This 26 April 2017 video is about a domestic pigeon, flying along for some miles with a car.
Simone Zwart in the Netherlands made this video.
This 26 April 2017 video is about a domestic pigeon, flying along for some miles with a car.
Simone Zwart in the Netherlands made this video.
From the World Socialist Web Site:
By a WSWS reporting team
24 March 2017
More than 8,000 workers joined a protest in Manesar, Haryana yesterday to demand the immediate release of 13 Maruti Suzuki workers who have been sentenced to life in prison on trumped-up murder charges, as well four other workers sentenced to five-year jail terms on lesser charges.
The 13 include all 12 office-bearers of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU). Workers at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant established the MSWU in bitter struggle against a company-controlled union as part of their fight against poverty wages, contract labour jobs, and a brutal work regime.
Just months after Maruti Suzuki was forced to recognize the MSWU, the Japanese-owned automaker staged a provocation, working hand-in-glove with the police and Congress Party-led Haryana state government. Maruti Suzuki seized on a company-provoked factory-floor altercation and a fire, which mysteriously broke out in the middle of the melee, to mount a legal witch-hunt against the workers and purge its workforce.
In joining yesterday’s march and rally, workers defied a blanket ban state authorities have imposed on all gatherings of five or more people in Gurgaon, the district in which Manesar is situated, until May 14.
An MSWU spokesperson told the World Socialist Web Site that police initially tried to prevent workers from marching from their respective plants, at the end of the day shift, to a Manesar park. However, when they saw the size of the protest—especially at the Manesar Maruti Suzuki plant where some 3,000 workers were gathered—they decided to let it proceed.
The government deployed five hundred police on the streets of Manesar to surveille and intimidate workers. It also let it be known that “two battalions” of additional security forces were standing by.
Yesterday’s protest involved workers from dozens of factories in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt, a huge auto-making and manufacturing centre on the outskirts of Delhi, India’s capital. There were also delegations from other industrial suburbs of Delhi, including Noida and Faridabad, and as far away as Alwar, in Rajasthan.
Addressing the rally, MSWU Provisional Working Committee member Ram Niwas said, “We are holding peaceful protests, but that does not mean we are weak. We will hold an all-India protest against the state and the Maruti management on April 4 and will continue doing it until our 13 brothers are given justice.”
Niwas went on to denounce the monstrous frame-up of the 13 workers for the death by asphyxiation of a Maruti Suzuki Human Resources (HR) manager, the arrest and years-long imprisonment of close to 150 other workers, and Maruti Suzuki’s firing of more than 500 permanent and 1,800 contract workers after the July 18, 2012 altercation.
“When the post-mortem report held suffocation due to fire as the reason behind the death of the HR manager, how come the workers are charged for murder?” asked Riwas. “They ruined hundreds of lives by rendering them jobless, and now they have finished the lives of these 13 workers. We are in touch with international labour organisations to gather support.”
Kuldeep Janghu, general-secretary of the Maruti Udyog Workers Union, told the rally, “These convicts are innocent and we will appeal against the District Court’s judgment in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. We will request the court to conduct a judicial inquiry as well so that the truth is revealed. We want all the 13 workers convicted of murder in the case to be released.”
Both the rally speakers and workers interviewed by the press denounced as a sham the “investigation” that a police Special Investigation Team made of the 2012 events. They noted that even the judge who convicted the 13 had had to admit that the police had colluded with management and had fabricated evidence. They also pointed to the incontrovertible evidence that police beat and tortured many of the 148 workers with the aim of extracting phony confessions from them.
Khushi Ram, head of the MSWU Provisional Working Committee, said the union is fighting for the reinstatement of all 546 permanent workers the company fired during its August 2012 workforce purge. “They terminated 546 workers,” said Ram, “despite the special investigating team naming only 214 of them in its report. Now, even the [District] Court has acquitted 117 of those who were implicated in the case. The company should now take them back.”
