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Residents of Gardendale, a suburb near the hub of the west Texas oil industry, face having up to 300 wells in their backyards
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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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#US Military Expansion in #Africa Is About Domination and Exploitation, Not #Humanitarian Concerns #commodities

#US Military Expansion in #Africa Is About Domination and Exploitation, Not #Humanitarian Concerns #commodities | News in english | Scoop.it

#US Military Expansion in #Africa Is About Domination and Exploitation, Not #Humanitarian Concerns #commodities


Author Nick Turse discusses how Africa is targeted for its rich natural resources and coveted geopolitical military positioning by foreign nations like the US and China.


The reach of the US military has expanded into nearly every corner of the world, but it is Africa that US officers describe behind closed doors as "the battlefield of tomorrow, today." In his essential new book, Nick Turse tenaciously details the growth of the Pentagon's secretive mission in Africa and the resulting harmful impact on the continent, its countries and its people. Order your copy of Tomorrow's Battlefield now by making a donation to Truthout!

Since before the heinous ravaging of Africa as a source of human beings denied their humanity, lives and freedom as chattel in the slave trade, the continent has been brutally exploited by European colonial (and later US) powers. Now, the continent is targeted by developing nations as a rich source of natural resources and for its coveted geopolitical military positioning. Researcher and author Nick Turse, managing editor of TomDispatch.com, offers a sobering, thorough account of the extension of the US military mission in Africa, known as Africom.

Mark Karlin: What is Africom and how does it fit in with the structure of the US military presence around the world?

Nick Turse: In 2008, US Africa Command or Africom became the newest of the Department of Defense's six geographic combatant commands with a responsibility for all military missions in Africa (aside from those in Egypt, which fall under the purview of Central Command or Centcom). After 9/11, the US military began to focus increased att

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You've Been Scammed! Kept Politicians and Demobilized Americans in a System Without a Name

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You've Been Scammed! Kept Politicians and Demobilized Americans in a System Without a Name

Tom Engelhardt addresses the graduates of 2014 from ''the campus of his mind.''

I’ve long had a weakness for commencement addresses, or at least for what they might be rather than what they usually are, which is why, I suppose, I’ve written them relatively regularly myself.  Since no actual college or graduating class has ever asked me to give such a speech, I’ve addressed the graduates of 2014 and other years from what I’ve called “the campus of my mind.” This year, given the increasing strangeness of our American world and the rising debt under which college students labor, I couldn’t resist doing so again.

It couldn’t be a sunnier, more beautiful day to exit your lives -- or enter them -- depending on how you care to look at it. After all, here you are four years later in your graduation togs with your parents looking on, waiting to celebrate. The question is: Celebrate what exactly?

In possibly the last graduation speech of 2015, I know I should begin by praising your grit, your essential character, your determination to get this far. But today, it’s money, not character, that’s on my mind. For so many of you, I suspect, your education has been a classic scam and you’re not even attending a “for profit” college -- an institution of higher learning, that is, officially set up to take you for a ride.

Maybe this is the moment, then, to begin your actual education by looking back and asking yourself what you should really have learned on this campus and what you should expect in the scams -- I mean, years -- to come. Many of you -- those whose parents didn’t have money -- undoubtedly entered these stately grounds four years ago in relatively straitened circumstances.  In an America in which corporate profits have risen impressively, it’s been springtime for billionaires, but when it comes to ordinary Americans, wages have been relatively stagnant, jobs (the good ones, anyway) generally in flight, and times not exactly of the best.  Here was a figure that recently caught my eye, speaking of the world you’re about to step into: in 2014, the average CEO received 373 times the compensation of the average worker.  Three and a half decades ago, that number was a significant but not awe-inspiring 42 times.

Still, you probably arrived here eager and not yet in debt. Today, we know that the class that preceded you was the most indebted in the history of higher education, and you’ll surely break that “record.” And no wonder, with college tuitions still rising wildly (up 1,120% since 1978).  Judging by last year’s numbers, about 70% of you had to take out loans simply to make it through here, to educate yourself.  That figure was a more modest 45% two decades ago.  On average, you will have rung up least $33,000 in debt and for some of you the numbers will be much higher.  That, by the way, is more than double what it was those same two decades ago.

