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LobbyPlag: You pass the laws – we have the footprints

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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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#IslamistsInDaHouse .. In Midst of War, #Ukraine Becomes Gateway for #Jihad - The Intercept

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#IslamistsInDaHouse .. In Midst of War, #Ukraine Becomes Gateway for #Jihad - The Intercept

Volunteer battalions are key to Ukraine's fight against Russian-backed separatists. A reporter goes inside a Chechen-led battalion.

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10 Reasons To Pray for #AIPAC’s Decline #israel #US #Palestine #Lobbycracy #zionism

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10 Reasons To Pray for #AIPAC’s Decline #israel #US #Palestine #Lobbycracy #zionism

by Medea Benjamin
From topping a catastrophic war with Iran to finally solving the Israel/Palestine conflict, an essential starting point is breaking AIPAC’s grip on U.S. policy.

As a secular Jew, I don’t do much praying. But this week, as the powerful pro-Israeli government lobby AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) holds its annual policy meeting in Washington DC, I’m praying that this year marks the beginning of the end of the lobby’s grip on US foreign policy.

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Methane-Explosion Craters Could Be Latest Indicators of a Warming Planet #environment

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Methane-Explosion Craters Could Be Latest Indicators of a Warming Planet #environment

by Sarah Lazare
Perhaps most alarming is what the funnels reveal about the rising temperature the Arctic, which is heating twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

Numerous newly discovered massive craters across Siberia—believed to have been formed by methane gas exploding through a thawing permafrost—may be the latest visible signs that climate change is here, and it's changing the very contours of the earth's surface. A 100-foot crater was first spotted last summer in Yamal peninsula, a freezing cold land 2,000 miles north of Moscow, and two other funnels were discovered soon after.

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WHY #HOMAN AND #GITMO WILL ALWAYS FAIL (BUT WHAT COULD WORK) by MentalUnrest

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WHY #HOMAN AND #GITMO WILL ALWAYS FAIL (BUT WHAT COULD WORK) by MentalUnrest

The news about a CIA-styled torture chamber housed in the crime-torn city of Chicago and run by its police department confirms what many writers—including your kind blogger over here—have been saying all along about these War on Terror central planners: through their eyes, the world is a ghetto, and all inhabitants are enemy combatants. “Poor, black and brown?” Your reservation is ready.

Let’s quickly dispense with the fading  “it can’t happen here” chants of folks who refuse to connect Homan Square with the US military’s Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, or with the other detention sites around the world.

Secret or obscure location? Check.

Physical abuse by guards? Check.

Said physical abuse leading to death? Check.

Details of detention activities unknown to general public? Check.

Imprisonment without reading of Miranda rights? Check.

Militarized support, if necessary? Check.

The only question that remains is which interior designer from the ever fashionable House of DC furnished the walls of the Chicago space since It’s all but a foregone conclusion that ...

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State (#NorthCarolina) Rules That #Lobbyists And #Politicians Can Legally Have #Sex

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State (#NorthCarolina) Rules That #Lobbyists And #Politicians Can Legally Have #Sex

The new law brings up a subject that many rarely think about, the fact politicians are literally in bed with representatives of groups that are interested in influencing government.

 Should lobbyists and politicians be legally allowed to have sex with one another? That is the debate that many people are having in North Carolina, where the state’s ethics commission recently decided that sex between lobbyists and politicians is perfectly legal.

The new law brings up a subject that many rarely think about, the fact politicians are literally in bed with representatives of groups that are interested in influencing government.

The issue was raised late last year, when Joal H. Broun, the secretary of state’s lobbying compliance director, sent a letter to the commission asking whether or not it was legal for politicians to engage in sexual intercourse with lobbyists.

Last week the commission released their answer, saying that:

“Consensual sexual relationships do not have monetary value and therefore are not reportable as gifts or ‘reportable expenditures made for lobbying’ for purposes of the lobbying law’s expenditure reporting provisions.”

The response concluded that:

“This interpretation does not address the legal, moral or other ramifications of two adults not married to one another engaging in consensual sexual relations with one another.”

Many local residents are now wondering what circumstances led Broun to raise these concerns. Is this something that happens so regularly that it requires an official policy?

John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.


