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For U.S. Companies, Money ‘Offshore’ Means Manhattan - NY Times

For U.S. Companies, Money ‘Offshore’ Means Manhattan - NY Times | News in english | Scoop.it
In the convoluted world of corporate tax accounting, corporate money that is technically overseas is often held in American banks.
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Like some of the nation’s prominent chief executives, Apple’s Timothy D. Cook has a simple proposal to help spur the economy and encourage corporate tax compliance: give American companies a tax break to bring to the United States untaxed profits parked overseas.

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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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Trafficking, #ChildLabor May Be Growing In Global #Chocolate Industry - Focus on #Traders - #ModernSlavery

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Trafficking, #ChildLabor May Be Growing In Global #Chocolate Industry - Focus on #Traders - #ModernSlavery

Labor advocates say failure to address the root causes of poverty among cocoa farming communities may be leading to both human trafficking and child labor along the chocolate industry’s supply chains.

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#Facebook to face lawsuit for 'reading' users' messages. - Hack Read

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Facebook is facing a lawsuit for reading users messages and sharing them with advertisers.
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#ISIS capable to bring down planes #IS #EI - 2 mn - RT

 #ISIS capable to bring down planes #IS #EI - 2 mn - RT

Islamic State terrorists have reportedly brought down a US-led coalition fighter jet in northern Syria. That's according to the London-based Observatory for Human rights, but the claim hasn't been confirmed by the coalition. RT's Paula Slier has more.

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Ruble Flux: #EU businesses hit hard by weak Russian currency #Europe #Russia #economy - RT 2:30

Ruble Flux: #EU businesses hit hard by weak Russian currency #Europe #Russia #economy - RT 2:30

The ruble has shown some signs of improvement this week - after suffering huge losses. Over the past few months, the Russian currency lost almost half of its value to the US dollar and the euro. But the damage is certainly not restricted to within Russia. For more RT is joined by Economist Keith Boyfield.

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Inside Story - Can #arms trade be regulated? - 25 mn - Al Jazeera - #armement

Inside Story - Can #arms trade be regulated? - 25 mn - Al Jazeera - #armement

The treaty, signed by 130 countries, will put controls on governments to help limit the flow of weapons to countries where they would be used to commit atrocities, war crimes or attack civilians. Supporters hailed the treaty as a new chapter, while campaigners said they will make sure it will be strictly and properly implemented. But how will the treaty be implemented? And will it help put an end to the many armed conficts around the world? Presenter: Hazem Sika Guests - Martin Butcher: Policy adviser on arms and conflict at Oxfam. He is also a former NATO policy analyst for the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy. Alexandre Vautravers: Editor of the Swiss Military Review Kirck Jackson: Coordinator of the Campaign Against Arms Trade

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The Man Who Killed the #NYPD Officers Was Just Another Resentful, Mentally Ill Person With Access to Firearms

The Man Who Killed the #NYPD Officers Was Just Another Resentful, Mentally Ill Person With Access to Firearms

An angry young man fell through society's cracks, didn't receive the mental health assistance he needed, and was able to get a gun.

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#Spain #SignOfFascism Spanish Government Strips Away Protesting Rights - Truthout #España

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#Spain #SignOfFascism Spanish Government Strips Away Protesting Rights - Truthout #España

Spain is showing signs of fascism with its new anti-protest legislation nicknamed the ''Gag Law.''

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The New Face of US #Health Care: $1,000 per Pill - Truthout #santé #salud

The New Face of US #Health Care: $1,000 per Pill - Truthout #santé #salud | News in english | Scoop.it

The New Face of US #Health Care: $1,000 per Pill - Truthout #santé #salud

Federal law mandates that drugs like Sovaldi, priced at $1,000 per pill, may be subject to price regulation.

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Irony of #Christmas: @BarackObama Is #SantaClaus to the Rich, and They Call Him #Marxist - Truthout

Irony of #Christmas: @BarackObama Is #SantaClaus to the Rich, and They Call Him #Marxist - Truthout | News in english | Scoop.it

Irony of #Christmas: @BarackObama Is #SantaClaus to the Rich, and They Call Him #Marxist - Truthout

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Obama has fostered an economy that showers the rich with gifts. (Photo: Carlos) The stock market just hit...

