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Friday, July 20, 2007

  • The Next Front in the Iraq War? Amidst Invasion Talk, Iraq Accuses Turkey of Bombing Northern Region

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    Following weeks of a Turkish military build-up along Iraq’s northern borders, the Iraqi government formally accused Turkey of bombing northern parts of the country. Turkey in turn asserted that the Kurdish Workers Party is being indirectly armed by the U.S. military. With increasing talk of a Turkish invasion, we go to Turkey to speak with chief Christian Science Monitor Middle East correspondent Scott Peterson. We’re also joined in Washington by Laura Rozen, national security correspondent for Mother Jones. [includes rush transcript]

  • Relatives of Colombia Death Squad Victims Sue U.S.-Based Fruit Giant Chiquita for Arming, Funding Their Killers

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    The Cincinnati-based fruit company Chiquita is being sued for funding, arming and supporting death squads in Colombia. The human rights group EarthRights International filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of six Colombians whose relatives had allegedly been murdered by a Colombian paramilitary group that was partially funded by Chiquita. The lawsuit alleges that the banana giant funneled money and guns to a right-wing death squad that murdered thousands of people and shipped untold amounts of cocaine to the United States. [includes rush transcript]