to a facility in the oil-rich Orinoco belt in the state of Monagas, March 21, 2013.

Rex Tillerson is talking about drastic action against one of the world’s biggest oil producers — again

Cracking down on Venezuela's oil industry "is something we continue to consider," Rex Tillerson said this weekend.
Demonstrators march in support of Venezuela, in Havana, Cuba, August 25, 2017.

Venezuela is ‘a target-rich environment’ for more US sanctions — but it could backfire

Venezuela's economy is set to continue deteriorating, but what effect that will have on its political scene is not yet clear.
An activist in mask holds a candle during a protest against a new security bill, the Internal Security Law, in Mexico City, December 13, 2017. The words on the mask read, "Law of security."

There’s a ‘double-edged sword’ hanging over Mexico’s decade-long war on drug cartels

A bill before the Mexican congress would enshrine the military's role in domestic law enforcement, and many inside and outside the country are alarmed.