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The Dora Effect – Mexico's Greatest Chinese Export

The Dora Effect – Mexico's Greatest Chinese Export

In the 1990's the pattern was clear. A business deal to produce a product like toys was made in the US, the manufacturing was done in Mexico, the characters and branding for the toys were Japanese and the people who maintained the office were from Mexico, albeit living in the United States and the product […]

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Israel's Moral Crisis and Darfur

Israel's Moral Crisis and Darfur

To many, the State of Israel and the territory beforehand has always been a place which has taken in more foreign nationals, pilgrims, refugees, colonial citizens and even Crusaders, Greeks and Roman Legions in its long and turbulent history than any other place in the world. Before 1948, the territory called Palestine was taken by […]

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Weekly News Roundup

In this week's New Roundup we highlight skilled workers and their challenges working in the United States as well as the surprising death threats against community leaders of minority heritage in a small city in Canada and further findings of Migrants in Southern Europe. We also look at fighting racism in the Czech Republic and Russia […]

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Partition India-Pakistan: 1947-2007

Partition India-Pakistan: 1947-2007

The BBC World Service did a series called India-Pakistan 07' this past week on radio and television programming detailing issues and conflicts and positive developments since the independence of India and Pakistan 60 years ago this past August 14th 1947. While independence from the British Empire and division of the colony into the free states […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

In this weeks Weekly Roundup we take a look at the US Presidential Campaign and political attacks by Romney against Giuliani's immigration record, the National Guard situation at the US border as well as Remittances to Mexico and Census changes in the US and problems with the immigration laws in the UK: In one of the […]

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Iran and its Prisoners at Home and Abroad

Iran and its Prisoners at Home and Abroad

Marina Nemat has just published her book The Prisoner of Tehran on her time as a political prisoner in Iran in the 1980s. In her time there she was arrested for having negative views of the Revolution of 1979 and was put in prison for many years. Her perspective is an interesting one, as one […]

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Economic Rights and the Iraqi Diaspora

Economic Rights and the Iraqi Diaspora

Middle Class Baghdadi Amira ended up in Jordan after losing her husband, losing her family assets and losing her security in the city she grew up in. Despite having a privileged destiny in Iraq, she now sells food on the streets of Amman, Jordan. More than 2 million Iraqis have fled to Syria and Jordan […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

This week's news takes a look at the situation in the small country of Moldova where a majority of its workers abroad are illegal, examines the further developments in the shooting of the Brazilian man during the chaos of the London Bombings and the resulting inquiry into his death and focuses on Libya's human rights […]

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Iraq: Victory and Crisis

Iraq: Victory and Crisis

This week there has finally been some positive media about Iraq and its people. Iraqis cheered the Iraqi national team all around the world this past week when they beat defending champions Saudi Arabia in the Asia Cup of Football with a score of 1-0. Characteristic of the current situation according to unconfirmed sources, all […]

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London Calling: Yet Another Good Reason to Marry a Polish Girl…

London Calling: Yet Another Good Reason to Marry a Polish Girl…

In the August 1st telecast of the BBC World Service the BBC did an investigative report on a new trend in London where Polish women were taking payments for marrying non-EU citizens so they could remain and gain legal status in London. The report went into great detail to present the problem, going as far […]

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Canada's National Dish: Chile, Pepper Spray and a touch of FIFA

Canada's National Dish: Chile, Pepper Spray and a touch of FIFA

With so many Chileans migrating to Canada in the 70s and 80's, it was considered a home field advantage for Chile's U-20 team last night in Toronto, Canada during the semi-finals of the Under 20 FIFA World Cup of Soccer/Futbol. In the end the Chilean team received 2 Red Cards, ejecting 2 players from the […]

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Migrants and HIV in Mexico

Migrants and HIV in Mexico

Contributed by Rich Basas of FPA's Migration Blog:  This past week the New York Times reporter Marc Lacey did a report on the ever-growing problem of HIV entering smaller communities in Mexico. He found that much of the problem comes from Migrant workers who earn much of their wages in the US and often come […]

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Shades of Black

Shades of Black

As Canada's most famous Ex-Canadian, Mr. Conrad Black was found guilty on some of the charges today in a Chicago court for some of the counts of fraud and taking millions of dollars from shareholders and most notably obstruction of justice. While most of the offences Mr. Black was accused of were quashed and Mr. […]

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A Day Without a Mexican?

A Day Without a Mexican?

With the failure of the Immigration Reform Bill there has been a refocusing on the issues regarding the current state of affairs surrounding illegal immigration. This year there has already been 275 bodies found between US-Mexico border and it is expected that that number is going to rise to a record of over 500 bodies […]

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The Last Italian Cruise: 20 Migrants Disappeared

The Last Italian Cruise: 20 Migrants Disappeared

 In a few underreported incidents, last Thursday a migrant boat with 20 aboard disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea near Sicily on its way to Europe. Last Wednesday, 23 migrants were also picked up by Italian coastguards found clinging to a tuna cage near Sicily. Numerous other migrants were picked up as well last week from […]

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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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