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Taking the Air

In my most recent Guest Blog for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, I was able to highlight the public health catastrophe caused by the asbestos pollution generated by the operations at the Eternit asbestos-cement factory. "Taking the Air," contrasts the healthy British leisure activity of breathing in ozone-laden sea air with the harmful consequences of breathing the air in Casale Monferrato and other Italian towns blighted by Eternit.

The dire consequences of living in…

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on April 22, 2013 at 17:09 — No Comments

Eternit Documentary Shown in the United States

News received from the United States details the powerful impact of April 2013 screenings of the documentary: Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial at the Italian Film Festival in Minneapolis. Having seen this film on two occasions I am in no doubt about the high quality of the work and the importance of this documentary by Niccolo Bruna and Andrew Prandstaller. Copies of the book: Eternit and the Great Asbestos Trial which accompanied this film remains a very popular download from the IBAS…

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on April 19, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Behind the lines: Asbestos industry workers will hold an international rally from Russia to Kazakhstan

NEW BLOG: "Behind the lines: Asbestos industry workers will hold an international rally from Russia to Kazakhstan"

The 2013 USGS report stated,  Russia is the largest asbestos producer in the world, followed by China, Brazil, and Kazakhstan.  In advance of the Rotterdam Convention, Mr.…

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Added by Linda Reinstein on April 15, 2013 at 15:10 — 1 Comment

"The USA Asbestos Toxic Trade Continues”

We have new information about the USA and U.S. institutions and mutual funds Eternit S.A shareholders, USA ports of entry, and import and health data might help you in Italy. Details in the ADAO Special Report “The USA Asbestos Toxic Trade Continues.”  http://bit.ly/XBoDoI…

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Added by Linda Reinstein on April 10, 2013 at 16:45 — No Comments

Asbestos and the Council of Europe

The council of Europe  (Not to be confused with European Council or Council of the European Union[1].) . includes countries such as Russia and most of the former Eastern European block.  The deputy mayor of Frassineto, former Senator…

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Added by Asbestos Victims Families Casale on April 8, 2013 at 13:52 — No Comments

Spies in our midst!

The English language briefings uploaded to the Asbestos in the Dock website have proved immensely helpful to non-Italian speakers. I was particularly interested to read that Journalist Cristina Bruno was recently struck off the national register of journalists for unethical behaviour following revelations made about her activities as a paid informer for the public relations company hired by the Eternit Group.

Bruno infiltrated AFEVA, the  Italian asbestos victims’ group…

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on April 8, 2013 at 13:34 — No Comments

French justice situation

On february 28th many people of Andeva (french association) with the support of two delegation from Belgium (abeva) and Casale (Afeva) gathered in front of the Palais de justice of Paris demanding a fair process against asbestos industries. The french appeal court is examinating the position of nine people - many of them former Ceo of Asbestos companies. The court will decide wether there are evidences to open a process or not. We will wait with hope.…

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Added by Asbestos Victims Families Casale on March 8, 2013 at 14:09 — No Comments

Asbestos industry continues to hide risks, put profits ahead of human life, by Kathleen Ruff

A report published by the European Environmental Agency (EEA), ‘…

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Added by Niccolò Bruna on March 6, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

One year ago we celebrated a landmark victory around the world when the Turin court convicted two asbestos criminals.  Yesterday, the convict criminals’ appeal began.  I'm outraged to see how powerfu…

One year ago we celebrated a landmark victory around the world when the Turin court convicted two asbestos criminals.  Yesterday, the convict criminals’ appeal began.  I'm outraged to see how powerful money is in our juridical system - but never surprised.  Excellent statement: "Eternit Appeal Trial: Statement from the Turin Courts, February the 14th, 2013 from Italy, France, and Belgium."   ADAO Is sharing throughout our networks.…

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Added by Linda Reinstein on February 15, 2013 at 17:17 — No Comments

February 14: Valentine's Day in a Turin Courtroom

It is certainly an odd coincidence that today (Valentine's Day), appeal proceedings commenced in the case against former asbestos executives in Turin. Thinking about the events which are likely to unfold in Turin over the coming weeks, led me to consider the meaning of love on this internationally recognised day for lovers. After some thinking and with the help of William Shakespeare, I have concluded that love which is true, love which does not alter with time or age, will be in the Turin…

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on February 14, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

AMISOL Shame on the French Justice Act Against the Victims of the Worst Asbestos Factory!

