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Britain: Israel's next government must understand two-state solution is almost dead

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Foreign Secretary Hague condemns settlement expansion, says EU and U.S. still need to establish 'incentives and disincentives' regarding further negotiations.
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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
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more (in german ) : http://www.handelszeitung.ch/unternehmen/nestle-im-keim-erstickt

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No ‘#JeSuisCharleston’? #BlackLivesMatter #JeSuisCharlie (so, it depends .. not for black people ?)

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No ‘#JeSuisCharleston’? #BlackLivesMatter #JeSuisCharlie (so, it depends .. not for black people ?)

Ajamu Baraka asks; where are the international marches of solidarity with African Americans?


Where are the international marches of solidarity with African Americans? The statements from world leaders condemning the terrorist attack and calling on U.S. Authorities to crack down on the whit...
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« Les grecs ne paient pas leurs impôts et ont vécu au-dessus de leurs moyens » - vrai ou pas ?

« Les grecs ne paient pas leurs impôts et ont vécu au-dessus de leurs moyens » - vrai ou pas ?

3e chronique « Grèce ou marre de l’enfumage médiatique »

Il parait qu’éluder l’impôt est une habitude tellement généralisée au sein de la population grecque que c’en est devenu un sport national. Il parait que les dépenses publiques en Grèce sont totalement démesurées et que c’est ce qui a justifié des réformes drastiques. Vraiment ?

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Prince Talal of #saudiarabia: my visit to #israel shall mark the new age of peace and fraternity - AWD News #EvilAlliance

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Prince Talal of #saudiarabia: my visit to #israel shall mark the new age of peace and fraternity - AWD News #EvilAlliance

The Saudi multi-millionaire media tycoon, prince Talal Bin Waleed, has urged all Arab nations to give up their acrimonious stance toward the Jewish nation and instead continue to strive for a more peaceful , prosperous and homogenous Middle-East.The ...

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#WikiLeaks Publishes More Documents Revealing #Saudi Connection Against #Syria And #USA (#ArabiaSaudi=terrorist state)

#WikiLeaks Publishes More Documents Revealing #Saudi Connection Against #Syria And #USA (#ArabiaSaudi=terrorist state) | News in english | Scoop.it

#WikiLeaks Publishes More Documents Revealing #Saudi Connection Against #Syria And #USA (#ArabiaSaudi=terrorist state)


WikiLeaks also released documents claiming Riyadh had contacts with one of the most dangerous rivals of the United States in Afghanistan.

According to documents leaked by WikiLeaks, a secret treaty among Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia shows they intended to overthrow the Syrian government. The revelation came from Julian Assange, the founder of the controversial website.

Assange claimed to a Russian TV channel Sunday that the secret deal had been signed by the Gulf nations in 2012. He added that Western powers like France, Britain and the United States were also involved in the secret agreement.

However, Assange said that U.S. allies in the Middle East acted in a more hostile manner. Saudi Arabia even acted against Washington’s instructions, Press TV reported.

The leaked documents are among hundreds of thousands of government papers that apparently revealed secret information abou(...)

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As Black Churches Burn Across the #US South, Are White Supremacist Attacks Continuing After #Charleston?

As Black Churches Burn Across the #US South, Are White Supremacist Attacks Continuing After #Charleston?


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http://democracynow.org - The FBI is launching an investigation into fires set at seven different African-American churches in seven days. So far none of the blazes have been labeled as hate crimes, but investigators say at least three fires were caused by arson. The fires began on June 21, just days after the Charleston massacre, and have occurred in six different states: Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Ohio. We are joined by Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has been tracking these most recent fires.

