It was May 2011, just a few hours after the birth of Sezai and Hilal Ozan Zeybek’s first child, their daughter Azade, in Turkey. They were getting unwanted text messages from Bebelac, a baby milk brand owned by Danone. ‘For a couple of weeks, they sent us useful messages with no reference to formula at all. They underlined the importance of breastfeeding. Then the messages subtly changed’, Sezai says. ‘They started warning us against under-nourishment. We were told: “If you think your baby isn’t getting enough nutrition you can call our hotline.”‘ As the young couple’s daughter grew, the warnings … Continue reading ‘If you think your baby isn’t getting enough, call us…’: Alarmist marketing for Danone formula milk
The British financial services industry spent more than £92m last year lobbying politicians and regulators in an ‘economic war of attrition’ that has secured a string of policy victories. As the industry prepares to fight off renewed calls for root-and-branch reform in response to the Barclays rate-fixing scandal, an investigation by the Bureau has revealed the firepower of the City’s lobbying machine, prompting concern that its scale and influence puts the interests of the wider economy in the shade. The Bureau’s four-month study also gained previously undisclosed documents that show how finance lobbyists won a host of important policy changes … Continue reading Revealed: The £93m City lobby machine
Back in 2011, surrounded by press, Vladimir Putin emerged from the murky waters of the Black Sea clutching the discovered remnants of ancient buried treasures. The discovery later turned out to be nothing more than a PR stunt. He hadn’t found the artefacts after all. But the stunt had achieved its purpose. Putin was once again seen as the bare-chested, judo-master, tiger-pacifying, untouchable leader of Russia. But it was another apparent PR stunt – the spontaneous gifting of a £5,500 watch to a peasant boy – which led some to question whether Putin did not have buried treasure of his … Continue reading Putin: The richest man on earth?
The Bureau and London-based human rights group Privacy International have compiled a comprehensive database of companies that sell surveillance products. Using the interface below, you can search by company, or by the country the company is headquartered in: for instance, you could search for the company ‘AGT’ to look at that single company, or for ‘Germany’ in order to view all of the companies located in that country. The database displays the types of product the company makes. Clicking the company name brings up a pop-up box with more information, including (where available) names of key individuals, addresses, websites and … Continue reading The State of Surveillance: The Data
The US has so far killed more than 2,500 people in its ‘secret’ drone war in Pakistan. All but 22 of 372 recorded CIA strikes have taken place in Waziristan – a hostile and inaccessible area for journalists and researchers. In the past two years the Bureau has published three major investigations into CIA strikes in Pakistan – all based on field research in Waziristan. So how has it been able to achieve this? The inability of western reporters to access parts of Waziristan is certainly overstated. I was able to visit parts of South Waziristan with the Pakistan military … Continue reading Interview: ‘Ask the wrong people about drone deaths and you can be killed’
A former Olympic judo coach has been thrown out of the sport after a disciplinary panel found that he sexually abused children in his care. Yet the agency responsible for preventing sex offenders and paedophiles from having contact with young people has cleared him to work with children again. Alan Roberts, who trained Olympic double medallist Kate Howey, was banned from coaching for life and stripped of honorary awards. But the decision by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to let him still work with children has shocked his victims and angered senior figures in the sport. Roberts, who is … Continue reading Olympic Judo Sex Offender Coach Working With Kids
Des rituels sataniques organisés par des banquiers US se tiendraient régulièrement à Denver, d’après un certain Stew Webb, qui a été marié à une femme de ce sérail, et qui a enquêté sur le sujet auprès de nombreuses sources des renseignements. Il a d’ailleurs alerté les autorités qu’un nouveau né allait être kidnappé en juin 2013, mais cela n’a eu aucun effet. Chaque année les 21 juin et 22 décembre, pour les solstices, un groupe de 13 banquiers satanistes se réunissent pour un rituel classique et sanginolent qu’ils appelleraient leurs “Tiffany Lamp meetings”, du nom des lampes Tiffany. Les faits … Continue reading BREVE: des rituels sataniques de banquiers exposés aux USA