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Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Thursday, December 6

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Open Letter to #Nestlé by @yasminemotarjemi #FoodSafety #Suisse #Justice #Swiss

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Open Letter by 
Yasmine Motarjemi , Former Corporate Food Safety Manager (2000-2010), Assistant Vice President
to
Mr Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Nestlé, S.A
55 Avenue Nestlé
CH-1800 Vevey

"Nyon, 4th Septembre 2010
Dear Mr Chairman,
I was your Corporate Food Safety Manager from 2000 to 2010. I write to you today for two reasons: 
first, to share with you my concerns regarding a culture and management practices in Nestlé, which 
undermine food safety; and, second, to inform you of my personal experiences while attempting to
improve the situation.
I long nourished the hope that you would be interested in meeting the person responsible for dealing 
with everyday problems of the Company in an area as important as the safety of Nestlé products. 
However, to my regret we have never had the opportunity to meet and discuss the food safety 
situation in the Company. As both corporate-level management of food safety and my professional 
status deteriorated to the point of being unacceptable, I was compelled to report my concerns to 
Management with the expectation that a fair evaluation of the situation would be undertaken. In 
the event, my efforts were in vain. 
Mr Chairman, I always found listening to your speeches a source of motivation and inspiration. 
Moreover, Nestlé Policies and Management Principles portray a model Company, with the most 
laudable corporate values. A glance at the Company building, offices and facilities is enough to make 
any outsider believe that this is an ideal working environment. 
However, after only a short time, I was profoundly disappointed at how people are managed, the 
discrepancies between your public statements and the private deeds of managers; between the 
Company’s policies and management principles and actual practices; and between the proclaimed 
values and the prevailing fear culture (including mobbing and intimidation) that managers nourished. 
I was particularly saddened by the growing realisation that Management was not only aware of this 
situation but that it was also fully accepted by the very people who should have been, in fact, the inhouse guardians of policy compliance.I failed to see the flawless execution of policy that you promoted in your speeches. Didn’t you state 
that the management of food quality and safety depends on the quality of management? What can 
be said about food safety management when the members of Management themselves do not 
respect Company policies and principles? 
If I dared challenge the Company’s food safety and human resource practices I can assure you that it 
was not out of disrespect. On the contrary, it was because of my loyalty to the Company, my 
colleagues and the consumers we served. It was also because for me the safety of our products and 
respect for our colleagues were non-negotiable values. Involving staff in building a better company 
unavoidably includes exposing shortcomings. But surely it is better to receive timely feedback from 
within than to be publicly embarrassed later by failures.
You have often expressed your commitment to food safety. Please allow me to share with you my 
own vision in this regard. Over and above the technical and scientific aspects, the foundation of 
good food safety management is an equitable system of people management that is based on 
professionalism, fairness, objectivity, open-mindedness, respect for staff and, most importantly, for 
their dignity. I regret to say that I failed to see this approach implemented at the Nestlé Head Office. 
My own situation is a case in point. 
On several occasions I reported – first to members of Management and then, in November 2009, to 
Mr Paul Bulcke – serious shortcomings in food safety management, the professional difficulties I 
faced, and the shameful treatment that I experienced in Nestlé. I hoped that I would be given the 
opportunity to provide a full and accurate account of events during the period 2005-2010. In 
response, my contract was terminated with no opportunity to provide details of my experience. 
Nevertheless, I am prepared to meet with you, at your convenience, to share my observations on 
practices in Nestlé and their eventual repercussions on Nestlé’s reputation and consumers. I would 
also hope to use this opportunity to identify an equitable solution for my personal difficult situation, another consequence of the past events in Nestlé" 
source : http://www.rts.ch/info/3989665.html/BINARY/Mr+CEO.pdf
more here (in french) http://www.rts.ch/info/economie/3988696-une-ex-responsable-de-la-securite-alimentaire-depose-plainte-contre-nestle.html
more again (in french) 
more (in german ) : http://www.handelszeitung.ch/unternehmen/nestle-im-keim-erstickt

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#NSA Planned To Hack Google App Store And Install Malware On All Android Apps - new #Snowden #leaks #surveillance

#NSA Planned To Hack Google App Store And Install Malware On All Android Apps - new #Snowden #leaks #surveillance | News in english | Scoop.it

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#NSA Planned To Hack Google App Store And Install Malware On All Android Apps - new #Snowden #leaks #surveillance


The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top
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Manifestantes exigen a #Nestlé que deje de embotellar el agua de #California - 4:22 #BoycottNestlé #environment


Manifestantes exigen a #Nestlé que deje de embotellar el agua de #California - 4:22 #BoycottNestlé #environment

La gran escasez de agua que afecta a California, EE.UU., ha empujado a cientos de ciudadanos a protestar frente a la planta de Nestlé para pedir que la multinacional deje de embotellar el preciado líquido en ese estado.

