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Military-Ruled Egypt Opposes US Strike on #Syria - Juan Cole

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Military-Ruled Egypt Opposes US Strike on #Syria - Juan Cole

 

The newly assertive Egyptian military and the civilian transitional government in Egypt are helping make President Obama’s life difficult. Likely it was Egypt that blocked the Arab League from calling for intervention against the Syrian regime despite its condemnation of Damascus for using chemical weapons.

Egyptian foreign minister Nabil Fahmy rejected a Western strike on Syria. He said that no country could attack another save in self-defense or in the case of a UN Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force. The military-dominated government in Cairo despises political Islam and therefore doesn’t like the rebel forces. It now tilts toward the Arab Nationalist line of the Syrian Baath.

Leftist Egyptian politician Hamdeen Sabahi called on all Arabs to unite against a Western attack on Syria. He warned that if Syria were hit, Egypt would be next. This is paranoid stuff; the US has no intention of bombing Egypt!

Some Egyptian officials have criticized the US for not having a clear strategy for ‘the day after’.

Hosni Mubarak and Muhammad Morsi might have cooperated with the US on a strike. Those days are long past.

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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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▶ Losing Faith: EU officials back off as #Ukraine reforms fail - 5 mn RT YouTube

▶ Losing Faith: EU officials back off as #Ukraine reforms fail - 5 mn RT YouTube

The EU's foreign policy chief is not coming to the Union's first formal summit with Ukraine after an association deal was agreed last year. Federica Mogherini said she won't be able to be in Kiev today, because she has to see the UN Secretary General. But this comes amid reports that Europe is losing faith in Ukraine's commitment to make political and economic reforms. RT's Murad Gazdiev reports.

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#UnitedStatesofisrael #AIPAC-backed legislation targeting #BDS movement advances in #US Congress #Palestine

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#UnitedStatesofisrael #AIPAC-backed legislation targeting #BDS movement advances in #US Congress #Palestine

This week Senator Ben Cardin introduced an AIPAC-backed amendment to a trade bill that seeks to thwart the growing BDS movement. The legislation is designed to pressure the EU, which is currently n...

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#UK #CrisisWhatCrisis ? Recession rich: Britain's wealthiest double net worth since crisis - The Guardian

#UK #CrisisWhatCrisis ? Recession rich: Britain's wealthiest double net worth since crisis - The Guardian | News in english | Scoop.it

#UK #CrisisWhatCrisis ? Recession rich: Britain's wealthiest double net worth since crisis - The Guardian

Richest 1,000 families control total of £547bn, rising by more than 112% since 2009, and own more than poorest 40% of British households

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THE #OBAMA APOLOGY REFLEX by the always excellent MentalUnrest

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THE #OBAMA APOLOGY REFLEX by the always excellent MentalUnrest

Once again, the US government got it wrong in a big way, and President Obama donned the hat of Apologizer in Chief. The transgression this time around is the US drone missile deaths of two American civilians during a rescue operation in Yemen.

Before that, the President gave a speech during the Selma march’s 50th anniversary which acknowledged America’s role in erecting barriers to racial equality…....

Which was preceeded by another apology from the President after US troops were caught burning Korans in Afghanistan….

An anteceding apology came from Obama after the Ed Snowden leaks revealed that the National Security Agency tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone….

But not before th..

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Killer #robots deciding on human life, it's unacceptable – Conference on #Disarmament chief - RT 2 mn

Killer #robots deciding on human life, it's unacceptable – Conference on #Disarmament chief - RT 2 mn

At a time of simmering geopolitical tensions, the concept of common security has become even more important. And while global nuclear zero has been a goal for decades, its realization remains elusive. How can national and non-state actors be brought to the table for the common good, and what is the best way of moving towards the elimination of nuclear as well as more conventional threats? Oksana is joined by Michael Moller, the Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, to proliferate on these issues.


