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What is the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)?
The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is a deal between the US, five Central American nations — Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua — and the Dominican Republic.
Corporate power and abuse is a root cause of migration
To seriously address the roots and causes of migration, it is urgent to dismantle the neoliberal rules which grant excessive privileges to transnational corporations.
A new environmentalist playbook
An improbable victory in El Salvador offers lessons for grassroots activists worldwide.
Mining injustice through international arbitration
El Tambor is a controversial gold mining project in Guatemala. After years of local protests and litigation, it was halted in 2016 for lack of prior consultation with Indigenous people.
FTA partners continue to buy more than half of US grains
FTA partners purchased 55% of total US grains in all forms exports in 2018-19 marketing year.
Guatemalan water protectors persist, despite mining company threats
The hard work of protecting water and land from the long-term harms associated with gold and silver mining takes place daily on the frontlines of tenacious struggles throughout Latin America and around the world.
Central American nation Costa Rica seeks Preferential Trade Agreement with India
Recognising the huge potential and opportunities in trade and investments, Central American nation Costa Rica seeks Preferential Trade Agreement with India.
Report: US free trade pact means junk food for developing nations
The US is exporting ever-more processed foods, as well as meat, to the region, while making it harder for farmers there to supply healthy foods for the local market.
Trans-local mining activism connects Nevada and Guatemala in growing movement of resource nationalism
In December of 2018, KCA filed a $300 million-dollar arbitration claim against the government of Guatemala under CAFTA-DR.
Climate change, CAFTA and forced migration
Climate change and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have destabilized the economies and lives of many in Central America and are driving migration.
Over 200 organizations denounce multimillion dollar suit brought by US mining firm against Guatemala
The company filed the suit in December 2018 for alleged violations of the Central America–Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).
The battle for Latin America: How the US helped destroy the “pink tide”
After sponsoring juntas until well into the 1990s, the US went after Central and South America with “free trade” deals before once again working with extremists.
The “push” factor: Central American farmers, free trade, and migration
Landless, subsistence, and small-scale farmers bear the brunt of the influx of competitive crops and price shocks that came with trade liberalization through CAFTA.
After NAFTA fight, Trump threatens another trade battle with Central America
Now that the Trump administration has revamped the North American Free Trade Agreement, it is taking a look at kicking key countries out of its sister pact, the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
Costa Rica wins case against investors’ beach front property
ICSID tribunal rules Costa Rica was in its right to stop a tourist construction project on the Pacific coast that violated environmental laws.
Miner planning US$300mn Guatemala arbitration
Exmingua is planning to launch arbitration proceedings against Guatemala following the suspension of its Tambor gold project.
USDA trade undersecretary bullish on Central America
Trade mission to Guatemala yields fruitful meetings with conservative estimates of $30 million in new sales.
Washington may draw a bull’s-eye on Central American trade pact
US trade negotiators could move to renegotiate aspects of the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement by 2019.
Being a trade unionist in Guatemala will get you killed
A chapter on labor issues within CAFTA was to provide an improved environment for labor rights. But the Guatemalan state has consistently failed to implement these protections.
US wants to update Latin America pacts next after NAFTA
Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pointed to the need to modernise agreements with Peru, Colombia, Panama and Chile, as well as the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).