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#Liban #LGBT : Détenu et battu pendant 3 semaines pr #homosexualité & 1 test de drogue négatif #Lebanon #HumanRights

#Liban #LGBT : Détenu et battu pendant 3 semaines pr #homosexualité & 1 test de drogue négatif #Lebanon #HumanRights | News in english | Scoop.it

#Liban #LGBT : Détenu et battu pendant 3 semaines pr #homosexualité & 1 test de drogue négatif #Lebanon #HumanRights

Droits de l’homme

« Les gendarmes ont sorti mon ami de sa cellule, l'ont menotté aux pieds et aux mains, et ont commencé à lui asséner des coups. Ils l'ont violemment frappé avant d'appeler ses parents pour leur dire que leur fils était gay. »

Il y a quelques jours, le monde célébrait la Journée mondiale contre la torture, alors qu'au Liban, les appels fusaient de partout pour mettre fin à cette pratique qualifiée par l'Onu de « systématique » et d' « inquiétante ». La publication de vidéos montrant la torture de détenus dans la prison de Roumieh avait, pour rappel, mobilisé l'opinion publique, choquée de voir de telles images dont elle aurait pourtant dû se douter. La torture dans les prisons et les postes de police n'est pas en effet chose nouvelle au Liban. C'est d'ailleurs ce que vient rappeler une déplorable affaire survenue il y a trois semaines... Une affaire qui remet sur le tapis le droit des citoyens à une vie privée et à une liberté d'orientation sexuelle, à l'heure où le mariage gay fait la une des journaux après avoir été légalisé aux États-Unis...

Une descente aux enfers
Omar* a 30 ans. Il est ingénieur civil dans un bureau d'études au centre-ville de Beyrouth. Après sa formation à l'Université Saint-Joseph, il décide de s'installer il y a quelques années au Liban, quittant sa petite amie et l'Europe, où ses parents travaillent toujours et où il a vécu la plus grande partie de son enfance et de son adolescence. Pour L'Orient-Le Jour, il a accepté de témoigner au sujet des événements qu'il a vécus durant le mois de juin. Il espère, confie-t-il, « contribuer ne serait-ce qu'à un petit changement au sein de la société à travers ce témoignage ».

L'histoire, comme rapportée par Omar, commence au soir du 9 juin 2015, à 20h30. Omar raccompagne son ami, Samer* (25 ans), jusqu'à sa maison au Liban-Sud, comme il le fait souvent. Cette nuit-là, un barrage de contrôle est inhabituellement érigé à l'entrée du Liban-Sud. Machinalement, Omar remet ses papiers d'identité et ceux de la voiture au militaire, pendant qu'un autre fouille son ami à l'extérieur du véhicule. Quelques minutes plus tard, un soldat lui demande de sortir à son tour du véhicule, lui confisque son téléphone et lui passe les menottes aux mains. Omar aperçoit alors son ami, également menotté, dans la voiture des soldats. Dans son sac à dos d'étudiant, ils ont trouvé un demi-gramme de haschisch, « pour utilisation personnelle » et dont Omar ne connaissait pas l'existence. « Ils nous ont pris à un commissariat du Sud, raconte Omar. Je savais que j'étais dans un pétrin, mais je me disais que le test médical de détection de substances illicites allait s'avérer négatif et que j'allais bientôt sortir. Je n'ai jamais consommé de haschisch ou une autre drogue. »
« Après avoir pris mes coordonnées et effectué un bref interrogatoire avec nous, durant lequel j'ai expliqué au commissaire que je n'avais rien à voir dans toute cette histoire, ils nous ont autorisés à faire un appel téléphonique vers minuit. J'ai appelé mon petit frère pour lui dire de ne pas s'inquiéter. Samer, lui, ne voulait appeler personne. Il avait l'habitude de passer la nuit en dehors de la maison. Nous avons passé la nuit dans une cellule. Ce n'était pas trop désagréable. Le lendemain, à 13 heures, on nous a emmenés à un bureau de lutte antidrogue au Sud, et c'est là qu'a commencé la descente aux enfers. »