We have some sense of how this kind of debt plays out in the years to come and the news isn’t good. Those of you with...

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Food, Water, Health, Life: #UN Experts Warn of Threats Posed by Secret 'Trade' Deals #ONU #TTIP #TTP

Food, Water, Health, Life: #UN Experts Warn of Threats Posed by Secret 'Trade' Deals #ONU #TTIP #TTP | News in english | Scoop.it

Food, Water, Health, Life: #UN Experts Warn of Threats Posed by Secret 'Trade' Deals #ONU #TTIP #TTP

'All draft treaty texts should be published so that Parliamentarians and civil society have sufficient time to review them and to weigh the pros and cons in a democratic manner,' say officials

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#United Tells Muslim Woman 'No Soda For Terrorists' - #racism #USA #segregation

#United Tells Muslim Woman 'No Soda For Terrorists' - #racism #USA #segregation


United Airlines discriminated against Muslim passenger Tahera Ahmad following a request she made for an unopened can of Diet Coke during her flight from Chicago to Washington on Friday. According to Ahmad, an attendant denied her the soda claiming it could be used "as a weapon" before serving an unopened can of beer to another passenger. We look at the story on the Lip News with Jose Marcelino Ortiz and Nik Zecevic.

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#WikiLeaks Launches Campaign to Offer $100,000 "Bounty" for Leaked Drafts of Secret #TPP Chapters -#TTIP 11:41

#WikiLeaks Launches Campaign to Offer $100,000 "Bounty" for Leaked Drafts of Secret #TPP Chapters -#TTIP 11:41

Despite the Senate vote approving a measure to give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, opposition to the deal continues to mount ahead of this month’s House vote. Critics, including a number of Democratic lawmakers, oppose the TPP, saying it will fuel inequality, kill jobs, and undermine health, environmental and financial regulations. The negotiations have been secret, and the public has never seen most of the deal’s text. Well, this morning the whistleblowing group WikiLeaks launched a campaign to change that. The group is seeking to raise $100,000 to offer what they describe as a bounty for the leaking of the unseen chapters of the TPP. We speak to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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#MarineLePen se réjouit que le #Qatar porte plainte contre son n°2 pr avoir déclaré que ce pays finançait le terrorisme - RFI

#MarineLePen se réjouit que le #Qatar porte plainte contre son n°2 pr avoir déclaré que ce pays finançait le terrorisme - RFI | News in english | Scoop.it

#MarineLePen se réjouit que le #Qatar porte plainte contre son n°2 pr avoir déclaré que ce pays finançait le terrorisme - RFI


Entre Marine Le Pen et le Qatar, depuis plusieurs mois, c’est la guerre ouverte. Le parti politique français Front national, dont elle est la présidente, accuse le petit Etat moyen-oriental de financer le terrorisme. Cette fois, les Qatariens ont décidé de riposter avec un dépôt de plainte pour diffamation contre Florian Philippot, l’un des vice-présidents du FN. Ce recours a été déposé début avril, mais on ne l'a après que lundi. Marine Le Pen déclare ce mardi vouloir faire le procès de l'émirat.

La plainte déposé par le Qatar contre Florian Philippot a déclenché la colère de Marine Le Pen, qui entend se lancer désormais dans une nouvelle croisade. « Nous allons pouvoir apporter la démonstration du rôle fondamental que joue le Qatar dans le financement et l'armement des fondamentalistes islamistes terroristes », accuse la présidente du FN.

Marine Le Pen rêve de faire, à l'occasion de cette plainte, le procès du petit émirat moyen-oriental. « Nous allons apporter des preuves, nous allons effectuer des témoignages, et au travers de ce procès, nous verrons aussi qui sont les complices du Qatar », promet-elle.

