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Binyamin Netanyahu fights surge from rightwing opponent before poll

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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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"Kill Anything": #israel Soldiers Say #Gaza Atrocities Came from Orders for Indiscriminate Fire - 25 mn

"Kill Anything": #israel Soldiers Say #Gaza Atrocities Came from Orders for Indiscriminate Fire - 25 mn

http://democracynow.org - A new report based on testimonies of Israeli soldiers concludes the massive civilian death toll from last summer’s Israeli assault on Gaza resulted from a policy of indiscriminate fire. The Israeli veterans group Breaking the Silence released testimonies of more than 60 Israeli officers and soldiers which it says illustrate a "broad ethical failure" that "comes from the top of the chain of command." More than 2,200 Palestinians were killed in the assault, the vast majority civilians. On Israel’s side, 73 people were killed, all but six of them soldiers. During the 50-day operation, more than 20,000 Palestinian homes were destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of people are still displaced. We hear candid video testimonies from the soldiers and speak to former Israeli paratrooper Avner Gvaryahu, director of public outreach at Breaking the Silence.

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Special Ops Officer Blows Whistle on #CIA Funded ISIS Through #Swiss Bank Accounts

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▶ “#Drone President” #Obama should be remembered for his remote killings – #AndrewCockburn -13:41 RT #LarryKing

▶ “#Drone President” #Obama should be remembered for his remote killings – #AndrewCockburn -13:41 RT #LarryKing

Drones should be in the first paragraph of President Barack Obama’s obituary, according to journalist Andrew Cockburn, and he should be remembered for his de...

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How One Photographer Is Protecting #Colorado from #Fracking #schiste #photography #environment #health

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How One Photographer Is Protecting #Colorado from #Fracking #schiste #photography #environment #health

Renowned nature photographer John Fielder on fracking, inspiration and "the most beautiful place on Earth."

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#bubble The Rich Get Richer » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

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#bubble The Rich Get Richer » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Mike Whitney says the titanic stock bubble is fueled by a buyback blitz.



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▶ Jihad Hotel: 5-star resort opens for #ISIS supporters in #Iraq - RT 2:28

▶ Jihad Hotel: 5-star resort opens for #ISIS supporters in #Iraq - RT 2:28

It may look like any other top resort in Iraq, but the Ninawa International Hotel in Mosul has one major difference. It is the first 5-star hotel for Islamic...

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#Wikileaks Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood’s Hand In Repairing #israel’s Broken Image #hasbara #Palestine #hasbaraFAIL

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#Wikileaks Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood’s Hand In Repairing #israel’s Broken Image #hasbara #Palestine #hasbaraFAIL

The WikiLeaks archive reveals how some of Hollywood’s top players want to combat the negative publicity of last summer’s brutal war on Gaza and link the pro-Palestine movement to anti-Semitism.

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'#WashingtonPost' buries #JimmyCarter's statement that 'situation in #Gaza is intolerable' in last paragraph

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'#WashingtonPost' buries #JimmyCarter's statement that 'situation in #Gaza is intolerable' in last paragraph

Jimmy Carter's statement that Gaza situation is "intolerable" is lead of Guardian story, last paragraph of Washington Post. And you wonder why Washington is in a bubble

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▶ #HumanRightsWatch: #Saudi-Led Coalition Bombing #Yemen with Banned #US-Made Cluster Munitions 8:34

▶ #HumanRightsWatch: #Saudi-Led Coalition Bombing #Yemen with Banned #US-Made Cluster Munitions 8:34

http://democracynow.org - Human Rights Watch is accusing the Saudi Arabia-led coalition of dropping banned cluster bombs manufactured and supplied by the U.S. on civilian areas in Yemen. Cluster bombs contain dozens or even hundreds of smaller munitions designed to fan out over a wide area, often the size of a football field. They are banned under a 2008 treaty for the high civilian toll they can cause. The treaty was adopted by 116 countries — although not by Saudi Arabia, Yemen or the United States. According to Human Rights Watch, the U.S.-supplied cluster bombs have landed near rebel-held villages in northern Yemen, putting residents in danger. On Monday, the State Department said it is "looking into" the report’s allegations, adding it takes "all accounts of civilian deaths in the ongoing hostilities in Yemen very seriously." We are joined by Stephen Goose, director of Human Rights Watch’s Arms Division and chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition, and Belkis Wille, Yemen and Kuwait researcher at Human Rights Watch.