Dans ce bureau, les deux jeunes hommes subissent un nouvel interrogatoire très violent. Ils sont traités de tous les mots par l'inspecteur en charge. « On m'a demandé de faire un test d'urine et on m'a dit que s'il était négatif, je pourrais m'en aller, ajoute Omar. Comme je n'avais pas de quoi payer les frais du test, j'ai appelé ma mère en vacances à Beyrouth et lui ai raconté mon aventure. Elle est venue me donner de l'argent et a été contrainte de repartir. Le test d'urine s'est avéré négatif, mais ils ne me l'ont pas dit. Ils ont ensuite fouillé mon téléphone, mes photos, ma boîte e-mail et mes messages. Examinant mes conversations avec Samer, ils se sont attardés sur le fait que je l'appelais "Habibi". J'ai alors nié toutes ces accusations d'homosexualité. Ils ont menacé de faire venir un médecin légiste qui pourrait déterminer si je mentais et m'ont ensuite montré les résultats de mon test d'urine sur lequel s'affichaient deux barres rouges. Il était négatif, mais ils m'ont fait croire que les deux barres signifiaient qu'il était positif. Ils voulaient que j'avoue d'où j'achetais ces substances et avec qui je les consommais. Je n'ai rien dit. Ils ont alors sorti mon ami de sa cellule, l'ont menotté aux pieds et aux mains, et ont commencé à lui asséner des coups de poing, des coups de pied et des coups de bâton. Ils lui ont mis la tête dans de l'eau froide pour qu'il donne des noms de dealers, de toxicomanes. Ils lui ont aussi dit que j'avais avoué qu'on avait eu des relations sexuelles ensemble. Ils lui ont assuré que cela allait rester confidentiel et que cela n'était pas grave du fait que nous n'avions pas été attrapés en flagrant délit dans la rue. Sous la pression, mon petit ami a tout avoué. Ils l'ont violemment frappé et même électrocuté. J'ai également dû subir un traitement similaire pour livrer une liste de noms de la communauté gay et j'ai également été battu par l'inspecteur. Face à notre silence, ils ont appelé nos parents. Ils leur ont dit que nous étions gays alors qu'ils n'en savaient rien. »


(Pour mémoire : Plus d'une femme sur deux arrêtées au Liban est torturée, révèle le CLDH)

 

« Où croyez-vous que nous sommes ? »
Quand la mère de Omar débarque au bureau de lutte antidrogue, elle fait une crise de nerfs et s'évanouit à l'annonce de la nouvelle. Le père de Samer, lui, injurie son fils qu'il ne peut voir derrière les barreaux. Les inspecteurs tentent en effet de dissimuler à son papa son visage défiguré et boursouflé. L'inspecteur conseille alors à la mère de Omar de recourir à un avocat. Lorsqu'elle cherche à savoir si son fils va être battu, l'inspecteur lui répond : « Walaw, madame, sûrement pas. Où croyez-vous que nous sommes? »

Les deux jeunes hommes passent 6 jours au Sud, durant lesquels ils ont, au quotidien, le choix entre la torture (le bâton) et la divulgation de noms de la communauté gay (une feuille et un papier), sous une grosse pancarte accrochée au bureau de l'inspecteur et sur laquelle est écrit en trois langues : « Tout usage de la force est interdit durant les interrogatoires ». Samer est accusé de consommation de substances illicites et d'homosexualité, et Omar d'homosexualité. Ils sont ensuite transférés au poste de police de Hobeiche, à Beyrouth. Là, ils subissent un interrogatoire des plus déroutants. « Ils voulaient savoir dans le détail ce que nous faisions ensemble, qui faisait quoi au lit, dans les moindres détails, confie Omar. Nous sommes restés cinq jours à Hobeiche, dans une cellule de 20 mètres carrés comprenant une vingtaine de personnes. Nous devions dormir et manger assis. Nous attendions d'être transférés devant le juge mais nous n'étions pas optimistes. Nos compagnons de cellule étaient en détention provisoire depuis plus de 50 jours. Nos parents, eux, avaient eu recours à des avocats mais n'osaient pas trop recourir à leur carnet d'adresses pour nous faire sortir. Ils avaient honte en quelque sorte. Toute ma vie s'écroulait devant moi. J'étais tellement gêné que je laissais les choses se faire. Le cinquième jour à Hobeiche, je me suis évanoui. Ma mère est venue me voir avant qu'on nous emmène à Saïda au Palais de justice. »
Et Omar de poursuivre : « Nous sommes restés huit jours enfermés avec 200 prisonniers. Le pire est que les gendarmes avaient dit à haute voix aux détenus que nous étions des homosexuels. Alors qu'ils nous disaient que les interrogatoires étaient confidentiels, tous mes compagnons de cellule savaient tous les détails. Ils auraient pu nous violer, personne n'aurait jamais rien su. Ce n'est qu'après huit jours que j'ai pu voir le juge qui m'a accordé deux minutes. J'ai signé un papier et mon avocat a payé une caution. Au bout de trois semaines, j'ai été remis en liberté, alors que mon copain était toujours en détention. »

