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
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition is using US-supplied cluster munitions in its airstrikes on Houthi forces in Yemen, Human Rights Watch reported. Targets include those close to villages, posing a threat from undetonated submunitions to civilians. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/0hn3ge
Henry A. Giroux: #Liberalism's Failures in a Time of Increasing #Violence, #Racism, #Inequality and #StateTerrorism
In two far-reaching radio interviews, Henry A. Giroux elaborates on the failure of liberals who align themselves with repressive policies that benefit the rich and powerful and do not challenge the fundamental structures of domination.
#GetTheFacts The National Police Violence Map- At least 304 black people were killed by police in the #USA in 2014.
Get the facts about police violence in your community to make the case for change.
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown Jr. was murdered by Officer Darren Wilson, sparking nationwide protests against police killings of black people. This map, a project of WeTheProtesters.org, bears witness to the black men and women who have been killed at the hands of law enforcement in 2014. And while a focus on police killings cannot capture the full scale of the violence our communities face at the hands of police, we hope this data helps communities better understand the problem and begin to make progress towards addressing it.
Use the data tables below to learn more about Police Violence
#US-led airstrikes 'kill 52 civilians in northern #Syria' ----( fuelling "rebels" and killing civilians #WarCrimes) - AFP
Pentagon can't confirm..
US-led strikes targeting the Islamic State group killed at least 52 civilians in northern Syria, a monitor said Saturday, but the Pentagon said it could not confirm the report. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor also reported deadly violence elsewhere in Syria, including a rebel rocket attack Saturday that killed 15 civilians and wounded dozens in Aleppo. Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that US-led coalition strikes early Friday on the village of Birmahle in Aleppo p
Exposing the Right-Wing Connections of a #HillaryClinton Attack Book's Author
Peter Schweizer is known for making false accusations.
Peter Schweizer, the author of a new book accusing the Clintons of conflicts of interest is clearly not a journalist, but a Republican propagandist whose smears about Democrats have been repeatedly debunked by newspapers and is a long-time conservative operator in his own world of crony capitalism.
Despite all this, The New York Times and The Washington Post cited and drew on Schweizer’s book, Clinton Cash, giving credibility to attacks that were long on guilt by association and short on proof that the Clintons traded government favors while she was Secretary of State for donations to their global foundation.
After those reports were published, Schweizer appeared on several weekend network TV shows, where, when pressed, he could not produce proof about his allegations and swipes but said a closer look was warranted.
The notion that Schweizer is an independent journalist investigating corruption is a farce. His resume, according to the right-wing watchdog group, Media Matters for America, includes: working as a speech writer for George W. Bush’s White House in the last year of his presidency: being paid $106,250 from Sarah Palin’s PAC in 2011 and 2012 to advise her on foreign policy; ghost-writing Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s 2010 autobiography; contributing to Glenn Beck’s 2010 book Broke; working as an editor for Breitbart, which is a major R...
▶ Massive crowd in Sanaa protest Saudi strikes in #Yemen - RT 0:55
Thousands of people took to the streets of Sanaa, Friday, to protest against Saudi intervention in Yemen and the Saudi-led airstrikes that have seen hundreds killed and thousands left injured in recent months. Protesters held rifles and flags and chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the United State and Israel.
▶ #Liban : la prison de Roumieh, un fief pour les jihadistes de l'EI - 9:55 - France 24 YouTube
Le nombre de jihadistes emprisonnés au Liban ne cesse d'augmenter. Dans la célèbre prison de Roumieh, au nord de Beyrouth, des détenus considérés comme étant très dangereux jouissent d'une étonnante autonomie . Reportage de Marine Pradel. Roumieh, la prison la plus célèbre du Liban, est bien connue des jihadistes. Et pour cause : plus de 500 d'entre eux, accusés de terrorisme, sont détenus dans cet établissement du nord de Beyrouth. Partisans de l’organisation de l’État islamique (EI), du Front al-Nosra, ou de groupuscules jihadistes, ils étaient tous, jusqu’au début de l’année, enfermés ensemble dans l'une des ailes de la prison. Ainsi, la "libération de Roumieh" est devenue un thème récurrent dans les vidéos de propagande de l'EI. En janvier, deux attentats à la bombe ont visé le quartier alaouite de Jabal Mohsen à Tripoli, dans le nord du pays. Sur les portables des kamikazes, des appels ont été passés vers la prison. L'attentat aurait été commandité depuis le bloc B, l'aile où les détenus islamistes et ceux accusés de terrorisme évoluent en quasi autonomie. En réaction, les forces de sécurité libanaises investissent le bâtiment et en prennent le contrôle au bout de plusieurs heures de raid. Et ce qu'ils y découvrent dépasse leur imagination : un "centre d'opérations", avec ordinateurs, téléphones 4G et satellites, mais aussi une cafétéria autogérée et même un barbier. Devant le bloc B, désormais en rénovation, le directeur de la prison ne cherche pas à minimiser les faits. "À l'intérieur du bâtiment, l'autorité des forces de sécurité était à son niveau le plus bas, concède le Général Antoine Zikra. Quand on est entré, on s'est rendu compte qu'ils avaient aussi des armes comme des couteaux, des sabres, des