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#Syria #Iraq Exclusive: #Pentagon Admits Anti-#ISIS Strikes Killed (are killing..) Civilians - The Daily Beat #WarCrimes

#Syria #Iraq Exclusive: #Pentagon Admits Anti-#ISIS Strikes Killed (are killing..) Civilians - The Daily Beat #WarCrimes | News in english | Scoop.it

#Syria #Iraq Exclusive: #Pentagon Admits Anti-#ISIS Strikes Killed (are killing..) Civilians - The Daily Beat #WarCrimes

Ils admettent la mort de ... 2 civils (avec 3500 frappes aériennes..)  ... pathétiques, hypocrites USA

For months, officials have said a relentless bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria isn’t killing innocents. But now an internal military investigation concludes otherwise.

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#USA ▶ Modern Day Slave Auction: #Prison Auctioneers Sell People Like Products • BRAVE NEW FILMS -

#USA ▶ Modern Day Slave Auction: #Prison Auctioneers Sell People Like Products • BRAVE NEW FILMS - #T

his is a clip from the Brave New Films documentary, "Immigrants for Sale" Watch the full film free: http://bit.ly/1F26NjZ SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/1JUX3Xv C...

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#israel #Palestine 7-year-old boy is arrested in East #Jerusalem, interrogated for hours, released at 3 AM #israHELL #HumanRights

#israel #Palestine 7-year-old boy is arrested in East #Jerusalem, interrogated for hours, released at 3 AM #israHELL #HumanRights | News in english | Scoop.it

#israel #Palestine 7-year-old boy is arrested in East #Jerusalem, interrogated for hours, released at 3 AM #israHELL #HumanRights

Violence / Raids / Suppression of protests / Arrests — West Bank & Jerusalem

Israel detains 4 children in 2 days from same Jerusalem family
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 30 Apr — Undercover Israeli operatives detained and interrogated a 7-year-old Palestinian boy and his twelve-year-old brother in occupied East Jerusalem Tuesday, only a day after two 15-year-olds from the same family were taken. The boy and his older brother, from the Zaatari family in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, were detained by Israeli operatives dressed as Palestinian locals while walking in the street Tuesday evening, the boys’ grandfather told Ma‘an. The Zaatari family has had four children detained this week, Ihab Ahmed Zaatari, 7, and Muhammad Mahdi Zaatari 12, detained on Tuesday just one day after Alaa Magdy Zaatari and Mehdi Barakat Zaatari, both 15, were detained Monday. An Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately return Ma‘an’s request for information on the incident, but told Israeli media the children were detained after throwing rocks at a bus. The 7-year-old was reportedly interrogated for nearly eight hours. Family member Mehdi Zaatari denied Israeli police claims that they were throwing rocks, telling Ma‘an that the plainclothes officers came out of nowhere while the children were in the street in an area where nothing was happening. “I was just meters from where they were arrested,” he told Ma‘an. “But I wasn’t able to reach the area because i

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▶ After #Palestine Overcomes #USA-#israel Pressure and Joins #ICC, Will #Gaza’s Victims See #Justice? 13 mn

▶ After #Palestine Overcomes #USA-#israel Pressure and Joins #ICC, Will #Gaza’s Victims See #Justice? 13 mn

http://democracynow.org - A new report from the Israeli group Breaking the Silence on Israel’s policy of indiscriminate fire during the 2014 Gaza assault comes just a week after a United Nations probe confirmed Israeli forces conducted direct attacks on its facilities in Gaza during last summer’s offensive. The attacks took place despite repeated notifications with the GPS coordinates of U.N. sites to Israeli forces. Palestinians have vowed to bring the findings to the International Criminal Court, which it officially joined last month. We discuss the implications of Palestine’s accession to the ICC with two guests: Ambassador Nabil Abuznaid, head of the Palestinian Mission to the Netherlands, and John Dugard, former U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories and emeritus professor of international law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

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Too Big To Prosecute: Army Struggles To Cope With Rampant Fraud In The #US Military #corruption

Too Big To Prosecute: Army Struggles To Cope With Rampant Fraud In The #US Military #corruption | News in english | Scoop.it

Too Big To Prosecute: Army Struggles To Cope With Rampant Fraud In The #US Military #corruption

Despite over 100 successful prosecutions and hundreds more cases awaiting their day in court, U.S. Army officials warn that the problem of corruption is more than the system can handle and it’s set to get even worse.

