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Qatar's Brotherhood Ties Alienate Fellow Gulf States - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

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Sultan Al Qassemi analyzes how Qatar’s relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood is affecting its ties with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the region.

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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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#Ukraine #Russia ▶ ' #Reuters lied' #MH17 witness says reporter falsified testimony - YouTube - RT - 4 mn

#Ukraine #Russia ▶ ' #Reuters lied' #MH17 witness says reporter falsified testimony - YouTube - RT - 4 mn

RT talks on camera to a man, who's alleged 'off camera' account became the basis for media speculation into why flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine.

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What Is She Doing Right? Report Says #WallStreet Ready to Punish Dems over #ElizabethWarren

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What Is She Doing Right? Report Says #WallStreet Ready to Punish Dems over #ElizabethWarren

What could she possibly be doing right? According to exlusive reporting by Reuters on Friday, big Wall Street banks are so upset with Elizabeth Warren’s call to "un-rig" the economy and proposals for stronger financial regulations that discussions are underway about withholding campaign contributions to Senate Democrats as a form of "symbolic" protest against the freshman senator from Massachusetts.

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RT #BigPharma profiteering must be stopped' #DoctorsWithoutBorders chief #MSF #health #capitalism-26 mn

RT #BigPharma profiteering must be stopped' #DoctorsWithoutBorders chief #MSF #health #capitalism-26 mn

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#analysis : #Syria n Rebels Capture #Idlib, by Aron Lund

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HATE IS STRONGER THAN LATTE #Starbucks #hypocrisy #BlackLivesMatter #Racism #USA by MentalUnrest

HATE IS STRONGER THAN LATTE #Starbucks #hypocrisy #BlackLivesMatter #Racism #USA by MentalUnrest | News in english | Scoop.it

Ces campagnes de comm bisounours à la con pour quoi à la fin ? Pour vendre .. rien de plus .. des campagnes de comm contredites par les faits

HATE IS STRONGER THAN LATTE #Starbucks #hypocrisy #BlackLivesMatter #Racism #USA by MentalUnrest

I'm reminded of the time during my fourth or fifth year on this planet where my Brother and I thought we made a new friend, a white kid about my age, who soon after called both of us... ... We had ...

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▶ "I Need a Stiff Drink After That": John Negroponte on Being Questioned by #AmyGoodman over #Iraq War

▶ "I Need a Stiff Drink After That": John Negroponte on Being Questioned by #AmyGoodman over #Iraq War

http://democracynow.org - During a conference Tuesday at Hofstra University that assessed the George W. Bush presidency, Amy Goodman asked panelists if senior administration officials should be tried for war crimes. Her question to former national intelligence director and U.S. ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, drew this response:

Amy Goodman: "Do you think that, Mr. Negroponte, that knowing what we know today, the Iraq War was wrong? And do you think torture is wrong?"

John Negroponte: "Look, well, torture is never right. And ..."
Amy Goodman: "Do think the Bush administration was wrong to engage in it?"

John Negroponte: "I say torture is never right. That’s my first point. But my second point was, I’ll just stick with the way I felt during the time I lived through those events. And you can find quotes of what I said when I was ambassador to the U.N. I was asked if I thought we should use force in Iraq. And I said, well, in questions like this, I think we ought to approach the issue with a great deal of caution."

According to The Wall Street Journal, Negroponte continued to think about Goodman’s comments after the panel discussion was over. The article about the event ended with this remark:

"Boy, I need a stiff drink after that one," Mr. Negroponte told a small group of people after the panel on which he and Ms. Goodman served. "Double martini."

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#HowAstonishining ...▶ #Clinton Foundation's biggest donor was #Ukraine oligarch - RT America #CORRUPTION

#HowAstonishining ...▶ #Clinton Foundation's biggest donor was #Ukraine oligarch  - RT America #CORRUPTION

The Clintons are embroiled in a new controversy over their non-profit, amid revelations that the biggest donation to their organization came from Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk. RT's Alexey Yaroshevsky has more.

