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Tales of the United Fruit Company & Their Connections to CIA Operations

Credit to @TheSpeaker2018 for graphics & @Lailaps777 for contributions to this dig.
At the age of 18, Sam ZeMurray began a lucrative business buying discarded, ripened bananas for cheap at the New Orleans port and quickly delivering them to markets along the rail lines. His success earned him the title "Sam the Banana Man." By age 21, he had $100K in his pocket.
Sam the Banana Man bought himself a steamship and went down to Honduras. By 1910, ZeMurray bought himself 5,000 acres of Honduras land along the Cayumal River.
Afraid that his new business would be heavily taxed by the Honduran government, ZeMurray traveled back to New Orleans, where the deposed President Bonilla lived in exile. ZeMurray smuggled Bonilla back to Honduras along with a boat load of guns & 2 hired mercenaries for a coup.
The coup was successful, and with Bonilla back in power, ZeMurray's fruit company enjoyed the benefit of low taxes and land concessions.
ZeMurray sold his Cayumel Fruit company to rival, United Fruit Company. Under the backdrop of the Great Depression, United Fruit Company's stock declined by 90%. ZeMurray then took over United Fruit Company and was named president, reorganizing and bringing profits back.
United Fruit Company was more powerful in South America than any other company. Often accused of mistreatment of workers, bribery of governments, and working in coordination with the CIA, uprisings against their exploitative neocolonialism were known as the Banana Wars.
In 1953, ZeMurray tasked Sigmund Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, "the father of public relations" who literally wrote the book on "Propaganda," to convince the American public that the President of Guatemala, Jacobo Arbenz, who opposed United Fruit Company, was a communist threat
The propaganda campaign was a success & in 1954, the CIA orchestrated a coup to overthrow the elected President Arbenz to install a puppet who provided policies more suitable for United Fruit Company's interests.

Now you know the origin of the term "Banana Republic"
Then Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, had a personal connection, as his law firm represented The United Fruit Company, and his brother, Allen Dulles, then director of the CIA, was a board member.
Why was the CIA invested in United Fruit Company shipments to America?

Well, other commodities produced in South America & shipped to the U.S. include heroine & cocaine.

Did United Fruit Company ship more than just bananas?

In 1970, a business man named Eli M. Black, merged his conglomerate AMK with United Fruit Company, which took on the new name United Brands. Soon after the merger, Black discovered that the "on the books" United Fruit Company capital was far less than he thought.
In 1975, the scandal broke that Black authorized a $1.25M bribe by United Fruit Company to the Honduran President.

Just a few weeks prior, Eli Black fell to his death from the 44th floor of the Pan Am building in Manhattan.

Eli Black had a son, Leon Black - a businessman & art collector. He's the founder of Apollo Global Management & chairman of the Museum of Modern Arts.

Jeffrey Epstein had deep financial ties to Black & was director of the Leon Black Family Foundation.

Epstein died in his prison cell which was officially ruled as a suicide (though we all know Epstein didn't kill himself.)

It's likely that Leon Black's father didn't either.

Seems that all who sow seeds for the CIA, bare the fruits of wrath.
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