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
Big friends in small places: Journalists rubbing elbows with politicians-RT America 5 mn #press #medias #DogGuards
Ajoutée le 8 sept. 2015
A new report asks if the close relationship between the media and politicians is getting too friendly, as news comes out that President Obama chatted with local press while in Alaska. Legal and media analyst “Lionel” from LionelMedia talks with Anya Parampil and diagnoses the problem.
#BernieSanders is 'radical' on economic policy but a pussycat for #israel - #zionism - Mondoweiss #Palestine #USA
Bernie Sanders calls for a political revolution and the break up of Wall Street banks, but when it comes to Israel he wants more military aid and blames the Palestinians equally for the conflict. He personifies the idea of PEP, progressive except Palestine, which is a key to the Israel lobby.
#israel 's War on Children - documentary #ChrisHedges - 25 mn - The Real News #Palestine
Ajoutée le 23 sept. 2015
In this episode of teleSUR's Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges sits down with author and activist Laila el-Haddad to discuss the psychological repression of Gaza's youth by Israeli state violence and occupation
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has told Israel that she is unhappy with the appointment of former settler leader Dani Dayan as ambassador to her country, the Ynet news site reported Sunday.
Rousseff is worried that accepting Dayan as ambassador would be understood as support of Israeli settlements, the report said.
The communique reportedly came as part of back-channel messages between Rio de Janeiro and Jerusalem in an attempt to warn Prime Minister Netanyahu not to go ahead with the appointment. While the rejection of an ambassador by a host country is rare, governments sometimes encourage the withdrawal of certain appointments to avoid diplomatic confrontations.
Rousseff has faced pressure from dozens of Brazilian organizations to reject Dayan based on his background representing the umbrella settlement movement Yesha Council. In August, a petition was presented to the Brazilian government calling the appointment “a violation of the international legitimacy and sovereignty of Brazil.”
If Israel goes ahead with the appointment as planned and receives a formal rejection from Brazil, it would be seen as diplomatic crisis, damaging the closer ties the two countries have developed in recent years.
As the largest country in South America and one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, Brazil is viewed in Jerusalem as an important strategic and economic partner.
Just days ago, Brazil surprised many by abstaining on a resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s General Conference to impose monitoring of Israel nuclear sites. Joining Brazil in abstaining was India, another country with which Israel has been working on building closer ties following the election of Israel-friendly Narendra Modi as prime minister in 2014.
The Israeli government approved Dayan’s appointment on August 6, a month after Netanyahu announced his intention to appoint him.
The Argentine-born Dayan is a staunch opponent of the two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, and has been active in promoting Jewish settlement in the West Bank. Ahead of the Knesset elections earlier this year, Dayan was placed 21st on the right-wing Jewish Home party’s Knesset list, but backed out of the party before the vote.
“I accepted the challenge posed by the prime minister to deepen and improve the relations between Israel and Brazil,” Dayan said following his appointment. “I assured the prime minister I would not spare any effort or creativity in fulfilling the strategic task given to me.”
Dayan, 60, immigrated to Israel with his family at age 15. He later began working for a software firm and shortly afterward co-founded his own, the hugely successful Elad Systems. At the age of 50, he sold his share of the company and devoted himself to full-time political activism.
The evil empire of #SaudiArabia is the West’s real enemy | Voices | The Independent
Iran is seriously mistrusted by Israel and America. North Korea protects its nuclear secrets and is ruled by an erratic, vicious man. Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions alarm democratic nations. The newest peril, Isis, the wild child of Islamists, has shocked the whole world. But top of this list should be Saudi Arabia – degenerate, malignant, pitiless, powerful and as dangerous as any of those listed above.
Au moins, grâce à cette guerre inutile, le monde est à nouveau inondé d'héroïne ... Merci encore l'Oncle Sam... Grosse enflure ..
Rethink #Afghanistan • FULL DOCUMENTARY FILM • BRAVE NEW FILMS - YouTube 60 mn #USA #fail
President Obama has committed 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan. This decision raises serious questions about troops, costs, overall mission, and exit strategy. Historically, it has been Congress' duty to ask questions in the form of oversight hearings that challenge policymakers, examine military spending, and educate the public.
7:02 The war in Afghanistan and its potentially catastrophic impact on Pakistan are complex and dangerous issues.
14:20 The Afghanistan War, a war that currently costs over $2 billion a month but hasn't made us any safer.
25:30 Eight years have passed since Laura Bush declared that "because of our recent military gains, women are no longer imprisoned in their homes" in Afghanistan. For eight years, that claim has been a lie.
33:14 When foreign policy is well-reasoned, we see attention given to humanitarian issues like housing, jobs, health care and education. When that policy consists of applying a military solution to a political problem, however, we see death, destruction, and suffering.