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#Canada fury: Week of #austerity protests brings tens of thousands onto #Quebec streets - RT 4:25 YouTube

#Canada fury: Week of #austerity protests brings tens of thousands onto #Quebec streets - RT 4:25 YouTube

Tens of thousands take to the streets across the Canadian province of Quebec to protest new regional budget cuts. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to R...

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When #Journalists Defend Government Secrecy - #Whistleblowers & the #Press Heavyweights » CounterPunch #media

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When #Journalists Defend Government Secrecy -  #Whistleblowers & the #Press Heavyweights » CounterPunch #media


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#SaudiArabia and #Egypt to Invade #Yemen - AP

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#SaudiArabia and #Egypt to Invade #Yemen - AP

Egypt and Saudi Arabia are planning a ground operation in Yemen, Egyptian officials said Thursday, a day after Saudi Arabia began bombing Houthi rebels in the country. Three officials speaking to the AP did not give troop numbers, but said that they would enter by land and by sea and that the coalition would involve other countries. Turkey has said that it may be one of the nations providing "logistical support." Yemeni President Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled his home to an undisclosed location Wednesday. The White House said late Wednesday that President Barack Obama authorized logistical and intelligence support to the Saudi-led operations in Yemen. “While U.S. forces are not taking direct military action in Yemen in support of this effort, we are establishing a Joint Planning Cell with Saudi Arabia to coordinate U.S. military and intelligence support,” according to a White House statement.

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#USA Your Money at War Everywhere | TomDispatch - Since Yesterday it's #Yemen ..

#USA Your Money at War Everywhere | TomDispatch - Since Yesterday it's #Yemen .. | News in english | Scoop.it

#USA Your Money at War Everywhere | TomDispatch - Since Yesterday it's #Yemen ..

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#US Congress Totally Cool With #israel Spying on U.S. Officials Negotiating With #Iran

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#US Congress Totally Cool With #israel Spying on U.S. Officials Negotiating With #Iran

Mossad reportedly listened in to nuclear talks and used the information to lobby Capitol Hill. Democrats and Republican greeted the news with a big shrug.


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#US #ArabiaSaudi #WarCrimes : #MSF tells 15 dead in airstrike on #Yemen #refugee camp - YouTube

#US #ArabiaSaudi #WarCrimes : #MSF tells 15 dead in airstrike on #Yemen #refugee camp - YouTube

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Aid workers say at least 15 people have been killed in north Yemen after an airstrike hit a camp for internally displaced people.

The humanitarian agency, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), said on Monday that the Al-Mazraq camp in the northwestern Hajjah province was bombed.

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#media: #Colombia n Report on #US Military's Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets

#media: #Colombia n Report on #US Military's Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets | News in english | Scoop.it

Un rapport de 800 pages a été publié la semaine passée établissant qu'entre 2003 et 2007 des militaires US en Colombie ont violé au moins 54 enfants EN TOUTE IMPUNITE . La presse US n'en parle pas .. la presse européenne non plus.

Imaginez-vous le tam tam médiatique (justifié .. )  si un tel rapport avait été publié impliquant des soldats russes..


#media: #Colombia n Report on #US Military's Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets

By Adam Johnson, FAIR Blog | News Analysis

An 800-page independent report commissioned by the US-friendly Colombian government and the radical left rebel group FARC found that US military soldiers and contractors had sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007 and, in all cases, the rapists were never punished–either in Colombia or stateside–due to American military personnel being immune from prosecution under diplomatic immunity agreements between the two countries.

The report was part of a broader historical analysis meant to establish the “causes and violence aggravators” of the 50-year-long conflict between the government and rebels that’s presently being negotiated to an end. As Colombia  Reports (3/23/15) would spell out:

In his report, the historian [Renan Vega] cited one 2004 case in the central Colombian tow

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n his report, the historian [Renan Vega] cited one 2004 case in the central Colombian town of Melgar where 53 underage girls were sexually abused by nearby stationed military contractors “who moreover filmed [the abuse] and sold the films as pornographic material.”

According to Colombia’s leading newspaper, El Tiempo, the victims of the sexual abuse practices were forced to flee the region after their families received death threats.

Other Americans stationed at the Tolemaida Air Base allegedly committed similar crimes, but possibly also never saw a day in court due to an immunity arrangement for America...(..)





