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Momentum Shifts in Syria, Bolstering Assad’s Position - New York Times

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Though his country is in shambles, President Bashar al-Assad now seems better positioned to hang on to power than he has been for most of Syria’s two-year civil war.
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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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Jordanians divided over anti-IS coalition - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

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Jordanians divided over anti-IS coalition - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Jordan’s decision to join the US-led coalition to fight the Islamic State has sparked a heated internal debate over the role the kingdom should play in the alliance.


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Noam Chomsky: Why Americans Know So Much About Sports But So Little About World Affairs

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Noam Chomsky: Why Americans Know So Much About Sports But So Little About World Affairs

The way the system is set up, there is virtually nothing people can do anyway to influence the real world.

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#France Nevermind those freedom fries. The French are Europe’s new war hawks.- WaPo

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#France Nevermind those freedom fries. The French are Europe’s new war hawks.- WaPo

The WaPo's Ishaan Tharoor: "...In recent years, French governments of differing ideological stripes have led calls for intervention in a range of conflicts. In 2011, conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy authorized airstrikes in the Ivory Coast to avert a crisis that some observers feared could lead to ethnic cleansing. He also rallied NATO allies in 2011 to join in a bombing campaign that would help destroy the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi. In the years since, NATO countries have watched on the sidelines as post-Gaddafi Libya imploded; just this past week, France called for a new intervention.
"That's because Sarkozy's Socialist successor, François Hollande, has been equally hawkish about fighting insurgencies and stabilizing war zones."



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#RappelQuelOtanèTjrsen #Afghanistan #pkoi ? #pki ? Suicide car bomber kills three foreign troops in Afghan capital

#RappelQuelOtanèTjrsen #Afghanistan #pkoi ? #pki ? Suicide car bomber kills three foreign troops in Afghan capital | News in english | Scoop.it

#RappelQuelOTANestTjrsen #Afghanistan #pourquoi ? #pourqui ? Suicide car bomber kills three foreign troops in Afghan capital

et que les forces de l'OTAN devraient quitter le pays d'ici la fin de l'année. L'Afghanistan est maintenant au bord de la guerre civile ..


By Mirwais Harooni and Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed three foreign troops and wounded 13 Afghan civilians in an attack on a convoy near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months. The attack near the heavily fortified embassy comes amid a months-long political stalemate and an emboldened insurgency, with a presidential election still unresolved as most foreign combat troops prepare to leave by the end of the year. ...

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▶ Is There a Diplomatic Solution to ISIS Crisis? U.S. Could Turn to Aid, Arms Embargo & Engaging Foes

▶ Is There a Diplomatic Solution to ISIS Crisis? U.S. Could Turn to Aid, Arms Embargo & Engaging Foes - democracynow

An international summit on combating militants from the Islamic State has opened in France, bringing together around 30 countries from a U.S.-led coalition. The Obama administration says several Arab League countries have signed on for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, but no sustained campaign is imminent. President Obama has already asserted he does not need approval from the Congress to expand U.S. airstrikes into Syria. On Friday, the Obama administration says it derives legal authority for the war on Islamic State from both the 2001 war on terror resolution as well as the 2002 vote authorizing the Iraq War. The White House made the claim despite President Obama’s previous call for repealing the war authorization measures. On Saturday, video was posted online showing a member of the Islamic State beheading British aid worker David Haines, the third Western hostage to be beheaded by the militants in less than a month. In the video, the Islamic State issued death threats against another captive British aid worker, Alan Henning. We are joined by Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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#Iran won't cooperate with America's dirty hands, says Khamenei

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 #Iran won't cooperate with America's dirty hands, says Khamenei

Leader says evidence suggests US military campaign against Islamic State

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#racism Lawyer and Two Teachers—All Black—Say Staff at Exclusive NYC Hotel Accused Them of Being Hookers

#racism Lawyer and Two Teachers—All Black—Say Staff at Exclusive NYC Hotel Accused Them of Being Hookers | News in english | Scoop.it

#racism Lawyer and Two Teachers—All Black—Say Staff at Exclusive NYC Hotel Accused Them of Being Hookers

Seems like being a professional black women in public equals solicitation

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Remember Pres. @BarackObama Saying ISIL Campaign like #Yemen? Here's Yemen

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Remember Pres. @BarackObama Saying ISIL Campaign like #Yemen?  Here's Yemen


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What Happened When Some #Libertarians Went Off to Build Ayn Rand's Vision of Paradise

What Happened When Some #Libertarians Went Off to Build Ayn Rand's Vision of Paradise

Hint: nothing good.

September 11, 2014 

The theme of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, according to Ms. Rand herself, is “what happens to the world when the Prime Movers go on strike.” The prime movers are corporate executives – “the motor of the world” – and Rand imagines what would happen if they all just went away. To Rand this is nothing less than “a picture of the world with its motor cut off.”

Ouch. Paging Dr. Freud.

In Rand’s novel the great, throbbing “motor of the world” (it’s made of executives, remember?) retreats to an Atlantis-like idyll known as “Galt’s Gulch.” Without their ingenuity and drive the nation descends into chaos, leading many long pages later to their triumphant return and anointment as leaders of a n...

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CrossTalk: The Bear & The Dragon (ft. Pepe Escobar) - rt.com #China #Russia #USA - 23 mn

CrossTalk: The Bear & The Dragon (ft. Pepe Escobar) - rt.com #China #Russia #USA - 23 mn

The bear and the dragon: Russia and China are moving closer together as Moscow becomes more and more disenchanted with the West. Can these two countries succ...

