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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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The Link Between #Neoliberalism, Perfectionism, and Mental #Health Disorders #psy #economy - The Real News

The Link Between #Neoliberalism, Perfectionism, and Mental #Health Disorders #psy #economy - The Real News

A study of college-aged people in the U.S., Canada and Britain says that the increase in mental health disorders may be tied to an increase in perfectionism, which in turn is linked to the rise of neoliberalism in these countries since the '80s. Thomas Curran, one of the study's authors, explains

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My Life as a #NewYorkTimes Reporter in the Shadow of the #WaronTerror by #JamesRisen - The Intercept - 03.01.2018 #NYT #media #médias #US #journalism

My Life as a #NewYorkTimes Reporter in the Shadow of the #WaronTerror by #JamesRisen - The Intercept - 03.01.2018 #NYT #media #médias #US #journalism | News in english | Scoop.it

My Life as a #NewYorkTimes Reporter in the Shadow of the #WaronTerror by #JamesRisen - The Intercept - 03.01.2018 #NYT #media #médias #US #journalism

I was sitting in the nearly empty restaurant of the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, getting ready for a showdown with the federal government that I had been trying to avoid for more than seven years. The Obama administration was demanding that I reveal the confidential sources I had relied on for a chapter about a botched CIA operation in my 2006 book, “State of War.” I had also written about the CIA operation for the New York Times, but the paper’s editors had suppressed the story at the government’s request. It wasn’t the only time they had done so.(...)

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Top #US military officer tells 300 soldiers based in #Norway : '"I hope I'm wrong but a #war is coming, you should prepare for a bigass fight " #Russia #WarDrums #RobertNeller - The Independent 12....

Top #US military officer tells 300 soldiers based in #Norway : '"I hope I'm wrong but a #war is coming, you should prepare for a bigass fight " #Russia #WarDrums #RobertNeller - The Independent 12.... | News in english | Scoop.it

Top #US military officer tells 300 soldiers based in #Norway : '"I hope I'm wrong but a #war is coming, you should prepare for a bigass fight " #Russia #WarDrums #RobertNeller - The Independent 12.24.17

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Lebanese actor #ZiadItani  arrested for allegedly ‘collaborating’ with #israel - #lebanon #security #treason #intelligence #spy #Mossad

Lebanese actor #ZiadItani  arrested for allegedly ‘collaborating’ with #israel - #lebanon #security #treason #intelligence #spy #Mossad | News in english | Scoop.it

Lebanese actor #ZiadItani arrested for allegedly ‘collaborating’ with #israel - #lebanon #security #treason #intelligence #spy #Mossad

25.11.2017

Ziad Itani, a well-known Lebanese actor and playwright, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly “collaborating and communicating with Israel” for the past three years. Itani was arrested on his way home in Ain Al-Rammaneh district in Beirut.

Itani is famous for his play “Beirut Al-Jadideh Road,” which talks about changing traditions in Beirut and “Beirut on the Tree.”

Lebanon's State Security released a statement claiming it had arrested Itani over charges of helping Israel assassinate current and former Lebanese officials, including Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk.

After several months of investigating and tracking Itani, the security forces confirmed the charges against him, the statement added.

According to the Lebanese State Security, the suspect confessed to the tasks he was assigned to in Lebanon, including “monitoring a group of prominent political figures, and strengthening relations with their close associates, in order to get as many details as possible about their lives, occupations, and especially their movements, and providing his operators with detailed information about two prominent political figures.”

The statement said that the identities of Itani’s operators “will be revealed in our following statements.”

According to Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar, Itani was trapped by a woman who started talking to him on Facebook Messenger in 2014, who was later revealed to be the Mossad Chief.

Earlier this month, the Lebanese State Security detained Lebanese activist Jana Abu Diab, who is known for supporting the Palestinian Cause, on the same charges.

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Confidential #UN Document Questions the #SaudiArabia Blockade That’s Starving #Yemen - The Intercept #ArabieSaoudite #ONU

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Confidential #UN Document Questions the #SaudiArabia Blockade That’s Starving #Yemen - The Intercept #ArabieSaoudite #ONU

November 17 2017, 12:19 a.m.
 

