Friday, March 16, 2007

Chiquita Banana Slips

According to the Associated Press, high-ranking corporate officers at Chiquita paid about $1.7 million between 1997 and 2004 to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia to protect its employees. Despite being considered a terrorist group by the U.S. government and known for some of the worst massacres in Colombia, federal investigators ordered Chiquita to pay $25 million in fines. When did growing bananas become such a lucrative business? But more importantly, I could understand the government not wanting U.S. businesses to support terrorist groups but this was an act of protecting its employees. How could you find fault in that? I find Bush's oil war far more offensive. Can we fine him?

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