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Simón Bolívar Big Band #Jazz In Concert - #ElSistema #Music #Venezuela #Culture #Art - NPR

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Simón Bolívar Big Band #Jazz In Concert - #ElSistema #Music #Venezuela #Culture #Art - NPR

The flagship jazz band of Venezuelan youth music education program El Sistema presents both American jazz masters and Venezuelan composer. It performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Palestinian children threatened with rape in Israeli jails - The Palestinian Information Center #Palestine #israel #HumanRights

Palestinian children threatened with rape in Israeli jails - The Palestinian Information Center #Palestine #israel #HumanRights | News in english | Scoop.it

Palestinian children threatened with rape in Israeli jails - The Palestinian Information Center #Palestine #israel #HumanRights

The Israeli occupation authorities have intensified arrest campaigns against Palestinian minors and children over the past four years.

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115 Children Killed: #SaudiArabia's War on #Yemen by the Numbers - #WarCrimes #USAapprouvé ..

115 Children Killed:  #SaudiArabia's War on #Yemen by the Numbers - #WarCrimes #USAapprouvé .. | News in english | Scoop.it

115 Children Killed:  #SaudiArabia's War on #Yemen by the Numbers - #WarCrimes #USAapprouvé ..

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) - Since the beginning of the Saudi air campaign against the Houthi movement in &helip;

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#Obama’s #drone warfare: Assassination made routine - World Socialist Web Site

#Obama’s #drone warfare: Assassination made routine - World Socialist Web Site | News in english | Scoop.it


Obama mérite la cour pénale internationale. Il signe les attaques de drone personnellement et un par un. Ce tartuffe vient s'excuser pour le meurtre accidentel de 2 occidentaux par des drones mais ne pipe mot sur .. les milliers de "bougnoules" civils massacrés sur ses ordres depuis qu'il est président.


#Obama’s #drone warfare: Assassination made routine - World Socialist Web Site

President Obama’s admission that CIA drone missiles killed two hostages held by Al Qaeda has evoked no significant questioning of the program of targeted killings.


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While #Hillary Was Secretary of State, Foreign Corporations in Favor of TPP Paid Bill over a Million Dollars

While #Hillary Was Secretary of State, Foreign Corporations in Favor of TPP Paid Bill over a Million Dollars | News in english | Scoop.it

While #Hillary Was Secretary of State, Foreign Corporations in Favor of TPP Paid Bill over a Million Dollars

Could Clinton's silence on the matter be due to a serious conflict of interest?

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#USA #Police #racism ▶ DASHCAM VIDEO: Cop pursues, shoots black man armed with cellphone - YouTube


#USA #Police #racism ▶ DASHCAM VIDEO: Cop pursues, shoots black man armed with cellphone - YouTube

Newly released footage obtained by WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla. shows a police officer pursuing and then shooting unarmed African American man Dontrell Stephens. Officer Adam Lin pulled up behind the young man in his patrol car, and within seconds fired several shots at Stephens, who was holding a cellphone. Lin was cleared of any wrongdoing.


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#US Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked to Quest for #Oil and #Gas #fracking #schiste #environment #energy -NYTimes

#US  Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked to Quest for #Oil and #Gas #fracking #schiste #environment #energy -NYTimes | News in english | Scoop.it

#US  Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked to Quest for #Oil and #Gas #fracking #schiste #environment #energy -NYTimes

A United States Geological Survey report identifies 17 regions with significant levels of “induced seismicity,” mostly from oil and gas drilling. The two worst hit areas are centered in Oklahoma.

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#ElizabethWarren’s Virtual Candidacy - The New Yorker #US elections 2016 #Hillary #HillaryAntidote

#ElizabethWarren’s Virtual Candidacy - The New Yorker #US elections 2016 #Hillary #HillaryAntidote | News in english | Scoop.it

#ElizabethWarren’s Virtual Candidacy - The New Yorker #US elections 2016 #Hillary #HillaryAntidote

The Massachusetts Senator isn’t running for President, but she’s still Hillary Clinton’s biggest Democratic threat.

