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The Depraved-Heart Doctrine: From Baltimore to Bangui

Bea Edwards | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Bea Edwards

Just as there must be accountability for Freddie Gray, there must be accountability for the crimes committed in Africa by troops sent by the UN. Neither the secretary-general nor anyone else can hide behind the veil of protocol.

American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics, Claims Whistleblower

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

As American pundits are discussing the Clinton Cash affair and worrying about possible undue foreign influence on U.S. foreign policy via donations to...

The Chevron Tapes: 30 Years and Still Waiting for Justice

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Well over a million people have already viewed last week's video, and many told us that they were deeply affected by a resident named José describing how he lost three daughters due to the toxic contamination of his home.

Minnesota Supreme Court Denies Globe University's Petition for Appeal in Whistleblower Ruling

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 03.27.2015 | Business
Kyle McCarthy

Will this latest court decision convince Globe University officials to stop pointing the finger at others and deflecting blame? Hopefully. It's well overdue and their students and graduates deserve better.

Sony Back on the Racial Hot Seat

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.25.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

True diversity is more than a studio spotlighting a few black mega stars in big production movies and then back-patting itself for its efforts to make diversity a reality. It means implementing meaningful programs and initiatives.

PETA Smears Whistleblower

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

I wish I could claim psychic powers. But predictable smear campaigns are, by their nature, predictable.

Whistleblower Statutory Protections Are Frequently Narrowly Interpreted By Courts

Brad Reid | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

Whistleblower statutes typically contain anti-retaliation provisions that limit an employer's ability to fire under the employment-at-will doctrine. E...

The Backroom Deal Worth $130 Million to the Global Fund

Bea Edwards | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Bea Edwards

Information continues to surface showing that John Parsons, the former Inspector General at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, was terminated in 2012 because he was uncovering too much corruption in the organization's grants.

National Security Entrepreneurs Create Cyber Insurance

Bea Edwards | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

This configuration of secrecy and political connections is ideal for cashing in. In a field with billions of dollars in public money, no oversight and a corner on the expertise, Ridge, like Chertoff, Hayden and Alexander, is well-positioned to convert government funds into private profit.

What Motivates A Whistleblower?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living

A couple of recent news events brought whistleblowers into the spotlight. Last week, an anonymous whistleblower's report that President Obama took an ...

Who's Next as the Top Cop at the Global Fund?

Bea Edwards | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

Just recently, Martin O'Malley, the third Inspector General in three years at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, announced he would step down in December, cutting short a six-year commitment to the quasi-private, intergovernmental organization based in Geneva.

Building a Community of Truth-Tellers to Answer Daunting 'What's for Dinner' Question (VIDEO)

Food Integrity Campaign | Posted 10.11.2014 | Green
Food Integrity Campaign

By AMANDA HITT Across the nation, millions of Americans are asking the age-old question: "What's for dinner?" It used to be as simple as choosing bet...

How Did the Global Fund Fire Its Inspector General and Then Claim He Worked Without Interference?

Bea Edwards | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

The problem here -- the loophole the Congress left open and the State Department drove its certification process through -- is secrecy.

Racial Discrimination Continues at the Development Banks Hobbling Efforts to Meet the MDGs in 2015

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Bea Edwards

While no one is claiming that the goals have actually been reached, indications are that the reported progress is significantly overstated. This sleight of hand is accomplished statistically by making the truly vulnerable and poor populations disappear into a larger pool of data collected on a macro scale from the better-off.

UN Human Rights Commissioner Supports Snowden and Denounces US Surveillance Programs

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

The report of the High Commissioner puts the U.S. government in violation of the definitive interpretation of international political and civil rights on the issue of privacy, surveillance and related whistleblowing.

Less Than Zero: Hyping the Cyber War

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

Corporate America and the intelligence community promote a panicked militaristic national mood because it justifies both government secrecy and huge taxpayer outlays for defense.

Feel-Good (and Feel-Bad) Moments, Brought to You by Facebook

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.08.2014 | Technology
Bea Edwards

Whatever the terms of use included, no users agreed that their moods belonged to Facebook. If controlling your data means controlling your mood, then we need to take a step back.

Big Press on Bank of America Treatment of Whistleblower Michael Winston -- But, You'll Have to Read German!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Jerry Ashton

Germany's respected Handelsblatt, that country's parallel to the Wall Street Journal, recently devoted an entire section and a featured interview to the deliberate and ongoing crushing of American Michael Winston's finances and spirit by one of our country's largest banks.

Government Demands Whistleblower Organization's Encrypted Files

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) in-house watchdog has demanded that the Project On Government Oversight turn over all information it has collected related to abuses and mismanagement at VA medical facilities. The VA is part of the federal government. POGO is a private non-profit group.

There Is Still Some Honor in This Country

Andy Thayer | Posted 06.17.2014 | San Francisco
Andy Thayer

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Pride Committee, under a new board, did the LGBT community proud by finally conferring one of our community's highest honors upon one of its most courageous individuals, Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.

Why Whistleblowers Matter

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Given what we now know, it's easy to ignore what we don't know about how our government is acting in our name. That's why the figure of the whistleblower -- and the Obama administration's urge to suppress whistleblowing of any sort -- remains so important.

Silencing Whistleblowers Obama-Style

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

This is the very definition of post-Constitutional America where legality and illegality blur -- and always in the government's favor; where the founding principles of our nation only apply when, as, and if the executive sees fit. The devil is indeed in the details.

Transparency International Nixes Edward Snowden

Russell Mokhiber | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Russell Mokhiber

When Transparency International (TI) met in November 2013 for its annual meeting in Berlin, on the table was a resolution, sponsored by TI Germany and...

Book Review: Pomegranate Peace

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Pomegranate Peace, a new novel by Rashmee Roshan Lall, is a funny, sad and all-too-true piece of fiction about the failure of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The novel is also a cookbook.

Snowden, the Pentagon Papers and COINTELPRO

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of those making the case that Snowden should "return to the United States and face the music in a court of law" regularly offer up (as an example for how whistleblowers should act) the story of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. But a better parallel exists.