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video 12 mn : Inside War-Torn #Yemen: #Sanaa Under Attack | VICE News #ArabiaSaudi #WarCrimes #US backed

video 12 mn : Inside War-Torn #Yemen: #Sanaa Under Attack | VICE News #ArabiaSaudi #WarCrimes #US backed


With international media unable to enter the besieged capital, Yousef Mawry, a local journalist, recorded the devastation of his home city for VICE News.
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#MattTaibbi on Baltimore, Freddie Gray and How #US Legal System Covers Up #Police Violence - 10 mn

#MattTaibbi on Baltimore, Freddie Gray and How #US Legal System Covers Up #Police Violence - 10 mn


http://democracynow.org - New cellphone video sheds light on Freddie Gray’s fatal journey in a Baltimore police van. The footage obtained by The Baltimore Sun shows Gray lying motionless as several police officers shackle his ankles and load him into the vehicle. It appears to contradict earlier police claims that Gray was "irate" and "combative." One of the officers, Lt. Brian Rice, reportedly threatened to use his Taser on the eyewitness who was filming. We are joined by Matt Taibbi, whose latest article for Rolling Stone is "Why Baltimore Blew Up." He writes, "Instead of using the incident to talk about a campaign of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of illegal searches and arrests across decades of discriminatory policing policies, the debate revolved around whether or not the teenagers who set fire to two West Baltimore CVS stores after Gray’s death were “thugs,” or merely wrongheaded criminals." ||| Visit http://democracynow.org to watch the full daily news program, read the transcript, or search our vast online archive. Livestream weekdays 8-9am ET. Follow Democracy Now! on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Google+ and Pinterest.

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#Suicide Rate for Black Children Doubles #USA - The New York Times

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#Suicide Rate for Black Children Doubles #USA - The New York Times


Researchers were shocked to find that suicide rates among black children between ages 5 to 11 have almost doubled in 25 years, while the rate for white kids has plummeted. A new study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found for the first time a higher suicide rate for blacks than for whites. “I was shocked, I’ll be honest with you,” said Jeffrey Bridge, at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio. “I looked at it and I thought, ‘Did we do the analysis correctly?’ I thought we had made a mistake.” The jump is thought to be related to violence and traumatic stress and early-onset puberty.

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#ElizabethWarren Pushes Back Against #TPP Fast Track - 6:12 - The Real News

#ElizabethWarren Pushes Back Against #TPP Fast Track - 6:12 - The Real News


As Senate debates "fast track" for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Senator Elizabeth Warren says the trade deals have failed workers.

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Say Her Name: Families Seek Justice in Overlooked Police Killings of African-American Women #BlackLivesMatter

Say Her Name: Families Seek Justice in Overlooked Police Killings of African-American Women #BlackLivesMatter


http://democracynow.org - As the Black Lives Matter movement grows across the country, the names of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Freddie Gray have become well known. All died at the hands of local police, sparking waves of protest. During this time, far less attention has been paid to women who have been killed by law enforcement. Today, a vigil under the banner of Say Her Name is being organized in New York to remember them. We are joined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia University, founder of the African American Policy Forum and co-author of the new report, "Police Brutality Against Black Women."

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250 #UK Celebs Accused of Child Sex Abuse #pedophilie

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250 #UK Celebs Accused of Child Sex Abuse #pedophilie

British police forces will have to sort through 1,433 suspects in over 100,000 cases of child abuse—almost double the amount of accusations from just three years ago.

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#israel scraps scheme to ban Palestinians from buses #Palestine #Apartheid #Sanctions !!!!!

#israel scraps scheme to ban Palestinians from buses #Palestine #Apartheid #Sanctions !!!!! | News in english | Scoop.it

#israel scraps scheme to ban Palestinians from buses #Palestine #Apartheid #Sanctions !!!!!

Defence minister had approved programme to stop Palestinians working in Israel returning to West Bank on Israeli buses
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The #socialist revolt that America forgot: A #history lesson for Bernie Sanders #USA

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The #socialist revolt that America forgot: A #history lesson for Bernie Sanders #USA


In 1978, the Left was fed up with Jimmy Carter and looking for an alternative. If only they had followed through.
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4 #US Companies Getting Rich Off Gulf Arab Conflict With #Iran - #business #war

4 #US Companies Getting Rich Off Gulf Arab Conflict With #Iran - #business #war | News in english | Scoop.it

4 #US Companies Getting Rich Off Gulf Arab Conflict With #Iran - #business #war

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In recent years, the Gulf states, flush with oil wealth, have bought massive amounts of American weapons. Since 2010, Gulf Arab states have increased their armaments purchases by 70 percent. Leading the pack is Saudi Arabia, which in 2014 became the world’s largest importer of American-made weapons. One out of every seven dollars spent on weapons in the world comes from the Saudis, according to the IHS’ yearly Global Defence Trade Report.  The Obama administration has overseen the sale of over $64 billion in weapons and defense systems to Gulf nations.