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#InfoWarLost ▶ #JohnKerry says #US falling behind in #media strategy, asks for more money to counter #RT - 7 mn

Le gros souci des US est surtout de se rendre compte que plus personne , à part quelques imbéciles un peu paumés, accorde de l'importance à leur propagande propagée à travers Fox News, CNN, ABC, le NY Times, le LA Times et ses petits chiens tels que Le Monde ou El Pais 

Médias occidentaux totalement décrédibilisés à force de mensonges et de complicités AVERES


#InfoWarLost ▶ #JohnKerry says #US falling behind in #media strategy, asks for more money to counter #RT - 7 mn

Citing RT’s influence, Secretary of State John Kerry asked US lawmakers for more money for propaganda and “democracy promotion” programs around the world



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#Egypt : In leaked recording, Egyptian minister calls for machine-gunning protesters - World Socialist Web Site

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#Egypt : In leaked recording, Egyptian minister calls for machine-gunning protesters - World Socialist Web Site

"Do not wait for 100 to swell into 1,000 or 2,000 or 3,000, then we are all helpless before them," he said. He also advised the CSF on how to murder protesters without turning them into martyrs.

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#Facts #US Backing for 'Moderate' #Syria n Rebels: Long Reported, Continually Forgotten #CollectiveAmnesia

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By Adam Johnson

 

That the US is arming and training Syrian rebels has been well-documented for over two years, yet Western media have historically suffered from a strange collective amnesia when reporting this fact.
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The disappeared: #Chicago police detain #US people at abuse-laden '#BlackSite' - The Guardian #WarOnTerror ...

The disappeared: #Chicago police detain #US people at abuse-laden '#BlackSite' - The Guardian #WarOnTerror ... | News in english | Scoop.it

Ne sont-ce pas des méthodes dignes des pires dictatures ? Mais ou est Human Rights Watch ? Ah.. trop occupés à dénoncer ce que Washington leur demande de dénoncer pour servir l'agenda politique du moment  ..


The disappeared: #Chicago police detain #US people at abuse-laden '#BlackSite' - The Guardian #WarOnTerror ...

  • Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US
  • ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights
  • Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death
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#ShowingTheWayToFollow▶ #Iceland's Supreme Court Upholds Jail Sentences of 4 #Banksters Executives - 11 mn

#ShowingTheWayToFollow▶ #Iceland's Supreme Court Upholds Jail Sentences of 4 #Banksters Executives - 11 mn

Former financial regulator Bill Black explains how Iceland took down the banking executives responsible for wrecking Iceland's economy

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#facts #MerciBHLFourestSarko and Co .. What did #Libya ns gain from the revolution? - Al-Monitor

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#facts #MerciBHLFourestSarko and Co .. What did #Libya ns gain from the revolution? - Al-Monitor

Four years into the Libyan civil war and the revolution that toppled Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, thousands of Libyans remain displaced in their own country as political, social and economic problems continue to worsen.

Four years on and the simple question arises of whether Libya and Libyans indeed achieved anything that is considered positive or worth continuously paying the price for.

Thousands of Libyans are still displaced inside Libya, where they live on charity handouts and in makeshift camps scattered around the oil-rich country. Tawergha, a coastal town east of Misrata, is indicative of what is going on. Its entire population of some 40,000 still cannot go home. In the final days of the 2011 war, militias destroyed almost the entire town’s homes and businesses. Thousands of other families in the south, east and in Tripoli itself still live away from their homes. Since last summer, Benghazi, where everything started four years ago, is virtually a ghost city.

Thousands of more Libyans, myself included, fled to Tunisia, Egypt, the Gulf states and many European countries in search of security and peace, or simply because they could not stay in Libya for fear of arbitrary arrest or death.

Dozens of former regime officials, including Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, Gadhafi’s son, are still stuck in legal limbo within a dysfunctional legal system that has so far failed to deliver any convictions. Another unk


Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/02/libya-after-revolution-social-economy-political-gaddafi.html?utm_source=Al-Monitor+Newsletter+%5BEnglish%5D&utm_campaign=5ca55ff670-February_25_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_28264b27a0-5ca55ff670-93088441#ixzz3Smga4ub4

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#Snowden Document Reveals Huge Scope Of #Canada’s Domestic #Surveillance

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#Snowden Document Reveals Huge Scope Of #Canada’s Domestic #Surveillance

Canada's spy agency collects and stores millions of citizens' emails each year.