Après « l'UMPS », Philippot invente le « RPS-herpès »

Pour le parti d’extrême-droite, les complices se nomment Jean-Pierre Mignard, un proche de François Hollande, et Francis Szpiner, un homme de droite. Ce sont ces deux avocats qui défendent les intérêts du Qatar dans le dossier, ce qui fait dire à Florian Philippot qu' « il va falloir que ces partis-là, PS et Républicains, " RPS-herpès " (sic), eh bien disent clairement les choses. Sont-ils du côté de la dictature islamiste qatari, ou est-ce qu'ils sont du côté de la France, du côté de la libre expression, du côté de la démocratie  ? »

Une affaire qui tombe politiquement à pic pour le FN

Le numéro 2 du Front national dénonce en effet, depuis lundi et l'annonce de la plainte, une atteinte à la liberté d’expression. Mais cette affaire arrive aussi, finalement, à point nommé pour lui. Florian Philippot est en effet de plus en plus contesté au sein de son mouvement politique, après s’être attaqué frontalement à Jean-Marie Le Pen, qui le lui rend bien.

Grâce à cette procédure judiciaire, le parti d’extrême droite entend non seulement se rassembler derrière Florian Philippot, mais espère également faire oublier les tensions internes qu'il connait actuellement.

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Sign the petition: Tell Nestle to end irresponsible water profiteering during California’s drought

Sign the petition: Tell Nestle to end irresponsible water profiteering during California’s drought | News in english | Scoop.it
Nestle’s CEO has doubled down on his company’s irresponsible water profiteering in drought-stricken California, blaming consumers and stating that he wishes Nestle could bottle even MORE water. Tell Nestle to end the spin and profiteering.
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The Unknown #Whistleblower - #CIA #Vietnam #torture #USA - CommonDreams.org

The Unknown #Whistleblower - #CIA #Vietnam #torture #USA  - CommonDreams.org | News in english | Scoop.it
The Unknown #Whistleblower - #CIA #Vietnam #torture #USA  - CommonDreams.org

The Secret Origins of the CIA’s Torture Program and the Forgotten Man Who Tried to Expose It

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/06/01/unknown-whistleblower

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Wild West: #Texas passes gun laws legalizing campus carry, open carry - RT America

Wild West: #Texas passes gun laws legalizing campus carry, open carry - RT America

The Texas Legislature approved two new gun laws: one that allows for license holders to carry concealed guns on college campuses and another that allows people to carry guns on the streets, overturning century-old ordinances. Lindsay France joins Manila Chan from Los Angeles to discuss how these laws, if signed by the governor, would affect residents of the state.


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#Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price • FULL DOCUMENTARY FILM • BRAVE NEW FILMS - YouTube 97 mn


#Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price • FULL DOCUMENTARY FILM • BRAVE NEW FILMS - YouTube 97 mnT

he film exposes Wal-Mart's unscrupulous business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners, and footage of Walmart executive...

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The untold story of #israel military exports to #SouthSudan (used for #WarCrimes) | +972 Magazine

The untold story of #israel military exports to #SouthSudan (used for #WarCrimes)  | +972 Magazine | News in english | Scoop.it

The untold story of #israel military exports to #SouthSudan (used for #WarCrimes)  | +972 Magazine

 Since South Sudan’s independence, Israel has continuously sold it weapons, military training, homeland security and surveillance technology. The only problem? They are being used to commit war crimes and potential crimes against humanity

By: Adv. Itai Mack and Idan Landau (translation: Einat Adar)

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#WarCrime: #NATO Deliberately Destroyed #Libya's #Water Infrastructure #environment #commodities #OTAN

#WarCrime: #NATO Deliberately Destroyed #Libya's #Water Infrastructure #environment #commodities #OTAN | News in english | Scoop.it


#WarCrime: #NATO Deliberately Destroyed #Libya's #Water Infrastructure #environment #commodities #OTAN

Nafeez Ahmed, The Ecologist: The military targeting of civilian infrastructure, especially of water supplies, is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. Yet this is precisely what NATO did in Libya, while blaming the damage on Muammar el-Qaddafi himself. Since then, the suffering of Libya's people has only deteriorated further.

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White House officials & mainstream #media: Where is the line between news & propaganda? - RT 6:43 #USA #press


White House officials & mainstream #media: Where is the line between news & propaganda? - RT 6:43 #USA #press

Dan Pfeiffer is the latest former aide from the Obama administration to join CNN as a contributor for the network, bringing up the same questions about how trustworthy former political aides are in the media landscape. Ameera David is joined by “Lionel” of LionelMedia, and the two take a deeper look into the issue.