The Maruti Suzuki workers are the victims of a company-state vendetta aimed at intimidating workers in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt and reassuring investors that India’s political establishment will ruthlessly suppress worker opposition to the sweatshop conditions that furnish their massive profits.
At the March 17 sentence hearing, the prosecution pointed to the Indian government’s “Make in India” policy, which aims to entice foreign investors to turn from China to India for cheap labour, in arguing for the court to sentence the 13 to hang.
No time can be lost in rallying workers and all those who uphold democratic rights, in India and around the world, to demand the immediate release of the Maruti Suzuki workers, the vacating of all the convictions against them, and the reinstatement of all the victimized workers.
The Japanese-owned automaker has said it intends to press the authorities to appeal the acquittal of the 117 workers and to seek harsher penalties for those convicted. In other words, it is pressing to have the 13 men whose only “crime” was to have challenged their brutal exploitation executed.
There is intense anger among workers in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt and across India at the horrific “class justice” meted out to the Maruti Suzuki workers. …
Indian supporters of the International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site intervened at a rally in Chennai yesterday to call for the mobilization of the independent strength of the Indian and international working class to fight to free the Maruti Suzuki workers.
The rally had been called by the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), which is affiliated to the Maoist Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML), to commemorate Bhagat Singh, a revolutionary terrorist executed by the British colonial regime on March 23, 1931.
The ICFI supporters distributed copies of the ICFI statement “Free the Framed-up Maruti Suzuki Workers!” and won a warm response from many of the nearly 300 workers in attendance …
Nadaraj, a 27-year-old Renault-Nissan worker, said, “I am also working in a global company which manufactures cars. I believe it is important that through this international campaign we should develop interaction with global autoworkers. Since Maruti Suzuki is also a global company, challenging it would require the international mobilisation of workers.
Anandan, a driver said: “The international campaign to defend the Maruti Suzuki workers is important. Keeping the workers who fought for legitimate rights, such as the right to form a union and wage hike, in jail for four years without bail shows the courts are not for workers. Rich people like Sekar Reddy could come out of jail in bail within a week even if he did carry out a murder. … It is painful to imagine how the families of the jailed workers would have suffered. Now 13 are given life sentences. Their families will be thrown on the streets.”
Venkatesan said, “In India the cheap labour contract system prevails in all industries including in public industries. The jobs are not secure even in the government-owned companies. Maruti Suzuki workers were framed up by the collusion of company, police and the government. The political parties serve the capitalist class. Workers and the masses don’t get anything by these parties and the courts. Therefore, this international campaign is useful.”
Another worker, Surender said, “I strongly condemn this verdict. I am confident the Maruti Suzuki workers will win. The global companies think they can do anything with money. But the unity of the international workers is more powerful than that. We are not hesitant and we would like our comments and photos published. This will reflect the international unity of the workers and through the united struggles of the young workers a change can be made.”
“We should be outraged by what is happening in India.”
US, Canadian autoworkers speak in defense of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers
By a reporting team
25 March 2017
The campaign by the International Committee of the Fourth International to defend the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India is winning support from autoworkers in North America.
On March 18, the Gurgaon district court in the northern Indian state of Haryana sentenced 13 Maruti Suzuki workers to life imprisonment on bogus murder charges and handed down heavy prison sentences against 18 other workers on lesser charges.
The case against the Maruti Suzuki workers has been concocted by the multinational auto company, working in tandem with state officials to make an example of these workers. Their only crime was fighting against the brutal conditions at India’s largest car manufacturer. The ICFI, which has launched an online petition, has called upon workers and youth throughout the world to fight for their release.
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to autoworkers in the Detroit area as well as to workers in Ontario, Canada about the significance of the defense campaign for the interests of the working class as a whole.
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to autoworkers Friday at the Fiat Chrysler Warren Truck Assembly Plant north of Detroit. They distributed copies of the most recent WSWS Autoworker Newsletter with a statement on the Maruti Suzuki case.