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#RobertReich: Why We Can't Get the #US Government We Want and Deserve - alternet. org

#RobertReich: Why We Can't Get the #US Government We Want and Deserve - alternet. org | News in english | Scoop.it


Robert Reich: Why We Can't Get the Government We Want and Deserve
Our biggest problem isn't the size of our government, it's who the government works for.

December 24, 2014  |  
 
 
 
 

Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They’re wrong. The central issue is who the government works  for.

Consider the new spending bill Congress and the President agreed to a few weeks ago. It’s not especially large by historic standards. Under the $1.1 trillion measure, government spending doesn’t rise as a percent of the total economy. In fact, if the economy grows as expected, government spending will actually shrink over the next year. 

The problem with the legislation is who gets the goodies and who’s stuck with the tab.

For example, it repeals part of the Dodd-Frank Act designed to stop Wall Street from using other peoples’ money..


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My Horrible Right-Wing Past: Confessions of a One-Time Religious Right Icon

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My Horrible Right-Wing Past: Confessions of a One-Time Religious Right Icon

I was a religious fanatic appealing to political leaders. Today, the fanatics are the political leaders.

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#US Stop Blaming Protests for #Police Killings | The Nation

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#US Stop Blaming Protests for #Police Killings | The Nation

While New York City mourns, political opportunists point fingers—but we should really be talking about reforms that would keep everyone safe.

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How Anonymous Revolutionized Revolt

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How Anonymous Revolutionized Revolt

“There’s a trade-off in place here. There’s a privacy interest involved with accessing private computer systems, but there is also an interest in ensuring the public good,” one Internet researcher tells MintPress, explaining the ambiguities and lack of boundaries in “hacktivism.”

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DISRESPECTING THEIR OWN TO SHOW DISRESPECT IS HATRED #RafaelRamos #NVY #BillDeBlasio by MentalUnrest

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DISRESPECTING THEIR OWN TO SHOW DISRESPECT IS HATRED #RafaelRamos #NVY #BillDeBlasio by MentalUnrest

It happened again. NYPD officers—during the funeral of slain cop Rafael Ramos turned their backs on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio when he addressed parishioners. The same cops who want anti-police prote...

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#Russia’s new military doctrine lists #NATO, #US as major foreign threats - 1:36 - RT

#Russia’s new military doctrine lists #NATO, #US as major foreign threats - 1:36 - RT

Russia has adopted an updated version of its military doctrine, which reflects the emergence of new threats against its national security. NATO military buil...

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▶ Botched Aid: Audit shows #US money vanishes in #Afghanistan 1:15 RT

▶ Botched Aid: Audit shows #US  money vanishes in #Afghanistan 1:15 RT

The United States has spent nearly a billion dollars on improving the lives of women in Afghanistan over the past two years. But a newly-published audit says it's unknown where most of the money has actually gone, claiming there is no clear link between improvements in women's issues and U.S. financial aid. Sahar Aziz, an Associate Professor at Texas School of Law told us why the outcome is of little surprise.

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▶ 'Why is @CIA planting covert agents in allied counties?' - Former MI5 officer - RT - 5 mn

▶ 'Why is @CIA planting covert agents in allied counties?' - Former MI5 officer - RT - 5 mn

The CIA is deeply concerned about the EU's tightened security measures - which make it much harder for American spies to enter Europe.
It's emerged from documents released by Wikileaks - that also provide tips for agents on how to get through airport screening and avoid detection. Former MI5 agent Annie Machon comments on the issue.

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Georges Ibrahim Abdallah against the French #fascist regime #France #Palestine #israel @CIA #Mossad #zionism

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah against the French #fascist regime #France #Palestine #israel @CIA #Mossad #zionism | News in english | Scoop.it

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah against the French #fascist regime #France #Palestine #israel @CIA #Mossad #zionism

