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United States CIA’s torture handbook revealed brutal inhuman practices

Uruguay has recently received a number of CIA prisoner of war and political  ex-prisoners who have been brutally tortured over a long period of time in US prisons. Anyone interested in human rights should read this before passing judgement on Uruguay for their actions, A newly released report on the CIA’s use of harsh…

Is the International money transfer system about to change due to US Interference in the existing one ?

You probably know the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) system as that little jumble of letters and numbers you need every time you send money to a foreign bank account. It’s the global banking system’s address book and postal system. SWIFT has more than 10,000…

One mans experience of doing 40 yrs trading with Latin America from New Zealand

One mans experience of doing 40 yrs trading with Latin America from New Zealand One of LANZBC’s longest-standing members and Chilean honorary consul in Auckland, Gerry Williams, managing director of Pacific Basin Exports Limited, writes below about his experiences doing business in Latin America and provides some…

Argentina benefits short term from falling oil prices

The worst selloff in crude oil since the financial crisis is turning into a bullish sign for Argentina’s bond investors. Whilst oil-exporting nations such as Venezuela have been battered as the U.S. benchmark price tumbled to a five-year low last week, the decline may help cut Argentina’s record fuel import costs by as much as 20 percent…

Doing business with the Chinese requires an understanding of their culture

Major cultural differences can be a recipe for disaster when South American businesses try to operate in China. Understanding the distinct characteristics of the Chinese way of thinking is a first step in reducing that risk of failure. The research by agribusiness management lecturers at Lincoln University’s faculty of…

Would you like to savour the adventure of Dakar 2015 from your backyard?

Would you like to savour the adventure of Dakar 2015 from your backyard? The Dakar adventure began in 1977  in Africa. Thierry Sabine got lost on his motorbike in the Libyan desert during the course of the Abidjan-Nice rally. Saved in the extremis from the sands, he returned to France fascinated by the sights and decided to…