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
▶Drilling chemicals found in #Pennsylvania drinking water1:44 #environment #fracking #schiste #energy
Traces of a chemical compound from drilling fluid related to fracking were found in the drinking water of three homes in Northern Pennsylvania by Researchers at Penn State University. Ameera David has the details and the reaction from fracking and drilling industries.
#Palestinie actor on #israel's top tv show sets off uproar over the occupation
Hisham Suleiman is an Palestinian Israeli actor from Nazareth and one of the stars of "Fauda" a political thriller television series that is the most popular show in Israel. An interview with him published last weekend in Yedioth Ahronoth, he is reported as having said that injuring a soldier inside the Occupied Territories is not a crime because the soldier shouldn’t be there. The interview has provoked outraged responses, and Suleiman has responded in turn.
#psy ▶ Emails Show #USA #Psychological Association Secretly Worked with Bush Admin to Enable #Torture - #CIA 8:39
http://democracynow.org - New details have emerged on how the American Psychological Association, the world’s largest group of psychologists, aided government-sanctioned torture under President George W. Bush. A group of dissident psychologists have just published a 60-page report alleging the APA secretly coordinated with officials from the CIA, White House and the Pentagon to change the APA ethics policy to align it with the operational needs of the CIA’s torture program. Much of the report, "All the President’s Psychologists: The American Psychological Association’s Secret Complicity with the White House and US Intelligence Community in Support of the CIA’s 'Enhanced' Interrogation Program," is based on hundreds of newly released internal APA emails from 2003 to 2006 that show top officials were in direct communication with the CIA. The report also reveals Susan Brandon, a behavioral science researcher working for President Bush, secretly drafted language that the APA inserted into its ethics policy on interrogations. We are joined by two of the report’s co-authors: Dr. Steven Reisner, a founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology and member of the APA Council of Representatives, and Nathaniel Raymond, director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.
#Obama ou le crépuscule d'une idole (ndlr : hélas, je suis fier de n'avoir jamais cru en lui quitte à me faire mal voir vu l'opinion dominante : tout comme je n'ai pas cru en Hollande depuis le début. Ces "progressistes", dont la gogoche se réjouit de leur élection si naivement à chaque fois puent les plans comm. )
par Bertrand Chokrane pour Le Point ... bilan mortifère ..
Face à la crise financière et économique...
En 2008, lorsque le système financier a implosé, il a été question de le réformer pour éviter que cela ne se reproduise. Mais l'administration Obama a renoncé et a finalement recapitalisé et renfloué les banques et assureurs en faillite, avec l'argent du contribuable américain, sans demander aux fautifs de contrepartie, alors que des familles entières rendues insolvables par la crise se voyaient expulsées de leur maison manu militari.
Pire encore, la Fed (la banque centrale américaine) a injecté des milliards de dollars de liquidités dans le but affiché de relancer l'économie. En réalité, l'argent artificiellement créé n'atteindra jamais l'économie réelle. Ces multiples "assouplissements quantitatifs" auront pour conséquence de faire monter les cotations sur les marchés financiers, enrichissant la minorité qui possède des actifs et augmentant, de ce fait, les inégalités sociales.
Pour couronner le tout, le mouvement Occupy Wall Street, exprimant la colère de la population, a été anéanti par les provocations et la violence policière fin 2011. Et Barack Obama ne les a pas soutenus. Un faiseur de mirages
À défaut de faire des miracles, Barack Obama a un certain talent pour les mirages. Celui des gaz de schistes dont la production était censée relancer l'économie américaine, provoquer la réindustrialisation du pays, créer des milliers d'emplois... est en train de s'évanouir. Car, à partir de 2014, le projet se révéla n'être qu'un mirage : du fait de la surproduction, les prix du pétrole commencèrent à baisser, entraînant la fermeture de nombreux puits pas assez rentables et détruisant des milliers d'emplois directs et indirects.
L'Obama Care, c'est-à-dire la sécurité sociale obligatoire pour les salariés qui travaillent plus de trente heures par semaine, incite les employeurs américains à n'embaucher que des salariés à temps partiel. Cela a pour conséquences une diminution en trompe-l'oeil du chômage et la stagnation du pouvoir d'achat. On ne s'étonne pas, dans ces conditions, que la consommation ne reparte pas.
Aujourd'hui, la Fed elle-même est bien obligée de reconnaître que la reprise n'a pas lieu. Le premier trimestre 2015 présente une croissance économique très décevante pour ceux qui avaient cru au mirage annoncé. Le recul des valeurs de la démocratie
Barack Obama, le démocrate, considère les lanceurs d'alerte tels Edward Snowden, Julian Assange et le soldat Manning comme des criminels. Entre les républicains et les démocrates d'aujourd'hui, il existe une continuité bien éloignée de l'éthique et des principes fondateurs de la République américaine. Et Guantánamo, la prison qui détient des prisonniers sans jugement et de manière totalement arbitraire, a-t-elle été fermée ? Non. Alors pourquoi devrait-on s'étonner du non-respect des libertés fondamentales, et par extension de la violence policière envers des citoyens afro-américains ?
