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Western officials: There is no proof Assad has used chemical weapons on Syrians

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Over the last two weeks, opposition forces have claimed that chemical weapons have been used against them dozens of times.
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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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Hillary Clinton’s New #Iraq Gamble - The New Yorker

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Hillary Clinton’s New #Iraq Gamble - The New Yorker

Everything in politics has, and should have, an element of calculation. What’s Hillary Clinton’s calculation in her interview with The Atlantic?

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Google Maps are tracking you, see if you are being tracked and how to stop it. - Hack Read

Google Maps are tracking you, see if you are being tracked and how to stop it. - Hack Read | News in english | Scoop.it

Google Maps are tracking you, see if you are being tracked and how to stop it. - Hack Read

Have you seen the movie Minority Report? The hero of the movie is Tom Cruise who is running from the law but he has no place to hide because wherever he goes, his location is either disclosed or watched through constant retina scans. Though It is a movie but in reality Google is spying on [...]

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The Middle East Cold War and U.S. - The Daily Beast

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The Middle East Cold War and U.S. - The Daily Beast

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?

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Dinner and a deal highlights #Africa n #HumanRights issues - ICIJ.org #lobbycracy #USA

Dinner and a deal highlights #Africa n #HumanRights issues - ICIJ.org #lobbycracy #USA

It wasn't just African leaders who had controversial records at a White House dinner last week, but also some of the corporations dining with them.

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video 3:45▶ Holocaust survivor arrested in #Ferguson: 'African-Americans live like under Nazi regime'

video 3:45▶ Holocaust survivor arrested in #Ferguson: 'African-Americans live like under Nazi regime'

Multiple arrests have been made in efforts to quell the uproar in Ferguson, Missouri. Meanwhile questions have been raised over just who police are targeting...

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M of A - The Coup Announcement In Afghanistan

The Coup Announcement In Afghanistan:
This in the New York Times reads like an early announcement of a democratic pro-U.S. coup in Afghanistan.
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U.S. military aid to #Israel exceeds $100 billion Haaretz.Com

    

U.S. military aid to #Israel exceeds $100 billion Haaretz.Com



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Don't freak out about #Facebook messenger app, #NSA already has your chats - Hack Read #surveillance

Don't freak out about #Facebook messenger app, #NSA already has your chats - Hack Read #surveillance | News in english | Scoop.it

Don't freak out about #Facebook messenger app, #NSA already has your chats - Hack Read #surveillance

Surprisingly, people are freaking about Facebook chat app. The Messenger was released long ago. Moreover, people liked it but when Facebook made its use obligatory but now objection allover. However, people have been freaking about the messenger previously but it was never like these days. From the beginning, the app has the right to utilize the camera and [...]

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Saudis Count on US Network to Get Obama on War Footing - Al Monitor

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Saudis Count on US Network to Get Obama on War Footing - Al Monitor

Saudi Arabia is counting on its extensive contacts in US military circles and its $2 million-a-year PR operation to weather the worst crisis in relations with Washington since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

President Barack Obama’s dual decisions to forgo airstrikes on Syria and commit to nuclear negotiations with Tehran have infuriated Saudi leaders eager to curtail Iranian influence in the region. Over the past year, they’ve been arguing in both public and private that the White House must be more assertive.

“We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white,” former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal said at a forum last year. “When that kind of assurance comes from the leader of a country like the United States, we expect him to stand by it.”

The Saudis can count on powerful friends in Washington to help them make their case.

The oil-rich kingdom is in the midst of the largest arms deal in US history, a $60 billion aircraft and helicopter sale announced in 2010. Its initiation despite concerns from US ally Israel points to high-level support from US military brass and defense contractors who have long played key roles in relations with Saudi Arabia.

That influence is clearly evident in the choice of diplomats the United States sends to Saudi Arabia. The current ambassador, Joseph Westphal, served as undersecretary and chief management office of the army from 2009 to 2014; his predecessor, James Smith, was an execu


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Jet-Setting Hillary Clinton Makes Royal Demands On Event Organizers

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Jet-Setting Hillary Clinton Makes Royal Demands On Event Organizers

Clinton's swank requirements are blasted by a Las Vegas paper.

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#petition #Ferguson Charge Officer Darren Wilson with Murder! - ANSWER

#petition #Ferguson Charge Officer Darren Wilson with Murder! - ANSWER | News in english | Scoop.it

#petition #Ferguson Charge Officer Darren Wilson with Murder! - ANSWER

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Hillary Already Travels Like She's Prez - The Daily Beast

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Hillary Already Travels Like She's Prez - The Daily Beast

And doesn't like posing for pictures.

The Clintons are often thought of as American royalty, and Hillary Clinton apparently demands to travel like she really is one. According to an investigation by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Clinton insists on staying in presidential suites at all hotels that she visits and also demands that she is ferried to speaking events via a private jet that is at least as large as a 16-passenger Gulfstream G450. Not only does Clinton pull six-figures for her speaking engagements, she also controls a number of event details. Her standard speaking contract has several req...

