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Nuclear plant staff live unseen in the shadow of the disaster, says worker Atsufumi Yoshizawa, as Japan grapples with the fallout from the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl
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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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Frackquake Madness!: 35 #Fracking Earthquakes Rock #Oklahoma in a Week #schiste #environment #energy

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Frackquake Madness!: 35 #Fracking Earthquakes Rock #Oklahoma in a Week #schiste #environment #energy

The activity of fracking in and of itself can and does cause earthquakes.

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Corrupted Idealism: #Bolivia's Compromise Between Development and the #Environment

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Corrupted Idealism: #Bolivia's Compromise Between Development and the #Environment


A policy both environmentally sustainable and economically promising may be challenging to implement, but is by no means impossible and by all means necessary.
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The Women Who Secretly Keep #ISIS Running #IS #EI

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The Women Who Secretly Keep #ISIS Running #IS #EI

A captured ISIS ‘bride’ reveals the inner workings of a women’s network responsible for recruiting, spying, and enforcing sexual slavery in the so-called caliphate.

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Discours de 4 h ! Photos Show #FidelCastro at Cuban Cheese Convention in Rare Public Appearance | VICE News #Cuba

Discours de 4 h ! Photos Show #FidelCastro at Cuban Cheese Convention in Rare Public Appearance | VICE News #Cuba


TCuban state television captured a rare public appearance by former leader Fidel Castro on Saturday at a convention of cheese connoisseurs, where he spoke for four hours in the town of Guatao, near Havana.

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#facts #oligarchy #EricHolder Returns as Hero to Law Firm That Lobbies for Big Banks #banksterism - The Intercept

#facts #oligarchy #EricHolder Returns as Hero to Law Firm That Lobbies for Big Banks #banksterism - The Intercept | News in english | Scoop.it


#facts #oligarchy #EricHolder Returns as Hero to Law Firm That Lobbies for Big Banks #banksterism - The Intercept

After failing to criminally prosecute any of the financial firms responsible for the market collapse in 2008, former Attorney General Eric Holder is returning to Covington & Burling, a corporate law firm known for serving Wall Street clients.

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#violence #USA 10 killed, 55 wounded in 4th of July gun violence in #Chicago

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#violence #USA 10 killed, 55 wounded in 4th of July gun violence in #Chicago

Shootings over the Fourth of July weekend left 10 people dead and 55 others wounded, a toll lower than last year but one marked by an intense stretch of gun violence over eight hours on one of the nights.

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Our NO is a majestic, big YES to a democratic, rational Europe! by #YanisVaroufakis #Greece

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Our NO is a majestic, big YES to a democratic, rational Europe! by #YanisVaroufakis #Greece

On the 25th of January, dignity was restored to the people of Greece.

In the five months that intervened since then, we became the first government that dared raise its voice, speaking on behalf of the people, saying NO to the damaging irrationality of our extend-and-pretend ‘Bailout Program’.

We

  • spread the word that the Greek ‘bailouts’ were exercises whose purpose was intentionally to transfer private losses onto the shoulders of the weakest Greeks, before being transferred to other European taxpayers
  • articulated, for the first time in the Eurogroup, an economic argument to which there was no credible response
  • put forward moderate, technically feasible proposals that would remove the need for further ‘bailouts’
  • confined the troika to its Brussels’ lair
  • internationalised Greece’s humanitarian crisis and its roots in intentionally recessionary policies
  • spread hope beyond Greece’s borders that democracy can breathe within a monetary union hitherto dominated by fear.

Ending interminable, self-defeating, austerity and restructuring Greece’s public debt were our two targets. But these two were also our creditors’ targets. From the moment our election seemed likely, last December, the powers-that-be started a bank run and planned, eventually, to shut Greece’s banks down. Their purpose?

  • To humiliate our government by forcing us to succumb to stringent austerity, and
  • To drag us into an agreement that offers no firm commitment to a sensible, well-defined debt restructure.

The ultimatum of 25th June was the means by which these aims would be achieved. The people of Greece today returned this ultimatum to its senders; despite the fear mongering that the domestic oligarchic media transmitted night and day into their homes.

Today’s referendum delivered a resounding call for a mutually beneficial agreement between Greece and our European partners. We shall respond to the Greek voters’ call with a positive approach to:

  • The IMF, which only recently released a helpful report confirming that Greek public debt was unsustainable
  • The ECB, the Governing Council of which, over the past week, refused to countenance some of the more aggressive voices within
  • The European Commission, whose leadership kept throwing bridges over the chasm separating Greece from some of our partners.

Our NO is a majestic, big YES to a democratic Europe.

It is a NO to the dystopic vision of a Eurozone that functions like an iron cage for its peoples.

It is a loud YES to the vision of a Eurozone offering the prospect of social justice with shared prosperity for all Europeans.

