Recent documents obtained by the National Security Archive from the U.S. Justice Department show that Chiquita Brands International made illegal payments to Colombian guerrilla groups and death squads over 14 years in return for security from them.
Whatever nation wins in the neocolonial land grab, multinational agribusinesses will come out on top. As we saw with the NAFTA in Mexico's designated rural sector, big agriculture's gain is the small indigenous farmer's loss.
"Free trade" is right up there on the list of very bad policies -- at least if you believe in a middle class. But the administration is amping up its efforts to get three "free trade" deals through Congress.