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7.11.11

7.11.11

Colombia is a top five exporter and top 10 producer of the world’s bananas.

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South Sudan became the world’s newest nation on Saturday, July 9th. South Sudanese Chicagoan Kenneth Elisapana shares his feelings on independence after years of bloodshed. And in 2007, Chiquita Brands International paid a criminal fine of $25 million to the U.S. Justice Department for paying the AUC, the right-wing paramilitary force in Colombia, designated a terrorist group by the U.S. Government. The fine was followed by a civil suit that alleges Chiquita’s payments led to thousands of banana workers and civilian deaths. A federal judge recently allowed most of the suit to proceed. We’ll speak with Terry Collingsworth, one of the lawsuit’s lead attorneys, about his case. We'll also hear from Chiquita Foods International’s lead attorney, John Hall, who defends the company’s actions.

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