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The #FBI is operating a small air force to spy on #US people (and soon .. same in #Europe .. as usual) #surveillance - AP

The #FBI is operating a small air force to spy on #US people (and soon .. same in #Europe .. as usual) #surveillance - AP | News in english | Scoop.it


The #FBI is operating a small air force to spy on #US people (and soon .. same in #Europe .. as usual) #surveillance - Associated Press

The planes are carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.

The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country, an AP review found.

Aerial surveillance represents a changing frontier for law enforcement, providing what the government maintains is an important tool in criminal, terrorism or intelligence probes. But the program raises questions about whether there should be updated policies protecting civil liberties as new technologies pose intrusive opportunities for government spying.

U.S. law enforcement officials confirmed for the first time the wide-scale use of the aircraft, which the AP traced to at least 13 fake companies, such as FVX Research, KQM Aviation, NBR Aviation and PXW Services. Even basic aspects of the program are withheld from the public in censored versions of official reports from the Justice Department's inspector general.

"The FBI's aviation program is not secret," spokesman Christopher Allen said in a statement. "Specific aircraft and th

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This GIF Perfectly Illustrates Dumb #US Election #media Coverage

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This GIF Perfectly Illustrates Dumb #US Election #media Coverage


The video of reporters chasing Hillary's Clinton's van -- dubbed the "Scooby van" -- is a perfect representation of election coverage: gobs of reporters all running to write the same meaningless minutiae as quickly as possible. The coverage and commentary of Clinton ordering food at a Chipotle, to which news networks have probably dedicated more time than climate change in the last month, is just the latest example of the trivialities that dominate campaign coverage.

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The #US People Have Spoken: Get Money Out of Politics

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The #US People Have Spoken: Get Money Out of Politics

New poll finds people across the political spectrum think the one percent has too much influence over politics and want system overhaul


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#SlutWalk: #israeli Women March For #EqualRights In #Jerusalem


#SlutWalk: #israeli Women March For #EqualRights In #Jerusalem


"Je pense que la lutte palestienne et la lutte féministe sont la même lutte. Racisme et sexisme s'assemblent" dit une manifestante


It's a city where women have been forced to sit at the back of buses. Now Israel's women are demanding equal rights in Jerusalem with a "SlutWalk".



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#RandPaul’s New Crusade: The Secret #911 Docs #Transparency #ArabiaSaudi #Terrorism #Bush

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#RandPaul’s New Crusade: The Secret #911 Docs #Transparency #ArabiaSaudi #Terrorism #Bush

Coming off the Patriot Act fight, the presidential hopeful is sponsoring a bill to declassify 28 pages of a 9/11 report that may blame Saudi Arabia.

"“I don’t know if it might be embarrassing to the Bush administration, how close they were to the Saudi family. I just don’t know. I can’t put my fingers on it.”"

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#UK, #France decline to take part in #israel defense expo in #TelAviv - Jerusalem Post #Palestine #BDS #Boycottisrael

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#UK, #France decline to take part in #israel defense expo in #TelAviv - Jerusalem Post #Palestine #BDS #Boycottisrael

Foreign Ministry officials hastened to warn on Tuesday that the soccer brouhaha was just the beginning.

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#Hamas kills Salafist supporter of #ISIS after besieging his home #Palestine - The Jerusalem Post

#Hamas kills Salafist supporter of #ISIS after besieging his home #Palestine - The Jerusalem Post | News in english | Scoop.it

#Hamas kills Salafist supporter of #ISIS after besieging his home #Palestine - The Jerusalem Post


Tensions between Hamas and hard line religious Salafists have been rising in recent months, with over 100 alleged ISIS supporters being arrested so far.
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Vast Majority of Spying Will Continue Despite Expiration of Patriot Act Provisions - 9 mn #surveilllance - TRNN


Vast Majority of Spying Will Continue Despite Expiration of Patriot Act Provisions - 9 mn #surveilllance - TRNN

Emptywheel.net's Marcy Wheeler examines the impact of the expired Patriot Act provisions and whether the USA Freedom Act will curb the behemoth of American m...