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"Unfuck #Greece" #Photo Akavos Hatzistavrou.AFP

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#Palestine Authority arrests scores of #Hamas members in West Bank - #DivideAndConquer .. .#israel


#Palestine Authority arrests scores of #Hamas members in West Bank - #DivideAndConquer .. .#israel
Ajoutée le 4 juil. 2015

Palestinian Authority forces have arrested at least 120 people, including Hamas members, in the West Bank over the past two days, raising tension between the rival movements.At least 20 people were arrested on Saturday, officials said, a day after about 100 members were detained.Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab reports from Gaza.

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The Fight Over #Obamacare Was a Giant Political Charade: Sonali Kolhatkar - Truthdig

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The Fight Over #Obamacare Was a Giant Political Charade: Sonali Kolhatkar - Truthdig


Now that the Supreme Court has preserved the Affordable Care Act and private insurers have won, the real battle for single-payer health care must begin.
- 2015/07/02

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 25 that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidies for health insurance for the poor were indeed constitutional, liberals cheered. The last-ditch attempt by the right to gut President Obama’s signature act failed. In his weekly address, Obama triumphantly announced that “after more than fifty votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law; after a Presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law; after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, we can now say this for certain: the Affordable Care Act still stands, it is working, and it is here to stay.”

The case at the heart of the ruling was King v. Burwell, a legal challenge that was based on a technicality. The Los Angeles Times explained that legal experts saw it “as a fatuous misreading of the law and a tortured effort to bend the process of statutory interpretation for ideological ends.” But the constant attacks on the ACA, including this last attempt, were less ideological than political, and in the end, the Supreme Court ruling was an affirmation of the supremacy of capitalism over human needs.

It is true that 6.4 million Americans currently receiving subsidies for insurance would have lost their coverage had the court not voted to preserve the ACA. The vote was 6-3, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joining swing voter Anthony Kennedy and the four liberal stalwarts (Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer). The fact that Roberts voted for it, and wrote the majority opinion, speaks volumes about what the ruling really means. According to him, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.”

That single sentence clearly lays out the problem with what the right has sardonically named “Obamacare.” In voting to preserve the health care reform law, the court sought to “improve health insurance markets,” not access to health care.

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Famous #Rothschild #Banking Dynasty Facing Fraud Charges In #France

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Famous #Rothschild #Banking Dynasty Facing Fraud Charges In #France I

n addition to being accused of defrauding British retirees, Rothschild Bank AG was also recently fined millions for U.S. tax dodging.

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#TISA Leaks Part Deux: More Evidence Of Concerted Attack On Democracy #wikileaks

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#TISA Leaks Part Deux: More Evidence Of Concerted Attack On Democracy #wikileaks

A WikiLeaks analysis shows how 52-nation Trade in Services Agreement threatens both net neutrality and personal data privacy.

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#inequality #California #drought crisis hitting poverty-stricken communities hardest - #water YouTube

#inequality #California #drought crisis hitting poverty-stricken communities hardest - #water YouTube

Cities in southern California have been struggling to survive the intense drought hitting the state, which has crippled poor communities without the infrastructure to handle the heat and limited their ability to get enough water. Lindsay France has more from Los Angeles.

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#Fracking Expands Under the Radar on Mexican Lands #Mexico #schiste #environment

#Fracking Expands Under the Radar on Mexican Lands #Mexico #schiste #environment | News in english | Scoop.it

#Fracking Expands Under the Radar on Mexican Lands #Mexico #schiste #environment


Fracking is quietly expanding in Mexico, unregulated and shrouded in opacity.
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#Netanyahu and #Obama find a shared interest — screwing the #israel people | +972 Magazine

#Netanyahu and #Obama find a shared interest — screwing the #israel people | +972 Magazine | News in english | Scoop.it


#Netanyahu and #Obama find a shared interest — screwing the #israel people | +972 Magazine

The rather lousy relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. President Obama has been the subject of much discussion in recent weeks as former Ambassador Michael Oren brought already ridiculous levels of behind-the-scenes speculation to new lows. Years of public clashes over settlement construction, peace talks, negotiations with Iran, and more, have provided endless fodder fueling public clashes between the two leaders.

There is one area, however, where President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu have suddenly, and perhaps surprisingly to outsiders, found their interests aligned.(...)

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Mass Extinction: It's the End of the World as We Know It #environment #climatechange

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Mass Extinction: It's the End of the World as We Know It #environment #climatechange

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: In an interview with Truthout, climate change expert Dr. Guy McPherson argues that humans may face our own mass extinction within a few decades due to abrupt climate disruption and runaway feedback loops.

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#BillCosby Admitted To Drugging Women In 2005 Deposition with #quaaludes #SexualCrimes - AP #PapaBonheur ...

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#BillCosby Admitted To Drugging Women In 2005 Deposition with #quaaludes  #SexualCrimes - AP #PapaBonheur ...

