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
This is what the candidate for #Syria's provisional (opposition) government wrote on #Facebook: a #holocaust
She wrote: "The more arrogant Syria's minorities become I become more certain that there should be a holocaust to exterminate them from existence and I request [God's] mercy upon Hitler who burned the Jews of his time and Sultan `Abdul-Hamid who exterminated the Armenians, and the hero of the Arabs, Saddam Husayn, the man in an age where there were no men, and where we find no men after him...Minorities are evil that we need to rid and to cleans Biald Ash-Sham from them and we call on God to enable our revolutionaries to finish off all those filth from Kurds to Alawites. [I am] Sunni and proud of my Arabism."
PS Imagine the wide coverage by ALL Western correspondents in the Middle East if this was written by a regime official. They all would have devoted long articles to it. Let me predict: not one Western correspondent in Beirut will write on this matter. Not one.
The deep roots of vigilante violence in Israeli society by #DanCohen for Mondoweiss #israel #Palestine
By Dan Cohen
The various forms of extreme violence that occurred over eighteen hours this weekend– whether directed at Palestinians in the West Bank or African asylum seekers or Israeli Jews in a Pride Parade – are deeply rooted in a greater context of normalized racism
Meet the #US top politicians being paid to make #GMO labeling illegal -2:24 #ogm #health #environment #alimentation
Ajoutée le 3 août 2015
New documents from OpenSecrets claim that House of Representatives lawmakers who voted for the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, a law which would stop any labeling of GMO foods, were paid at least three times as much by food industry lobbyists compared to other members of the chamber. Manila Chan has more details.
Report: #US-led strikes in #Iraq, #Syria killed 459 civilians - AP
BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday.
The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed civilians and caused 48 suspected "friendly fire" deaths. It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State militants.
While Airwars noted the difficulty of verifying information in territory held by the IS group, which has kidnapped and killed journalists and activists, other groups have reported similar casualties from the U.S.-led airstrikes.
"Almost all claims of noncombatant deaths from alleged coalition strikes emerge within 24 hours — with graphic images of reported victims often widely disseminated," the report said.
"In this context, the present coalition policy of downplaying or denying all claims of noncombatant fatalities makes little sense, and risks handing (the) Islamic State (group) and other forces a powerful propaganda tool."
The U.S. launched airstrikes in Iraq on Aug. 8 and in Syria on Sept. 23 to target the Islamic State group. A coalition of countries later joined to help allied ground forces combat the extremists. To date, the coalition has launched more than 5,800 airstrikes in both countries.
The U.S. has only acknowledged killing two civilians in its strikes: two children who were likely slain during an American airstrike targeting al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria last year. That same strike also wounded two adults, according to an investigation released in May by the U.S. military.
That strike is the subject of one of at least four ongoing U.S. military investigations into allegations of civilian casualties resulting from the airstrikes. Another probe into an airstrike in Syria and two investigations into airstrikes in Iraq are still pending.
U.S. Army Col. Wayne Marotto, a spokesman for the coalition, did not address the report directly, but said "there is no other military in the world that works as hard as we do to be precise."
"When an allegation of civilian casualties caused by Coalition forces is determined to be credible, we investigate it fully and strive to learn from it so as to avoid recurrence," he said in a statement emailed to the Associated Press.
Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the department has seen the press reports on the additional civilian casualties but said the Pentagon will have nothing to say until the reports are reviewed.
U.S. Central Command has finished four investigations into alleged civilian casualties, concluding that three were unfounded and that two innocent civilians were killed and two other people wounded in the fourth case.
There are six other investigations still ongoing.
Airwars said it identified the 57 strikes through reporting from "two or more generally credible sources, often with biographical, photographic or video evidence." The incidents also corresponded to confirmed coalition strikes conducted in the area at that time, it said.
The group is staffed by journalists and describes itself as a "collaborative, not-for-profit transparency project." It does not offer policy prescriptions.
"The coalition's war against ISIL has inevitably caused civilian casualties, certainly far more than the two deaths Centcom presently admits to," the group says on its website.