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‘We don’t need #ArabiaSaudi #humanitarian aid’ – #Yemen conflict intensifies - RT 5 mn YouTube

‘We don’t need #ArabiaSaudi #humanitarian aid’ – #Yemen conflict intensifies - RT 5 mn YouTube

There 's no let up in Yemen, with Saudi Arabia launching at least 5 air strikes against the capital. While southern regions are being shelled by warships. Mohammed al-Attab reports from Sanaa. Read More: http://on.rt.com/pjbfjt

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#ESSENTIEL ▶ #NoamChomsky : l'interview qui dénonce l'Occident - 18 mn #Chomsky

#ESSENTIEL ▶ #NoamChomsky : l'interview qui dénonce l'Occident - 18 mn #Chomsky

l est l'un des plus grands intellectuels du monde, auteur prolifique et anarchiste autoproclamé. A 86 ans l'âge ne semble pas le ralentir.

Il combat toute une série d'injustices, avec l'Occident en général dans sa ligne de mire.

LIRE L’ARTICLE: http://fr.euronews.com/2015/04/17/noa...

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#StrongSignal ... #Canada #mining chairman #JimDoak found dead in #Mongolia-#mining #uranium #commodities

#StrongSignal ... #Canada #mining chairman #JimDoak found dead in #Mongolia-#mining #uranium #commodities | News in english | Scoop.it

#StrongSignal ... #Canada #mining chairman #JimDoak found dead in #Mongolia-#mining #uranium #commodities

Canada’s Khan Resources (TSE:KRI) chairman Jim Doak, a prominent figure in the Toronto financial industry, was found dead in a hotel room, The Globe and Mail reported.

Doak (59), who appeared as an analyst on business channel BNN, was in Mongolia in his role as chairman of the Toronto-based uranium exploration and development company, which has been active in the Asian country since 1995.

According to a company statement, he had just finished a second series of meetings with representatives of the government of Mongolia.

“He was a very special and uniquely talented individual whose insights and decision-making abilities were off the scale,” said Khan’s president and CEO Grant Edey.

Based on the firm’s website, Khan was involved in the development of the Dornod uranium project in Mongolia and became embroiled in a dispute with the Mongolian government over the mining rights.

Last month, an international arbitration tribunal ordered Mongolia to fork over $100 million for expropriating the project.

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#UnitedStatesOfIsrael #JoeBiden Promises #israel #USA Most Advanced Weapons to Help Kill #Palestine people

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#UnitedStatesOfIsrael #JoeBiden Promises #israel #USA Most Advanced Weapons to Help Kill #Palestine people

He said Israel will be the only country in the Middle East to receive the jets, which cost US taxpayers $1.5 Trillion.

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#DirtyCandidate Progressives can’t trust #HillaryClinton: What’s behind her bizarre alliance with the Christian right? - Salon.com

#DirtyCandidate Progressives can’t trust #HillaryClinton: What’s behind her bizarre alliance with the Christian right? - Salon.com | News in english | Scoop.it


#DirtyCandidate Progressives can’t trust #HillaryClinton: What’s behind her bizarre alliance with the Christian right? - Salon.com

Clinton's mixed record on social and cultural issues might be explained by surprising views on faith and politics


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#US Sen. #Warren to Those Promising #TPP Would Be So Great: 'Prove It.' #economy

#US Sen. #Warren to Those Promising #TPP Would Be So Great: 'Prove It.' #economy | News in english | Scoop.it

#US Sen. #Warren to Those Promising #TPP Would Be So Great: 'Prove It.' #economy

Prove it. Let the American voters, the press, and the global public see and read the fine print of this so-called "free trade" deal.

