The Truth of the Cafta Treaty. About the Free Trade Agreement between the US and Central America

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For the past year, Central America has been negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with the world's only super power the United States. The impact that this treaty is immense for a nation as Costa Rica and to Central America as a whole, it was the US who proposed the Free Trade Agreement to the nations of the Middle America last year after their own Trade Representative sent a letter to Congress. The importance of such agreement is of terrible proportions to the well being of the nations of the region and it is up to this countries to look out for their own self interests, which is of course the sole motivation of a countries Foreign Policy.

The United State's Foreign Policy has not changed much of the past decades referring to it's plans with the Middle Region, with the exception of Nicaragua due to it's socialist period. To help Central America the United States planed the famous Caribbean Basin Initiative or CBI which would grant immediate access of certain product to the US market without tax paying, a less complicated form of what is a called today a FTA (Free Trade Agreement).

By establishing these measures, the US permitted the CA (Central America) nations to prepare for what was to come next.

The CBI was also established to show, the US's firm commitment to the elimination, or more like the repression, of countries who were capitalist. This is clearly seen on the embargo over communist Cuba. During the recent Nicaraguan Civil War it has been proven that the US funded anti-socialist guerillas so that they could have a better chance against the established government. To establish the CBI was to demonstrate what Washington could do for needy capitalist nations, and what it could do with nations that...