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Universities, Inc. » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names #education #corruption #elitecorruption

Universities, Inc. » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names #education #corruption #elitecorruption | News in english | Scoop.it

Universities, Inc. » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names #education #corruption #elitecorruption

Ben Agger explains how academia became a billion dollar business enterprise..

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#environment ▶ Wealthy won’t change habits during #California’s water restrictions - RT 2:54

#environment ▶ Wealthy won’t change habits during #California’s water restrictions - RT 2:54

Water officials in California are urging residents in urban areas to ‘Let Your Lawns Die’ while penalizing people who do not follow the state’s water restric...

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How the #NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text - The Intercept

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How the #NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text - The Intercept

Top-secret documents show the NSA can automatically recognize the content within phone calls, generating easily searched transcriptions.

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▶ Tunisian Ex-Jihadist Tells Tunisian TV Why he Stopped Fighting Alongside the FSA in #Syria -3:17


▶ Tunisian Ex-Jihadist Tells Tunisian TV Why he Stopped Fighting Alongside the FSA in #Syria -3:17

This mini-report from Tunisian TV station, Delta TV, shows an interview with a 29-year old Tunisian man who traveled to Syria and fought alongside the "Free ...


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#FN ▶ 'Fascist!' #MarineLePen heckled at Prague conference - RT

#FN ▶ 'Fascist!' #MarineLePen heckled at Prague conference - RT

Front National leader Marine Le Pen was heckled by protesters while speaking at the 'Peace and Prosperity Beyond EU' conference in Prague, Wednesday. Holding...

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Drilling chemicals found in #Pennsylvania drinking water1:44 #environment #fracking #schiste #energy

▶Drilling chemicals found in #Pennsylvania drinking water1:44 #environment #fracking #schiste #energy

Traces of a chemical compound from drilling fluid related to fracking were found in the drinking water of three homes in Northern Pennsylvania by Researchers at Penn State University. Ameera David has the details and the reaction from fracking and drilling industries.

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#Palestinie actor on #israel's top tv show sets off uproar over the occupation

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#Palestinie actor on #israel's top tv show sets off uproar over the occupation

Hisham Suleiman is an Palestinian Israeli actor from Nazareth and one of the stars of "Fauda" a political thriller television series that is the most popular show in Israel. An interview with him published last weekend in Yedioth Ahronoth, he is reported as having said that injuring a soldier inside the Occupied Territories is not a crime because the soldier shouldn’t be there. The interview has provoked outraged responses, and Suleiman has responded in turn.



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#psy ▶ Emails Show #USA #Psychological Association Secretly Worked with Bush Admin to Enable #Torture - #CIA 8:39

#psy ▶ Emails Show #USA #Psychological Association Secretly Worked with Bush Admin to Enable #Torture - #CIA 8:39

http://democracynow.org - New details have emerged on how the American Psychological Association, the world’s largest group of psychologists, aided government-sanctioned torture under President George W. Bush. A group of dissident psychologists have just published a 60-page report alleging the APA secretly coordinated with officials from the CIA, White House and the Pentagon to change the APA ethics policy to align it with the operational needs of the CIA’s torture program. Much of the report, "All the President’s Psychologists: The American Psychological Association’s Secret Complicity with the White House and US Intelligence Community in Support of the CIA’s 'Enhanced' Interrogation Program," is based on hundreds of newly released internal APA emails from 2003 to 2006 that show top officials were in direct communication with the CIA. The report also reveals Susan Brandon, a behavioral science researcher working for President Bush, secretly drafted language that the APA inserted into its ethics policy on interrogations. We are joined by two of the report’s co-authors: Dr. Steven Reisner, a founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology and member of the APA Council of Representatives, and Nathaniel Raymond, director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

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#Saudi palace intrigue sparks speculation - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East #AddamsFamily

#Saudi palace intrigue sparks speculation - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East #AddamsFamily | News in english | Scoop.it

#Saudi palace intrigue sparks speculation - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East #AddamsFamily

Saudi King Salman's unprecedented personnel changes and other moves have many wondering what might come next from the House of Saud.