A young worker told the WSWS she was “horrified” by the facts that she had just heard about the Maruti Suzuki frame-up. “They don’t want us to know anything about this. It seems like the union has flipped over to management.”
Another young worker stopped to speak to the WSWS. He said, “Everyone wants the same thing, but we are strong when we are united. They are always telling us they are going to send our work overseas, so I can see that international unity is important. No one should be forced to work in an unsafe environment “
The worker said he appreciated the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter for keeping workers informed about the case and other important issues. “It definitely lets us know what is happening. They don’t let us know anything in there,” he said pointing to the factory, “besides what they want us to know.”
Several workers noted the complete silence by the media as well as the United Auto Workers on the Marui Suzuki case. “They don’t want us to know anything about this,” one worker said. “They don’t want us to read and know the truth.”
Jenny, a former temporary worker at General Motors‘ Indianapolis Stamping Plant, also spoke in support of the Maruti Suzuki workers. In 2010, the workers at her plant fought against wage cuts imposed by the company … . The workers won support all over the world for their fight.
“Arresting these workers and giving them life sentences, all that is is a fear campaign to make them silent. The Maruti Suzuki workers are fighting for what they deserve.
“The government in India wanted to kill the workers at first, for standing up for what’s right. That is terrifying. What they are fighting makes what we faced in Indianapolis look like a cakewalk. We stood up against GM … . They shut our plant. We had to move to another state to get work.
“It doesn’t matter if you are American or Indian—people have to put that aside. We are all fighting for a decent living, to stop breaking our backs for the companies and to get what we deserve to live. The bigger companies use scare tactics to keep people down.
“We’re told workers in other countries are taking away our jobs. No, they are trying to live. They have babies to feed and bills to pay. It’s not about ‘Made in India’ or ‘Made in America.’ …
“It will take a global effort by the working class. Everyone in every country should go out on strike for one day all over the world and everything would collapse. They would realize it is the workers who are making them rich.”
Tiffany, a young Fiat Chrysler worker in Detroit, said, “I signed the petition and read about this. I was shocked. There were so many people willing to take a stand, striking and standing up.
“It’s incredible that 13 workers were given life sentences. They’re using the workers as scapegoats. There is no proof that they killed anyone. It’s not surprising that the US government backs the Indian government because they want to do the same thing to us here.
“The jailed workers are hopeful and not giving up. That says a lot about their character. They were sentenced to life for standing up. If the Indian government thinks nobody knows about this case, then they will try to get away with it. We have to share their story. I didn’t have any idea about it until I read it in the World Socialist Web Site. We have to bring awareness of this case to other workers.
“American autoworkers should stand with them. That could just as easily be us. They’re there and we are here, but there’s no difference. Their struggle is our struggle. They all stood up, they did not waver and they fought for what they believed in.
“American workers can learn a lot from them. We take a stance for a while, like when we rejected the contract in 2015, but when we get threatened and things taken away, we give in. The workers in India are not doing that. That’s the kind of conviction we need. We need to stand up like them. You have to fight to the bitter end. …
“I read that a temporary worker makes $214 a month, half of what a full-time worker makes. That is horrible. They are billion-dollar corporations, and they don’t give us what we deserve—and we’re not supposed to stand up for our rights?
Sue, a worker at the General Motors assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, also spoke in support of the Maruti Suzuki workers. The Ingersoll factory was opened in 1989 as a joint venture between Suzuki and GM. Located southwest of Toronto, it was originally operated under the name Canadian Automotive Manufacturing, Inc. (CAMI). GM took full control of the plant in 2009 when Suzuki withdrew, and it expanded the plant in 2016 after it received a half a billion dollars in government tax breaks and other incentives.
“It’s my pleasure to speak up against the corporation. Suzuki used to have joint ownership of this plant with GM. We read the article about the Maruti Suzuki workers and sent the link to some friends in our industry who had also seen it shared on social media. We plan to print it and distribute it around the plant.
