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Why Conflict Is Not Good For Business: The BRICS vs. The West

Why Conflict Is Not Good For Business: The BRICS vs. The West

After World War II, the theory that economic integration would reduce the possibility of open conflict between two nation states was tried and was deemed successful by history when France and West Germany signed the first accords that would grow to become the European Union. When Russia recently annexed Crimea, …

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Defining Sexism in the Middle East, Latin America and Everywhere Else

Defining Sexism in the Middle East, Latin America and Everywhere Else

One famous singing icon who has a particularly strong following in Latin America and the Middle East due to her cultural connections to both regions is Shakira. Recently, a debate arose worldwide over her boyfriend, famous footballer Gerald Pique “forbidding” Shakira from doing sensual music videos with …

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Conflict, Investment and the Burden of Energy: Protests in Venezuela and Ukraine

Conflict, Investment and the Burden of Energy: Protests in Venezuela and Ukraine

There is always a danger in economies that are heavily dependent on one commodity to become states where conflict and power vacuums arise due to the concentration of power in one industry, and that industry having control of a large part of a national economy. External pressures for countries that …

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Are the Tres Amigos Really Amigos?

Are the Tres Amigos Really Amigos?

This week the leaders of the three NAFTA nations are meeting in Mexico for an opportunity to tune up NAFTA and repair some points of political contention between “Los Tres Amigos.” Much of the media reporting on the meeting has taken a negative approach to the gathering, pointing …

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The Legacy of The Ottoman Empire: Conflict, Colonies and Peter O’Toole

The Legacy of The Ottoman Empire: Conflict, Colonies and Peter O’Toole

The recent death of actor Peter O’Toole has renewed some interest in the real life character portrayed in his greatest role, that of T.E Lawrence in the film Lawrence of Arabia. O’Toole not only looked like a virtual double of T.E. Lawrence, but the film about how the Middle East …

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MINT as the New BRICS: New Economic Giants or Just Clever Labelling?

MINT as the New BRICS: New Economic Giants or Just Clever Labelling?

The BRIC countries, the original four mega economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China added South Africa around the time of the last World Cup to its group of developing economic giants. The original four economies and its later partner were seen by investment experts as the new developing engines …

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Latin America in 2014

Latin America in 2014

It has taken 50 years for a commercial flight from the United States to have official permission to land with American passengers in Cuba, but recently a small plane from Key West has done just that. Despite it being a small plane with less than a dozen …

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The Awakening of the South: Latin America’s Future International Clout

The Awakening of the South: Latin America’s Future International Clout

Over the next year Latin America will likely redefine the region’s relationship with the rest of the world for the next decade. As many saw 2008 as the year China gained its current international reputation, Brazil and Latin America will likely become more important to those of us who live outside …

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Traditional and Non-Traditional Investment Issues in Latin America

Traditional and Non-Traditional Investment Issues in Latin America

One of the best times to invest in Latin America has been over the last few short years following the 2008 financial crisis. Investments in countries like Brazil and Mexico are at some of their highest rates in modern history. Despite this growth trend, some old investment problems still exist, …

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China, the U.S. and Their Latin American Trade Policy

China, the U.S. and Their Latin American Trade Policy

China and the United States held their Sixth China-U.S. Sub-Dialogue on Latin America this past week discussing their future policies on Latin America. The annual consultation was created to demonstrate how cooperation and a reduction in misunderstandings could promote increased trade in the region by both parties …

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New Trends in Free Trade Agreements – Canada, the EU and the BRICS

New Trends in Free Trade Agreements – Canada, the EU and the BRICS

Canada and the European Union are working out the final details of their newly minted Free Trade Agreement. The first of these modern agreements will be completed with Canada in the midst of new agreements being discussed with Brazil as well as added access for Colombians and …

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Brazil’s World Class Industrial Espionage Problem

Brazil’s World Class Industrial Espionage Problem

Recent news from the information provided by Edward Snowden has placed the United States out of favour with Brazil when it was revealed that the U.S. has been spying on Brazil. Along with the U.S. allegation, Canada was also brought into the debate when it was alleged that Canadian intelligence …

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An Investor’s View of the U.S. and its Neighbours

An Investor’s View of the U.S. and its Neighbours

The latest row between the U.S. and its main rival in Latin America recently took a turn for the worse when three U.S. diplomats were expelled from Venezuela. The allegations were that these three diplomats were aiding in the sabotage of Venezuela’s power grid tied in with …

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History and Investment Collides in Latin America

History and Investment Collides in Latin America

Brazil’s economy has slowed over the last year, but Brazil is still one of the strongest BRICS nations and is still considered in a virtual boom phase by many investors, even if the numbers do not accord with the zeal many have for a growing Brazil. One of the main …

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The G20 on Syria: Who Represents the Victims of Chemical Attacks?

The G20 on Syria: Who Represents the Victims of Chemical Attacks?

In family courts, judges do not tend to take the position of either parent in cases that involve the health and custody of children. Judges take the position of the child as if they were of mature age and speaking to their own personal benefit and well being. We need …

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About the Author

Richard Basas
Richard Basas

Richard Basas, a Canadian Masters Level Law student educated in Spain, England, and Canada (U of London MA 2003 LL.M., 2007), has worked researching for CSIS and as a Reporter for the Latin America Advisor. He went on to study his MA in Latin American Political Economy in London with the University of London and LSE. Subsequently, Rich followed his career into Law focusing mostly on International Commerce and EU-Americas issues. He has worked for many commercial and legal organisations as well as within the Refugee Protection Community in Toronto, Canada, representing detained non-status indivduals residing in Canada. Rich will go on to study his PhD in International Law.

Areas of Focus:
Law; Economics and Commerce; Americas; Europe; Refugees; Immigration

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