"Yet it's also clear that in this same period, many more civilians have been killed by Syrian and Iraqi government forces, by Islamic State and by various rebel and militia gr...
For every dollar they give, they take 44 from the rest of us.
America’s parasitical oligarchs are masters of public relations. One of their favorite tactics is to masquerade as defenders of the common folk while neatly arranging things behind the scenes so that they can continue to plunder unimpeded. Perhaps nowhere is this sleight of hand displayed so artfully as it is at a particular high-profile charity with the nerve to bill itself as itself as “New York's largest poverty-fighting organization.”
British novelist Anthony Trollope once wrote, “I have sometimes thought that there is no being so venomous, so bloodthirsty as a professed philanthropist.”
Meet the benevolent patrons of the Robin Hood Foundation.
Robin Hood in Reverse
The Robin Hood Foundation, named for that green-jerkined hero of redistribution who stole from the rich to give to the poor, is run, ironically, by some of the most rapacious capitalists the country has ever produced — men who make robber barons of previous generations look like small-time crooks. Founded by hedge fund mogul Paul Tudor Jones, the foundation boasts 19 billionaires on its leadership boards and committees, the likes of which include this sample of American plutocracy:
-Hedge fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen, who, when he is not being probed for insider trading (his company, SAC Capital Advisors, pled guilty to securities and wire fraud) is busy throwing parties for himself worthy of a Roman emperor at his Hamptons palace and bragging about his $700 million art collection. He suspends a 13-foot shark in formaldehyde from the ceiling his office, perhaps as an avatar of his business practices.
-Billionaire Home Depot founder Ken Langone, who threatened to turn off the charity donations if Pope Francis dared to continue criticizing capitalism and inequality, and also likened the plight of the wealthy in America to Nazi Germany. The GOP megadonor doesn’t care for bank regulation and it’s no surprise that he is the main booster for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s presidential bid, as his plan to shred Social Security is a fond wish of the tycoon’s.
- Hedge fund billionaire Stanley Druckenmiller, funder of right-wing causes who dedicates himself to spreading deficit hysteria and ginning up generational warfare on college campuses by trying to convince young people that they are being robbed by seniors using Social Security and Medicare. A long-time anti-tax crusader and supporter of such anti-labor enthusiasts as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Druckenmiller warned President Obama that any attempt to tax the rich to pay for social services for the poor would be futile.
By occupation (the more useless and parasitical the better), it comes as no surprise that 12 of the 19 men in leadership positions at the Robin Hood Foundation happen to be hedge fund managers. A group called Hedge Clippers, supported by a coalition of labor unions and community groups and devoted to exposing how billionaires scheme to inflate their wealth and influence, has pointed out in a scathing report that the Robin Hood Foundation has close ties to an organization called the Managed Funds Association (MFA) that — shocker! —lobbies tirelessly for unjustified tax breaks for hedgies. Paul Tudor Jones’s top deputy, John Torell, chairs the MFA, and 31 members of Robin Hood’s governing board and leadership committees are executives at firms that belong to the highest membership levels of the organization.
The MFA was relatively small until 2007, when Congress started eyeing the “carried interest” tax loophole. Then it brought out the heavy artillery to protect elites from paying their fair share. The carried interest loophole is the MFA’s top priority.
The King of Scams
The carried interest loophole, as economist Dean Baker put it, is likely the worst of all the “sneaky and squirrelly ways that the rich use to escape their tax liability.” It goes down like this: Hedge fund managers brazenly claim they deserve to pay a special low tax rate on the money they earn overseeing the funds they manage because, um, it’s not guaranteed. So they pay 20 percent instead of the 39.6 percent they would pay if the money were taxed as ordinary income. They get very rich from this windfall, just ask Mitt Romney. But you know what? Lots of workers have no guarantee about the money they’ll earn, from people selling cars to (,...)