“Just this week GM unjustly fired some of the temporary part-time workers [TPTs]. Our management team has made standardized work impossible, yet they discipline and/or terminate workers based on their [managerial] failures.
“It is a sad reality when workers are attacked by the corporation, our own unions and the media as lazy, greedy autoworkers. The laborers’ ethics and morals are the focus of questioning and scrutiny while they turn a blind eye toward the blatantly unethical, and immoral operations by these same corporations in other countries where they exploit workers.”
Bruce, a retired autoworker at the General Motor Delta Township plant near Lansing, Michigan said, “We should be outraged by what is happening in India. We have the same interests as these workers.
“The courts are following the corporate line in the face of little evidence. I can’t believe they wanted the death sentence. They want to go ahead and apply this case as a rubber stamp around the world.
“There has to be some sort of discrimination going on. The judge even admitted they were having problems with the evidence. It reminds me a little of the situation in Flint in 1937 when they brought in the National Guard. They set up machine guns on top of the hill and goons were trying to intimidate workers.
“You won’t see anything about this case on any American media outside of the World Socialist Web Site. The American worker has been told forever that we don’t have classes, that there is upward mobility. It takes a realization that we have the same interests as workers in Japan, in Korea and everywhere.”
An article by Hindustan Times journalist Aman Sethi sheds important new light on the sham police investigation, prosecution case, and trial that has resulted in thirteen victimized Maruti Suzuki workers being sentenced to life in prison: here.
“The 13 workers are political prisoners”. South Asian filmmakers Rahul Roy and Prasanna Vithanage back campaign to free Maruti Suzuki workers: here.
UK: Strikers at Fujitsu support release of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers: here.
Australian workers and youth speak out against Maruti Suzuki frame-up: here.
German auto workers oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up: here.
So far over 1,000 people have signed the petition to the Indian government, with many leaving comments denouncing the frame-up and expressing their solidarity with the courageous workers. The signatories are from 33 countries on five continents: here.
This video says about itself:
28 February 2017
I know it seems like we’ve been talking about VW’s dieselgate scandal for years and that’s because, well, we have. But it just keeps getting crazier and in order to get to the meat of today’s story – which has as much courtroom drama as an episode of Matlock – we need to go back to the beginning.
It was the Fall of 2015 when Volkswagen was busted, and admitted to using illegal software to rig emissions testing, so its diesels could pass tests with regulators. Audi, the premium brand owned by Volkswagen Group initially denied involvement but shortly thereafter copped to selling 2 million or so diesels fitted with the cheating software. Volkswagen’s CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned due to the scandal, but Audi’s CEO, Rupert Stadler, has remained on board with the luxury brand.
Well, this past week some information surfaced via a former Audi engineer. According to Forbes, the former employee, Ulrich Weiß, was one of the company’s leading diesel developers until he was suspended in 2015. Despite this, Weiß continued to collect a paycheck since, to the tune of $473,000 annually, until last week when he was unceremoniously fired for testimony that Audi has essentially invented dieselgate’s defeat devices.
Since then, the engineer has produced a document – what Forbes is referring to as the “Smoking Dieselgate Gun” signed by Audi’s head of powertrain development Dr. Thomas Heiduk, indicating that Audi board members had basically ordered a cheat to be developed. It seems Weiß was asked at the time to find a way of passing Hong Kong’s strict emissions rules and he demanded the order in writing, which he then kept under lock and key in his safe as insurance.
And while you’d think this evidence would signal the end of Audi for its CEO Rupert Stadler, Reuters is reporting that he is expected to win the backing of top officials at the carmaker and parent company Volkswagen this week. Okay, that’s one problem solved. But here’s the other – Audi is the leading premium brand in China, according to Reuters, and this newly revealed Hong Kong scandal could have a major impact on the brand in this market.
I’m Anna Wells and this is IEN Now.
