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At the Brink of Extinction, They are Asking for America’s Help

At the Brink of Extinction, They are Asking for America’s Help

It is not unreasonable to think that all minorities will be wiped out of the Middle East very soon, simply because of our lack of interest.

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Impeachment Should be Legitimized by an Election in Brazil

Impeachment Should be Legitimized by an Election in Brazil

Michel Temer, the current President, was not democratically elected. The lack of elections will give rise to more divisiveness in Brazil when a strong government is needed.

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Taking Advantage of Foreign Policy

Taking Advantage of Foreign Policy

In the eyes of Russia, Iran, American allies and many Americans themselves, the United States is no longer guiding foreign policy in the Middle East.

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Making the Olympics Less of an Elite Event

Making the Olympics Less of an Elite Event

No country should host the Olympics unless there is a guaranteed positive economic return from the Games. Unfortunately, this is not the case of Rio 2016.

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Protecting Citizens, Vulnerable Groups and The Social Contract

Protecting Citizens, Vulnerable Groups and The Social Contract

The social contract outlines the responsibility of a government to keep their citizenry safe and healthy within reasonable measures.

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Thoughts on Modern Tragedies

Thoughts on Modern Tragedies

It seems as if every speech has already been given and every opportunity has already presented itself to urge solutions to these problems.

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Grey Definitions of Genocide

Grey Definitions of Genocide

Naming genocide something else does not make a difference to the victims. Indeed, why anyone would want to re-label a crime against humanity?

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Challenging Brazil’s Democratic System May Make It Stronger

Challenging Brazil’s Democratic System May Make It Stronger

Rousseff’s possible success in the Senate trial will only prolong the inevitable: a loss in the next presidential elections and the implosion of the PT.

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Why are we Ignoring a Genocide?

Why are we Ignoring a Genocide?

Despite the EU and the US confirming this fact, the Canadian government has resisted calling the atrocities taking place in Syria and Iraq a genocide.

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Iran Obtains the Game Changing S-300 Missile System from Russia

Iran Obtains the Game Changing S-300 Missile System from Russia

A possible shipment of Russian S-300V4 anti-aircraft missiles have been seen crossing into Iran from the border region with Azerbaijan near the Caspian Sea. Russia confirmed that the sale of the S-300 system would be fulfilled following the P5+1 Nuclear Agreement.

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Why Genocide Prevention is the Most Important Issue of our Times

Why Genocide Prevention is the Most Important Issue of our Times

Recently, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that a genocide is occurring. We all knew about it for a long time.

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How to Avoid Millions of Citizens Demanding your Impeachment

How to Avoid Millions of Citizens Demanding your Impeachment

One of the most basic forms of democratic engagement besides voting comes from mass peaceful protests. Indeed, it is difficult to ignore millions of people demanding the end of your political career.

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Is Populism Bad for the Economy?

Is Populism Bad for the Economy?

While Latin America is slowly turning its back away from populist policies, it looks like North America might give it a shot.

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The Value of Having a Heated Discussion on Refugees and Genocide

The Value of Having a Heated Discussion on Refugees and Genocide

Many leaders who are currently in power were decision makers during the time the events of the Rwandan genocide unfolded. Despite peacekeepers showing evidence of what was occurring and Western leaders having full knowledge of the genocide, next to nothing was done to stop the violence.

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Meeting International Obligations at All Costs: Rio 2016

Meeting International Obligations at All Costs: Rio 2016

The FIFA World Cup highlighted the rift between internationally oriented elites and average Brazilians.

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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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