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The Obamas Do Africa

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“The U.S. is not in the business of fair and mutually beneficial trade – it’s about the business of imperialism.”

By Glen Ford
BAR executive editor

June 30, 2013 "Information Clearing House -  The President and his family are spending a week in sub-Saharan Africa, with Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa on the itinerary. The focus of the trip, if you believe the White House, is trade, an arena in which the United States has been eclipsed by China since 2009. China, by some measurements, now does nearly twice as much business with Africa as the U.S., and the gap is growing. It is now commonly accepted that the Chinese offer far better terms of trade and investment than the Americans, that they create more jobs for Africans, and their investments leave behind infrastructure that can enrich their African trading partners in the long haul.

No one expects Obama to offer anything on this trip that will reverse America’s declining share of the African market. That’s because the U.S. is not in the business of fair and mutually beneficial trade – it’s about the business of imperialism, which is another matter, entirely. The Americans ensure their access to African natural resources through the barrel of a gun.

So, while the Chinese and Indians and Brazilians and other economic powerhouses play by the rules of give and take, the U.S. tightens its military grip on the continent through its ever-expanding military command, AFRICOM.

To justify its rapid militarization of Africa, Washington plunges whole regions of the continent into chaos. U.S. policies, under presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, have utterly destroyed Somalia, made the Horn of Africa a theater of war, drawn the northern tier of the continent into America’s cauldron of terror, and killed six million people in the eastern Congo.

The face of America in Africa is war, not trade; extraction of minerals by military intimidation, not conventional commerce. Washington’s priority is to embed AFRICOM ever deeper into the militaries of African states – rather than configuring more favorable trade relationships on the continent. But you won’t learn that from the U.S. corporate media, which chooses to focus on the $100 million cost of Obama’s African trip, or to look for human interest angles on Obama’s decision not to touch down in his father’s homeland, Kenya. However, even that angle is too sinister for deeper exploration by the corporate press, because Kenya’s absence from the itinerary is meant as a threat.

The United States is angry because Washington wanted the Kenyan people to elect a different president, one more acceptable to U.S. policymakers. The Americans expected the whole of Kenyan civil society to bend to Washington’s will, and reject the candidacy of Uhuru Kenyatta, simply to please the superpower. When that didn’t happen, it was decided that Kenya must be shunned, despite its past services to U.S. imperialism.

Skipping Kenya was a warning that more serious repercussions may lurk in the future – which is a potent threat, because the U.S. controls most of the guns of Africa. As the U.S.-backed warlord in Somalia said in Jeremy Scahill’s excellent film The Dirty War, “The Americans are masters of war.” War, and the threat of war, is the reality behind every U.S. presidential visit, to Africa and everywhere else. Whether the terms of trade are good or bad, the declining U.S. empire will get access to the resources it needs, or thousands – millions! – will die.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com. - BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

© 2013 Black Agenda Report

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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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#israel foreign minister #Hotovely: #Netanyahu government will back more settlement building - #Palestine- JPost

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A ce rythme, les palestiniens vont finir dans des réserves comme les Indiens des Etats-Unis.

Tiens, c'est peut-être pour ça que les USA laissent faire israel ce .. "nettoyage ethnique" . Ca leur rappelle la construction de leur "belle et grande démocratie"...



#israel foreign minister #Hotovely: #Netanyahu government will back more settlement building - #Palestine- JPost

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“Whoever believes that whatever is built here is an obstacle to peace, must remember this statement.

Just the terror is an obstacle to peace,” she said. “Whoever is not willing to accept the idea that a Jew can go back to his homeland cannot accept a Jew anywhere.

This is our right and our duty to build our Jewish state.”(..)

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GOP Mega-Donor #SheldonAdelson Recruits NBA To Fight #israel #Boycott Movement #Desperateisraelwifes

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MINNEAPOLIS — A delegation of eight professional basketball players visited Israel earlier this month. Yet this was no simple sightseeing visit: Multiple reports suggest the trip was part of a renewed, multimillion dollar effort to oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Organized by Omri Casspi, an Israeli player for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, the first reports appeared on JNS.org, a global Jewish news service, which claimed the trip was sponsored by “a foundation [Omri] Casspi has formed, which seeks to fight anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement initiatives.” Casspi, along with eight teammates, flew aboard a private jet on a tour of his home country. Later, Casspi insisted the trip was “nothing about politics,” forcing JNS.org to add a correction to the story.

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Counting the Cost - #Gold, #oil and #copper: Is the #commodity boom over? - Al Jazeera 28 mn #MatièresPremières

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#ISIS no weaker after a year of airstrikes among #US intelligence - RT 1:41 #Syria #Iraq

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Since the US-led bombing campaign against Islamic State began last August, Washington has spent more than 2.7-billion dollars.
But despite the figure and an estimated 10,000 terrorists killed - America's intelligence agencies admit the jihadist group is not weakening. Not long ago, President Barack Obama was bullish about the effectiveness of airstrikes.

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#Debunking Pro-#israel #Propaganda - #Palestine #useful

Washington, DC (TFC– Anytime conversation turns to the mistreatment of the Palestinian people, a few statements are certain to be said in Israel’s defense. Some of them are heard so often that many accept them as truth without thinking about the reality behind them. How much truth is there to those statements?

“Israel is America’s strongest ally.”: Israel was created in 1948. In 1950, the Korean War broke out. Israel sent no troops. During the Vietnam War, they committed no troops. The first Gulf War? They committed no troops, though this may have been strategic. Afghanistan? None. Second Gulf War? None.

Although the country has never actually allied with the United States during a war, it has been caught spying on the US repeatedly and was listed as the top espionage threat by the National Security Agency. Israel also attacked a US Navy ship while it s

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le nouvel edito du remarquable et courageux Gideon Levy,  journaliste pour le journal israélien Haaretz.  Gideon Levy est obligé d'avoir un garde du corps ..


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Classified emails stored on Hillary Clinton's private computer server contained information from five U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and NSA, McClatchy reported Thursday. One of the emails about the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack was even released to the public by the State Department in May despite it being classified. That email contained information from the NSA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which uses spy satellites. Four other emails contained info from the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees all intelligence agencies. The inspector general for the intelligence community found the five classified emails out of a sample of 40 from the 30,000 emails Clinton gave to the State Department.

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