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Friday, March 23, 2007

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  • "The Surge of Baghdad Should Become the Surge on Washington"–Fmr. U.N. Iraq Mission Chief Hans Von Sponeck


    Hans Von Sponeck, the former coordinator of the United Nations humanitarian mission in Iraq, joins us in our firehouse studio to talk about the troop surge in Baghdad, House and Senate bills on war funding, the 13-year sanction regime in Iraq and more. Von Sponeck is author of "A Different Kind of War: The U.N. Sanctions Regime in Iraq." [includes rush transcript]

  • Chiquita Admits to Paying Colombian Paramilitary Group on U.S. Terror List


    The Cincinnati-based fruit company Chiquita has admitted to paying off the group United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, which is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. Chiquita has agreed to a $25 million fine on the condition that it doesn’t have to reveal the names of the executives involved. Chiquita says it fell victim to an extortion racket that threatened its employees. But Colombia’s attorney general has said he will seek the extradition of eight Chiquita employees over what he calls "a criminal relationship." [includes rush transcript]

  • Why the Cincinnati Enquirer Was Forced to Apologize for 1998 Exposé of Chiquita’s Latin America Dealings


    In 1998, the Cincinnati Enquirer published an 18-page exposé of Chiquita’s dealings in Latin America. The paper found that Chiquita exposed entire communities to dangerous U.S.-banned pesticides, forced the eviction of an entire Honduran village at gunpoint, suppressed unions and paid a fortune to U.S. politicians to influence trade policy. The Enquirer was later forced to issue a front-page apology and pay Chiquita a reported $14 million after it was revealed the lead reporter, Mike Gallagher, illegally accessed more than 2,000 Chiquita voicemails. [includes rush transcript]