February 13, 2012 in Turin, two former asbestos executives, were convicted for their part in the causation of an Italian asbestos disaster and condemned to 16 years in jail. February 8, 2013, for similar acts committed at the same time, with the same consequences, the Appeal Court of Paris decided that the trial of Claude Chopin, former executive of the French asbestos textile factory “AMISOL,” will…

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Added by Annie Thébaud-Mony on February 13, 2013 at 13:26 — 1 Comment

“Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Supports Truth and Justice during the Eternit Appeal Trial”

Posted on February 12, 2013

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) sends our support as the struggle for truth and justice continues during the Eternit Appeal Trial. It was just one year ago that we witnessed a historic…

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Added by Linda Reinstein on February 12, 2013 at 19:47 — 2 Comments

Thai version of Eternit & The Great Asbestos Trial today released in Bangkok!

 

At a public meeting which took place today (February 12, 2013) in Bangkok the Thai language version of the IBAS monograph entitled Eternit and the Great Asbestos Trial was released just days before the appeal proceedings are due to begin in the Turin courthouse. Dr Vichai Chokewiwat, one of the editors of the text, called on the Thai governemnt to immediately ban asbestos. A report in Thai on today's event is online: …

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on February 12, 2013 at 17:07 — No Comments

Message of Solidarity from the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat on February 14, 2013

Dear Friends,

It was a year ago that we waited together in the Turin courthouse for the verdict. I remember the tension and the nervousness; all of us hopeful but wary of what was to come. When the verdict was announced, however, we felt great joy in realizing that after so many years and so much heartache, an astounding victory had been achieved.

And now a year later, the fight goes on as the asbestos criminals refuse to acknowledge their role in the asbestos slaughter which…

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on February 9, 2013 at 10:56 — 1 Comment

Solidarity

Dear Friends,

Presently out of France for the next three weeks, I will not be able to participate of the next events : the candlelight walk in Casale and the opening of the Eternit Trial in the appela court in Torino.

I want to express the solidarity of the Ban Asbestos France activists. We are supporting your actions for justice and hope in justice for asbestos victims. It is the hope of all of us around the world.

Annie Thébaud-Mony

Ban Asbestos France

Added by Annie Thébaud-Mony on February 3, 2013 at 21:34 — 1 Comment

Eternit and the Great Asbestos Trial: Appeal Proceedings

Further hearings will commence on February 14, 2013 in the case which has become known as the “Great Asbestos Trial.” Hundreds of pages of legal argument submitted to the Turin Court challenge first degree guilty verdicts handed down one year ago by a three-judge panel to defendants Stephan Schmidheiny (Switzerland) and Baron Louis de Cartier (Belgium). Neither one of the former asbestos executives, both of whom were convicted for their part in the causation of an Italian asbestos disaster,…

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on February 1, 2013 at 14:03 — No Comments

2nd Asbestos Governmental Conference in Venice

A great success for the Conference, the ministery of Health it's going to approve a national plan against Asbestos.

These the main aims:



- improve the national compensation system for former workers and extend it to the no-workers

- set a national plan to remove completely the asbestos from Italy

- create a network of clinic centres to start a national research to investtigate and cure mesothelioma ( including a biological and clinic national bank)



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Added by Alessandro Pugno on November 24, 2012 at 12:01 — No Comments

2nd Asbestos Governmental Conference in Venice

A great success for the Conference, the ministery of Health it's going to approve a national plan against Asbestos.

These the main aims:



- improve the national compensation system for former workers and extend it to the no-workers

- set a national plan to remove completely the asbestos from Italy

- create a network of clinic centres to start a national research to investtigate and cure mesothelioma ( including a biological and clinic national bank)



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Added by Alessandro Pugno on November 24, 2012 at 12:01 — No Comments

Eternit and the Great Asbestos Trial

The English-language monograph entitled Asbestos & The Great Asbestos Trial has been translated into Thai and Japanese and will be launched at meetings in Bangkok and Tokyo this month (November 2012). The widespread interest in the iconic Italian trial of former asbestos industry executives continues to grow as people look for ways to hold asbestos profiteers to account for the crimes they have committed.

Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on November 7, 2012 at 18:01 — No Comments

Schmidheiny Appeals Turin Verdict!

 

The landmark judgment handed down on February 13, 2012 by the Turin Criminal Court continues to reverberate in Italy and abroad. On July 16, 2012, it was reported that Schmidheiny’s legal team submitted a 500-page appeal which looks to overturn the verdict on grounds of constitutionality, jurisdiction and statute of limitations. Two weeks earlier,  Turin Public Prosecutor Raffaele Guariniello announced he was calling for the sentences to be increased from 16 to 20…

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Added by Laurie Kazan-Allen on July 17, 2012 at 14:42 — No Comments

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