Translated from German weekly Der Spiegel today:
Raids about exhaust gas. Investigators have Audi boss Stadler in their sights
In the case of raids at locations in the Audi Group, Rupert Stadler, the head of the Group, was also searched for personal notebooks and smartphones. …
By Dietmar Hawranek and Frank Dohmen
Last Wednesday, just before the presentation of the company’s annual figures, more than a hundred policemen and prosecutors searched the Audi headquarters in Ingolstadt, the plant in Neckarsulm, the VW headquarters in Wolfsburg, and seven other locations. Private rooms were also searched.
A total of 47 persons are listed, in particular, in the investigation, during which the officials are to look for “correspondence, in particular e-mail traffic, in so far as they relate to the facts”.
Among the managers mentioned are many developers, but also the former Audi directors Ulrich Hackenberg and Wolfgang Hatz, as well as Audi boss Rupert Stadler. There was also a search for supervisory board and executive board meeting records.
The reason for the searches are the exhaust gas manipulations with diesel engines. The prosecutor’s office, Munich II, has opened an investigation on suspicion of fraud and criminal advertising.
The prosecutors hope that their search will provide information about the planning, decision-making processes, flow of information and the distribution of cars in connection with fraudulent software in the USA. The investigators accuse Audi of having sold at least 80,000 cars equipped with an “impermissible shut-off device” for exhaust gas regulation. Audi had therefore advertised and sold vehicles which did not meet the requirements imposed by the US and which obligated the purchasers to pay prices which were considerably higher than the value of the sold vehicle.
Concretely, this is about the suspicion of “fraud or fraud in indirect perpetratorship” pursuant to Article 17 (1) of the Act against Unfair Competition, according to the decision of the District Court of Munich of 6 March.
This video says about itself:
25 September 2015
If Volkswagen’s pollution emissions weren’t bad enough, the company will likely emit loads of cash to its CEO on his ride out the door. Martin Winterkorn, the CEO who announced his resignation this week, is eligible to receive at least $30 million in pension payouts from the Volkswagen Group with the possibility of receiving millions more in severance. Winterkorn stepped down amid the growing scandal around Volkswagen‘s attempts to mislead consumers and regulators about how cleanly its cars burn fuel.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
The Justice Department in Germany will continue its criminal investigation into former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn for fraud. This has been reported by the prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig. Winterkorn was head of Volkswagen in the period when 11 million diesel cars were equipped with fraudulent software to make it look like they were cleaner cars.
The Justice Department says Winterkorn already knew about the scandal long before he has admitted. He may get a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
The prosecution this week raided 28 locations to find more evidence in this case. It was mainly about Volkswagen‘s offices in Wolfsburg and surroundings. Also, there have been raids at a number of employees of Volkswagen. What was found, Justice will not say as the investigation continues.
Based on the material that has been seized, the total number of suspects in the dieselgate affair has now risen from 21 to 37. These are managers and technicians at different levels.
Against Winterkorn there is also an investigation because he may have informed financial markets too late about dieselgate. Therefore, investors have been damaged. The shares plunged after the announcement of the scandal by 25 percent. The price is still not back to the level before dieselgate became known.
Volkswagen had to admit under pressure from the US Environmental Protection Agency in September 2015 that they cheated in the admission tests of cars. By special software the cars during the test were cleaner than in practice. Some models emitted up to 20 times more nitrogen oxides than allowed.
See also here.
This video says about itself:
26 January 2017
Trump’s Secretary of State is ready to erase Obama’s achievements from world history.
By Jerry White and Shannon Jones in the USA:
“Sure he wants jobs in America—by lowering our wages”
26 January 2017
Autoworkers in the Detroit area denounced the thousands of layoffs being carried out by General Motors and expressed their distrust of the new Trump administration in interviews conducted by the World Socialist Web Site Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump held a breakfast with the top executives of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and assured them that his administration would slash corporate taxes from 35 to 15 or 20 percent and eliminate hundreds of occupational safety, consumer and environmental regulations, including mandates for higher fuel efficiency.