In the past, weapons sales to Gulf Arab nations have been held up because of Israeli concerns over their “qualitative military edge,” the notion that Israel should maintain superior military capabilities over their Arab nations. But that reticence to sell weapons to states like Saudi Arabia has eased in recent years because Israel and the Gulf states share a common interest in boxing in Iran.

For the most part, arms sales are designed to beef up militaries in anticipation of any conflict with Iran. But in the past year, the Gulf states have flexed their muscles by joining the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, and by pounding Yemen with bombs, leading to a humanitarian catastrophe. The flow of arms sales is further militarizing a region already rife with bloody conflict stretching from Syria to Yemen. The result is human misery.(...)

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#Ukraine to Spend $200 Mln To Wall Off #Russia

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#Ukraine to Spend $200 Mln To Wall Off #Russia

According to the project, more than 2,000 kilometers of the country’s actual border with Russia will be protected with anti-tank (anti-transport) trenches measuring four meters wide and two meters deep as well as 17-meter tall metal watchtowers, observation posts, alarms, retaliatory weaponry and...

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Obscure Government Document Shows #ElizabethWarren Is Right About #TPP

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Obscure Government Document Shows #ElizabethWarren Is Right About #TPP"

This is not a trade agreement. It's about intellectual property and dispute settlement."

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#NormanFinkelstein : #US Might Support UN Resolution That Leaves #Palestine with a "Garbage Dump" - 13:20 #israel


#NormanFinkelstein : #US Might Support UN Resolution That Leaves #Palestine with a "Garbage Dump" - 13:20 #israel

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Finkelstein says Netanyahu's slight of Obama was racist, but the U.S. will likely help sell a UN resolution that tries to corn...

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#RandPaul filibusters #NSA #surveillance in Congress for over 10 hrs - 3:09

#RandPaul filibusters #NSA #surveillance in Congress for over 10 hrs - 3:09


United States Senator Rand Paul vows to filibuster any attempt in Congress to extend the eavesdropping powers provided to the government through the US Patri...
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#Diplomatie: petits trollings entre "amis" 21.05.2015 - rts.ch - la 1ère - programmes - sonar 3:22

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#Diplomatie: petits trollings entre "amis" 21.05.2015 - rts.ch - la 1ère - programmes - sonar 3:22


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#MattTaibbi: World’s Largest Banks Admit to Massive Global Financial Crimes, But Escape Jail (Again) -15 mn #Facts #Mafia

#MattTaibbi: World’s Largest Banks Admit to Massive Global Financial Crimes, But Escape Jail (Again) -15 mn #Facts #Mafia


http://democracynow.org -Five of the world’s top banks will pay over $5 billion in fines after pleading guilty to rigging the price of foreign currencies and interest rates. Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland pleaded guilty to conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros exchanged in the $5 trillion FX spot market. UBS pleaded guilty for its role in manipulating the Libor benchmark interest rate. No individual bank employees were hit with criminal charges as part of the settlements. We are joined by Matt Taibbi, award-winning journalist with Rolling Stone magazine.

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Why Are Rates of #Suicide Soaring Across the Planet?

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Why Are Rates of #Suicide Soaring Across the Planet?

The figures of both attempted suicides and committed suicides are increasing.

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Sgt. James Brown, 26, Survived Two Tours in #Iraq Only to Die Begging for His Life in Texas Jail - #BlackLivesMatter #USA

Sgt. James Brown, 26, Survived Two Tours in #Iraq Only to Die Begging for His Life in Texas Jail - #BlackLivesMatter #USA


http://democracynow.org - Newly released video has revealed the dying moments of an African-American active-duty soldier who checked himself into the El Paso, Texas, county jail for a two-day sentence for driving under the influence, and died while in custody in 2012. Authorities claimed Sgt. James Brown died due to a pre-existing medical condition, but shocking new video from inside the jail raises new questions about what happened. The video shows guards swarming on top of him as he repeatedly says he can’t breathe and appears not to resist. By the end of the video, he is shown naked, not blinking or responding, his breathing shallow. Attorneys say an ambulance was never called. Brown was eventually brought to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His family had long suspected foul play in his death but received little information from authorities. They’ve now filed a lawsuit against El Paso County saying his constitutional rights were violated. We are joined by Brown’s mother, Dinetta Scott.