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Chokrane: #Obama ou le crépuscule d'une idole (ndlr : hélas, je suis fier de n'avoir jamais cru en lui:fake dès le départ)

Chokrane: #Obama ou le crépuscule d'une idole (ndlr : hélas, je suis fier de n'avoir jamais cru en lui:fake dès le départ) | News in english | Scoop.it
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 #Obama ou le crépuscule d'une idole (ndlr : hélas, je suis fier de n'avoir jamais cru en lui quitte à me faire mal voir vu l'opinion dominante : tout comme je n'ai pas cru en Hollande depuis le début. Ces "progressistes", dont la gogoche se réjouit de leur élection si naivement à chaque fois puent les plans comm. )

par Bertrand Chokrane pour Le Point ... bilan mortifère ..

(...)

Face à la crise financière et économique...

En 2008, lorsque le système financier a implosé, il a été question de le réformer pour éviter que cela ne se reproduise. Mais l'administration Obama a renoncé et a finalement recapitalisé et renfloué les banques et assureurs en faillite, avec l'argent du contribuable américain, sans demander aux fautifs de contrepartie, alors que des familles entières rendues insolvables par la crise se voyaient expulsées de leur maison manu militari.

Pire encore, la Fed (la banque centrale américaine) a injecté des milliards de dollars de liquidités dans le but affiché de relancer l'économie. En réalité, l'argent artificiellement créé n'atteindra jamais l'économie réelle. Ces multiples "assouplissements quantitatifs" auront pour conséquence de faire monter les cotations sur les marchés financiers, enrichissant la minorité qui possède des actifs et augmentant, de ce fait, les inégalités sociales.

Pour couronner le tout, le mouvement Occupy Wall Street, exprimant la colère de la population, a été anéanti par les provocations et la violence policière fin 2011. Et Barack Obama ne les a pas soutenus.
Un faiseur de mirages

À défaut de faire des miracles, Barack Obama a un certain talent pour les mirages. Celui des gaz de schistes dont la production était censée relancer l'économie américaine, provoquer la réindustrialisation du pays, créer des milliers d'emplois... est en train de s'évanouir. Car, à partir de 2014, le projet se révéla n'être qu'un mirage : du fait de la surproduction, les prix du pétrole commencèrent à baisser, entraînant la fermeture de nombreux puits pas assez rentables et détruisant des milliers d'emplois directs et indirects.

L'Obama Care, c'est-à-dire la sécurité sociale obligatoire pour les salariés qui travaillent plus de trente heures par semaine, incite les employeurs américains à n'embaucher que des salariés à temps partiel. Cela a pour conséquences une diminution en trompe-l'oeil du chômage et la stagnation du pouvoir d'achat. On ne s'étonne pas, dans ces conditions, que la consommation ne reparte pas.

Aujourd'hui, la Fed elle-même est bien obligée de reconnaître que la reprise n'a pas lieu. Le premier trimestre 2015 présente une croissance économique très décevante pour ceux qui avaient cru au mirage annoncé.
Le recul des valeurs de la démocratie

Barack Obama, le démocrate, considère les lanceurs d'alerte tels Edward Snowden, Julian Assange et le soldat Manning comme des criminels. Entre les républicains et les démocrates d'aujourd'hui, il existe une continuité bien éloignée de l'éthique et des principes fondateurs de la République américaine. Et Guantánamo, la prison qui détient des prisonniers sans jugement et de manière totalement arbitraire, a-t-elle été fermée ? Non. Alors pourquoi devrait-on s'étonner du non-respect des libertés fondamentales, et par extension de la violence policière envers des citoyens afro-américains ?

Ce qui est frappant, c'est la lente transformation du langage de Barack Obama : des discours enflammés de 2008 à la langue de bois de 2015, ses prises de parole pour la défense des droits humains paraissent pour le moins bien timides, ou plutôt empreintes d'une grande hypocrisie.
Est-ce du cynisme ou de l'incompétence ?

En matière de géopolitique, le bilan laisse pantois. Certes, ce n'est pas Barack Obama qui a initié l'invasion irakienne. Mais c'est lui qui a géré le départ des troupes américaines dans un grand amateurisme, laissant l'Irak sans solution politique, sous domination iranienne, et conduisant à la constitution de Daesh, un monstre pire que le mal qu'il était censé combattre. Toute l'Europe en sera déstabilisée.