The executives, including GM CEO Mary Barra, tapped by Trump for his new corporate competitive board, gushed over Trump’s “pro-growth policies.” Stocks of the Big Three auto companies shot up Wednesday as part of the stock exchange rally that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Index close above the 20,000-point mark.
Amid all the grand-standing about new investments and jobs, GM is going ahead with its plans, announced late last year, to cut 3,300 jobs. The giant automaker is eliminating shifts at assembly plants in Detroit and Lansing, Michigan and at the Lordstown factory near Youngstown, Ohio, halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
Last Friday was the last day of work for 1,202 hourly and 43 salaried employees on the third shift at the Lordstown assembly plant, which produces the Chevrolet Cruze small car model. The job cuts were the biggest at the massive factory complex since 1980. Another 116 workers at nearby component manufacturers—Magna Seating and Alliance Solutions Group—are also losing their jobs.
Last week was also the last for around 800 hourly and 29 salaried workers on the third shift at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in the Michigan state capital, which produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS models and the Chevrolet Camaro. The other two shifts are on temporary layoff and are scheduled to return to work on January 30.
GM is eliminating the second shift at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant—the only plant the company has left in Detroit—between March 6 and 19, wiping out 1,300 jobs. The factory builds the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse. The second shift was added just nine months ago and the timing of the layoffs, just before hundreds of temporary workers who were promised full-time jobs reached their first anniversary, will deprive them of transfer rights and Supplemental Unemployment Benefits.
“A lot of workers who had the seniority have already transferred out. The rest of us don’t know what to do,” said Larry, a young worker at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant. “I’m a temp and I guess there is no hope for us unless they rehire sometime in the future. Lots of workers quit once they made the announcement and more are quitting every day. They were so short of people that it affected general assembly.
“I have a wife and kids and it’s going to hurt. We need this job. I’m only going to get unemployment benefits for a few months. GM is also cancelling shifts at other plants.
My dad retired from Ford and he told me about layoffs. This is the first time I’ve experienced it firsthand.
“Trump is talking about getting jobs back from Mexico and taxing companies if they import cars. Sure, he wants jobs in America—by lowering our wages. During his campaign, he said he thought autoworkers were paid too much.
“We’re in that plant producing 600 cars a day. Impalas, Buicks and Cadillacs sell from $25,000 to $50,000 apiece. They just added a second shift in April and used us to overproduce—and now they are cutting us loose. They did us dirty with the layoffs right before Christmas.”
Another Detroit-Hamtramck worker, Bob, quit his longtime job at US Steel to get what he thought would be more job security in the auto industry. He is now being forced to uproot his family and move to Spring Hill, Tennessee to work at another GM plant.
“I thought Trump would be good for the country. I don’t understand it. GM is making record profits and we’re still being laid off. They say there are too many unsold cars but we were working overtime, through our lunch and other breaks.
“I’m an American and I’m for American workers. But it makes sense to unite with workers in other countries. We’re working for the same companies. Things are getting worse, not better. It’s crazy the stock market hit 20,000 and it seems like we’re going backwards, not forwards.”
Danny, another young worker at the Detroit plant, expressed his distrust of Trump but said he had hoped the GM layoffs had been part of Trump’s recent discussion with the GM CEO. He added, however, “Trump never has evidence for anything he says. He is signing these executive orders and I feel he is going to send this country into another depression.”
While criticizing the auto companies for shifting production to Mexico and China, Trump has made it clear he endorses them moving from state to state to obtain lower taxes and wages. Last May he told the Detroit News, “You can go to different parts of the United States and then ultimately you’d do full-circle—you’ll come back to Michigan because those guys are going to want their jobs back even if it is less …We can do the rotation in the United States—it doesn’t have to be in Mexico.” After Michigan “loses a couple of plants—all of sudden you’ll make good deals in your own area.”