armes artisanales aussi." Après cette opération, les détenus sont transférés vers une autre aile de la prison, le bloc D, où ils sont enfermés dans des cellules individuelles, sans contact avec l'extérieur. Plusieurs détenus commencent alors une grève de la faim pour protester contre leurs conditions de détention. "Maintenant ils sont chacun dans leur cellule, comme la loi l'impose, tout est organisé selon la loi, ajoute le général libanais. Bien sûr ça ne leur plaît pas, surtout s'ils comparent avec leur situation d'avant !". L'objectif des autorités libanaises est de rompre avec le laxisme teinté de corruption qui offrait aux détenus jihadistes des conditions de détention étonnantes. Beyrouth espère contrer l'EI, qui a placé la prison au centre de sa stratégie d'implantation au pays du cèdre. "L’EI avait besoin de représentants au Liban. Ils ont vite compris que les détenus islamistes de Roumieh étaient des recrues potentielles, et pouvaient contribuer à leur expansion dans le pays, analyse Mario Abou Zeid, chercheur au Centre Carnegie pour le Moyen-Orient. C'est pour ça qu'au cours des négociations pour la libération des soldats libanais - retenus en otage depuis la bataille d'Arsal – l’EI a toujours tenté de négocier la libération de certaines de ces figures clés du djihad. Ces détenus ont un intérêt immense pour l'organisation, car, dès qu'ils seront libres, ils rejoindront ses rangs et activeront leurs réseaux". C'est donc la manière forte qui est désormais privilégiée par les autorités libanaises.Selon plusieurs sources sécuritaires, la libération de prisonniers de Roumieh n'est plus négociable, et ce, malgré le risque que cette politique fait peser sur la vie des 25 soldats et policiers, toujours otages des jihadistes.
Inside the #Military- #Police Center That Spies on #Baltimore's Rioters - #US #PoliceState #WeAreTheEnemy ,,,
On Ambassador Road, just off I-695 around the corner from the FBI, nearly 100 employees sit in a high-tech suite and wait for terrorists to attack Baltimore. They’ve waited 11 years. But they still have plenty of work to do, like using the intel community’s toys to target this week’s street protests.
▶ Covering #Baltimore: Race, riots and the #media - The Listening Post - Al Jazeera - 10 mn #racism #usa
On the last Saturday of April, US media outlets had a big story breaking in Baltimore, Maryland.Protests over the death of yet another African-American at the hands of the police turned violent. But coverage on major news networks - CNN, along with Fox and MSNBC - was scant.The majority of the US networks had their cameras focused on an event in the capital city of Washington - the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, a black tie affair, where journalists and the politicians that they are supposed to cover, were rubbing shoulders and clinking glasses.
He Did Not Die in Vain - The #FreddieGray Report - May 1, 2015 - #Jazz Video Guy - 6 mn - #BlackLivesMatter #Racism #USA
"He did not die in Vain" Bret Primack offers his thoughts on the indictment of six Baltimore police officers for the murder of Freddie Gray. On April 12, 2015, Freddie C. Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man, was taken into custody by the Baltimore Police Department for allegedly possessing a switchblade; however, Baltimore state's attorney Marilyn Mosby subsequently stated "The knife was not a switchblade and is lawful under Maryland law."While being transported in a police van, Gray fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma center. Gray died on April 19, 2015. His death was ascribed to injuries to his spinal cord. On April 21, 2015, pending an investigation of the incident, six Baltimore police officers were temporarily suspended with pay.
▶ RT asks: How would the mainsteam #media portray #Baltimore riots if they were in another country? -RT 5:47
Mainstream media portrayal of the protests in Baltimore has brought up new criticism of how outlets follow unrest like this, especially compared to how it would view similar situations in places like the Middle East. Anya Parampil talks to media and legal analyst “Lionel” of LionelMedia about the blowback against the established media and the alleged hypocrisy when it comes to reporting on urban unrest.
Uri Avnery analyses the character of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: shaped by his embittered far-right Zionist father and willing to “lie, cheat, repudiate himself, raise false flags” to achieve Greater Israel.
Defend #CharlieHebdo’s Publishing Disgusting Cartoons About Muslims? Yes. Give Them an Award for It? No.| The Nation
It’s a simple distinction, but somehow it’s been overlooked by a lot of those who support the decision by PEN to give its “Freedom of Expression” award to Charlie Hebdo. Those who signed the protest against the award (I was one of them) agree that Charlie Hebdo had a right to publish cartoons about Islam, no matter how disgusting, and not be killed for doing it. The question is whether Charlie Hebdo should be given an award for publishing them.
I’ve been a huge fan of Katha Pollitt for decades. In defending the PEN award in The Nation, it’s clear that she understands the distinction here. But a lot of others don’t. For example, David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, said “It was right to defend Salman Rushdie when he was under attack and it is right to defend those under attack now.” But we all agree that Charlie Hebdo should be defended. The question is whether their cartoons should be celebrated. The writer Kurt Andersen declared that “this is one of those incidents that makes a clear line, and you’re on either one side or the other.” He means that if you’re against the award, you’re for the murderers. Actually I’m not, and neither is Joyce Carol Oates or Rachel Kushner or Peter Carey or Francine Prose, former president of PEN, all signers of the protest letter.
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