Integration

Plantation Agriculture's Discontents

Recently, Chiquita Banana was fined $27 million by the US Justice Department after paying protection money to Colombian guerrillas (according to the United States government they are terrorists).  Obviously, it is reprehensible that a US company should support an organization that kidnaps, murders, and traffics in narcotics.  The issue is now closed, because Chiquita closed their operations there in 2004, but this story is one dark blot on a larger tapestry of context.  F

A Transnational South America?

On May 24, the nations of South America signed a treaty to create Unasur, a regional parliament that builds upon the trading agreements Mercosur and the Andean Community, but also may coordinate common military defense actions. <Read the article here >

 

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