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Tell #US Congress: No sweetheart deals for exploitative for-profit colleges #petition

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Sign the petition from CREDO and Daily Kos to Congress: No sweetheart deals for exploitative for-profit colleges.
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#crazy .. Confidential Informant Played Key Role in #FBI Foiling Its Own Terror Plot - The Intercept #Syria #USA

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#crazy .. Confidential Informant Played Key Role in #FBI Foiling Its Own Terror Plot - The Intercept #Syria #USA

The FBI Wednesday announced the arrest of three men it alleges planned to help the Islamic State, news that at first appeared to confirm fears that radical extremism is spreading to the United States. “The flow of foreign fighters to Syria represents an evolving threat to our country and to our allies,” U.S. Attorney Loretta>>

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Great Recession Linked to Rising Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans #ThanksBanksters !

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Great Recession Linked to Rising Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans #ThanksBanksters !

Economic crises kill in more ways than one. The Great Recession can be tied to a jump in suicides among middle-aged people in the U.S., a new article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reveals. Suicide rates among Americans aged 40 to 64 have been climbing since 1999, far out-pacing other age groups, the researchers note. This included a drastic increase in suicides in 2007, at the outset of the financial nosedive.

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The Destruction of #Afghan Lives, Captured in #US Dollars

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The Destruction of #Afghan Lives, Captured in #US Dollars

by Jon Queally
An armored vehicle ran over a six-year-old boy’s legs: $11,000. A jingle truck was “blown up by mistake”: $15,000. A controlled detonation broke eight windows in a mosque: $106. A boy drowned in an anti-tank ditch: $1,916.

New reporting by The Intercept published Friday offers a rare window into the death and destruction caused by the U.S. military in Afghanistan since 2001 by reviewing the records of so-called "condolence payments" disbursed to Afghan victims and family members killed or harmed by the ongoing war and military occupation. As journalist Cora Currier reports:

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▶ The Super Rich and Us - #BBC #Documentary 2015 - Rich People vs Poor People - Episode 1 - #inequality - 105 mn



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▶ The Super Rich and Us - #BBC #Documentary 2015 - Rich People vs Poor People - Episode 1 - #inequality - 105 mn

The Super Rich and Us - BBC Documentary 2015 - Rich People vs Poor People - Episode 1

Britain has more billionaires per head than any other country on earth, yet we're also the most unequal nation in Europe. We were told the super-rich would make us richer too, so why hasn't that happened, and what does the arrival of their astronomical wealth really mean for the rest of us?

In programme one of this two-part series, Jacques Peretti looks at how the super-rich first exploited an obscure legal loophole to make Britain one of the most attractive tax havens on earth. He argues this was no accident. Wooing the super-rich was a deliberate strategy by government to reconfigure the British economy, under the belief their wealth would trickle down to the rest of us. But it didn't. The OECD now say the British economy would have been 20 per cent bigger had we not pursued the super-rich. So who sold us the fallacy and why?

Jacques meets the super-rich themselves - from those buying premiership football clubs to the billionaires who are breaking ranks to criticise the decisions that made them richer and society more unequal.

Jacques challenges the architects of these policies, as well as tracking down the foreign multimillionaires who are buying up Britain and turning us from a nation of property owners to a nation of renters.

He uncovers new research that shows growing inequality has been driven by this key factor of unaffordable property, and the far-reaching effect this will have on every aspect of our lives. Inequality is reshaping Britain into two simple classes: the 99 per cent and the one per cent. This is the story of how it happened and what it means for all of us.

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#corrupted ? Seven Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while #HillaryClinton was at State - Washington Post

#corrupted ? Seven Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while #HillaryClinton was at State - Washington Post | News in english | Scoop.it

#corrupted ? Seven Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while #HillaryClinton was at State - Washington Post

The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday.

Most of the contributions were possible because of exceptions written into the foundation’s 2008 agreement, which included limits on foreign-government donations.

The agreement, reached before Clinton’s nomination amid concerns that countries could use foundation donations to gain favor with a Clinton-led State Department, allowed governments that had previously donated money to continue making contributions at similar levels.