Ce qui est frappant, c'est la lente transformation du langage de Barack Obama : des discours enflammés de 2008 à la langue de bois de 2015, ses prises de parole pour la défense des droits humains paraissent pour le moins bien timides, ou plutôt empreintes d'une grande hypocrisie. Est-ce du cynisme ou de l'incompétence ?
En matière de géopolitique, le bilan laisse pantois. Certes, ce n'est pas Barack Obama qui a initié l'invasion irakienne. Mais c'est lui qui a géré le départ des troupes américaines dans un grand amateurisme, laissant l'Irak sans solution politique, sous domination iranienne, et conduisant à la constitution de Daesh, un monstre pire que le mal qu'il était censé combattre. Toute l'Europe en sera déstabilisée.
Tournant le dos à l'Europe, il fait face à la Chine, devenue une puissance incontournable. Barack Obama découvre que les États-Unis ne sont plus "la" puissance dominante qu'ils avaient été et qu'ils doivent partager le leadership avec d'autres puissances déterminées et intelligentes : la Chine et la Russie. Cette suite d'échecs explique peut-être pourquoi ce président n'offre dans ses discours qu'une langue ampoulée qui ressemble à une novlangue. Face à lui, des leaders tels que Poutine ou Xi Jinping tiennent un langage clair et percutant qui montre qu'ils savent où ils vont. L'ironie de l'histoire
Comme le dit Rémi Gaillard, c'est en faisant n'importe quoi qu'on devient n'importe qui... Depuis environ deux ans, la justice américaine poursuit avec ténacité tous ceux qui sont coupables d'évasion fiscale. L'administration américaine inflige des amendes record aux banques qui violent les embargos américains, même lorsque ceux-ci sont déclarés illégaux par l'ONU... Dans le principe, les lois américaines ne s'appliquent que sur le territoire américain. Mais ce n'est de facto plus le cas.
C'est le principe de l'extraterritorialité sur toutes les transactions en dollars qui permet à l'administration américaine de réclamer plusieurs milliards de dollars à des banques étrangères (non américaines, par exemple BNP Paribas). D'aucuns penseront que l'État américain retrouve ses forces et réussit enfin à soumettre les institutions financières.
Mais c'est sans compter la stratégie de la Chine qui vient de créer la Banque asiatique d'investissement, pendant de la Banque mondiale. Ce sont les prémices de la dédollarisation de l'économie mondiale. De cette manière, dans un futur plus ou moins proche, les transactions qui ne seront pas effectuées en dollars échapperont aux diktats américains. L'ironie est qu'en voulant imposer des diktats au reste du monde, sans concertation ni diplomatie, les États-Unis sont en train d'amoindrir leur leadership.(..)
#Iraq #Syria #USA #IS $500-million program to train anti-#IslamicState fighters appears stalled - LA Times
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/02/uk-syria-crisis-training-idUKKBN0NN0EV20150502?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=*Mideast%20Brief&utm_campaign=New%20Campaign) that the U.S. training mission for Syrian rebels will begin this week in Turkey, training 300 rebels at a time and as many as 2,000 by the end of the year. The program is planned to expand to training sites in other participating countries soon, but there is disagreement within the international coalition about what the goal of the rebels should be.
#Irak #Kurdistan▶ Female #Peshmerga fighter: #ISIS jihadists fear us, think won't go to heaven if killed by woman -23 mn
When mothers, daughters and wives have to leave their loved ones to fight for the survival of nations – you know the war has reached its darkest stage. These women, the Valkyries of the modern era, are not afraid to risk their lives, as the stakes this time are very high. The Kurdish female battalion instills fear into the zealots of the Islamic State, holding the line alongside men of the Peshmerga against the extremists. Who are these women? Why are they taking up arms, and what are they leaving behind? We posed these questions to the All-female Peshmerga Battalion Commander, Colonel Nahida Ahmad Rashid.
Inside the #Military- #Police Center That Spies on #Baltimore's Rioters - #US #PoliceState #WeAreTheEnemy ,,,
On Ambassador Road, just off I-695 around the corner from the FBI, nearly 100 employees sit in a high-tech suite and wait for terrorists to attack Baltimore. They’ve waited 11 years. But they still have plenty of work to do, like using the intel community’s toys to target this week’s street protests.
