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
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.
▶ '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.
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...
#USA Is Committing Brutal Acts of #Torture Right Now - Truthout
Torture has been an integral and systematic intelligence practice since WWII.
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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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.
Ex-#Bush Official: #US Tortured Prisoners to Produce False Intel that Built Case for #Iraq War - 9:29 mn
http://democracynow.org - Since the release of Senate findings earlier this month, the assumption that the CIA's torture program's sole motive was post-9/11 self-defense has gone virtually unchallenged. There has been almost no recognition that the George W. Bush administration also tortured prisoners for a very different goal: to extract information that could tie al-Qaeda to Saddam Hussein and justify the invasion of Iraq. While the Senate report and other critics say torture produced false information, that could have been one of the program's goals. We are joined by retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005. Wilkerson helped prepare Powell's infamous February 2003 speech to the United Nations wrongly accusing Iraq of possessing weapons of mass destruction. The claim was partially based on statements extracted from a prisoner tortured by Egypt on the CIA's behalf, who later recanted his claim. Wilkerson says that beginning in the spring of 2002 -- one year before the Iraq War and just months after the 9/11 attacks, the torture program's interrogations "were as much aimed at contacts between al-Qaeda and Baghdad and corroboration thereof as they were trying to ferret out whether there was another attack coming like 9/11. That was stunning to me to find that was probably 50 percent of the impetus."
#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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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.
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
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..
#Greece ▶ Greek Government Struggles to Stay in Power - #Syriza 14 mn
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http://democracynow.org - Calls are increasing for the prosecution of George W. Bush administration officials tied to the CIA torture program. On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch called on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor who would investigate the crimes detailed in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the program. On Monday, The New York Times editorial board called for a full and independent criminal investigation. We put the question about prosecution to Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005.