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#LGBT ▶ Thousands protest new anti-gay law in #Indiana state -2:30 - Al Jazeera YouTube

Désormais, quelle misère, dans l'I#ndiana (6,5 millions d'habitants et 2x plus grand que la Suisse) , un des 51 Etats des #USA, une loi permet aux propriétaires d'établissements de refuser de servir ou de vendre des marchandises aux homosexuels ...

Puis-je me permettre de signaler que de telles lois n'existent pas en #Russie ?



#LGBT ▶ Thousands protest new anti-gay law in #Indiana state -2:30 - Al Jazeera  YouTube

The clash over gay rights and religion has flared up again in the United States. The state of Indiana passed a law that allows business owners to refuse to s...

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▶ Forced #adoption in #UK (RT #Documentary 40 mn ) - YouTube #HumanRights

▶ Forced #adoption in #UK (RT #Documentary 40 mn ) - YouTube #HumanRights

Adoption without the consent of a child’s biological parents remains a controversial issue in the UK, one of only two European countries that practice “forced adoption”. Many families felt they had no choice but to seek refuge in Ireland or other foreign country. Human rights activists have raised concerns about social workers’ integrity and the fairness of the system.

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#Lebanon's Shiite #Hizbullah slams #Saudi attack on #Yemen (with benediction and aid of the Peace Nobel Price #Obama)

#Lebanon's Shiite #Hizbullah slams #Saudi attack on #Yemen (with benediction and aid of the Peace Nobel Price #Obama) | News in english | Scoop.it

#Lebanon's Shiite #Hizbullah slams #Saudi attack on #Yemen (with benediction and aid of the Peace Nobel Price #Obama)

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) –

Hasan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hizbullah, Lebanese Shiite party-militia, weighed in on Friday on the Saudi intervention in Yemen.

The Saudis put together a Sunni coalition against the Shiite Houthis and have bombed Zaidi Shiite population centers like Sa’adeh. I discussed their motives in my just-published piece in The Nation.

Hizbullah is opposing Saudi policy in Syria effectively, having intervened on the side of Bashar al-Assad, whom the Saudis are hoping to see overthrown. Hizbullah punches above its weight. Lebanon is a small country of 4 million. Shiites are about a third or 1.3 million. Not all Lebanese Shiites support Hizbullah, which has a few thousand fighters. But they managed to shore up the Syrian government where the Syrian Arab Army could not. Hizbullah is closely allied with Iran.

Nasrallah said that the Saudis are engaging in propaganda when they claim to be supporting the elected president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. He said that Mansour Hadi had in fact stepped down from his job, and wondered if the Saudis would go around restoring other former presidents, like Tunisia’s Zain El Abidine Ben Ali, to power. He teased Riyadh that King Abdallah opposed all the Arab Spring revolts and wanted to put the genie back in the bottle. (While it is true that Mansour Hadi resigned, he resigned because Houthi tribesmen were telling him what to do and he was a prisoner. He escaped to Aden in the South and now to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Nasrallah is doing propaganda here in glossing over Houthi dictatorship.)

Second, he said, the Saudis maintain that the Houthi movement is an enemy of Saudi interests. But, he said, the late King Abdallah had found it possible to do deals with them. A Houthi delegation came to King Abdallah’s funeral. Shortly thereafter, the new king, Salman, decided to turn on them and go into Yemen, Nasrallah alleged.

Third, he said, the Saudis maintain that Yemen under the Houthis has become occupied territory, with Iran being the occupier. But, he asked, where are there any Iranian military bases or other signs of occupation in Yemen?

Nasrallah called for peaceful negotiations among the principle parties to find a solution to Yemen’s conflict.

At the same time, Sunni leaders in Lebanon praised the Saudi intervention, as did the leader of the largely Sunni Future Party there, Saad Hariri.

This conjuncture points to increased tensions between Sunnis and Shiites inside Lebanon. They were already divided over Syria, with Shiites mostly supporting al-Assad and Sunnis mostly seeking his overthrow.

