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How the Left was Won and Lost

How the Left was Won and Lost

If there is no single truth, lies can become powerful tools in an election.

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Russia’s S-400 Missile and Putin’s Iron Dome

Russia’s S-400 Missile and Putin’s Iron Dome

In the aftermath of the incident with Turkey, the next generation of Russian surface-to-air missile that concerned U.S. officials for so many years is now being deployed in Syria.

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How We Used to Identify Refugees

How We Used to Identify Refugees

With the mass migration of refugees to Europe, the monitoring and identifying of claimants has been overwhelmed or simply ignored. With the latest attacks in Paris, there has to be accountability by governments to monitor who they allow into their countries.

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Could a Missile have Downed a Russian Airliner over Sinai?

Could a Missile have Downed a Russian Airliner over Sinai?

Without a technical issue nor pilot error being the cause of the crash, attention has turned toward a possible external object hitting the plane.

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Dutch Investigation Released on the Shoot Down of MH17 by BUK Missile System

Dutch Investigation Released on the Shoot Down of MH17 by BUK Missile System

While the investigation concluded that the plane was hit by a BUK missile, it only specified that it was of Russian design, but not that the shooters were part of Russian, Ukrainian or rebel forces.

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Remember Rwanda when Discussing Syria and Iraq

Remember Rwanda when Discussing Syria and Iraq

Rwanda will always be remembered as a genocide that came from the failure of the international community to act.

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Russia Asserts Itself in Syria

Russia Asserts Itself in Syria

For minorities in the Middle East, assistance in their fight to survive has come too late on almost every occasion. Russia has decided to fill the gap that the West has left in combating threats in the region.

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China’s Relationship with Germany and the High Euro

China’s Relationship with Germany and the High Euro

China’s economy is slowing down. What does that mean for Germany?

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Changing Brazil’s Democracy Without an Election

Changing Brazil’s Democracy Without an Election

The August 2015 protest is the fourth mass protest that has taken place pushing for the Rousseff’s impeachment.

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The Iron Dome in NATO-Russia Relations

The Iron Dome in NATO-Russia Relations

Canada made an agreement recently to adopt the radar technology behind the Iron Dome anti-aircraft missile system.

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Russian Missile Sale and Iran’s Rearmament

Russian Missile Sale and Iran’s Rearmament

The sale of arms and ballistic missiles to Iran by Russia will likely become the first point of contention linked directly to the text of the deal.

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The Diplomatic Erosion of the SALT II Treaty: Russia Builds a New ICBM

The Diplomatic Erosion of the SALT II Treaty: Russia Builds a New ICBM

The threat of nuclear war was diminished greatly in the early 1980s after the SALT II treaty between the United States and Soviet Union created an agreed upon reduction of nuclear arms.

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The Slow Drift Towards a New Cold War

The Slow Drift Towards a New Cold War

A further reversal of the integration and cultural exchanges between Russia, Central Europe and Western Europe that took place after 1989 came about this week when the United States announced it would station added military forces in countries near the Russian border.

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Regulating Against Corrupt Practices, FIFA Edition

Regulating Against Corrupt Practices, FIFA Edition

Two Brazilian nationals were charged this past week as well, which comes as no surprise to Brazilians, who are mired in a scandal that may even end in the removal of the president.

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Investing in Emerging Markets with Consumer Protection in Mind

Investing in Emerging Markets with Consumer Protection in Mind

The concept of the fair market and protection for consumers is based on the idea that inefficient and corrupt practices by large private companies and wayward government officials increases the cost to the consumers and the public.

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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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