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What Drives Obama Foreign Policy? Andrew Levine 21 mn interview - TheRealNews

What Drives Obama Foreign Policy? Andrew Levine 21 mn interview - TheRealNews - Andrew Levine says Obama continues a triumphalist policy towards Russia, and always seems to down the wrong road



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Transparently bad: U.S. #whistleblower s feel blowback - Watchdog.org

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Transparently bad: U.S. whistleblowers feel blowback - Watchdog.org

Federal whistleblowers threatened: Employees who expose government waste abuse are having a tough time in the “most transparent administration in history.”


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9/11: the #Saudi Connection » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

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9/11: the #Saudi Connection » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
The Bush Cover-Up Begins to Unravel
9/11: the Saudi Connection
by JAMES RIDGEWAY

In his New Yorker article, posted on the magazine’s web site last week, Lawrence Wright tells how the Bush administration deleted 28 pages in the 2002 report of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on 911 probably because they describe in detail the Saudi connection to the Al Qaeda attack and Saudi financing of its operatives in the United States—people who knew two of the hijackers, and may well have been used as conduits for Saudi cash. Some of the money may have come from the royal family through a charity.

In removing the 28 pages Bush said the publication of the information would damage American intelligence operations. The Saudis deny all this.

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#OurFriends ...Saudi Arabia Contuies Brutal Crackdown On Peacful Dissent #HumanRights

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#OurFriends ...Saudi Arabia Contuies Brutal Crackdown On Peacful Dissent #HumanRights

The face of the uprising in Saudi’s eastern province says that he "will be the next martyr", in the country's struggle for democracy.

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#ToBeBornHereOrThere .. Why are western health workers with Ebola flown out, but locals left to die?

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#ToBeBornHereOrThere .. Why are western health workers with Ebola flown out, but locals left to die?

Joseph Harker: The death of Dr Olivet Buck after the WHO refused to fly her out of Sierra Leone is not just wrong: it’s making the Ebola epidemic worse

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Propaganda Watch: Fearmongering the Threat Posed by the Islamic State - ForeignPolicy

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Propaganda Watch: Fearmongering the Threat Posed by the Islamic State - ForeignPolicy"

"...the Obama administration's statements on the group paint a picture of an increasingly powerful, well-funded, and well-armed group with lethal ambitions in the Middle East but one whose threat to the United States remains limited. Many outside experts share that assessment. Here at home, however, the debate over the Islamic State is taking on an increasingly hyperbolic tone, with Republican critics of the administration -- and even some Democrats -- struggling to do outdo each other when it comes to painting ever more alarming pictures of the group. Below are five of the politicians and pundits making eye-opening claims about the Islamic State.""


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Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America - by Chris Hedges

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Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America - by Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges gave this speech Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis., before a crowd of about 2,000. His address followed one there by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who seems to be preparing to run in the Democratic presidential primaries. The Fighting Bob Fest, the annual event at which they appeared, brings together progressive speakers from around the country and honors Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette (1855-1925), a U.S. senator from Wisconsin who opposed the United States’ entry into World War I.

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▶ Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action - democracynow

▶ Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action - democracynow

A new report finds many talking heads who have been fanning the flames of war in the news media have ties to Pentagon contractors. Reporting for The Nation, Lee Fang details how television analysts including retired generals Jack Keane and Anthony Zinni and former Department of Homeland Security official Frances Townsend have appeared on television recently, but their ties to military contractors were not disclosed. Fang writes many of these commentators "have skin in the game as paid directors and advisers to some of the largest military contractors in the world." Keane, for example, is a special adviser to Academi, the contractor formerly known as Blackwater, and a board member to military manufacturer General Dynamics. He is also a "venture partner" to SCP Partners, an investment firm that works with defense contractors.

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▶ Whack'em All: US targets ISIS but leaves Taliban, Al-Qaeda to rise - RT

▶ Whack'em All: US targets ISIS but leaves Taliban, Al-Qaeda to rise - RT

Iraqi and French Presidents have called on tougher international action against ISIS. Currently America and its allies are working out their next moves again...

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Robert Reich Calls Out #Harvard Business School for Its Role in Widening #Inequality

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Robert Reich Calls Out #Harvard Business School for Its Role in Widening #Inequality

The top educator of American CEOs needs to rethink what it is teaching.

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The Pleasant Fiction of "No Boots on the Ground" - Truthout

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The Pleasant Fiction of "No Boots on the Ground" - Truthout

The fact that ISIS controls Mosul is not compatible with the idea that air strikes alone can accomplish the president's plan. Ground troops will be required.

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James Foley's mother: 'I really feel that our country let Jim down' - The Guardian

James Foley's mother: 'I really feel that our country let Jim down' - The Guardian | News in english | Scoop.it

James Foley's mother: 'I really feel that our country let Jim down' - The Guardian -

Diane Foley sharply criticised the US government for failing to rescue her son, murdered by Isis militants in August

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Six years since the Wall Street crash - World Socialist Web Site

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Six years since the Wall Street crash - World Socialist Web Site

Six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the world economy has not only failed to recover, the conditions for a new financial catastrophe are in the making.


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How Willing Is Obama's Coalition? - ForeignPolicy

How Willing Is Obama's Coalition? - ForeignPolicy

The president is desperate not to go it alone against the Islamic State, but he may not have any choice.

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How to Really Get Money Out of Politics - 8:33 -TheRealNews

How to Really Get Money Out of Politics -  8:33 -TheRealNews

While Senate Republicans filibuster a constitutional amendment to reign in campaign contributions, critics say Democrats can pursue alternative strategies to...

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