NAFTA and Mexico Essay

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Mexico’s economy is undergoing a stunning transformation. Seven years after the launch of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it is fast becoming an industrial power. Free trade with the U.S. and Canada is turning the country from a mere assembler of cheap, low-quality goods into a reliable exporter of sophisticated products from auto breaks to laptops computers. Although Mexico has seen economic growth lately, it still faces tremendous problems in the aftermath of the 1995 recession and the revolution that took place in the Chiapas which still wages on today. The purpose of this paper is to explore the effects that NAFTA has had on the economy and it’s people during the implementation of NAFTA and in what NAFTA will bring in the …show more content…
What they were asking for, effectively, was nothing more than the basic necessities of life – both materialistic and abstract – so that their people could live without shame, fear, and humiliation. One of their principal grievances was the status of the indigenous populations who, in spite of making up 30% of the state’s population, continue to be treated as sub-humans and is constantly victims of discrimination and state repression. Accompanying these factors were some of Mexico’s most abhorrent social standards. In percentages of illiteracy, lack of educational facilities, overcrowding, miserably low wages and lack of electricity, running water and sewage, the state of Chiapas ranks almost exclusively at the top of the list. Other concerns included horrifying human rights violations. In June of 1993 Amnesty International reported that in that year alone, over 1,000 members of the state security forces raided the villages of Chalan del Carmen, Rio Florido, Nuevo Sacrificio, Eden del Carmen, and El Carrizal, and proceeded to threaten, injure, torture, rape, arrest, and murder their fellow citizens (Quoted in Russell p. 12). Furthermore the Zapatistas, were concerned with the outright lack of education, health care, and lack of employment opportunities, without which the cycle of poverty has no end. Finally, a major concern involved their ejidos, or communal lands, which, since the revolution have been the main source of their

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