Pour ce jeune homme qui a toujours eu une vie sexuelle très hétéro mais qui raconte s'être épanoui depuis qu'il a rencontré Samer, cette histoire ne devrait pas passer sous silence. « Le pire est arrivé, je n'ai plus rien à perdre, affirme l'ingénieur parfaitement francophone. Mon père ne m'adresse plus la parole depuis qu'il a su ce qui est arrivé, et je sais que j'ai été puni sans avoir fait le moindre mal à qui que ce soit. Cela ne m'empêchera pas de vivre ma vie comme bon me semble et je pense que j'ai, dorénavant, en horreur toutes les personnes en uniforme. »

Le ministre Machnouk se saisit de l'affaire
Contacté par L'Orient-Le Jour mardi soir, le conseiller du ministre de l'Intérieur Nouhad Machnouk, Jad Akhaoui, prié de commenter l'affaire, a assuré que les pratiques de torture ne reflètent d'aucune façon la vision et les valeurs défendues par le ministère qui « suivra cette affaire de près pour écouter la version des inspecteurs coupables et les punir le cas échéant ». Des propos repris par une source autorisée au sein des Forces de sécurité intérieure qui a encouragé les victimes à porter plainte contre les membres des FSI qui les ont torturés. « Il est vrai que la loi condamne toujours au Liban les relations contre nature, mais cela ne signifie pas pour autant que la torture est permise contre les homosexuels », a souligné la source en question.
Hier, et suite à des contacts entre L'Orient-Le Jour et le ministre Machnouk, celui-ci, qui a pris l'affaire très à cœur et lui a accordé tout l'intérêt qu'elle mérite, a dépêché une équipe de gendarmes et un médecin légiste auprès de Samer. Au Palais de justice de Saïda, le médecin l'a examiné. S'il n'a pu déceler de grosses traces de coups sur son corps, 20 jours après son passage au bureau de lutte antidrogue, l'enquête se poursuit malgré tout pour faire parler l'inspecteur responsable. Samer, lui, a été libéré une demi-heure plus tard. Affaire à suivre...

*Les noms des personnes présentant leur témoignage ont été changés à leur demande.

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The 1 percent’s most useful idiot: @NYTimes columnist @FrankBruni says corporations need more power #DogsGuard

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The 1 percent’s most useful idiot: @NYTimes columnist @FrankBruni says corporations need more power #DogsGuard

The absurdly inept Times columnist proves once and for all that he's a caricature of plutocratic neoliberalism

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#Pelosi to #WallStreet: Ignore #ElizabethWarren. Dems Still Love You #dogs #caniches

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#Pelosi to #WallStreet: Ignore #ElizabethWarren. Dems Still Love You #dogs #caniches

House Minority Leader highlights growing rift in party over contentious financial and trade issues

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#BBC to cut more than 1,000 jobs in cost-saving push #medias #media

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#BBC to cut more than 1,000 jobs in cost-saving push #medias #media


Managers and back office functions to be cut to make up for a funding shortfall of £150m largely due to the faster-than expected switch to online viewing
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Palestinian is shot at Qalandiya checkpoint a day after #israel soldier is stabbed at Bethlehem checkpoint #Palestine

Palestinian is shot at Qalandiya checkpoint a day after #israel soldier is stabbed at Bethlehem checkpoint #Palestine | News in english | Scoop.it


An average of two Israeli civilians per week have sustained injuries from Palestinians so far this year, and one was killed. In the same time period, an average of 39 Palestinians have been injured...