A U.N. panel of experts found that Saudi Arabia is purposefully obstructing the delivery of humanitarian aid into Yemen and called into question its public rationale for a blockade that could push millions into famine. In the assessment, made in a confidential brief and sent to diplomats on November 10, members of the Security Council-appointed panel said they had seen no evidence to support Saudi Arabia’s claims that short-range ballistic missiles have been transferred to Yemeni rebels in violation of Security Council resolutions.

“The Panel finds that imposition of access restrictions is another attempt by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition to use paragraph 14 of resolution 2216 (2015) as justification for obstructing the delivery of commodities that are essentially civilian in nature,” the U.N. experts wrote. Resolution 2216 was passed in April 2015, a month after the Saudi-led international coalition began its intervention in Yemen’s civil war. Paragraph 14 calls for U.N. member states to take measures to prevent the supply, sale, or transfer of military goods to a rebel alliance led by a group called the Houthis, which is backed to an unclear degree by Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, Iran. The panel of experts was established by a previous 2014 resolution and expanded to five members by resolution 2216.

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#GaryCohn Is Giving #GoldmanSachs Everything It Ever Wanted From the #Trump Administration - The Intercept

#GaryCohn Is Giving #GoldmanSachs Everything It Ever Wanted From the #Trump Administration - The Intercept | News in english | Scoop.it

#GaryCohn Is Giving #GoldmanSachs Everything It Ever Wanted From the #Trump Administration - The Intercept

At Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn nearly wrecked the economy. As Trump's top economic adviser, he's dismantling the rules put in place after the financial crisis.

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#KingOfPigs How #HarveyWeinstein used his #fashion business as a pipeline to models - Los Angeles Times

#KingOfPigs How #HarveyWeinstein used his #fashion business as a pipeline to models - Los Angeles Times | News in english | Scoop.it

#KingOfPigs How #HarveyWeinstein used his #fashion business as a pipeline to models - Los Angeles Times

Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, best known for his film career, built a lucrative fashion business that included the TV show "Project Runway." Now, more than 10 fashion models have accused Weinstein of a wide range of sexual misconduct.

(...) In interviews with the Los Angeles Times, nearly a dozen people with ties to the industry — including models, casting directors, publicists and executives connected to "Project Runway" — said that he used fashion as a pipeline to women. They said that models, oftentimes young and working overseas far from home, were particularly vulnerable.(..)

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Recent Charges of #SexualAbuse of #Children in #Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg, Experts Say (archive 2011)

Recent Charges of #SexualAbuse of #Children in #Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg, Experts Say (archive 2011) | News in english | Scoop.it

Recent Charges of #SexualAbuse of #Children in #Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg, Experts Say (archive 2011)

If a spate of recent allegations proves true, Hollywood may have a hideous epidemic on its hands.

By Meagan Murphy

Published December 05, 2011
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About the #AtlasNetwork — #US -Backed Think Tanks Target #LatinAmerica  - #Venezuela #réseaux

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About the #AtlasNetwork — #US -Backed Think Tanks Target #LatinAmerica - #Venezuela #réseaux

The Intercept's Lee Fang investigates an insidious web of libertarian think tanks called the Atlas Network. Attorney Eva Golinger discusses political turmoil in Venezuela.

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#Congo, My Precious: The Curse of the #Coltan Mines in Congo (RT #Documentary 52 mn 08.13.17) #mining

#Congo, My Precious: The Curse of the #Coltan Mines in Congo (RT #Documentary 52 mn 08.13.17) #mining

Ajoutée le 13 août 2017

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“Geological scandal” is a phrase often used to describe one of the world’s most resource-rich countries – the Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite having extensive deposits of gold, diamonds, tungsten, and uranium, amongst many others, the abundance of internationally value

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The REAL Reason Why  #Trump Put Sanctions On #Russia, #Iran, And #NorthKorea

The REAL Reason Why #Trump Put Sanctions On #Russia, #Iran, And #NorthKorea

Why is the US putting sanctions on these three countries?

