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Mexico's Remittance Crisis

Mexico's Remittance Crisis

Behind oil export and above tourism, remittances from Mexicans abroad to their home country makes up a large part of the cash that builds homes and futures in many Mexican communities. With the recent economic crisis in the US, America's neighbours are starting to feel the fallout of the Mortgage Crisis that is slowly presenting […]

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Haiti: Often Forgotten, Seldom Fed

Haiti: Often Forgotten, Seldom Fed

*This post has also been cross-posted in the FPA's Latin America Blog. In 2004 Haiti took the attention of the world community. With the UN making a home in the poorest country in the Americas and the fall of the leader at the time, refugees from Haiti fled on boats, across the Dominican border and […]

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Haiti: Often Forgotten, Seldom Fed

Haiti: Often Forgotten, Seldom Fed

In 2004 Haiti took the attention of the world community. With the UN making a home in the poorest country in the Americas and the fall of the leader at the time, refugees from Haiti fled on boats, across the Dominican border and through any means possible to escape the chaos of their home country. […]

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France and the Ailing Ingrid Betancourt

France and the Ailing Ingrid Betancourt

Few people have attracted so much attention in France and in Colombia as Ingrid Betancourt. The daughter of a Colombian diplomat and a former Miss Colombia, Ingrid grew up in France studying at Sciences Po and eventually made her way to Colombia in support of a movement that supported anti-drug trafficking and anti-corruption policies. With […]

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Spain and the Beloved Brazilian Diaspora

Spain and the Beloved Brazilian Diaspora

*This post has also been cross-posted in the FPA's Latin America Blog. Two countries have stood out in their respective regions as economically progressive policy successes in the last ten years. In Europe, Spain along with Ireland have seen much of the positive development and economic growth when the rest of the EU has been […]

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Spain and the Beloved Brazilian Diaspora

Spain and the Beloved Brazilian Diaspora

Two countries have stood out in their respective regions as economically progressive policy successes in the last ten years. In Europe, Spain along with Ireland have seen much of the positive development and economic growth when the rest of the EU has been wrestling with high unemployment rates and drastic changes in governments. In Latin […]

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Video: Cuba After Fidel – TVO.org

On March 20th Steve Paiken of TVO.org's The Agenda had a discussion on Cuba After Fidel and a possible boycott of the Olympic Games. This international panel first discussed the ability and rationale of boycotting the Olympics due to accusation of Human Rights abuses against the Tibetan people and later on a full discussion on […]

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The Way to Win an Election: NAFTA and Immigration in Debate

The Way to Win an Election: NAFTA and Immigration in Debate

*This post has also been cross-posted in the FPA's Latin America Blog.   I was happy to read a clever article called: Linking NAFTA and Immigration by Ted Lewis of the San Diego Tribune as he discusses the campaign issues and how they are being spun to effect the campaign and America's neighbours in a […]

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The War That Never Was: Colombia and Venezuela at the Crossroads

The War That Never Was: Colombia and Venezuela at the Crossroads

After much anger, resentment and accusations by Colombian officials and Hugo Chavez, a Cold Peace has been declared between officials from Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. After an attack on FARC rebels by Colombia that took place inside Ecuador's border, a negative reaction by Ecuador's President and the movement of troops and saber rattling by Chavez […]

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The Way to Win an Election: NAFTA and Immigration in Debate

The Way to Win an Election: NAFTA and Immigration in Debate

  I was happy to read a clever article called: Linking NAFTA and Immigration by Ted Lewis of the San Diego Tribune as he discusses the campaign issues and how they are being spun to effect the campaign and America's neighbours in a negative fashion. Lewis suggests that reform in NAFTA and effects on the […]

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New Canadians in the Canadian Economy: Can they Exist in a Vacuum?

New Canadians in the Canadian Economy: Can they Exist in a Vacuum?

**The Following Blogpost is a complement to the FPA's Feature on Canadian Immigration and Economic Rights: Great Decisions Analysis: Economic Rights and Migration by Rich Basas. In an FT.com article published this week called Jobs for workers of the world, writer Bernard Simon discusses how the Canadian immigration system and local Canadian businesses address the vast number of foreign workers trying to […]

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From Sao Paulo to Shanghai: Inequality and Growth Past and Present

From Sao Paulo to Shanghai: Inequality and Growth Past and Present

A tradition has formed in economic thought since the 1960s in comparing two regions with similar levels of poverty and inequality. Both regions have traditionally been open to economic measures to promote growth and achieve the level of development of North America and Europe. Asia and Latin America are both regions which have suffered historical […]

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Boosting Cuba: Cross Post with FPA's China Trade Blog by Dorris Lin

Boosting Cuba: Cross Post with FPA's China Trade Blog by Dorris Lin

Dorris Lin of our own FPA's China Blog crosses the ocean with her piece on the new ties China wishes to form with Cuba as the island nation takes to change after the retirement of Fidel Castro. While China and Cuba have always had healthy trade ties ,with Castro gone and China being seen as […]

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An Andean War? Managing Colombia's Disgruntled Neighbors

An Andean War? Managing Colombia's Disgruntled Neighbors

Messages of distrust between the Colombian Government and Hugo Chavez were considered no more than showboating after Hugo Chavez made headway in getting two Colombian citizens released, followed by open support for the rights of the kidnappers to be represented as a legitimate political party. Anger and frustration in Colombia which has been literally torn […]

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Paranoia on the Frontier: NAFTA and the US Election

Paranoia on the Frontier: NAFTA and the US Election

No other issue seeks to dominate the next few months than the troubles in the US economy. Besides the well documented mortgage lending scandal, the roots of the fragile US economy are the movement of large amounts of manufacturing jobs to China as well as the approximately one-third to one-half of US debt that is […]

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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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