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#israel propaganda dominates front page of '#NewYorkTimes' today #media #environment #hasbara

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#israel propaganda dominates front page of '#NewYorkTimes' today #media #environment #hasbara

Did you get the New York Times today? Hasbara Central took over the front page of the country’s leading newspaper. This article, along with a gigantic photo, fills the top of the front page: “Aided by the Sea, Israel Overcomes an Old Foe: Drought,” by Isabel Kershner. The url says it even better: “water-revolution-in-israel-overcomes-any-threat-of-drought.html.”Do I even need to spell it out? Here’s the key paragraph:As California and other western areas of the United States grapple with an extreme drought, a revolution has taken place here. A major national effort to desalinate Mediterranean seawater and to recycle wastewater has provided the country with enough water for all its needs, even during severe droughts. More than 50 percent of the water for Israeli households, agriculture and industry is now artificially produced.Israel has made the desert bloom.It’s not till the 23d paragraph that Palestinians are mentioned, and then in a fairyland manner:Struggles between Israel and its Arab neighbors over water rights in the Jordan River basin contributed to tensions leading to the 1967 Middle East war.Israel, which shares the mountain aquifer with the West Bank, says it provides the Palestinians with more water than it is obliged to under the existing peace accords. The Palestinians say it is not enough and too expensive. A new era of water generosity could help foster relations with the Palestinians and with Jordan.The article has comments. I sent in an anodyne comment last night. I wrote:Palestinians make serious charges that Israel and especially Israeli settlers steal their water. Why does this story only mention this in passing in the 25th paragraph?And the Times didn’t run it. Not more than 12 hours later.Other people are making a similar point, about Palestinians’ access to water, but no one’s criticizing the article qua article. You can criticize by saying, Oh, Palestinians say such and such, but to point out the bias in- See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/05/israeli-propaganda-dominates?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=1bf2d66d3b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-1bf2d66d3b-398414077#sthash.TVJEDLNI.dpuf


Did you get the New York Times today? Hasbara Central took over the front page of the country’s leading newspaper. This article, along with a gigantic photo, fills the top of the front page: “Aided by the Sea, Israel Overcomes an Old Foe: Drought,” by Isabel Kershner. The url says it even better: “water-revolution-in-israel-overcomes-any-threat-of-drought.html.”

Do I even need to spell it out? Here’s the key paragraph:

As California and other western areas of the United States grapple with an extreme drought, a revolution has taken place here. A major national effort to desalinate Mediterranean seawater and to recycle wastewater has provided the country with enough water for all its needs, even during severe droughts. More than 50 percent of the water for Israeli households, agriculture and industry is now artificially produced.

Israel has made the desert bloom.

It’s not till the 23d paragraph that Palestinians are mentioned, and then in a fairyland manner:

Struggles between Israel and its Arab neighbors over water rights in the Jordan River basin contributed to tensions leading to the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel, which shares the mountain aquifer with the West Bank, says it provides the Palestinians with more water than it is obliged to under the existing peace accords. The Palestinians say it is not enough and too expensive. A new era of water generosity could help foster relations with the Palestinians and with Jordan.

The article has comments. I sent in an anodyne comment last night. I wrote:

Palestinians make serious charges that Israel and especially Israeli settlers steal their water. Why does this story only mention this in passing in the 25th paragraph?

And the Times didn’t run it. Not more than 12 hours later.

Other people are making a similar point, about Palestinians’ access to water, but no one’s criticizing the article qua article. You can criticize by saying, Oh, Palestinians say such and such, but to point out the bias in

- See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/05/israeli-propaganda-dominates?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=1bf2d66d3b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-1bf2d66d3b-398414077#sthash.TVJEDLNI.dpuf

Did you get the New York Times today? Hasbara Central took over the front page of the country’s leading newspaper. This article, along with a gigantic photo, fills the top of the front page: “Aided by the Sea, Israel Overcomes an Old Foe: Drought,” by Isabel Kershner. The url says it even better: “water-revolution-in-israel-overcomes-any-threat-of-drought.html.”

