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In Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America and the Caribbean, historically unequal power relations between men and women have been further exacerbated by a hyper-masculine security approach that relies on the armed forces and militarized policing to combat organized crime and drug trafficking.

A recent article in the Mexican newspaper, Milenio, highlighted the significant amount of military training the United States is providing to Mexican security forces. According to the article, “the Pentagon has been able to influence the education and development of a new generation of Mexican soldiers during the governments of Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña...

Summary of U.S. Military Exercises performed in Latin America

In the span of less than one week, Mexican security forces captured two of the most notorious and feared drug cartel leaders in the country. But does the Drug War tactic known as the Kingpin Strategy, a policy supported by the U.S. government and supplemented by billions of dollars in U.S. aid, actually make Mexico safer?

Journalism remains a dangerous profession in Colombia, where the Colombian Federation of Journalists (Fecolper) recorded 146 cases of aggression against reporters last year, more than in 2013. These cases include incidents of assassination, kidnapping, threats, destruction of equipment, illegal wiretapping, and other forms of harassment. Of the victims, 34.2 percent reported assault by strangers; Felcoper asks the government to do more to assure the protection of those who work in the field. 

A senior commander of the LRA turned himself in to U.S. forces; President Obama has pledged to continue supporting the government of Mexico despite calls to suspend military aid; Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan announced they will hold their first ever joint naval exercises on the Caspian Sea; and the United States has begun training and providing equipment to the the Iraqi military.

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