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Taking Lessons from Fidel: A New Vision for Poverty in Latin America

Taking Lessons from Fidel: A New Vision for Poverty in Latin America

  With the retirement of Fidelito, an assessment of the positives and negatives of the Cuban Revolution has taken place in media all around the world. People hate Castro as much as others love him, mainly because while he has injured many and denied basic rights to activists living in Cuba, he has also earned […]

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Ireland's New Migrants: Multicultural Wishes for St. Patrick's Day

Ireland's New Migrants: Multicultural Wishes for St. Patrick's Day

A legal dilemma often presents itself to officials who come into the presence of families who are both a mix of legal and illegal family members living in the same country. We encountered this a few times in our own legal consulting to refugees who came into contact with us in Canada. The International Herald […]

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FPA Video Interview: Former Venezuelan Diplomat Diego Arria on Chavez's Venezuela

FPA Video Interview: Former Venezuelan Diplomat Diego Arria on Chavez's Venezuela

The Foreign Policy Association and The European Courier in February 2008 produced a Video Interview on Chavez's Venezuela and the future of democracy in the country in a frank discussion with former UN Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations for Venezuela Diego Arria. In the interview, Arria describes how Chavez's actions in the last few […]

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Mexican-Americans and Felipe Calderon: Making Policy in the US Election

Mexican-Americans and Felipe Calderon: Making Policy in the US Election

 *This post has also been cross-posted in the FPA's Latin America Blog. Mexico has always had a mixed relationship with its citizens abroad. Problems dealing with poverty in Mexico have not tarnished pride in their roots. Class divisions never quelled a strong sense of nationhood with its citizens on every social strata. While many Mexican's left […]

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Fidelito's Permanent Vacation

Fidelito's Permanent Vacation

Today the well known leader of the island nation of Cuba, Fidel Castro has started on the first steps to the end of his legacy. He retired finally after 49 years of rule since the Cuban Revolution. He is well known as the one of the only leaders in Latin America to successfully stand up […]

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Mexican-Americans and Felipe Calderon: Policy in the US Election

Mexican-Americans and Felipe Calderon: Policy in the US Election

 Mexico has always had a mixed relationship with its citizens abroad. Problems dealing with poverty in Mexico have not tarnished pride in their roots. Class divisions never quelled a strong sense of nationhood with its citizens on every social strata. While many Mexican's left the country since the 1970's, it was often for economic opportunity […]

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Compensating for Chavez: Who's Fair and Equitable?

Compensating for Chavez: Who's Fair and Equitable?

Since the 1930s there has been a debate on how to compensate private companies when their assets they have invested from abroad gets Nationalised by local governments. These debates have always been heavy in Latin America which has been for the most part dependent on foreign investment since the colonial period and have been the […]

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Political Therapy on Super Tuesday

Political Therapy on Super Tuesday

Among the hype of Super Tuesday, I thought a frank and brief opinion on the Republican and Democratic Candidates would be a nice relief from the overkill of information and issues coming out of mainstream media about who might be the next President. I hope my perspective, not being a US citizen and from the […]

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Between Bananas and Big Macs: Economic Realities in the US and Latin America

Between Bananas and Big Macs: Economic Realities in the US and Latin America

I was lucky to be able to see a lecture at the LSE by the newly minted head of Argentina's national bank after the first President Kirchner came into power. This was, as many know after a series of failed Presidents in a record amount of time and a massive financial collapse of Argentina's economy. […]

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Chavez vs. Uribe: FARC, the Media and Economics in Colombia

Chavez vs. Uribe: FARC, the Media and Economics in Colombia

No one would like to tell Hugo Chavez "Por que no te calles!(Why don't you shut up!)" more than President Uribe of Colombia, as King Juan Carlos of Spain did a few weeks ago. Today Chavez accused the very popular Colombian President of working with the United States to form an army to attack Venezuela. […]

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The Jewish Americans, Race and the UN

The Jewish Americans, Race and the UN

PBS.org in the last few years has done a remarkable job at airing many great shows like our Great Decisions program, documentaries on the Second World War and the most recent documentary series The Jewish Americans. The Jewish Americans series goes through 350 years of Jewish history in the United States and does a great […]

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The "Desaparecidos" in Mexico's Dirty War

The "Desaparecidos" in Mexico's Dirty War

In Mexico's "Dirty War" between 1968 and 1971, more than 600 people were "disappeared" for their political convictions. While much progress has been made with disappeared people in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay since the 1970s and the fall of military dictatorships in those countries, there has not been the same level of attention on disappeared […]

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Mexico and China – A Prosperous Future??

Mexico and China – A Prosperous Future??

Rapid double digit economic growth in China and its newly minted membership in the WTO has greatly changed the world economy and China's position as an economic and political power. This view, while prominent within China is more importantly the dominant view among its neighbors abroad. Much of the trade between China and economic powerhouses […]

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John McCain: Republican or Republi-Can't? What it takes to be an American Hero…

John McCain: Republican or Republi-Can't? What it takes to be an American Hero…

Some of the Republican party's most celebrated candidates have come from lives which mirror the stereotype of a true American hero. Presidents like George Bush the First gained early notoriety as an Aircraft Carrier bomber pilot in the Second World War, being shot down in an attack on the Japanese navy. Reagan, a model for […]

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Obama, the Post-Modern Candidate?

Obama, the Post-Modern Candidate?

A debate on the Canadian talk show The Michael Coren Show on January 7th discussed a foreign perspective on the recent success of Democratic Candidate Barak Obama and the change in perception of children of immigrants in the larger political sphere in North America. Obama was seen not as an African-American campaigning on African-American issues, […]

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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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