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▶ Bankers Avoid Jail Time in Tax-Evasion Case - #CreditSuisse #finance #Banksters - The Real News - 8 mn

▶ Bankers Avoid Jail Time in Tax-Evasion Case - #CreditSuisse #finance #Banksters - The Real News - 8 mn

Bill Black says two Credit Suisse bankers who made a deal to avoid jail time are minor players compared to executives who faced no punishment at all

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#AmyGoodman Questions Ex-#CIA Director Porter Goss about #Torture at George W. Bush Conference

#AmyGoodman Questions Ex-#CIA Director Porter Goss about #Torture at George W. Bush Conference

http://democracynow.org - When questioned by Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman, former CIA Director Peter Goss said the bipartisan Senate Committee Report on the CIA’s Use of Torture was “not the full truth” and criticized Sen. John McCain for defending it.

Both Goodman and Goss spoke Tuesday during a conference at Hofstra University that assessed the George W. Bush presidency.
As Newsday reports: “Goss criticized the committee’s report as a ‘partisan political study’ because it was called for by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who serves as vice chairwoman of the committee. Goodman countered that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), once a prisoner of war in Vietnam, had defended the report, saying the use of torture ‘damaged our security interests, as well as our reputation as a force for good in the world.’"

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#WarOnDrugs #corruption ▶ #Drug cartels funded #US #DEA #sex parties – report - YouTube - RT

#WarOnDrugs #corruption ▶ #Drug cartels funded #US #DEA #sex parties – report - YouTube - RT

A shocking new report has emerged revealing that at least a dozen Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officers took part in “sex parties” with prostitutes in Colombia, which were funded by local drug cartels. Ameera David speaks with Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance Network, about the revelation and how it relates to America's current drug policies.

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▶ #NewYork #media focuses disproportionately on #black crime – #report - RT America

▶ #NewYork #media focuses disproportionately on #black crime – #report - RT America

A new report claims that media players in New York are continually over-reporting criminal incidents involving African-Americans, while the most recent numbers show that white-on-white crime is just as much of an issue. Manila Chan talks to radio and television personality Michael Lebron, popularly known as 'Lionel,' about the media distortion.

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The real #HillaryClinton - a perverse, a psychopath - US people, please don't vote for her

The real #HillaryClinton - a perverse, a psychopath - US people, please don't vote for her


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#Iraq Loses Third of Fighters vs. #ISIS - Shiite militias don't trust in US led coalition-NY Times

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#Iraq Loses Third of Fighters vs. #ISIS - Shiite militias don't trust in US led coalition-NY Times

Three large Shiite militia groups quit the fight against ISIS in Tikrit on Thursday, leaving Iraq without as much as a third of its forces as U.S. planes prepped for a second day of airstrikes. “We don’t trust the American-led coalition in combating ISIS,” said a spokesman for one of the three groups. “In the past, they have targeted our security forces and dropped aid to ISIS by mistake.” (Huh?) Another group’s leader also voiced displeasure with the Americans’ involvement, saying, “We don’t need the American-led coalition to participate in Tikrit. Tikrit is an easy battle, we can win it ourselves.”

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#Hillary’s Challengers – and the Anti-#WallStreet Wave

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#Hillary’s Challengers – and the Anti-#WallStreet Wave

Former governor Martin O’Malley and former senator Jim Webb spoke at a firefighters’ union event earlier this month. Both are the subject of renewed press interest as they contemplate entering the presidential race. Sen. Bernie Sanders has been publicly weighing a run. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is being encouraged to enter the race. All four have criticized Wall Street’s unethical practices and undue political influence. Leading contender Hillary Clinton, by contrast, has not. Should that worry Demo

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How #TonyBlair Helped Open the Door for #ISIS #EI #IS #Daech » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

How #TonyBlair Helped Open the Door for #ISIS #EI #IS #Daech » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | News in english | Scoop.it


How #TonyBlair Helped Open the Door for #ISIS #EI #IS #Daech » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

by PATRICK COCKBURN

Tony Blair stepping down as a Middle East peace envoy after eight years was greeted almost everywhere with a mixture of harsh criticism, derision and relief. He had reportedly long been allocating three days a month to the job and devoting the rest of his time to his business interests.

Blair is a member of a strange but exclusive club consisting of British and American political leaders whose careers have been blighted or terminated


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