Tournant le dos à l'Europe, il fait face à la Chine, devenue une puissance incontournable. Barack Obama découvre que les États-Unis ne sont plus "la" puissance dominante qu'ils avaient été et qu'ils doivent partager le leadership avec d'autres puissances déterminées et intelligentes : la Chine et la Russie. Cette suite d'échecs explique peut-être pourquoi ce président n'offre dans ses discours qu'une langue ampoulée qui ressemble à une novlangue. Face à lui, des leaders tels que Poutine ou Xi Jinping tiennent un langage clair et percutant qui montre qu'ils savent où ils vont.
L'ironie de l'histoire

Comme le dit Rémi Gaillard, c'est en faisant n'importe quoi qu'on devient n'importe qui... Depuis environ deux ans, la justice américaine poursuit avec ténacité tous ceux qui sont coupables d'évasion fiscale. L'administration américaine inflige des amendes record aux banques qui violent les embargos américains, même lorsque ceux-ci sont déclarés illégaux par l'ONU... Dans le principe, les lois américaines ne s'appliquent que sur le territoire américain. Mais ce n'est de facto plus le cas.

C'est le principe de l'extraterritorialité sur toutes les transactions en dollars qui permet à l'administration américaine de réclamer plusieurs milliards de dollars à des banques étrangères (non américaines, par exemple BNP Paribas). D'aucuns penseront que l'État américain retrouve ses forces et réussit enfin à soumettre les institutions financières.

Mais c'est sans compter la stratégie de la Chine qui vient de créer la Banque asiatique d'investissement, pendant de la Banque mondiale. Ce sont les prémices de la dédollarisation de l'économie mondiale. De cette manière, dans un futur plus ou moins proche, les transactions qui ne seront pas effectuées en dollars échapperont aux diktats américains. L'ironie est qu'en voulant imposer des diktats au reste du monde, sans concertation ni diplomatie, les États-Unis sont en train d'amoindrir leur leadership.(..)

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 #Obama ou le crépuscule d'une idole (ndlr : hélas, je suis fier de n'avoir jamais cru en lui quitte à me faire mal voir vu l'opinion dominante : tout comme je n'ai pas cru en Hollande depuis le début. Ces "progressistes", dont la gogoche se réjouit de leur élection si naivement à chaque fois puent les plans comm. )

par Bertrand Chokrane pour Le Point ... bilan mortifère ..

(...)

Face à la crise financière et économique...

En 2008, lorsque le système financier a implosé, il a été question de le réformer pour éviter que cela ne se reproduise. Mais l'administration Obama a renoncé et a finalement recapitalisé et renfloué les banques et assureurs en faillite, avec l'argent du contribuable américain, sans demander aux fautifs de contrepartie, alors que des familles entières rendues insolvables par la crise se voyaient expulsées de leur maison manu militari.

Pire encore, la Fed (la banque centrale américaine) a injecté des milliards de dollars de liquidités dans le but affiché de relancer l'économie. En réalité, l'argent artificiellement créé n'atteindra jamais l'économie réelle. Ces multiples "assouplissements quantitatifs" auront pour conséquence de faire monter les cotations sur les marchés financiers, enrichissant la minorité qui possède des actifs et augmentant, de ce fait, les inégalités sociales.

Pour couronner le tout, le mouvement Occupy Wall Street, exprimant la colère de la population, a été anéanti par les provocations et la violence policière fin 2011. Et Barack Obama ne les a pas soutenus.
Un faiseur de mirages

À défaut de faire des miracles, Barack Obama a un certain talent pour les mirages. Celui des gaz de schistes dont la production était censée relancer l'économie américaine, provoquer la réindustrialisation du pays, créer des milliers d'emplois... est en train de s'évanouir. Car, à partir de 2014, le projet se révéla n'être qu'un mirage : du fait de la surproduction, les prix du pétrole commencèrent à baisser, entraînant la fermeture de nombreux puits pas assez rentables et détruisant des milliers d'emplois directs et indirects.

L'Obama Care, c'est-à-dire la sécurité sociale obligatoire pour les salariés qui travaillent plus de trente heures par semaine, incite les employeurs américains à n'embaucher que des salariés à temps partiel. Cela a pour conséquences une diminution en trompe-l'oeil du chômage et la stagnation du pouvoir d'achat. On ne s'étonne pas, dans ces conditions, que la consommation ne reparte pas.