#Syria #refugees in #Jordan suffer from cuts to food support - Al Jazeera 2:22 #HumanitarianNonSense #WFP
Ajoutée le 3 août 2015
The World Food Programme has been forced to cut food assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan. More vulnerable refugees will receive half of what they used to get. And from September, around 200,000 refugees will be left without any support at all.Al Jazeera's Nisreen El-Shamayleh reports from Madaba
Does #Obama have #legal right to defend #Syria n rebels with Air Force? State Dept. can’t answer - 4:19 RT
After the Obama administration gave the go-ahead to provide air support to defend Syrian rebels against the Islamic State, critics are questioning what exact authority the White House has to go ahead with the mission after minimal consultation with the UN Security Council? RT’s Gayane Chichakyan grilled the US State Department to get to the core of the administration’s reasoning.
LOOK AT THIS #CECILTHELION STORY AGAIN - by MentalUnrest #BlackLivesMatter #USA #racism #allegory
Some followers of the Black Lives Matter movement are livid over the general public’s apparent preference in discussing a Zimbabwe lion’s recent death at the hands of an American big game hunter, as opposed to discussing the problem of race in America.
My response to the Black Lives Matter movement: don’t you see the 2,000-pound allegory in the room?
With almost no editorial comment from me, I provided a recap of the lion’s death.
Dr. Walter J. Palmer, a 55-year-old American dentist and big-game hunter from Minnesota, sparked international outrage after he lured and killed a lion in Zimbabwe named Cecil.
Dr. Palmer, with the help of two Zimbabwe locals, used raw meat to lure Cecil out of a protected habitat designated by the government. Once Cecil was drawn into the open hunting area, Dr. Palmer injured Cecil with a bow and arrow, before eventually stalking and fatally shooting the lion two days later. Cecil was then beheaded and skinned. It’s believed that Dr. Palmer paid around $54,000 for the hunt.
The public’s vitriol in response to the killing prompted Dr. Palmer to close his dental practice and issue an apology stating “I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt.”
Dr Palmer added “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
Dr. Palmer is believed to be in hiding.
If you see the allegory, tell me about it n the comments…
Bureau reporters Crofton Black and Abigail Fielding-Smith name eleven companies that have won hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts to plug a shortage in personnel needed to analyze the thousands of hours of streaming video gathered daily from the remotely piloted aircraft that hover over war zones around the world: Advanced Concepts Enterprises, BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, Intrepid Solutions, L-3 Communications, MacAulay-Brown, SAIC, Transvoyant, Worldwide Language Resources and Zel Technologies. (see details below)
“Contractors are used to fill the gap to give enough manpower to provide flexibility necessary for military to do things like take leave,” one analyst who worked with the Air Force at Hurlburt Field airbase in Florida, told the Bureau.
Private companies have been providing support for military intelligence for many years. Ever since CACI’s role in supplying interrogators at Abu Ghraib came to light in 2004 http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=10828, CorpWatch has regularly documented dozens of companies like BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, L-3 Communications and SAIC that have provided such services to the federal government ranging from surveillance equipment and weapons to propaganda experts and imagery analysts.
Today, these contractors are flocking to the drone business, which has become the linchpin of President Barack Obama’s military strategy, just as the ground war has wound down. Although the Central Intelligence Agency has garnered most of the media attention for targeted killing delivered by drones in countries like Pakistan and Yemen, the bulk of the so-called “War on Terror” is really conducted by U.S. Air Force pilots and support personnel who fly 65 round-the-clock “combat air patrols” of Global Hawk, Predator and Reaper drones around the world from faraway locations.
Each of these patrols, which involve three to four aircraft, require as many as 186 individuals who staff a complex and global system. Typically pilots and camera operators work out of bases like Creech in Nevada, while maintenance crews work in friendly countries like Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. Video analysts work out of military bases like California and Florida while military lawyers who are required to approve strike decisions are stationed at the Al-Udeid base in Qatar.
Imagery analysts who review video footage are among the lowest ranked among the personnel who work in the drone war hierarchy. Typically these are entry level “airmen” who only need a high school diploma and eleven months of military training. The drone pilots are officers with undergraduate degrees and more years of training.
Both airmen and officers become eligible to work as private contractors after they complete their military service, where they can be paid twice as much for the same work, and get the added bonus of picking their hours and work locations. (The Air Force Times estimates that drone maintenance pilots stationed overseas who work for companies like Raytheon can make as much as $225,000 a year) Since all the initial training and the security clearances are provided by the military, all the contractors are required to do is recruit Air Force veterans and then put them on their payrolls.