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No to #FakeSearches! Oppose #Google #censorship ! Sign the #petition - #internet #web #algorithms

No to #FakeSearches! Oppose #Google #censorship ! Sign the #petition - #internet #web #algorithms

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#Netanyahu son bragged about 20 billion $ #gas deal  to the benefit of gas tycoon #KobiMaimon outside strip club, tape reveals - The Guardian #nepotism #corruption #israel #commodities

#Netanyahu son bragged about 20 billion $ #gas deal  to the benefit of gas tycoon #KobiMaimon outside strip club, tape reveals - The Guardian #nepotism #corruption #israel #commodities | News in english | Scoop.it

#Netanyahu son bragged about 20 billion $ #gas deal to the benefit of gas tycoon #KobiMaimon outside strip club, tape reveals - The Guardian #nepotism #corruption #israel #commodities

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#Israel publishes blacklist of organisations banned from entering country over boycotts -  The Independent #WarAgainstJustice #BoycottIsrael #IStandWithBDS #BDS #Palestine #FreePalestine

#Israel publishes blacklist of organisations banned from entering country over boycotts -  The Independent #WarAgainstJustice #BoycottIsrael #IStandWithBDS #BDS #Palestine #FreePalestine | News in english | Scoop.it

#Israel publishes blacklist of organisations banned from entering country over boycotts - The Independent #WarAgainstJustice #BoycottIsrael #IStandWithBDS #BDS #Palestine #FreePalestine

Israel has published a list of organisations supporting a boycott campaign against the country, whose activists will be banned from entering the Jewish state. Members of 20 groups which back the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement will be denied entry visas and residency rights under a controversial law.

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#Wikileaks appear to show collusion between #NewYorkTimes & #Clinton - #medias #media

#Wikileaks appear to show collusion between #NewYorkTimes & #Clinton - #medias #media

Wikileaks has published an e-mail apparently showing that the New York Times was providing the State Department - and Hillary Clinton - with advanced warnings about potentially damaging stories.

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The #US Ambassador ( #MatthewTueller ) to #Yemen’s Hard-Line Approach Is Jamming Up Peace Efforts - The Intercept-excellent investigative articles by @AlexEmmons ,- Matthew Tueller deserves to be t...

The #US Ambassador ( #MatthewTueller ) to #Yemen’s Hard-Line Approach Is Jamming Up Peace Efforts - The Intercept-excellent investigative articles by @AlexEmmons ,- Matthew Tueller deserves to be t... | News in english | Scoop.it

The #US Ambassador ( #MatthewTueller ) to #Yemen’s Hard-Line Approach Is Jamming Up Peace Efforts - The Intercept-excellent investigative articles by @AlexEmmons ,- Matthew Tueller deserves to be tried at the #ICC

The Intercept - 13th of December 2017

Article by Alex Emmons

Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller has frequently taken positions sympathetic to the Saudis and hostile to the rebel Houthis, State Department sources say.

One night in mid-August 2015, a fleet of warplanes circled over the Yemeni port city of Hodeida. Since that spring, a Saudi-led coalition had been carrying out a devastating bombing campaign. The United States had been helping the coalition with targeting, arguing that its precision guidance of airstrikes would mitigate civilian casualties.

But that night, the coalition raid leveled the port, destroying five massive cranes that were essential for unloading cargo ships. Clinging to the shore of the Red Sea, Hodeida is the entry point for nearly 80 percent of Yemen’s imported food.

With the cranes gone, the flow of goods into the country slowed to a trickle, and the international community scrambled to fend off a famine. The U.S. government donated $3.9 million to the World Food Program to purchase new cranes, which took months to arrive. When they did, the Saudi-led coalition turned away the ship that was carrying them. As the famine accelerated, the cranes sailed back to Dubai. Aid organizations accused the coalition of pursuing a deliberate strategy of starvation, one that has led to the worst humanitarian crisis of the century.

Despite the fact that the United States had paid for the cranes, one senior U.S. diplomat opposed their delivery. Matthew Tueller, the U.S. ambassador to Yemen, argued that it was pointless to deliver the equipment because it would only be destroyed, either by coalition bombs, the opposition Houthis, or a future military offensive by the United Arab Emirates.

The cranes have yet to be delivered. According to multiple current and former State Department officials, the pushback was characteristic of Tueller, who, as the primary U.S. d ( ...)

