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Marine Gen. John Kelly, the commander of U.S. Southern Command since November, gave his first testimonies last week in the U.S. Congress. Before the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, he presented the annual “Posture Statement” for Southcom the “regional combatant command” that manages all U.S. military activity in the Western Hemisphere (excluding Canada, Mexico and...

The following is a round-up of some of the top news highlights from around the region this week. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

  • Today the Organization of American States (OAS) voted on controversial proposals to reform the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Ecuador is
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U.S. Southern Command (Southcom) and U.S. Northern Command (Northcom) released their annual posture statements this week. In releasing the posture statements, the commanders of both Southcom (General John Kelly) and Northcom (General Charles Jacoby, Jr.) also testified in front of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

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  • About 2.2 percent of all weapons purchased in the United States end up in Mexico, according to a statistical analysis by the Igarapé Institute and the University of San Diego Transborder Institute.
  • Brazil inaugurated a new shipyard and military base, which will host a plan, requiring investment of US$3.9 billion through 2017, to build and host five
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The following is a round-up of some of the top news highlights from around the region this week.

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  • This week was the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna. An article co-authored by former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and former president of Switzerland, Ruth Dreifuss, in the New York Times says, "Delegates will debate multiple resolutions while ignoring a truth that goes to the core of current drug policy:
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