By all accounts, the private contractors do not take part in making decisions as to who to kill nor are they allowed to fire missiles.
But contractors do sometimes play a key role in military missions by the very nature of their analytical work. In 2010, Major General Timothy McHale identified an SAIC staffer who led a team of imagery analysts to track three vehicles in Daikundi province, Afghanistan. The information provided by these analysts led to some two dozen people being killed but later investigations would reveal that none of the people on board the vehicles were militants.
List of Imagery Analyst Contractors
Advanced Concepts Enterprises: Sub-contractor to MacAulay-Brown (See here)
BAE Systems (No contract identified. However the company identifies details here)
#GeorgeClooney accused of getting money from #LockheedMartin, #Boeing in #arms trade debate - YouTube 5:43 #WhatElse ?
Ajoutée le 3 août 2015
Actor George Clooney has launched an investigative project called “The Sentry” with the Center for American Progress, which is set to expose the people and effects of war profiteering in four counties in Africa, but critics believe that Clooney and his associates are receiving million from arms and military hardware companies like Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Simone Del Rosario speaks with one of those critics, David Swanson about the controversy.
How has the #CIA been used as a secret Military force? William Blum • BRAVE NEW FILMS - YouTube 10 mn #USA
Ajoutée le 3 août 2015
The CIA began as a spy agency after World War Two, but soon the CIA was planning and executing covert operations across the globe without proper congressional oversight. From the removal of the democratically elected leaders of Iran and Guatemala to the attempted invasion of Cuba, to the removal of every secular government in the Middle East, the influence of the agency is insidious. But how can a democratic society tolerate such a secret and lethal institution that works against the very values America seeks to uphold around the world?
Will "The Look of Silence" Force #US to Acknowledge Role in 1965 #Indonesia Genocide? [Excerpt 1] #History #Histoire
Ajoutée le 3 août 2015
http://democracynow.org - October 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the 1965 genocide in Indonesia that left over one million people dead. Today we look at the pursuit of one Indonesian man confronting his brother’s killers. In 1965, Adi Rukun’s older brother was killed by the Komando Aksi, a paramilitary organization in Aceh. Adi Rukun’s pursuit is the focus on Joshua Oppenheimer’s new documentary, "The Look of Silence." In 2012, Oppenheimer released a companion film titled "The Act of Killing," in which he interviewed the Indonesian death squad leaders and worked with them to re-enact the real-life killings. The film was nominated for an Academy Award.
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The understandable and demonstrated shock following yesterday’s events (the burning of a toddler and the wounding of members of his family, and the stabbings in the Pride parade) must not blind us. The great horrors that the State of Israel is involved in are not in the outbursts of rage by extremists. They’re committed routinely, in all spheres of life: in the occupation – on a normal day; in the siege – on a normal day; in the collapse of welfare – as a by-product of routine acts; in the gas plan – through a procedure carried out under the aegis of the law; in the murder of refugees –by means of ministries and authorities that have become a resolute machine of extermination.
Involved in these horrors are ordinary citizens, media people, researchers and intellectuals. Involved in them up to their necks: in delegitimizing and labeling as ‘extremists’ everyone who tries to
- See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/the-normal-horrors?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=8bfddf4cee-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-8bfddf4cee-398414077#sthash.R1myShnC.dpuf
Mexicans protest over journalist murders - YouTube #journalism #photojournalism #photo #Mexico #media - Al Jazeera 2:19
Ajoutée le 3 août 2015
Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. More than 30 have recently fled the southeastern State of Vera Cruz - fearing for their lives.The latest was photojournalist Ruben Espinoza. But on Friday he was found dead in Mexico City. Al Jazeera's John Holman reports from Mexico City.
A billionaire has sent a group of NBA players to Israel on his private plane to fight the economic boycott against that country, even as Black NBA players were chastised for wearing “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts in support of #BlackLivesMatter. Imagine if these players teamed up with Black philanthropists and entrepreneurs to support #BlackLivesMatter and …
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