April 08, 2015

History repeats itself: Chiquita caught backing South American paramilitary groups

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

You may remember a few years ago, when Chiquita announced they were boycotting Canadian oil "for moral reasons."

Besides the questionable "morality" of siding with OPEC conflict oil countries, the boycott was a lie and a p.r. stunt:

You can't really choose which gas goes into your trucks.

Chiquita has a long and sordid history in South America.

They're where we got the phrase "banana republic."

The company was notoriously violent to their workers, and in league with corrupt dictatorships.

You might think that's all in the past, but it isn't.

Chiquita has been caught "aiding and abetting" paramilitary groups in Columbia, and they don't want you to know about it.

Is it time to consider another boycott?


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commented 2015-04-09 13:25:32 -0400
not true only a few years ago chaquita gave money to terrorist organizeations in places like equador. also they went through alberta telling the truck drivers to boycott all the stores that support alberta oil aka(tarsands) i have joined the facebook club boycott chiquita and have since last 3 yrs . i eat dole or delmonte
commented 2015-04-09 13:14:00 -0400
This was back in the ‘90s, when the Venezuelan financed and armed FARC and ELN Communist Teerrorists were, as terrorists do, terrorizing the countryside of Colombia (which is in South America) and the government of President Pastrana was just acquiescing to the FARCs…in fact giving half the country to them….’while they talked about it". This led towns and cities to recruit and arm their OWN “Self-Defence” forces, (Autodefensas) to protect their citizens….and Chiquita and other companies, mining, oil, etc., paid the Autodefensas money to keep the Communists Terrorists at bay. When President Uribe was elected, and proceeded to ELIMINATE the FARCs and ELN terrorists…..the Autodefensas (paramilitaries) were disbanded, as they were no longer needed…since protection WAS then being provided by the Armed Forces of the Government. Necessity is the Mother of Invention….Autodefensas were raised to salve a problem. When the problem no longer existed, they were disbanded. That Communists in OTHER countries, including “lefties” in the U.S. and Canada didn’t LIKE the Autodefensas killing communists……too bad
commented 2015-04-09 08:44:34 -0400
Guess this doesn’t affect me very much — the potassium in bananas attracts mosquitoes like crazy, so I’ve avoided bananas… (the mosquitoes still flock to me — maybe I’m too bananas already…)
commented 2015-04-08 23:22:39 -0400
Pretty soon I won’t know where to bank, buy food or anything, so many businesses are shady and support people, places and things not necessarily everyone would. We are banana hounds in this house; I’ll be checking brands now.
commented 2015-04-08 22:12:27 -0400
Well there goes my peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
commented 2015-04-08 20:18:07 -0400
I haven’t bought Chiquita bananas since your first report you did on Chiquita bananas a couple of years ago on SUN. Since then I have only bought del monte and i intend to continue doing so. I will give up bananas before i give Chiquita one more cent.
commented 2015-04-08 18:40:42 -0400
Good information. Ezra. Thanks.
commented 2015-04-08 18:26:42 -0400
I already often go without bananas because so many feature halal barcodes. Like the barcode pasted on a local Presbyterian church sign this Easter. The sign said “Jesus is the real hope and change” – a reference to Obama’s slogan – and underneath, someone had afixed a large-size checkerboard maze, black and white halal barcode. Look for them. They are everywhere.
commented 2015-04-08 16:32:55 -0400
I have not purchased bananas showing the Chiquita brand since the last airing from Ezra. Hopefully the USA will wise up and do the same thing. Maybe someone should check though.

A question has to be asked. Do these companies assist each other when they are over stocked or have a shortage (much like the oil companies do) ? I hope not.

I have noticed that locations that sell the Chiquita brand have been selling bananas with a ‘no name’ sticker. Could it be the Chiquita brand under another sticker name ?

Keep up the good work Ezra !!!