Aujourd'hui, la Fed elle-même est bien obligée de reconnaître que la reprise n'a pas lieu. Le premier trimestre 2015 présente une croissance économique très décevante pour ceux qui avaient cru au mirage annoncé.
Le recul des valeurs de la démocratie

Barack Obama, le démocrate, considère les lanceurs d'alerte tels Edward Snowden, Julian Assange et le soldat Manning comme des criminels. Entre les républicains et les démocrates d'aujourd'hui, il existe une continuité bien éloignée de l'éthique et des principes fondateurs de la République américaine. Et Guantánamo, la prison qui détient des prisonniers sans jugement et de manière totalement arbitraire, a-t-elle été fermée ? Non. Alors pourquoi devrait-on s'étonner du non-respect des libertés fondamentales, et par extension de la violence policière envers des citoyens afro-américains ?

Ce qui est frappant, c'est la lente transformation du langage de Barack Obama : des discours enflammés de 2008 à la langue de bois de 2015, ses prises de parole pour la défense des droits humains paraissent pour le moins bien timides, ou plutôt empreintes d'une grande hypocrisie.
Est-ce du cynisme ou de l'incompétence ?

En matière de géopolitique, le bilan laisse pantois. Certes, ce n'est pas Barack Obama qui a initié l'invasion irakienne. Mais c'est lui qui a géré le départ des troupes américaines dans un grand amateurisme, laissant l'Irak sans solution politique, sous domination iranienne, et conduisant à la constitution de Daesh, un monstre pire que le mal qu'il était censé combattre. Toute l'Europe en sera déstabilisée.

Tournant le dos à l'Europe, il fait face à la Chine, devenue une puissance incontournable. Barack Obama découvre que les États-Unis ne sont plus "la" puissance dominante qu'ils avaient été et qu'ils doivent partager le leadership avec d'autres puissances déterminées et intelligentes : la Chine et la Russie. Cette suite d'échecs explique peut-être pourquoi ce président n'offre dans ses discours qu'une langue ampoulée qui ressemble à une novlangue. Face à lui, des leaders tels que Poutine ou Xi Jinping tiennent un langage clair et percutant qui montre qu'ils savent où ils vont.
L'ironie de l'histoire

Comme le dit Rémi Gaillard, c'est en faisant n'importe quoi qu'on devient n'importe qui... Depuis environ deux ans, la justice américaine poursuit avec ténacité tous ceux qui sont coupables d'évasion fiscale. L'administration américaine inflige des amendes record aux banques qui violent les embargos américains, même lorsque ceux-ci sont déclarés illégaux par l'ONU... Dans le principe, les lois américaines ne s'appliquent que sur le territoire américain. Mais ce n'est de facto plus le cas.

C'est le principe de l'extraterritorialité sur toutes les transactions en dollars qui permet à l'administration américaine de réclamer plusieurs milliards de dollars à des banques étrangères (non américaines, par exemple BNP Paribas). D'aucuns penseront que l'État américain retrouve ses forces et réussit enfin à soumettre les institutions financières.

Mais c'est sans compter la stratégie de la Chine qui vient de créer la Banque asiatique d'investissement, pendant de la Banque mondiale. Ce sont les prémices de la dédollarisation de l'économie mondiale. De cette manière, dans un futur plus ou moins proche, les transactions qui ne seront pas effectuées en dollars échapperont aux diktats américains. L'ironie est qu'en voulant imposer des diktats au reste du monde, sans concertation ni diplomatie, les États-Unis sont en train d'amoindrir leur leadership.(..)

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#Iraq #Syria #USA #IS $500-million program to train anti-#IslamicState fighters appears stalled - LA Times

#Iraq #Syria #USA #IS $500-million program to train anti-#IslamicState fighters appears stalled - LA Times | News in english | Scoop.it

#Iraq #Syria #USA #IS $500-million program to train anti-#IslamicState fighters appears stalled - LA Times

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/02/uk-syria-crisis-training-idUKKBN0NN0EV20150502?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=*Mideast%20Brief&utm_campaign=New%20Campaign) that the U.S. training mission for Syrian rebels will begin this week in Turkey, training 300 rebels at a time and as many as 2,000 by the end of the year. The program is planned to expand to training sites in other participating countries soon, but there is disagreement within the international coalition about what the goal of the rebels should be.



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