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Why #Weinstein hired #israel spies to infiltrate his accusers’ lives - Investigative journalist #MaxBlumenthal explains why #HarveyWeinstein turned to Israeli i#ntelligence veterans to suppress his...

Why #Weinstein hired #israel spies to infiltrate his accusers’ lives - Investigative journalist #MaxBlumenthal explains why #HarveyWeinstein turned to Israeli i#ntelligence veterans to suppress his sex abuse accusers #BlackCube #zionism #HillaryClinton #Mossad

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#SaudiArabia ’s Incompetence Would Be Comical If It Weren’t Killing So Many People - The Intercept #ArabieSaoudite #MBS

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#SaudiArabia ’s Incompetence Would Be Comical If It Weren’t Killing So Many People - The Intercept #ArabieSaoudite #MBS

November 17 2017, 3:02 p.m.
 

Saudi Arabia should be a very powerful country. Endowed with one-fifth of the world’s proven oil reserves, close ties with powerful Western states, access to endless amounts of U.S. weaponry, the support of global corporate interests, and the religio-cultural cachet afforded by stewardship of Muslim holy sites, the kingdom should by all accounts be an undisputed regional powerhouse.

Suffice to say, this is not the case, as a quick glance at the Middle East today reveals.

Saudi foreign policy is floundering in a way that would be comical if it didn’t involve so much human devastation. Under the newly minted leadership of Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi government is stuck losing every proxy war that it is involved in. It has failed to bring their diminutive Gulf rival Qatar to heel and most recently humiliated its own ally, the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in what appears to be a tragicomic attempt to destabilize the Lebanese government.

Saudi Arabia is often criticized for being the seedbed for radical Islam, but this might be just a symptom of a deeper problem: the radical incompetence of its leadership. Since the 1975 assassination of King Faisal bin Abdulaziz — the last ruler widely seen to have promoted a positive image of the country — Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy has been catastrophically adrift. Despite spending exorbitant sums of money to spread its influence, the kingdom’s leaders appear more and more besieged — at war not just with Iran and its allies, but with Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood, and internal rivals.

It’s worth comparing Saudi Arabia to another country in its region that it actually has a lot in common with: the Islamic Republic of Iran. Despite their sectarian and ethnic differences, in many ways the two rivals are more similar to each other than the rest of their neighbors. Both are repressive petro-states that employ state religion as a tool for keeping their people in line. Both try to use sectarian identity as a way to cultivate their influence abroad. And both are seeking to establish themselves as regional hegemons, heedless of the destruction that their efforts cause.

There are real differences, of course: Iran is an international pariah, commands a fraction of Saudi Arabia’s resources, and seems to be permanently on the brink of being bombed into oblivion by an unremittingly hostile United States.

Yet Saudi Arabia, despite its innumerable advantages, has proven to be infinitely worse than Iran at the sordid game to win power in the region.

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Très intéressant #CPolitique avec #MichaëlFoessel - 23/10/17. Pas manquer sujet sur #Monsanto dès 40:30

Très intéressant #CPolitique avec #MichaëlFoessel - 23/10/17. Pas manquer sujet sur #Monsanto dès 40:30

IInvité 1 : Michaël Foessel, philosophe, auteur de L’avenir de la liberté de Kant à Rousseau. L'info en + de Camille Girerd La semaine pol' de Félix Suffert LopezEn Coulisses : La France face au dilemme Monsanto. Le 25 octobre les Etats membres de l’Union Européenne vont devoir choisir : interdire ou prolonger l’utilisation du glyphosate, ce pesticide utilisé par le géant de l’agrochimie qui serait dangereux pour la santé. Quelle sera la position de la France ? Les lobbyistes donnent tout pour l’emporter. Reportage de Yohan Malka dans les coulisses des négociations à Bruxelles. Camille Girerd décrypte les moments clefs en plateau. La journaliste d’investigation Marie-Monique Robin, réalisatrice du documentaire accablant Monsanto Le Roundup face à ses juges, et Paul François, le premier agriculteur à avoir fait condamner le géant américain pour son intoxication à l’herbicide Lasso, sont les invités de C Politique. Le bureau de Vérif' : Maxime Darquier s’est plongé cette semaine dans les secrets de l’affaire Richard Ferrand. Le président du groupe En Marche à l’Assemblée nationale a été mis hors de cause cette semaine par la justice. Une affaire terminée selon ses proches. Mais est-ce vraiment le cas ? Enquête et révélations dans le Bureau de Vérif’. Portrait : Elle a le plus petit ministère de la République mais on parle d’elle toutes les semaines ! Qui est Marlène Schiappa, Secrétaire d’Etat chargée de l’égalité entre les hommes et les femmes ? Camille Vigogne Le Coat et Nicolas Grisel l’ont suivi dans ses déplacements. Elle répondra ensuite à nos questions sur le plateau.