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he got quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and

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#BernieSanders gets slimed by the @NYTimes:This is what a smiling, condescending hit job looks like

#BernieSanders gets slimed by the @NYTimes:This is what a smiling, condescending hit job looks like | News in english | Scoop.it

La campagne de dénigrement de la candidature de Bernie Sanders aux élections présidentielles US 2016 a commencé ...

Le New York Times donne l'assaut ...

Bien d'autres, feront du copier coller du NY Times, maîtres à penser des journaleux sans idées, très vite .. y compris en Europe

Le fait est que ses meetings électoraux ont plus de succès que ceux des  candidats de la caste oligarcho-financière Clinton/Bush/Cruz (les autres .. pas la peine d'en parler . .trop baltringues )

#BernieSanders gets slimed by the @NYTimes:This is what a smiling, condescending hit job looks like #DogGuards - Salon
A cheerfully disparaging Sanders profile aims to trivialize him to trivialize his politics. It's just the Times way

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Rebetiko-Misirlu - YouTube - I love you greek people, you are the hope for a better future ! Thank you ! #greece #oxi

Rebetiko-Misirlu - YouTube - I love you greek people, you are the hope for a better future ! Thank you ! #greece #oxi

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The Greeks say Oxi to the morons in the EU/ECB

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Liar, Liar! Mainstream Media Won’t Like This One #Google #Misinformation #USStateDept #Russia #Putin

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Intéressante démonstration de Phil Butler de Russia Insider


Liar, Liar! Mainstream Media Won’t Like This One #Google #Misinformation #USStateDept #Russia #Putin

People back home ask me; “Why are you on Putin’s side?” Well, a simple browser function called a “screenshot” speaks volumes on that. I don’t like lies, and especially those that get people killed. What’s more I hate spoiled sports and unsportsmanlike conduct. Putin, he’s the best sportsman among our world’s leaders in my opinion, but most people already know this.(...)

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#RogerWaters to #CaetanoVeloso: 'I implore you not to proceed with your engagement in Tel Aviv' #BDS #Boycottisrael

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#RogerWaters to #CaetanoVeloso: 'I implore you not to proceed with your engagement in Tel Aviv' #BDS #Boycottisrael


Legendary Brazilian artists and political activists Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil are scheduled to perform to an already sold out crowd in Tel Aviv on July 28. Brazilian and international BDS ac...
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How #Switzerland corrupted its courts to nail banks #whistleblower #RudolfElmer - #justice #suisse #corruption

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How #Switzerland corrupted its courts to nail banks #whistleblower #RudolfElmer - #justice #suisse #corruption

Today, Switzerland tightens up its legislation to be able to crack down more effectively on whistleblowers. On this occasion we’re proud to host a guest blog by Rudolf Elmer, a Swiss whistleblower who has been subject to severe harassment by the Swiss courts for around a decade now.

The harassment has extended to his family: it is the sort of treatment one might expect of a totalitarian regime, not of an advanced Western nation.

The harassment is not just from the courts and the financial sector: we should add that, with a fair few honourable exceptions, Swiss media have largely taken the financial centre’s line: that Elmer is a thief and a scoundrel, rather than a whistleblower acting in the public interest.

The truckload of evidence Elmer provides here will, we think, convince you beyond any doubt that the Swiss financial system has corrupted its courts system.


How Switzerland corrupted its courts to pursue a bank whistleblower.

By Rudolf Elmer

  • I blew the whistle on thousands of wealthy individuals including shady arms brokers, Mexican officials linked to drug dealers; Saudi companies linked to the Bin Laden family; and politicians accused of corruption.

I have been pursued b/...)

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Former Central Bank Head Karl Otto Pöhl: Bailout Plan Is All About 'Rescuing Banks and Rich Greeks' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Former Central Bank Head Karl Otto Pöhl: Bailout Plan Is All About 'Rescuing Banks and Rich Greeks' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The 750 billion euro package the European Union passed last week to prop up the common currency has been heavily criticized in Germany. Former Bundesbank head Karl Otto Pöhl told SPIEGEL that Greece may ultimately have to opt out, and that the foundation of the euro has been fundamentally weakened.

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Environmental Justice Report: 81% Of Products Tested At U.S. Dollar Stores Are Unsafe #environment

Environmental Justice Report: 81% Of Products Tested At U.S. Dollar Stores Are Unsafe #environment | News in english | Scoop.it


Environmental Justice Report: 81% Of Products Tested At U.S. Dollar Stores Are Unsafe #environment

Low income families often live in communities surrounded by toxic refineries and other dangerous industries, further increasing exposure.

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Prescription #painkillers linked to high homicide rates – study - RT 3:55 #health #criminality #violence

Prescription #painkillers linked to high homicide rates – study - RT 3:55 #health #criminality #violence


Researchers have found a disturbing link between people who abuse prescription painkillers, specifically those containing opiates, and impulse homicides in d...
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