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
A Short History of #USA Bombing of Civilian Facilities - Usual #WarCrimes - The Intercept
Below is a sampling of such incidents since the 1991 Gulf War. If you believe some significant examples are missing, please send them our way. To be clear, we’re looking for U.S. attacks on specifically civilian facilities, such as hospitals or schools.
Infant Formula Production Plant, Abu Ghraib, Iraq (January 21, 1991)
On the seventh day of Operation Desert Storm, aimed at evicting Iraq military forces from Kuwait, the U.S.-led coalition bombed the Infant Formula Production Plant in the Abu Ghraib suburb of Baghdad. Iraq declared that the factory was exactly what its name said, but the administration of President George H.W. Bush claimed it was “a production facility for biological weapons.” Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, chimed in to say, “It is not an infant formula factory. It was a biological weapons facility — of that we are sure.” The U.S. media chortled about Iraq’s clumsy, transparent propaganda, and CNN’s Peter Arnett was attacked by U.S. politicians for touring the damaged factory and reporting that “whatever else it did, it did produce infant formula.”
Iraq was telling the truth. When Saddam Hussein’s son-in-law, Hussein Kamel, defected to Jordan in 1995, he had every incentive to undermine Saddam, since he hoped the U.S. would help install him as his father-in-law’s successor — but he told CNN “there is nothing military about that place. … It only produced baby milk.” The CIA’s own investigation later concluded the site had been bombed “in the mistaken belief that it was a key BW [Biological Weapon] facility.” The original U.S. claims have nevertheless proven impossible to stamp out. The George W. Bush administration, making the case for invading Iraq in 2003, portrayed the factory as a symbol of Iraqi deceit. When the Newseum opened in 2008, it included Arnett’s 1991 reporting in a section devoted to — in the New York Times’ description — “examples of distortions that mar the profession.”
Air Raid Shelter, Amiriyah, Iraq (February 13, 1991)
The U.S. purposefully targeted an air raid shelter near the Baghdad airport with two 2,000-pound laser-guided bombs, which punched through 10 feet of concrete and killed at least 408 Iraqi civilians. A BBC journalist reported(..)
US special operations forces – not their Afghan allies – called in the deadly airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, the US commander has conceded.
Shortly before General John Campbell, the commander of the US and Nato war in Afghanistan, testified to a Senate panel, the president of Doctors Without Borders – also known as Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) – said the US and Afghanistan had made an “admission of a war crime”.
Shifting the US account of the Saturday morning airstrike for the fourth time in as many days, Campbell reiterated that Afghan forces had requested US air cover after being engaged in a “tenacious fight” to retake the northern city of Kunduz from the Taliban. But, modifying the account he
Vous pouvez vous exciter tant que vous voulez contre Assad (et Poutine maintenant) mais quelque part vous êtes des marionnettes de la CIA depuis le début.
#DIA (#USA Defense Intelligence Agency) chief: #US gov willfully made #ISIS - YouTube #Syria #Irak 3:12 - RT America
Ex-DIA chief Michael Flynn just went on Al Jazeera's "Head to Head" and discussed a memo that circulated onto his desk in 2012. In it, it says that with America's foreign policy in Syria, "there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria, and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime." Flynn breaks down how this memo, and the State Department's reaction to it, offer proof that the US willfully made ISIS. The Resident discusses. Follow The Resident at http://www.twitter.com/TheResident
#Heroin, #USA: How the middle class got addicted | Toronto Star #drugs #society #sooninEurope ? #toxicomanie
By:Daniel DaleWashington Bureau, Published on Sun Oct 04 2015
BROCKTON, MASS.—Not long into the meeting, a mother began to cry. She had been diligent, doting. She had not come to terms with how her son’s life turned out.
“I worked so hard,” she said. “And this is where it ended.”
It was a summer Monday night. Three dozen people were sitting in chairs scattered around the blue-walled “multi-purpose room” of a high school in a Boston suburb. In their khaki shorts and golf shirts, they looked like nothing so much as a parent-teacher association.
This was the weekly Brockton gathering of Learn to Cope, a booming 20-chapter support group for the families of heroin addicts. This is how the families of heroin addicts look.
“Sometimes people have walked into a meeting and thought they were at the wrong meeting,” said Joanne Peterson, Learn to Cope’s founder. “Because we all look so normal.”
Teachers, nurses, cops, at least one judge. Jack Reilly is a lawyer and former human resources executive. Before he became chairman of the Learn to Cope board, he was another dad sobbing t(...)
#Wikileaks: #US State Dept atempted to influence #media to 'balance' interview w/ #Assange - RT - 2:40
Wikileaks has revealed new files claiming that one of Americas well respected news programs was taking directions from US State Department on how to "balance" the interview with whistleblower and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. With US officials accusing different channels of promoting their own ideas, Marina Portnaya looks at who's really pulling the strings.