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#USA #racism #violence VIDEO: ‘They Just Killed Him’: New Video Betrays Police Depiction Of Fatal Shooting

#USA #racism #violence VIDEO: ‘They Just Killed Him’: New Video Betrays Police Depiction Of Fatal Shooting | News in english | Scoop.it

#USA #racism #violence VIDEO: ‘They Just Killed Him’: New Video Betrays Police Depiction Of Fatal Shooting

Amid ongoing demonstrations in city of Ferguson, Mo. and national outrage over police violence against black community members, new evidence in Tuesday's shooting of man by St. Louis police.

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#Iraq “Al-Maliki was deposed because he was an ineffective agent for the coalition that empowered him”

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#Iraq “Al-Maliki was deposed because he was an ineffective agent for the coalition that empowered him” - yourmiddleeast.com

Contrary to the popular narrative, Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki was not a sectarian leader, but an ambitious autocrat who happened to preside over a fundamentally sectar

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video 14 mn : Civil Liberties Under Assault in #Ferguson As #Police Attack Peaceful Protesters

video 14 mn : Civil Liberties Under Assault in #Ferguson As #Police Attack Peaceful Protesters

Attorney Jessica Lee describes witnessing police launch unprovoked attacks on peaceful protesters and Glen Ford explains why discord in Ferguson is about mor...

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The 1% May Be Richer Than You Think, Research Shows - Bloomberg.com

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The 1% May Be Richer Than You Think, Research Shows - Bloomberg.com

The 1 percent is literally rich beyond measure, depriving nations of billions in tax revenue and obscuring shifts in global inequality.

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Tracking cross-border weapons trade with YouTube #SigSauer (shame on you)

Tracking cross-border weapons trade with YouTube #SigSauer (shame on you)

How German reporters revealed questionable international export practices of a major German arms manufacturer – and how a YouTube video helped break open the case.

It all began with a hunch: that Germany’s oldest weapons manufacturer, Sig Sauer, may have bypassed German export law in order to deliver arms to foreign countries. 

Whistleblowers had informed Süddeutsche Zeitung, a leading daily newspaper in Germany, and the German public television broadcaster NDR about a rumor in the Sig Sauer factory in Eckernförde, in the north of Germany. It was the start of a months-long investigation conducted with NDR-colleague Volkmar Kabisch – and supported by several ICIJ members around the world.

But the major breakthrough came from an unexpected source – a YouTube video, since deleted, titled “Policía Nacional Colombia.” The clip was a slideshow of images showing a black pistol, a German gun, greatly admired by the video’s maker, 30-year-old Colombian police officer Miguel S. ...


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interview 11 mn V.Prashad▶ US Escalates Iraq Airstrikes But Lacks Long-term Strategy-TheRealNews

interview 11 mn V.Prashad▶ US Escalates Iraq Airstrikes But Lacks Long-term Strategy-TheRealNews

Vijay Prashad: US airstrikes are working strategically but alone with not turn the tide against the Islamic State

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#Yemen Government's Payouts Evidence of Civilians Killed by #USA #Drone Attack -commondreams.org

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#Yemen Government's Payouts Evidence of Civilians Killed by #USA #Drone Attack -commondreams.org

Yemen's government has paid more than $1 million in compensation to the families of civilians killed in a 2013 U.S. drone attack on a wedding convoy, according to documents released Monday.

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Why Have the Media and Obama Administration Gone Silent on MH17?

Why Have the Media and Obama Administration Gone Silent on MH17?

August 18, 2014 "ICH" - "wsws" --  The deafening silence of the US media and government about the investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 one month ago reeks of a cover-up.

In the hours and days immediately after the crash, without a single shred of evidence, US officials alleged that the passenger jet was shot down by an SA-11 ground-to-air missile fired from pro-Russian separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine. They launched a political campaign to obtain harsh economic sanctions against Russia and strengthen NATO’s military posture in Eastern Europe.

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Why Won't @BarackObama Go to #Ferguson? - The Daily Beast

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Why Won't @BarackObama Go to #Ferguson? - The Daily Beast

The president seems increasingly uncomfortable with the role of healer-in-chief. What happened to that hopeful, eloquent man we elected in 2008?

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The Islamic State's social media strategy - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

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The Islamic State's social media strategy - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

The Islamic State is using social and other media to recruit followers and scare its enemies into submission.

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Be Careful what U Say on #Facebook: "R U on the #Terrorist Watchlist?"-The Intercept (Greenwald) #1984

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Be Careful what U Say on #Facebook: "R U on the #Terrorist Watchlist?"-The Intercept (Greenwald) #1984

“One million people worldwide have been swept up by TIDE, the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment. It’s a list of people suspected of being terrorists that’s managed by the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center. But how easy is it to get on the list, and are we step closer to a world where everyone’s a suspect?”




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Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royal Family? #Spainistan #Spain - The Daily Beast

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Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royal Family? #Spainistan #Spain - The Daily Beast

Could Juan Carlos, the former king, get caught up in an embezzlement court case involving his daughter’s husband? The royal family and their advisers (nervously) hope not.

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#USA The Government-Industry Conspiracy that Promotes Crap Food in School #lobbycraty

#USA The Government-Industry Conspiracy that Promotes Crap Food in School #lobbycraty | News in english | Scoop.it

#USA The Government-Industry Conspiracy that Promotes Crap Food in School #lobbycraty

Industry and government work together to promote everything from fast-food pizza to sugary milk in schools.

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