Palestinian is shot at Qalandiya checkpoint a day after #israel soldier is stabbed at Bethlehem checkpoint #Palestine

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Survivor of #israel Attack on USS Liberty: It Could Not Have Been a Mistake - #israel #USA #History YouTube

Survivor of #israel Attack on USS Liberty: It Could Not Have Been a Mistake - #israel #USA YouTube


TTo mark the 48th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, TRNN speaks to survivor Sgt. Bryce Lockwood and former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern

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@NYTimes finally acknowledges that 'growing number of American Jews' support #BDS - #Boycottisrael

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@NYTimes finally acknowledges that 'growing number of American Jews' support #BDS - #Boycottisrael

The United Church of Christ vote in favor of divestment and boycott has prompted an incredibly fair report from the NYT, saying the BDS movement is growing and is supported by a "growing number" of...

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#UK approved £4mn #israel arms sales in the months after #Gaza war - #Palestine

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#UK approved £4mn #israel arms sales in the months after #Gaza war - #Palestine


The UK government approved £4 million worth of arms sales to Israel in the immediate months following the Israeli government’s military bombardment of Gaza last summer, new research reveals.
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#NoamChomsky: #Austerity Is Just Class War - #Greece #Grèce

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#NoamChomsky: #Austerity Is Just Class War - #Greece #Grèce


The esteemed scholar offers his views crisis over Greece's debt problems.
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#arabiasaoudite #dégénérés #Saudi prince criticised for offering Bentleys to pilots bombing #Yemen

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Saudi prince offers Bentleys to pilots who bomb Yemen as Saudi-led coalition launch new air strikes


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#Syria Christian Leader Tells West: ‘Stop Arming Terror Groups Who Are Massacring Our People’

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#Syria Christian Leader Tells West: ‘Stop Arming Terror Groups Who Are Massacring Our People’


He said Islamic State was not the Islam that Syrians have learned about andlived alongside for hundreds of years.
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The Most Repressive Points Of #Spain’s New Gag Law (fortunately soon #Podemos, if elected, will cancel this sh... law)

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The Most Repressive Points Of #Spain’s New Gag Law (fortunately soon #Podemos, if elected, will cancel this sh... law)

Its many detractors complain that the new "gag law" harks back to the repressive days of the Franco regime. Here are a list of its most controversial points.

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As #France Suspends Soldiers for #ChildSexualAbuse, Will #UN Tackle Impunity for Peacekeepers? #ONU

As #France Suspends Soldiers for #ChildSexualAbuse, Will #UN Tackle Impunity for Peacekeepers? #ONU


Ajoutée le 2 juil. 2015

http://democracynow.org - In the latest allegations of child sex abuse by Western troops in the countries they are supposed to be protecting, France has suspended two soldiers accused of sexually abusing two children in Burkina Faso. The soldiers reportedly filmed themselves abusing one of the victims, a five-year-old girl. The suspension of the French soldiers comes weeks after it emerged the U.N. failed to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation of children by French troops in the Central African Republic. Even after the exploitation was brought to the attention of senior U.N. officials, the U.N. never reported it to French authorities — nor did it do anything to immediately stop the abuse. A forthcoming report by the U.N.’s Office of Internal Oversight Services says peacekeepers frequently engage in "transactional sex," forcing impoverished citizens to perform sexual acts in exchange for food and medication. We are joined by Paula Donovan, co-director of AIDS-Free World. Her group has launched the Code Blue campaign, which seeks to end the sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations military and nonmilitary peacekeeping personnel.

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Will #ElizabethWarren endorse #BernieSanders? The progressive team that may shake up 2016 #HOPE #US

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Will #ElizabethWarren endorse #BernieSanders? The progressive team that may shake up 2016 #HOPE #US


Though she's previously encouraged Hillary Clinton to run, Elizabeth Warren sounds mighty friendly toward Bernie
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Let's just get Greece sorted

All this dithering over Greece is getting boring. European ministers flexing their muscles and posturing over whether they can help the Greek people of not. Why don't we the people just sort it instead?

The European Union is home to 503 million people, if we all just chip in a few Euro then we can get Greece sorted and hopefully get them back on track soon. Easy.

What We Need & What You Get

€1.6bn is what the Greeks need. It might seem like a lot but it's only just over €3 from each European. That's about the same as half a pint in London. Or everyone in the EU just having a Feta and Olive salad for lunch.