43:31 The war in Afghanistan is increasing the likelihood that American civilians will be killed in a future terrorist attack. There is no "victory" to be won in Afghanistan.
ABOUT BRAVE NEW FILMS Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films are at the forefront of the fight to create a just America. Using new media and internet video campaigns, Brave New Films has created a quick-strike capability that informs the public, challenges corporate media with the truth, and motivates people to take action on social issues nationwide. Brave New Films’ investigative films have scrutinized the impact of U.S. drone strikes; the war on whistleblowers; and Wal Mart’s corporate practices.
Arab Israelis say they are suffering discrimination in the city of Jaffa, as they are being refused the right to buy property. Prospective Arab buyers have complained they have been shut out of the market because of their ethnicity. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/6t0o
'I saw doctors & patients burning' #Kunduz survivors speak to #BBC News - YouTube #MSF #IndependentInvestigation cc @Potus (if he has time between a dinner with Beyoncé and a golf game .. )
Some of those injured in the bombing of a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, have spoken to the BBC about their ordeal. At least 22 people, including MSF staff, were killed in attacks, which the charity blames on US-led Nato forces. One man said he saw both doctors and patients burning to death. President Barack Obama has expressed his deep condolences to the families of victims and the US military has launched an investigation. Shaimaa Khalil reports from Kabul.
Horse-riding #Mexico governor "El Bronco" vows to go tough on crime - 2:43 Al Jazeera YouTube
Mexico's first ever independent governor has been sworn in.Jaime Rodriguez Calderon will run the key industrial border state of Nuevo Leon.He's vowed to eradicate corruption and crime.Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Nuevo Leon
WHAT IT MEANS WHEN #GeneralMotors EXECUTIVES PAY TO GET AWAY WITH KILLING PEOPLE | #mentalunrest - #USA
Six hundred dollars. That's the figure I came up with when I tried to distill the meaning of General Motors' nine hundred million dollar settlement with the US government to avoid being charged with knowingly selling cars with defective ignition switches — vehicles which I can arguably call pending death sentences — to you non-oligarchs.…
A new luxury apartment complex under construction in the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa is only offering homes to Jewish buyers, Channel 10 television reported this week.
The “Yopea” project includes 63 housing units with a communal private courtyard, and is located in Ajami, in the southern part of the city.
The alleged discrimination was discovered two weeks ago, when Channel 10 dispatched a Jewish woman, Noa Borenstein-Hadad, to call the project’s sales office, during which she received an immediate invitation to a meeting at the site.
However, when Channel 10’s Arab reporter Sami Abed Alhamid called with an inquiry, he was told that he would not be contacted by the company. When Borenstein-Hadad attended her meeting at the company offices days later, sales staff confirmed that when prospective Arab buyers express an interest in an apartment in the project, they are repeatedly put off until they give up.
“The project is completely Jewish,” a member of the sales team told the reporter.
Ajami, a once-predominantly Arab area of the mixed city, has seen a wave of gentrification and construction that, according to its Arab residents, has priced them out of the market and led to an influx of Jewish home owners.
The Israel Residence Administration, which is advertising the apartments on its website, said in response: “No documents or recordings [regarding these claims] have been passed on to us. However, it is important to note that this is private land and privately organized for buyers from a similar background.”
In the blurb about the complex, the company writes: “You are invited to open the gate and enter ‘Yopea,’ your private residential complex. You are invited to enter the enchanting courtyard and leave behind the bustle of the street. You are invited to go down to the spa and pool and enjoy the sunshine pouring through the glass pyramid. You are invited to go into the apartments and view the exceptional architectural design. You are invited to look through the windows and breathe in the sea air and Jaffa’s atmosphere. You are invited to join Yopea and enjoy all the beauty that Jaffa has to offer.”
Thewebsite for the projectitself has a clock counting down to the end of the sales period. The website says it is responsible for “more than 2,500 units across the country,” and “aims to create quality housing solutions that are both economically and socially obtainable.”
Orthodox Jewish Israelis have in recent years begun to move into Arab areas of mixed cities in an attempt to cement the Jewish presence there.
Activists say that, in recent years, several thousand devout Jews have pushed into rundown Arab areas of Jaffa, Lod, Ramle and Acre, where there is a notable mixed population. Their arrival has threatened to disrupt fragile ethnic relations with the construction of religious seminaries and housing developments marketed exclusively to Jews.
The Israel Land Fund, one of the organizations promoting the policy, helps Jews buy property in both Israel and the West Bank with the goal of “ensuring the land of Israel stays in the hands of Jewish people forever.”
