Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Guardian:
"Nestlé pays $200 a year to bottle water near Flint – where water is undrinkable.
While Flint battles a water crisis, just two hours away the beverage giant pumps almost 100,000 times what an average Michigan resident uses ...

Despite having endured lead-laden tap water for years, Flint pays some of the highest water rates in the US. Several residents cited bills upwards of $200 per month for tap water they refuse to touch.

But just two hours away, in the tiny town of Evart, creeks lined by wildflowers run with clear water. The town is so small, the fairground, McDonald’s, high school and church are all within a block. But in a town of only 1,503 people, there are a dozen wells pumping water from the underground aquifer. This is where the beverage giant Nestlé pumps almost 100,000 times what an average Michigan resident uses into plastic bottles that are sold all over the midwest for around $1."

-->The neoliberal dream, where even the water is privatized by giant corporations. The NYT, neoliberal cheerleader for decades, didn't print this story.

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The Guardian UK:
"Shredding 'Failed Dogmas of Neoliberalism,' Corbyn Charts Bold New Vision for UK. ...

In a rousing speech at the Labour Party's annual conference in Brighton, England on Wednesday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took aim at the 'callous and calculating' austerity agenda of Prime Minister Theresa May, slammed the 'failed dogmas of neoliberalism' that produced the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, and argued that his party—bolstered by its ambitious 'for the many, not the few" manifesto—is now at the "threshold of power.'

'We are now the political mainstream,' Corbyn declared to a packed auditorium. 'Our manifesto and our policies are popular because that is what most people in our country actually want, not what they're told they should want.' "

-->Jeremy Corbyn, like Bernie Sanders, is rarely quoted in the pro corporate pages of the NYT. It prefers quotes from those like the Conservative Party's Philip Hammond: "We saw Labour in the raw, exposed for what it has sadly become: a party taken hostage by a clique of hard-left extremist infiltrators, people who despise Britain's values and talk down our country."

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The Guardian:
"The UN human rights commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, has sent letters to an estimated 150 international and Israeli businesses warning them that they may be included in a UN database of companies involved with illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The letters have been sent as part of the legal verification and clarification process to give businesses identified as working in settlements the right of reply before the database is published in December.

Reports that the high commissioner’s office was pushing ahead with its work to publish the database by the end of this year, despite the strong opposition of the Trump administration and Israel, emerged in August."

-->No sign of this story in the NYT, the Israeli Lobby's newspaper of record when it comes to whitewashing the occupation of Palestine.

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