!!!!! Il n'y aura pas d’enquête indépendante de l'#ONU sur la guerre au #Yemen 02.10.2015 #ArabieSaoudite 8 mn
L’ONU ne mènera pas d’enquête indépendante sur la guerre au Yémen. Le Conseil des droits de l’homme a accepté à l’unanimité une résolution proposée en ce sens par l’Arabie Saoudite. Ce texte fait tousser au Palais des nations, car l’Arabie Saoudite mène une campagne de bombardements contre les rebelles chiites au Yémen depuis plus de six mois et on dénombre au moins 5000 victimes. Ce texte saoudien a fait dérailler une résolution beaucoup plus contraignante. Interview de Philippe Dam, directeur adjoint du bureau de Human Rights Watch à Genève.
The evil empire of #SaudiArabia is the West’s real enemy | Voices | The Independent
Iran is seriously mistrusted by Israel and America. North Korea protects its nuclear secrets and is ruled by an erratic, vicious man. Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions alarm democratic nations. The newest peril, Isis, the wild child of Islamists, has shocked the whole world. But top of this list should be Saudi Arabia – degenerate, malignant, pitiless, powerful and as dangerous as any of those listed above.
Au moins, grâce à cette guerre inutile, le monde est à nouveau inondé d'héroïne ... Merci encore l'Oncle Sam... Grosse enflure ..
Rethink #Afghanistan • FULL DOCUMENTARY FILM • BRAVE NEW FILMS - YouTube 60 mn #USA #fail
President Obama has committed 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan. This decision raises serious questions about troops, costs, overall mission, and exit strategy. Historically, it has been Congress' duty to ask questions in the form of oversight hearings that challenge policymakers, examine military spending, and educate the public.
7:02 The war in Afghanistan and its potentially catastrophic impact on Pakistan are complex and dangerous issues.
14:20 The Afghanistan War, a war that currently costs over $2 billion a month but hasn't made us any safer.
25:30 Eight years have passed since Laura Bush declared that "because of our recent military gains, women are no longer imprisoned in their homes" in Afghanistan. For eight years, that claim has been a lie.
33:14 When foreign policy is well-reasoned, we see attention given to humanitarian issues like housing, jobs, health care and education. When that policy consists of applying a military solution to a political problem, however, we see death, destruction, and suffering.
43:31 The war in Afghanistan is increasing the likelihood that American civilians will be killed in a future terrorist attack. There is no "victory" to be won in Afghanistan.
ABOUT BRAVE NEW FILMS Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films are at the forefront of the fight to create a just America. Using new media and internet video campaigns, Brave New Films has created a quick-strike capability that informs the public, challenges corporate media with the truth, and motivates people to take action on social issues nationwide. Brave New Films’ investigative films have scrutinized the impact of U.S. drone strikes; the war on whistleblowers; and Wal Mart’s corporate practices.
Arab Israelis say they are suffering discrimination in the city of Jaffa, as they are being refused the right to buy property. Prospective Arab buyers have complained they have been shut out of the market because of their ethnicity. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/6t0o
'I saw doctors & patients burning' #Kunduz survivors speak to #BBC News - YouTube #MSF #IndependentInvestigation cc @Potus (if he has time between a dinner with Beyoncé and a golf game .. )
Some of those injured in the bombing of a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, have spoken to the BBC about their ordeal. At least 22 people, including MSF staff, were killed in attacks, which the charity blames on US-led Nato forces. One man said he saw both doctors and patients burning to death. President Barack Obama has expressed his deep condolences to the families of victims and the US military has launched an investigation. Shaimaa Khalil reports from Kabul.
Horse-riding #Mexico governor "El Bronco" vows to go tough on crime - 2:43 Al Jazeera YouTube
Mexico's first ever independent governor has been sworn in.Jaime Rodriguez Calderon will run the key industrial border state of Nuevo Leon.He's vowed to eradicate corruption and crime.Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Nuevo Leon
This in itself is hardly surprising, as Saudi Ar)...)The Scandal of #Saudi's #Syria #Refugee Policy | Informed Comment #humanitarian #humanitaire
The violent civil war in Syria and rise of Islamic State (IS) has forced millions to flee their homes, cascading across Europe in search of safety. And yet, despite the crisis unfolding on its doorstep, the response from the Saudi Arabian government has been far from welcoming.
The Saudi relationship with the Syrian crisis is complex – a tangle of domestic and regional priorities. Abroad, Riyadh wants to see the Assad regime toppled and Iran’s influence in the Levant weakened, but at home Saudi policy has been much more reactionary and conservative, working hard to quash dissent and maintain stability.
Donors from the other Gulf states have provided large amounts of money to the Syrian refugees, but Saudi Arabia has failed even to recognise the legal concept of refugee status and has not formally accepted any refugees. The Kingdom claims to have accepted millions, but has not done so under formal refugee status.
interview #ChrisHedges by #AbbyMartin : War, Propaganda and the Enemy Within - YouTube #USA #US #DeepState - 27 mn
Ajoutée le 26 sept. 2015
Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on American myths, war and revolt. Hedges explains the 'folly of Empire,' the dangers posed by right-wing extremism and the urgent need for a new system.
Chris Hedges is a former New York Times journalist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of several books including his most recent, "Wages of Rebellion: the Moral Imperative of Revolt." He publishes a weekly column on Truthdig.com and is the host of Days of Revolt, airing every Monday night on teleSUR english.
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