… the GM worker said, “workers are more worried than anything,” about the impact of Trump’s policies. He said he had been extremely reluctant to support either Clinton or Trump in the elections. “Nothing positive was coming from either side. It sounded like Clinton wanted to start something with Russia.”
Keith, a young worker at the Fiat Chrysler truck plant in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan said he had just heard about the GM layoffs. “If you are supposed to be saving jobs, why the layoffs? What we are hearing through the grapevine is that Trump wants to bring jobs back, but he wants us to take pay cuts. He thinks we make too much money.
“He must have scheduled the meeting with the auto executives a long time beforehand. It makes me think that bad things are going to happen.”
Referring to the GM job cuts, a veteran Warren Truck worker added, “That is unfair to the workers. How are you supposed to survive without jobs?”
When asked about Trump’s claim that he would create jobs based on his program of economic nationalism he said, “I will believe it when I see it. The Americans he cares about are the wealthy. I don’t think he cares about the working man.”
Responding to the mass protests against the Trump administration over the weekend he said, “They should have done that a long time ago. I think people realize that the only thing Trump is out for is Corporate America.”
He said he was disturbed by Trump’s plans to build a wall with Mexico and his statements denouncing immigrants. “America was branded as a ‘land of the free,’ but they are still persecuting immigrants.”
Trump threats on South China Sea heighten risk of nuclear war: here.
This Reuters video says about itself:
France probes possible Renault diesel emissions cheating
13 January 2017
The Paris prosecutor has launched an investigation into possible cheating by Renault on exhaust emissions, a source at the prosecutor’s office said on Friday.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
The French public prosecution service has begun a criminal investigation into Renault because of emission fraud with their diesel cars. Not long after the 2015 fraudulent software scandal of Volkswagen came to light, there were already suspicions against Renault.
The justice department a year ago raided the premises of the carmaker, which is partly owned by the state. The French public prosecution service now has enough incriminating evidence for a criminal investigation. …
Last year, Renault recalled 15,000 cars because they emitted too many harmful gases. The company said that this was not the result of fraud.
In America, Fiat Chrysler yesterday came under fire from the environmental authority EPA. According to the EPA, the company has just like Volkswagen used software to get cars through the emission test. On the road the cars emitted more harmful substances than during the test.
The German government has urged the European Commission again to speak to Italy about suspicions against the Italian-American company. The German regulatory authority had already found irregularities in Fiat cars. But Germany and Brussels can not directly take action against Fiat; the Italian government must do that. Which so far is stalling.
Earlier there were reports that Nissan had tampered with the Qashqai model. The justice department in Japan investigates this. The Belgian broadcaster VRT reported last year that Opel used fraudulent software in their Zafira Tourer cars.
The horrific death of Thiyagarajan Mahalingam, a 29-year-old a junior engineer at Renault Nissan’s auto plant in the Oragadam Special Economic Zone near Chennai, India, reveals the brutal working conditions in most of the country’s factories. A mechanical engineer in the plant’s maintenance department, Mahalingam was crushed to death by a hydraulic press January 6 as he was inspecting the machine in the engine assembly section: here.
This video from the USA says about itself:
12 January 2017
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
“Also Fiat Chrysler fraud with diesels in the USA”
Carmaker Fiat Chrysler, according to the US environmental watchdog EPA, like Volkswagen has used fraudulent software. According to the EPA, around 104,000 cars of the group, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ram pickup, emit too many harmful substances.
All models have a 3-liter diesel engine. After this disclosure the Fiat Chrysler shares decreased at one time by 16 percent.
The EPA announcement comes a day after Volkswagen in a US criminal case pleaded guilty because of the fraudulent software scandal. Volkswagen must pay about US $ 4.3 billion due to fraud with diesel emission.
Earlier this week, a Volkswagen US big cheese was arrested because of the scandal.
See also here.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is facing an emissions scandal of its own.