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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:57 AM

Chiquita Republic

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Chiquita Republic

United Fruit’s heir has again been linked to paramilitary abuses in Colombia.
BY James Bargent

In the late 1990s, in one of many chapters in the Colombian government’s decades-old dirty war with leftist guerrillas, more than 15,000 people in the northern region of Curvaradó were forced from their land. First came the army, they recall. And they told us to leave. ‘Don’t be afraid of us,’ the soldiers said. ‘Be afraid of those that follow us.’

Those that followed were las mocha cabezas—the beheaders—paramilitary death squads fighting as the military’s proxies. Thousands fled their massacres, bombardments and executions.

Behind the beheaders came the agribusinesses, which converted the territory into African palm plantations and cattle ranches under paramilitary protection. The cozy relationship between the corporations and paramilitaries became known as the para-economy.

Fifteen years later, the displaced people who have returned to Curvaradó say they are again engaged in a land struggle with a para-economy. But the businesses encroaching on their land are no longer palm and cattle ranchers, but rather plaintain farms run through proxy growers, mostly at the direction of a Colombia-based, multi-national banana company called Banacol. However, the returnees refer to the company by a more familiar name: “We call it Chiquita Brands,” says Germán, a leader of the restitution fight.

More:
http://inthesetimes.com/article/14294/chiquita_republic/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:00 PM

1. It's an ongoing story, unfortunately. I lived in Honduras in 1981, the last days

of the military government.

I saw what that country had become, and since the military basically wrote the current constitution, they structured it so that the "democratically elected" government really had little power to oppose continued military power controlling the country.

We have a sad record in these countries and should hang our heads in shame.

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:56 PM

2. Trying to Get a Clear Understanding

Hi SharonAnn;

I'm going by "kittypat" obviously, my name is Patricia Ann. Refresh my memory and understanding, please. My daughter who is a laid-off
History Professor and try to keep up with the situations in South American politics, more so, when we took the NYTimes on Sundays.
But our budget is tight, so we had to let it go for awhile.

Ok. So does United Fruit own the sugar cane workers ? Also, are the narco-terrorists and United Fruit company owners hiring these para-military members to carry out their bidding ? Give me a brief history of United Fruit cause it's been a long while since I read about
them, maybe as far back as the '80's concerning their history. I read this stuff and it scares me, haunts me so I can't sleep so I have
to "put it away from me." Thank you for whatever you have time to impart.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:45 PM

3. further proof that the cheapest and most most humane foreign policy

Is stop carrying water for corporate thugs.

If they want to do business in a country, let them negotiate a fair deal. If they commit human rights crimes that reflect poorly on us, that should be a form of treason.

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