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Democracy, Populism and Unemployed Ambassadors: Ten Years of Chavez in Venezuela

Democracy, Populism and Unemployed Ambassadors: Ten Years of Chavez in Venezuela

In much of the popular political debate in English speaking media, issues of defense and economy often shape the question of what is considered a democracy. Defensive explanations for altering a country towards a democratic systems is most notable in Iraq and Afghanistan, where many who took the stance similar to the Bush administration that […]

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Argentina's Investors Cry No More, but at what Price?

Argentina's Investors Cry No More, but at what Price?

Argentina has always been marked by two political trends that have been eventful enough to attract the attention of foreign investors and playwrights alike. Regarding investment, Argentina has always been a special case because of the large amount of potential in its economy that often seems to end in varying degrees of chaos as opposed […]

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Chile and Pinochet: The Legality and Legacy of Violence Beneath the Ocean

Chile and Pinochet: The Legality and Legacy of Violence Beneath the Ocean

This post can also be read in the FPA's Latin America Blog. In 1973, the murder of elected President Salvador Allende of Chile and many left wing and party supporters became the model of how repression and dictatorship in Latin America would dominate much of the region into the mid 1980s, and for Chile, consume […]

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Chile and Pinochet: The Legality and Legacy of Violence Beneath the Ocean

Chile and Pinochet: The Legality and Legacy of Violence Beneath the Ocean

In 1973, the murder of elected President Salvador Allende of Chile and many left wing and party supporters became the model of how repression and dictatorship in Latin America would dominate much of the region into the mid 1980s, and for Chile, consume the legal system and keep the nation in traumatic debate well into […]

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Brazil: Art and Dialogue in Cidade de Deus

Brazil: Art and Dialogue in Cidade de Deus

I was pleased to watch an interest show on Brazil's infamous Cidade de Deus/City of God. In an episode of the show 4 Real, American rap artist Mos Def accompanied the 4 Real host Sol and met up with Brazilian rap artist MV Bill, who was holding one of Brazil's biggest hip hop and rap events […]

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Pages from the Mexico Blog: Trade, HIV and Kidnapping

Pages from the Mexico Blog: Trade, HIV and Kidnapping

The last few weeks have shown some interesting stories coming from Mike Coe and Alejandro Quiroz Flores of FPA's Mexico Blog. I encourage those interested in not only South America, but Mexico as well to read of few of their posts regarding Mexico in the last few weeks. Alejandro took to task the events unfolding […]

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China Abroad 2008: Chinese Communities and Culture in the Americas

China Abroad 2008: Chinese Communities and Culture in the Americas

This post can also be read in the FPA's Latin America Blog. With Olympic fever set to bring the world to China, much interest on the future of China on the world stage is seen as having its debut today, crowned by the lucky number in Chinese culture, 08/08/08, set to being at 8pm. With external […]

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China Abroad 2008: Chinese Communities and Culture in the Americas

China Abroad 2008: Chinese Communities and Culture in the Americas

With Olympic fever set to bring the world to China, much interest on the future of China on the world stage is seen as having its debut today, crowned by the lucky number in Chinese culture, 08/08/08, set to being at 8pm. With external writers and leaders and internal government officials set to bring China […]

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Building BRICs: Successes and Failures in "Emerging Economies"

Building BRICs: Successes and Failures in "Emerging Economies"

The definition of countries in poverty has needed to open up to a wider lexicon of terms in order to explain the various ways in which a country could be in poverty, and the stages in which it might be able to get out of it. In financial circles, the term BRIC, referring to Brazil, […]

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US Visas and Iraqi Refugees: Is it Enough?

US Visas and Iraqi Refugees: Is it Enough?

In an IHT.com article published recently, the issue of visas being given to Iraqis by the US was discussed. US visas were finally being given by the US for Iraqis who worked with the US since 2003 in administering development after the beginning of the war. The argument by the writer was that due to […]

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Energy Policy in the Americas: Latin America and Canada in the Global Fuel Crisis

Energy Policy in the Americas: Latin America and Canada in the Global Fuel Crisis

The global economy has recently hit a turning point, where the environment and a massive rise in oil prices sets to change the way we live, trade and do business. Not since the 1970s has such trauma in oil prices pushed policymakers into emergency mode, scurrying to satisfy the electorate which is convinced of a […]

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Pages from the Mexico Blog: Drug Cartels and Espionage in the Senate

Pages from the Mexico Blog: Drug Cartels and Espionage in the Senate

Update: ISN writer Sam Logan publishes his piece on Mexico called Mexico infiltrated where he discusses the slow infiltration of the cartels into Mexico's government institutions and the eventual failure and disappearance of the government in the process. A must read and powerful complement to these FPA posting on Mexico.  Fellow FPA blogger Alejandro Quiros Flores […]

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Latin American Leaders Speak on EU Immigration Policy

Latin American Leaders Speak on EU Immigration Policy

 This blog is also posted in the FPA Latin America Blog. The European Union and Latin America have always had amicable ties, via trade, culture and administrative and legal traditions. Immigration from Latin America to the EU has often been able to avoid the conflict and debate that are common in the United States, where […]

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Latin American Leaders Speak on EU Immigration Policy

Latin American Leaders Speak on EU Immigration Policy

The European Union and Latin America have always had amicable ties, via trade, culture and administrative and legal traditions. Immigration from Latin America to the EU has often been able to avoid the conflict and debate that are common in the United States, where millions of immigrants from Latin America are more of a campaign […]

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Colombia: Ingrid Betancourt Free after Seven Years as a FARC Hostage!!

Colombia: Ingrid Betancourt Free after Seven Years as a FARC Hostage!!

Last night many Colombians at home and abroad stayed up into the late hours of the night to hear the first free words from the rescued FARC captive and former Presidential Candidate Ingrid Betancourt. Ingrid was captured by the FARC seven years ago during her presidential campaign and has been used as a symbol of […]

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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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