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Cheap Oil and Missed Opportunities

Cheap Oil and Missed Opportunities

OPEC’s recent decision to keep production at its current levels lead to the realization by many investors that the current oil price may become the new norm.

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Developments in America’s Backyard

Developments in America’s Backyard

Latin America often receives secondary attention with the world’s focus on the Middle East. For North Americans, however, issues with regional partners may have more weight on the average person in the U.S. and Canada than problems in Iraq and Ukraine.

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Knowledge is Power, But A Lack of Knowledge can be Shocking

Knowledge is Power, But A Lack of Knowledge can be Shocking

 
It is interesting to see the current commentary on ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and how policymakers and the mainstream media have reported on a situation that is confusing and complicated. In reality, the suppression of the 2009 election in Iran lead to a violent response to protestors in Syria, leading to …

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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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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 …

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Spy vs. Whistleblower: Latin America Opens its Doors to Snowden

Spy vs. Whistleblower: Latin America Opens its Doors to Snowden

Bradley Manning’s consequence for sending classified information to Wikileaks over incidents in Iraq where American soldiers killed 24 innocent Iraqis were reaffirmed today. Manning’s possible life sentence was maintained as charges of “aiding the enemy” were upheld. …

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The Effects of Legal and Illegal Corruption: The U.S., Canada and Venezuela Compared

The Effects of Legal and Illegal Corruption: The U.S., Canada and Venezuela Compared

Many Americans feel that their current system of government is unable to get anything done in any meaningful way. Conflicts between interests in the U.S. government has blocked essential legislation from being passed, and interest groups in the political system thrive off preventing the president from passing many of his …

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Political tensions in Venezuela, Bolivia run high

Political tensions in Venezuela, Bolivia run high

 
Over two weeks have passed since Nicolas Maduro’s contested election victory over opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski. Unfortunately, fair democracy appears to remain limited in Venezuela, even after the passing of Hugo Chavez.
Capriles and his supporters have demanded a recount in the closely contested race and refuse to acknowledge Maduro’s …

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FPA’s Must Reads: April 19-26

FPA’s Must Reads: April 19-26

The Rise of Big Data
By Kenneth Neil Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger
Foreign Affairs
The Internet may have transformed the way we do business, live and govern, but a lesser-known technological trend, “big data,” has also been making waves. The premise — that …

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Venezuela Election Wrap-Up

Venezuela Election Wrap-Up

 
The new president will be puppeteered out of office quicker than he was put in 
The election played out as many opposition supporters of Henrique Capriles supporters feared.
Government candidate Nicolas Maduro won by a close margin — closer than expected actually. Capriles denounced the results, pointed out cases of fraud and …

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Venezuela: Chavez protege wins, or did he?

Venezuela: Chavez protege wins, or did he?

The latest twist in the drama that is Venezuelan presidential politics concerns the highly contentious election of last Sunday, April 14. In an election called for by the constitution following the death of sitting President Hugo Chavez, the country faced a choice between Chavez’s hand-picked successor Nicolas Maduro and opposition …

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Unexpectedly Close – Venezuela’s Presidential Election

Unexpectedly Close – Venezuela’s Presidential Election


A Surge in Energy – and Poll Points – for the Capriles’ Campaign.
When the presidential campaign of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles began two weeks ago there were legitimate doubts about stamina, both his and that of his staff. They must be tired. One factor, …

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The Great Latin American Class Debate

The Great Latin American Class Debate

This week the BBC was promoting a new study that redefined the traditional class structure in Britain into new modern categories. With the assistance of some U.K. universities and research institutes, they made a class calculator that can be taken online and will define in what part of British society …

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The FPA’s Must Reads (March 8-15)

The FPA’s Must Reads (March 8-15)

Each week, the editors at the Foreign Policy Association provide a roundup of their favorite must-read pieces from around the web. This week: Iraq, the Putin Doctrine, Hugo Chavez’s polarizing politics, the weakening two state solution, and much more.

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Chavismo can survive, but will it?

Chavismo can survive, but will it?

Among the more important questions to surface in the wake of Hugo Chávez’s death on March 5: Will chavismo survive? The answer, usually given in the affirmative, frequently invokes a previous era of Latin American history.
For example, a column on the London Review of …

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