▶ Covering #Baltimore: Race, riots and the #media - The Listening Post - Al Jazeera - 10 mn #racism #usa
On the last Saturday of April, US media outlets had a big story breaking in Baltimore, Maryland.Protests over the death of yet another African-American at the hands of the police turned violent. But coverage on major news networks - CNN, along with Fox and MSNBC - was scant.The majority of the US networks had their cameras focused on an event in the capital city of Washington - the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, a black tie affair, where journalists and the politicians that they are supposed to cover, were rubbing shoulders and clinking glasses.
http://democracynow.org - Human Rights Watch is accusing the Saudi Arabia-led coalition of dropping banned cluster bombs manufactured and supplied by the U.S. on civilian areas in Yemen. Cluster bombs contain dozens or even hundreds of smaller munitions designed to fan out over a wide area, often the size of a football field. They are banned under a 2008 treaty for the high civilian toll they can cause. The treaty was adopted by 116 countries — although not by Saudi Arabia, Yemen or the United States. According to Human Rights Watch, the U.S.-supplied cluster bombs have landed near rebel-held villages in northern Yemen, putting residents in danger. On Monday, the State Department said it is "looking into" the report’s allegations, adding it takes "all accounts of civilian deaths in the ongoing hostilities in Yemen very seriously." We are joined by Stephen Goose, director of Human Rights Watch’s Arms Division and chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition, and Belkis Wille, Yemen and Kuwait researcher at Human Rights Watch.
Violence / Raids / Suppression of protests / Arrests — West Bank & Jerusalem
Israel detains 4 children in 2 days from same Jerusalem family BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 30 Apr — Undercover Israeli operatives detained and interrogated a 7-year-old Palestinian boy and his twelve-year-old brother in occupied East Jerusalem Tuesday, only a day after two 15-year-olds from the same family were taken. The boy and his older brother, from the Zaatari family in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, were detained by Israeli operatives dressed as Palestinian locals while walking in the street Tuesday evening, the boys’ grandfather told Ma‘an. The Zaatari family has had four children detained this week, Ihab Ahmed Zaatari, 7, and Muhammad Mahdi Zaatari 12, detained on Tuesday just one day after Alaa Magdy Zaatari and Mehdi Barakat Zaatari, both 15, were detained Monday. An Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately return Ma‘an’s request for information on the incident, but told Israeli media the children were detained after throwing rocks at a bus. The 7-year-old was reportedly interrogated for nearly eight hours. Family member Mehdi Zaatari denied Israeli police claims that they were throwing rocks, telling Ma‘an that the plainclothes officers came out of nowhere while the children were in the street in an area where nothing was happening. “I was just meters from where they were arrested,” he told Ma‘an. “But I wasn’t able to reach the area because i
- See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/05/jerusalem-interrogated-released?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=2df22fd153-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-2df22fd153-398414077#sthash.upaF1ayy.dpuf
LE financeur des "révolutions" de couleur est un escroc et un hypocrite.
#crook #shame ▶ Billionaire #GeorgeSoros may have to pay $7 billion in back taxes by 2017 – report - RT 3:37 #taxfraud
Billionaire and hedge fund magnate George Soros claims he may be paying much of his fortune in taxes, after discovering a loophole he used had been closed in 2008. Alexey Yaroshevsky has more on the report.
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition is using US-supplied cluster munitions in its airstrikes on Houthi forces in Yemen, Human Rights Watch reported. Targets include those close to villages, posing a threat from undetonated submunitions to civilians. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/0hn3ge
Henry A. Giroux: #Liberalism's Failures in a Time of Increasing #Violence, #Racism, #Inequality and #StateTerrorism
In two far-reaching radio interviews, Henry A. Giroux elaborates on the failure of liberals who align themselves with repressive policies that benefit the rich and powerful and do not challenge the fundamental structures of domination.
#GetTheFacts The National Police Violence Map- At least 304 black people were killed by police in the #USA in 2014.
Get the facts about police violence in your community to make the case for change.
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown Jr. was murdered by Officer Darren Wilson, sparking nationwide protests against police killings of black people. This map, a project of WeTheProtesters.org, bears witness to the black men and women who have been killed at the hands of law enforcement in 2014. And while a focus on police killings cannot capture the full scale of the violence our communities face at the hands of police, we hope this data helps communities better understand the problem and begin to make progress towards addressing it.
Use the data tables below to learn more about Police Violence
#US-led airstrikes 'kill 52 civilians in northern #Syria' ----( fuelling "rebels" and killing civilians #WarCrimes) - AFP
Pentagon can't confirm..
US-led strikes targeting the Islamic State group killed at least 52 civilians in northern Syria, a monitor said Saturday, but the Pentagon said it could not confirm the report. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor also reported deadly violence elsewhere in Syria, including a rebel rocket attack Saturday that killed 15 civilians and wounded dozens in Aleppo. Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that US-led coalition strikes early Friday on the village of Birmahle in Aleppo p
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