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An Open Secret - A #MUSTWATCH 2014 #documentary on #Hollywood #pedophelia - #cinema #movies #pédocriminalité

An Open Secret - A #MUSTWATCH 2014 #documentary on #Hollywood #pedophelia - #cinema #movies #pédocriminalité

"The Hollywood Reporter says that the film offered a "sober look at accusations that lend themselves to sensationalism."[5]

Flavorwire claims that "the film feels less shocking as a cult-of-celebrity document and more just quietly horrifying, as it details the trauma and the abuse of power inflicted on young men with stars in their eyes."[6]

Indiewire described the documentary as "an incisive and utterly unflinching look at a subject too rarely scrutinized."

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La crise au #Venezuela en 10 minutes // The #Venezuelan crisis in 10 minutes [SUBTITLES] #pétrole #oil #USA

La crise au #Venezuela en 10 minutes // The #Venezuelan crisis in 10 minutes [SUBTITLES] #pétrole #oil #USA

La situation au Venezuela analysée et résumée par Vincent Lapierre dans cette vidéo pédagogique.

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2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of #IslamicState “in order to isolate the #Syria n regime” #EI #Daesh

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2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of #IslamicState “in order to isolate the #Syria n regime” #EI #Daesh

On Monday, May 18, the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch published a selection of formerly classified documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department…

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#UN #HumanRights Report on #Venezuela Ignores Opposition Violence

#UN #HumanRights Report on #Venezuela Ignores Opposition Violence

Prof. George Ciccariello-Maher of Drexel University analyzes the latest developments in Venezuela, including a new UN human rights report, US sanctions,

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#Syria army liberates last #ISIS stronghold in #Homs province (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)  - RT

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#Syria army liberates last #ISIS stronghold in #Homs province (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) - RT

Following an intense battle over the weekend, the Syrian army has liberated the town of al-Sukhna, the last major Islamic State stronghold in Homs province. RT’s Ruptly video agency brings you exclusive footage from the recaptured city.

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100,000 Pages of #Chemical Industry Secrets Gathered Dust in an Oregon Barn for Decades..Until Now #PoisonPapers

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100,000 Pages of #Chemical Industry Secrets Gathered Dust in an Oregon Barn for Decades..Until Now #PoisonPapers


July 26 2017, 4:43 p.m.

For decades, some of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky, damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents obtained through legal discovery in lawsuits against Dow, Monsanto, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the Air Force, and pulp and paper companies, among others.

As of today, those documents and others that have been collected by environmental activists will be publicly available through a project called the Poison Papers. Together, the library contains more than 200,000 pages of information and “lays out a 40-year history of deceit and collusion involving the chemical industry and the regulatory agencies that were supposed to be protecting human health and the environment,” said Peter von Stackelberg, a journalist who along with the Center for Media and Democracy and the Bioscience Resource Project helped put the collection online.

Van Strum didn’t set out to be the repository for the people’s pushback against the chemical industry. She moved to a house in the Siuslaw National Forest in 1974 to live a simple life. But soon after she arrived, she realized the Forest Service was spraying her area with an herbicide called 2,4,5-T — on one occasion, directly dousing her four children with it as they fished by the river.

The chemical was one of two active ingredients in Agent Orange, which the U.S. military had stopped using in Vietnam after public outcry about the fact that it caused cancer, birth defects, and serious harms to people, animals, and the environment. But in the U.S., the Forest Service continued to use both 2,4,5-T and the other herbicide in Agent Orange, 2,4-D, to kill weeds. (Timber was — and in some places still is — harvested from the national forest and sold.) Between 197

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