So come on, order a Feta and Olive salad, maybe wash it down with an Ouzo or glass of Assyrtiko greek wine and let's sort this shit out. 

Pledge €3 and get a postcard sent from Greece of Alex Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister. We'll get them made and posted in Greece and give a boost to some local printers and post offices. 

Pledge €6 and get a greek Feta and Olive salad 

Pledge €10 and get a small bottle of Ouzo sent to you

Pledge €25 and get a bottle of Greek wine


Is that really all it would take?OK, it might be a short while for the cash to get fully into the Greek economy, but hell - what is there to lose? Another Tesco Meal deal? Ah well.

You get some tasty Greek things. 

We promise that all profits will go to the Greek people and all products will be 100% Greek. 


FAQs and Press/MediaSince this has been covered in the media and gone fantastically well so far, I've been asked a lot of questions. I've tried to answer some more below:

Who are you?

I'm 29 years old and from York, Yorkshire in the North of England but live in Bethnal Green, London. I currently work in a shoe shop in London. 




Is this a joke?

No. I can understand why people might take it as a joke, but Crowdfunding can really help because it's just a case of getting on and doing it. I was fed up of the Greek crisis going round in circles, while politicians are dithering, this is affecting real people. While all the posturing is going on, then it's easy for the politicians to forget that. I just thought, sod it, I'll have a crack. 



How has the campaign been received?

I've been overwhelmed by the response, it’s been incredibly positive. I’ve received so many tweets, emails and messages of support and thanks.


Are you just making a statement/some kind of point?

I’m not just making a statement, this is a real attempt to do something. But at the very least it's important to raise the issue of the plight of the Greek people at this time. Not just the profiles of politiicians. We can help our Greek cousins by buying wonderful Greek produce such as feta, olives, wine and more. And maybe considering Greece as a holiday destination. That's part of the idea behind each of the perks on the crowdfunding page. Trade will help Greece and the Greek people out of their current situation. 



Why are you no longer offering a Greek island?

There was a small Greek Island on offer for anyone who came in with €1.6bn, I thought that Mr Tsipras would happily accept that but IndieGoGo emailed me to say that as the Greek Government had not officially agreed to this, I wasn't allowed to offer it. A Greek lady emailed to say that she found that perk offensive, which I apologised profusely for, I certainly didn't mean offence. I was only thinking something about the size of Inchmarnock off the coast of Scotland, which I'd definitely sell if it saved the British economy.



Have you been involved in Greek Politics before?

I've never been involved in Greek politics. I see the campaign as more of a helping the Greek people than getting involved with politics.




Have you been in touch with European or Greek leaders.

I've not yet been in touch with any European leaders, but I heard a rumour from a journalist that Mr Tsipras wanted to get in touch. 



Do you have any link to IndieGoGo?

I've never been involved with IndieGoGo before. 



What happens if you don’t make the target?

All the money is refunded. Hopefully we’ll make it though!



Are the products real or symbolic?

It’s not symbolic - all products would be sourced from Greece, made in Greece and sent from Greece.



Do you think Europeans are generous enough?

Europeans are pretty generous on the whole, maybe Ms Merkel and Mr Cameron are the exception. There are 500 million people in the EU and actually, it wouldn't cost each person much to just sort it out ourselves. I'm confident the people of Europe will get this campaign and some time soon we'll all be raising a glass of Ouzo and having a bloody great big celebration.



What will happen to the money?

We promise that all profits will go to the Greek people. Whether that be via the government accepting it or by other means.



How can the Greek government accept your money?

That's one for IndieGoGo to help me with! Thought I suspect that there'll be plenty of people, better qualified than I am, that would be willing to help.



Do you think that you can reach the target?

I hope very much that the campaign will reach the target, I think it will be a victory for people power. Yes it's a tall order but I truly believe it can be effective, remember it's a very small amount per person we're looking for. 


Will you go to Greece to send the postcards?!

I'd love to go to Greece to send the postcards myself. The postcards and salads would be put together in Greece, employing Greeks and contributing to the Greek economy. 



How much have you personally put in?

I've put in for a bottle of Ouzo, which is just €10 - if 1 in 3 Europeans did the same, we'd get to the target!

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