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Sunday, November 20, 2005

The brave little country of Costa Rica is the only hold-out against CAFTA. President Pacheco, after months of waffling, finally sent the treaty to the legislature for approval. But the people of Costa Rica are very much against turning their country into a banana republic for the benefit of greedy corporations in the United States just slavering over the possibilities of stripping Costa Rica's natural beauty and its constitutional protections in order to enrich their own pockets. On November 18, 2005, at least 20,000 people marched in a demonstration against the "TLC" as CAFTA is called in Costa Rica. More demonstrations are in the works. This single issue could decide the next presidential election. The Costa Rican Libertarian Party is, so far, the only political party to come out against the TLC. If popular former president, Oscar Arias, does not see his way clear to declare opposition to the TLC, his chances of re-election will be greatly diminished. If he joins the anti CAFTA forces now, he will become the next president. Now is the time for letters and phone calls to Mr. Arias to let him know how the people stand!

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