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, Revolutionary Communist Arab, activist for the Palestinian cause and a member of the PFLP, is held in France since 1984, acquiring the status of most old prisoner in France and Europe, serving heavy sentences like Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, said Carlos, also from the PFLP, jailed in France since 1994, and, in the United States, Léonard Peltier, from the American Indian Movement, imprisoned since 1976, and Mumia Abu-Jamal, member of the Black Panthers and MOVE, incarcerated life since 1982 and who lived for years in the ‘democratic’ death corridor. These four men share the same fate of political prisoners sentenced in the West based on false reports and false testimony in mock trial. The nations of brutes who claim models while they are only totalitarian regimes, have preferred to throw these militants in prison, impute them crimes they have not committed to reduce them to silence forever, because we live in a world where the true light bearers are sentenced to the darkness of the fascist jails while real criminals enjoy the most absolute impunity. These so called « democratic » States whose cracks streaking their flashy facades are filled with zeal by their medialies and their corrupt elites, real manure humanity thirsty of power and money, hide a sordid reality where everything is false, calculated, rigged. How many murders were committed with the complicity of their writer hacks paid to the task? These timeless vomits breed themselves for centuries and commit the same crimes go unpunished. But despite their finery, artifices and making up, their daily scandals bare them and reveal their dark souls of imperialist ogres and Zionist and their courts are derisory in front to the Tribunal of Humanity which condemns them.

Releasable for fifteen years, Georges Abdallah is imprisoned in the jails of the French fascist regime for 30 years, accused for crimes without any evidence, if those that were manufactured. This militant of the Palestinian cause faces a unheard doggedness on the part of the French administration in thrall to Zionism, since the Court of appeal of Paris, which had to rule this De...

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9 Signs the Kochs Have Created Their Own National Political Party

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9 Signs the Kochs Have Created Their Own National Political Party

The Koch Party is what plutocracy, not democracy, looks like.

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Marjorie Cohn on #Drone Warfare: Illegal, Immoral and Ineffective - Truthout

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Marjorie Cohn on #Drone Warfare: Illegal, Immoral and Ineffective - Truthout

Marjorie Cohn discusses the just-published book, ''Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues.''


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#USA Innovations or Hucksterism? Three Little-Known #Infrastructure #Privatization Problems - Truthout

#USA Innovations or Hucksterism? Three Little-Known #Infrastructure #Privatization Problems - Truthout | News in english | Scoop.it

#USA Innovations or Hucksterism? Three Little-Known #Infrastructure #Privatization Problems - Truthout




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#USA Is Committing Brutal Acts of #Torture Right Now - Truthout

#USA Is Committing Brutal Acts of #Torture Right Now - Truthout | News in english | Scoop.it

#USA Is Committing Brutal Acts of #Torture Right Now - Truthout

Torture has been an integral and systematic intelligence practice since WWII.

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Media coverage of the Senate report has largely whitewashed the extent to which torture has always been an integral and systematic intelligence practice since the second World War, continuing even today under the careful recalibration of Obama and his senior military intelligence officials. The key function of torture, largely overlooked by the pundits, is its role in manufacturing nebulous threats that legitimize the existence and expansion of the national security apparatus.

The CIA's post-9/11 torture program was formally approved at the highest levels of the civilian administration. We have known for years that torture was officially sanctioned by at least President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA directors George Tenet and Michael Hayden, and Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Yet the focus on the Bush administration serves a useful purpose. While the UN has called for prosecutions of Bush officials, Obama himself is excused on the pretext that he banned domestic torture in 2009, and reiterated the ban abroad this November.

Even Dan Froomklin of the Intercept congratulated the November move as a "win" for the "good guys." Indeed, with the release of the Senate report, Obama's declaration that he has e..."

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Stopping Imperialistic Wars Could Radically Reduce Terrorism - Truthout

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Stopping Imperialistic Wars Could Radically Reduce Terrorism - Truthout

Niall McLaren for BuzzFlash at Truthout Are wars for oil and McDonald's worth the backlash of inciting violence? (Photo: Clare Solomon)Sydney, Austral...

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No, #NorthKorea Didn’t #Hack #Sony - The Daily Beast

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No, #NorthKorea Didn’t #Hack #Sony - The Daily Beast

The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever. But almost all signs point in another direction.

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#History #US Pentagon whitewashing #Vietnam War with $15 million website - 3 mn - RT America

#History #US Pentagon whitewashing #Vietnam War with $15 million website - 3 mn - RT America

The Department of Defense has spent $15 million on a website that some veterans, activists and historians accuse of sanitizing the US’ actions in the Vietnam War. Over 3 million North and South Vietnamese were killed during the conflict, which inspired a massive anti-war movement in the US. This and other important facts and context, however, are noticeably absent from the Pentagon’s so-called 'accurate representation' of the conflict. RT’s Manuel Rapalo reports from Washington.

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