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Old 05-26-2018, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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There's no shame in it. In fact there's been a certain level of maturity in the debates between the 5 presidential candidates. However, undoubtedly if he's elected a lot of the Foreign Direct Investment will leave the country and a lot of the rich/professional class will be targeted by him hence take their money elsewhere too. Rich people aren't restricted by borders. This will polarise the country even more than it is now as punishing the job creators and getting into debt funding unsustainable social programs only leads to more misery for everyone in the long term. That's been proven time & time again throughout the world. There are other candidates which represent a less extreme option.
So you are in favor of limiting elections to only "approved" candidates? Approved by whom? Big foreign corporations? The goal of whom is to improve their own bottom line, not Colombia's, about which they do not give a hoot. Their goal is to exploit Colombia's "human resources", by paying them slightly hither wages with which to buy high priced imports.
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Old 05-26-2018, 11:06 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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So you are in favor of limiting elections to only "approved" candidates? Approved by whom? Big foreign corporations? The goal of whom is to improve their own bottom line, not Colombia's, about which they do not give a hoot. Their goal is to exploit Colombia's "human resources", by paying them slightly hither wages with which to buy high priced imports.
Of course not. Elections should be free and open. In the end a country needs to take responsibility for whom it puts in government. I'm an admirer of Sergio Fajardo, the ex-mayor that contributed to Medellin's incredible turn-around, a mathematician professor with a PhD from UW-Madison AND his running mate Claudia Lopez who put over 40 congress men and women in jail after bravely exposing their paramilitary & guerilla links in the parapolitics scandal despite death threats whose constantly attacked by the conservatives/church for being a Lesbian and along with Fajardo fights for equality across the board without resorting to penalising the rich and job creators. In Fajardo's cabinet he has promised that 50% would be men, 50% would be women and a substantial amount of ethnic minorities. The best of the best within those representative groups. I hope they become the next government of Colombia.
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Old 05-26-2018, 11:38 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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Anyone have a thought on who may be next admitted into the OECD? I know Lithuania and Costa Rica have pending requests.

What about NATO?

Colombia has a funny relationship with Russia. There are luke-warm relations, unlike US or EU citizens, Colombians don't need Visas to enter Russia and there are some Russian scientists working in Colombian research programs but the Colombian air force has on a couple occasions intercepted Russian fighter jets flying over the Caribbean.

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Old 05-27-2018, 02:35 AM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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Why don’t south and central american countries form an organization like EU?
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Old 05-27-2018, 08:00 AM
 
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Why donít south and central american countries form an organization like EU?
Would an EU like organization really benefit them though? Don't get me wrong the EU can be good, but is has its downsides.
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Old 05-27-2018, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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Would an EU like organization really benefit them though? Don't get me wrong the EU can be good, but is has its downsides.
Free trade is mostly good for economies.
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Why don’t south and central american countries form an organization like EU?
Central America? No way jose. We don't want any sort of unionwith those poor ignorant Native indians. Lets keep South America white.
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Old 05-27-2018, 12:28 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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Central America? No way jose. We don't want any sort of unionwith those poor ignorant Native indians. Lets keep South America white.
Actually Colombia already has a Free Trade Agreement with what is known as the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras). This is an important market for Colombia especially in banking, finance & aviation. If I'm not mistaken it's the only South American country to have such an agreement with the region.

Also I believe these countries have labour preference via the TP4 visa to work or study in Colombia.
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Old 05-27-2018, 01:18 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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I wonder why countries such as Singapore and Liechtenstein aren't in the OECD? I imagine its because the OECD has certain strict transparency requirements that they don't provide as tax havens. Probably also why Panama will never be admitted in the foreseeable future.
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Old 05-27-2018, 02:45 PM
 
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Free trade is mostly good for economies.
What would they be trading, cocaine and bananas?
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