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#Chevron #Whistleblower Leaks Tapes Showing Intentional #Oil Spill Coverup

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#Chevron #Whistleblower Leaks Tapes Showing Intentional #Oil Spill Coverup

In 2011, Amazon Watch received a mysterious package from a Chevron whistleblower. No return address, just dozens of DVDs and a note: “I hope this is useful for you in the trial against Texaco/Chevron! Signed, a friend from Chevron.”

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5 Questions About the Clintons and a Uranium Company - The New Yorker #Hillary2016 #Hillary #corruption

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5 Questions About the Clintons and a Uranium Company - The New Yorker #Hillary2016 #Hillary #corruption

The recent revelations about the Clinton Foundation raises some larger questions about political corruption. How do you prove it?

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▶ En Clave Tuerka - #Rato: el fin de una época #PPPSOE #PP #PSOE #Corrupcion #Espainistan #España #Spain 90 mn

▶ En Clave Tuerka - #Rato: el fin de una época #PPPSOE  #PP #PSOE #Corrupcion #Espainistan #España #Spain 90 mn

Ajoutée le 23 avr. 2015

Invitados: Antonio Segura (Abogado Querella Bárcenas), Miguel Ángel Campos (Responsable Tribunales de La Ser), Gloria Elizo (Responsable legal Podemos), Lucía Méndez (Periodista El Mundo), Jose Antonio Martín Pallín (Magistrado del Tribunal Supremo) y Manuel Redal (Consejero de Gestha).

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#Clinton Hid Link to #Russia n Donors - #energy NYTimes

#Clinton  Hid Link to #Russia n Donors - #energy  NYTimes | News in english | Scoop.it

#Clinton  Hid Link to #Russia n Donors - #energy  NYTimes

She OK'd uranium mining deal.

The Clinton Foundation was linked to the Russian atomic energy agency's 2013 acquisition of a company that controls one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the U.S., The New York Times reported Thursday. Russian agency Rosatom took over Canadian company Uranium One, making it one of the world's largest uranium producers in three transactions from 2009 to 2013. Hillary Clinton was among those who signed off on the deal while she was Secretary of State. Canadian records also revealed that during these transactions leaders of the Canadian company gave donations to the Clinton Foundation, including $2.35 million from the Uranium One chairman's family foundation. Those donations were not made public despite Hillary's agreement with the White House to identify all donors. Just after Russia announced its plan to acquire a stake in Uranium One, former President Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank linked to the Kremlin.


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#US Pentagon Can't Account for $1 Billion in #Afghanistan Emergency Reconstruction Aid

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#US Pentagon Can't Account for $1 Billion in #Afghanistan Emergency Reconstruction Aid

A total of $1.3 billion that the Pentagon shipped to its force commanders in Afghanistan between 2004 and 2014 for the most critical reconstruction projects can't be accounted for by the Defense Department. Sixty percent of all such spending was under an emergency program.



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#THEquestion Why Does Money Flow Freely Across Borders but Refugees Die Trying?

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#THEquestion Why Does Money Flow Freely Across Borders but Refugees Die Trying?

Over the last couple of years, reports have flashed through the news cycles about hundreds of refugees drowning as they flee war and poverty, trying to reach Europe. This is a humanitarian crisis of immense proportions, yet it receives only periodic news coverage. Worse yet, the European Union is providing little more than lip service to prevent more refugees from dying; meet the needs of migrants; and address the postcolonial, neoliberal economic issues causing mass migration.

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The Economist, hardly a bastion of progressivism, chastised the European Union on its generally indifferent response to the plight and deaths of the refugees. Its April 24 editorial, published after more than a thousand migrants drowned in the previous two weeks, stated:

The European Union likes to boast that it is a force for good. But in the past ten days as many as 1,200 boat people have drowned in the waters of the Mediterranean. An unknown number were refugees from Syria, Eritrea and Somalia fleeing war or persecution. They perished in part because the EU’s policy on asylum is a moral and political failure

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