Do I even need to spell it out? Here’s the key paragraph:

As California and other western areas of the United States grapple with an extreme drought, a revolution has taken place here. A major national effort to desalinate Mediterranean seawater and to recycle wastewater has provided the country with enough water for all its needs, even during severe droughts. More than 50 percent of the water for Israeli households, agriculture and industry is now artificially produced.

Israel has made the desert bloom.

It’s not till the 23d paragraph that Palestinians are mentioned, and then in a fairyland manner:

Struggles between Israel and its Arab neighbors over water rights in the Jordan River basin contributed to tensions leading to the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel, which shares the mountain aquifer with the West Bank, says it provides the Palestinians with more water than it is obliged to under the existing peace accords. The Palestinians say it is not enough and too expensive. A new era of water generosity could help foster relations with the Palestinians and with Jordan.

The article has comments. I sent in an anodyne comment last night. I wrote:

Palestinians make serious charges that Israel and especially Israeli settlers steal their water. Why does this story only mention this in passing in the 25th paragraph?

And the Times didn’t run it. Not more than 12 hours later.

Other people are making a similar point, about Palestinians’ access to water, but no one’s criticizing the article qua article. You can criticize by saying, Oh, Palestinians say such and such, but to point out the bias in

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Did you get the New York Times today? Hasbara Central took over the front page of the country’s leading newspaper. This article, along with a gigantic photo, fills the top of the front page: “Aided by the Sea, Israel Overcomes an Old Foe: Drought,” by Isabel Kershner. The url says it even better: “water-revolution-in-israel-overcomes-any-threat-of-drought.html.”

Do I even need to spell it out? Here’s the key paragraph:

As California and other western areas of the United States grapple with an extreme drought, a revolution has taken place here. A major national effort to desalinate Mediterranean seawater and to recycle wastewater has provided the country with enough water for all its needs, even during severe droughts. More than 50 percent of the water for Israeli households, agriculture and industry is now artificially produced.

Israel has made the desert bloom.

It’s not till the 23d paragraph that Palestinians are mentioned, and then in a fairyland manner:

Struggles between Israel and its Arab neighbors over water rights in the Jordan River basin contributed to tensions leading to the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel, which shares the mountain aquifer with the West Bank, says it provides the Palestinians with more water than it is obliged to under the existing

peace accords. The Palestinians say it is not enough and too expensive. A new era of water generosity could help foster relations with the Palestinians and with Jordan.

The article has comments. I sent in an anodyne comment last night. I wrote:

Palestinians make serious charges that Israel and especially Israeli settlers steal their water. Why does this story only mention this in passing in the 25th paragraph?

And the Times didn’t run it. Not more than 12 hours later.

Other people are making a similar point, about Palestinians’ access to water, but no one’s criticizing the article qua article. You can criticize by saying, Oh, Palestinians say such and such, but to point out the bias in

- See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/05/israeli-propaganda-dominates?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=1bf2d66d3b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-1bf2d66d3b-398414077#sthash.TVJEDLNI.dpuf
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#israel Second Most Unequal Economy in World after the #USA (Occupied #Palestine not into the account..) 8:19 TRNN

#israel Second Most Unequal Economy in World after the #USA (Occupied #Palestine not into the account..) 8:19 TRNN


Shir Hever says the current OECD statistics on inequality in Israel would be even worse if the Palestinian population in the occupied territories was taken into account

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#Mining and #Energy Contracts Under Investigation as #Corruption Scandals Rock #Guatemala

#Mining and #Energy Contracts Under Investigation as #Corruption Scandals Rock #Guatemala | News in english | Scoop.it

#Mining and #Energy Contracts Under Investigation as #Corruption Scandals Rock #Guatemala

Sandra Cuffe, Monga Bay: Investigations into alleged irregularities in mining, energy and other environmental project contracts and permits have been thrust back into the spotlight. Mining and energy projects in Guatemala have faced intense community resistance, which has often become the target of crackdowns by security forces.

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#France's Intifada: Rocking the Casbah, From Paris to Algiers #postcolonialism #racism - Truthout

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Bill Berkowitz, Truthout: In The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and Its Arabs, author Andrew Hussey examines the current crisis in France between Muslim residents and the state, and takes an uncompromising look at France's colonial record in North Africa.

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