A Short History of #USA Bombing of Civilian Facilities - Usual #WarCrimes - The Intercept
Below is a sampling of such incidents since the 1991 Gulf War. If you believe some significant examples are missing, please send them our way. To be clear, we’re looking for U.S. attacks on specifically civilian facilities, such as hospitals or schools.
Infant Formula Production Plant, Abu Ghraib, Iraq (January 21, 1991)
On the seventh day of Operation Desert Storm, aimed at evicting Iraq military forces from Kuwait, the U.S.-led coalition bombed the Infant Formula Production Plant in the Abu Ghraib suburb of Baghdad. Iraq declared that the factory was exactly what its name said, but the administration of President George H.W. Bush claimed it was “a production facility for biological weapons.” Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, chimed in to say, “It is not an infant formula factory. It was a biological weapons facility — of that we are sure.” The U.S. media chortled about Iraq’s clumsy, transparent propaganda, and CNN’s Peter Arnett was attacked by U.S. politicians for touring the damaged factory and reporting that “whatever else it did, it did produce infant formula.”
Iraq was telling the truth. When Saddam Hussein’s son-in-law, Hussein Kamel, defected to Jordan in 1995, he had every incentive to undermine Saddam, since he hoped the U.S. would help install him as his father-in-law’s successor — but he told CNN “there is nothing military about that place. … It only produced baby milk.” The CIA’s own investigation later concluded the site had been bombed “in the mistaken belief that it was a key BW [Biological Weapon] facility.” The original U.S. claims have nevertheless proven impossible to stamp out. The George W. Bush administration, making the case for invading Iraq in 2003, portrayed the factory as a symbol of Iraqi deceit. When the Newseum opened in 2008, it included Arnett’s 1991 reporting in a section devoted to — in the New York Times’ description — “examples of distortions that mar the profession.”
Air Raid Shelter, Amiriyah, Iraq (February 13, 1991)
The U.S. purposefully targeted an air raid shelter near the Baghdad airport with two 2,000-pound laser-guided bombs, which punched through 10 feet of concrete and killed at least 408 Iraqi civilians. A BBC journalist reported(..)
US special operations forces – not their Afghan allies – called in the deadly airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, the US commander has conceded.
Shortly before General John Campbell, the commander of the US and Nato war in Afghanistan, testified to a Senate panel, the president of Doctors Without Borders – also known as Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) – said the US and Afghanistan had made an “admission of a war crime”.
Shifting the US account of the Saturday morning airstrike for the fourth time in as many days, Campbell reiterated that Afghan forces had requested US air cover after being engaged in a “tenacious fight” to retake the northern city of Kunduz from the Taliban. But, modifying the account he
Vous pouvez vous exciter tant que vous voulez contre Assad (et Poutine maintenant) mais quelque part vous êtes des marionnettes de la CIA depuis le début.
#DIA (#USA Defense Intelligence Agency) chief: #US gov willfully made #ISIS - YouTube #Syria #Irak 3:12 - RT America
Ex-DIA chief Michael Flynn just went on Al Jazeera's "Head to Head" and discussed a memo that circulated onto his desk in 2012. In it, it says that with America's foreign policy in Syria, "there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria, and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime." Flynn breaks down how this memo, and the State Department's reaction to it, offer proof that the US willfully made ISIS. The Resident discusses. Follow The Resident at http://www.twitter.com/TheResident
#Heroin, #USA: How the middle class got addicted | Toronto Star #drugs #society #sooninEurope ? #toxicomanie
By:Daniel DaleWashington Bureau, Published on Sun Oct 04 2015
BROCKTON, MASS.—Not long into the meeting, a mother began to cry. She had been diligent, doting. She had not come to terms with how her son’s life turned out.
“I worked so hard,” she said. “And this is where it ended.”
It was a summer Monday night. Three dozen people were sitting in chairs scattered around the blue-walled “multi-purpose room” of a high school in a Boston suburb. In their khaki shorts and golf shirts, they looked like nothing so much as a parent-teacher association.
This was the weekly Brockton gathering of Learn to Cope, a booming 20-chapter support group for the families of heroin addicts. This is how the families of heroin addicts look.
“Sometimes people have walked into a meeting and thought they were at the wrong meeting,” said Joanne Peterson, Learn to Cope’s founder. “Because we all look so normal.”
Teachers, nurses, cops, at least one judge. Jack Reilly is a lawyer and former human resources executive. Before he became chairman of the Learn to Cope board, he was another dad sobbing t(...)
#Wikileaks: #US State Dept atempted to influence #media to 'balance' interview w/ #Assange - RT - 2:40
Wikileaks has revealed new files claiming that one of Americas well respected news programs was taking directions from US State Department on how to "balance" the interview with whistleblower and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. With US officials accusing different channels of promoting their own ideas, Marina Portnaya looks at who's really pulling the strings.
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