The new disclosures, provided in response to questions from The Was...

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#GlennGreenwald blasts #HillaryClinton: “The ultimate #guardian of bipartisan status quo #corruption” - Salon.com

#GlennGreenwald blasts #HillaryClinton: “The ultimate #guardian of bipartisan status quo #corruption” - Salon.com | News in english | Scoop.it
Glenn Greenwald blasts Hillary Clinton:
 "The ultimate guardian of bipartisan status quo corruption": Journalist says Clinton's glide path to Democratic nomination is "depressing"



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#ISIS ‘to murder 150 #Christian hostages if #US air strikes continue' - DailyMail

#ISIS ‘to murder 150 #Christian hostages if #US air strikes continue' - DailyMail | News in english | Scoop.it

#ISIS ‘to murder 150 #Christian hostages if #US air strikes continue' - DailyMail

  • ISIS are reportedly planning to release a video showing Christian hostages 
  • Will threaten to kill them if US does not to air strikes on militants in Syria 
  • Thought seized women and children are being held as human shields 
  • Comes after 150 hostages were taken from two Assyrian communities 
  • They were seized during dawn raids which have spread panic among local Christians 
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▶ #SpyCables: #israel’s #Africa policies ‘an exercise in cynicism’ - 3 mn - Al Jazeera YouTube

▶ #SpyCables: #israel’s #Africa policies ‘an exercise in cynicism’ - 3 mn - Al Jazeera  YouTube

South African intelligence accuse Israel of “fuelling insurrection,” selling arms and “appropriating” African resources. Al Jazeera's Clayton Swisher reports...

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Once a Top Booster, Ex-#US Envoy No Longer Backs Arming #Syria n Rebels -#RobertFord - Truthout

Once a Top Booster, Ex-#US Envoy No Longer Backs Arming #Syria n Rebels -#RobertFord - Truthout | News in english | Scoop.it

Once a Top Booster, Ex-#US Envoy No Longer Backs Arming #Syria n Rebels -#RobertFord - Truthout

Hannah Allam, McClatchy DC: Former US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford was always one of the Syrian rebels' loudest cheerleaders, but has dropped his call to provide them weapons. Instead, he's become increasingly critical that they are disjointed and untrustworthy because they collaborate with jihadists.



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#Facts Details On An Alleged °US-Backed Coup In #Venezuela Come To Light

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#Facts Details On An Alleged °US-Backed Coup In #Venezuela Come To Light

Failing to bring down Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution and Hugo Chavez, the U.S. is now allegedly orchestrating coups in the South American country and imposing sanctions in response to what it says are violations of human rights.

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Questions remain over #Turkey's (+ #US ) training of #Syria n opposition - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Questions remain over #Turkey's (+ #US ) training of #Syria n opposition - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | News in english | Scoop.it

Questions remain over #Turkey's (+ #US ) training of #Syria n opposition - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Following months of delay and speculation, Turkey and the United States have finally signed an agreement to train and equip moderate Syrian fighters whose prime objective, according to Washington, will be to fight the Islamic State (IS).

Many argue that Ankara’s prime motive in signing the accord is to improve strained ties with Washington.


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▶#US Students Launch Historic Debt Strike, Refusing to Pay Back Predatory College Loans - 9 mn DemocracyNow YouTube

▶#US Students Launch Historic Debt Strike, Refusing to Pay Back Predatory College Loans - 9 mn DemocracyNow YouTube

Students and activists are taking direct action over what some have called the nation's next financial crisis: the more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. The massive cost of U.S. college tuition has saddled millions with crushing debt and priced many others out of the classroom. Now, 15 former students of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges system have launched what they say is the nation's first student debt strike. The students have refused to pay back loans they took out to attend Corinthian, which has been sued by the federal government for its predatory lending. Meanwhile, another activist group has announced it has erased some $13 million of debt owed by students of Everest College, a Corinthian subsidiary. The Rolling Jubilee uses donated funds to purchase debt at discounted prices, then abolish it. We are joined by two guests: Laura Hanna, a filmmaker and activist who helped launch Strike Debt's Rolling Jubilee initiative, and Latonya Suggs, a student debt striker in the "Corinthian 15" who is $63,000 in debt after completing a two-year program in criminal justice at Everest College

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