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America’s Allies Want Their Own #NSA Alternatives #surveillance #Orwell

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Countries that for years have relied heavily on U.S. intelligence are quickly building up their own capabilities.

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La #France refuse d'incarcérer le généticien #LaurentSégalat, condamné en #Suisse pour meurtre #BananaRepublic 5 mn

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Laurent Ségalat, condamné en Suisse à 14 ans de prison pour le meurtre de sa belle-mère, ne sera pas incarcéré en France. Le Ministère de la Justice français a annoncé mardi à l'Office fédéral de la justice que Paris ne donne pas suite à la demande de délégation de l'exécution de la peine du généticien français.

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The Limits of Discourse : As Demonstrated by #SamHarris and #NoamChomsky

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The Limits of Discourse : As Demonstrated by #SamHarris and #NoamChomsky

For decades, Noam Chomsky has been one of the most prominent critics of U.S. foreign policy, and the further left one travels along the political spectrum, the more one feels his influence. Although I agree with much of what Chomsky has said about the misuses of state power, I have long maintained that his political views, where the threat of global jihadism is concerned, produce dangerous delusions. In response, I have been much criticized by those who believe that I haven’t given the great man his due.

Last week, I did my best to engineer a public conversation with Chomsky about the ethics of war, terrorism, state surveillance, and related topics. As readers of the following email exchange will discover, I failed. I’ve decided to publish this private correspondence, with Chomsky’s permission, as a cautionary tale. Clearly, he and I have drawn different lessons from what was, unfortunately, an unpleasant and fruitless encounter. I will let readers draw lessons of their own.

–SH


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April 26, 2015

From: Sam Harris
To: Noam Chomsky


Noam —

I reached out to you indirectly through Lawrence Krauss and Johann Hari and was planning to leave it at that, but a reader has now sent me a copy of an email exchange in which you were quite dismissive of the prospect of having a “debate” with me. So I just wanted to clarify that, although I think we might disagree substantially about a few things, I am far more interested in exploring these disagreements, and clarifying any misunderstandings, than in having a conventional debate. 



If you’d rather not have a public conversation with me, that’s fine. I can only say that we have many, many readers in common who would like to see us attempt to find some common ground. The fact that you have called me “a religious fanatic” who “worships the religion of the state” makes me think that there are a few misconceptions I could clear up. And many readers insist that I am similarly off-the-mark where your views are concerned.

In any case, my offer stands, if you change your mind.



Best,

Sam

 

April 26, 2015

From: Noam Chomsky
To: Sam Harris


Perhaps I have some misconceptions about you.  Most of what I’ve read of yours is material that has been sent to me about my alleged views, which is completely false.  I don’t see any point in a public debate about misreadings.  If there are things you’d like to explore privately, fine.  But with sources.

 

April 26, 2015

From: Sam Harris
To: Noam Chomsky

Noam —

Thanks for getting back.

Before engaging on this topic, I’d like to encourage you to approach this exchange as though we were planning to publish it. As edifying as it might be to have you correct my misreading of you in private—it would be far better if you did this publicly. It’s not a matter of having a “debate about misreadings”; it’s a matter of allowing our readers to see that conversation on difficult and polarizing topics can occasionally fulfill its ostensible purpose. If I have misread you, and you can show me where I’ve gone wrong, I would want my readers to see my views change in real time. It would be far less desirable for me to simply report that you and I clarified a few things privately, and that I have now changed my mind about X, Y, and Z.

Beyond correcting our misreadings, I think we could have a very interesting conversation about the ethical issues surrounding war, terrorism, the surveillance state, and so forth. I’d be happy to do this entirely by email, or we could speak on the ph ....

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The #Amtrak disaster and America’s crumbling infrastructure - World Socialist Web Site

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The #Amtrak disaster and America’s crumbling infrastructure - World Socialist Web Site

Tuesday’s derailment of an Amtrak train on America’s busiest rail route has exposed before the whole world the dilapidated state of infrastructure in the United States.

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#NSA’s Loudest Defenders Have Financial Ties to #NSA Contractors #lobbycracy

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#NSA’s Loudest Defenders Have Financial Ties to #NSA Contractors #lobbycracy

The Intercept has identified several former government and military officials whose voices have shaped the public discourse around government spying and surveillance issues but whose financial ties to NSA contractors have received little attention. These pundits have played a key role in the public...

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Palestinian youths speak out on #occupation, #corruption - Al-Monitor #israel #Intifada #Palestine

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Palestinian youths speak out on #occupation, #corruption - Al-Monitor #israel #Intifada #Palestine


Palestinian university students express their despair over a life of humiliation at checkpoints and a lack of credible leadership at home, warning that many of their colleagues are already preparing for an uprising.
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