Relatives of inmates of El Rodeo I and II penitentiaries cry outside the prisons compounds in Guatire, outskirts of Caracas. (Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty Images)
With inmates wielding machine guns, rifles and grenades and guards often unwilling to enter the overcrowded buildings for fear of their own death, jails in Venezuela have become a lawless territory that magnify the violence outside their walls.
Argentine war veteran Victor Villagra shows his tattoo of the Islas Malvinas (Falkands Islands) during a demonstration near the British embassy in Buenos Aires on April 2, 2010 on the 28th anniversary of the 1982 conflict. JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images (JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
Just a few months ahead of the 30th anniversary of Britain's war with Argentina over Las Malvinas as they are known across Latin America, or the Falklands as much of the rest of the world knows them, the two countries are ramping up a war of words over the disputed territory.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez walks during the military inauguration ceremony of his new Defense Minister Gen. Henry Rangel Silva (not in frame) on January 17, 2012 in Caracas. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
A military General accused by the United States of aiding drug trafficking and pushing for co-operation between the Venezuelan government and Colombian left-wing rebels the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was yesterday sworn in by President Hugo Chavez as the countryâ€™s defense minister.
This archive photo of drug lord Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman was taken July 10, 1993 at the Almoloya prison in Juarez after he was apprehended by Mexican authorities. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
The US Treasury Department has named notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman the “world’s most powerful drug trafficker,” boosting the evasive cartel leader’s legendary status as the country’s drug wars appear to have killed nearly 50,000 people in five years.
A drug war in Mexico. Blossoming trade with China. Booming economies and runaway currencies. Land reform. From Mexico to the southern tip of Patagonia, ¿Que pasa? analyzes the political, social and economic forces at work in 21st-century Latin America.