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The Pointless Judicial Ordeal of UN Whistleblowers

Bea Edwards | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

On October 29, 2015, Florin Postica, senior investigator at the UN, and Ai Loan Nguyen-Kropp, then-investigator at the UN, marked the sixth anniversary of their ordeal as whistleblowers at the United Nations.

There's No Such Thing as a Free BBQ: Kickbacks Cost Physicians Too

Tim McCormack | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Tim McCormack

That the Government would pursue a physician for taking kickbacks should not come as a surprise; the Department of Justice has recently stepped up its enforcement of the federal Stark Law and Anti-Kickback statutes against individual physicians.

The Digital Dog Ate Our Civil-Liberties Homework: 'It's Just the Way It Is'

Norman Solomon | Posted 11.09.2015 | Media
Norman Solomon

Of all the excuses ladled out for the Obama administration's shredding of the Fourth Amendment while assaulting press freedom and prosecuting "national security" whistleblowers, none is more pernicious than the claim that technology is responsible.

'Drone Papers' Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

"The Drone Papers" tell us the administration labels unidentified persons who are killed in a drone attack "enemies killed in action," unless there is evidence posthumously proving them innocent. Since the U.S. is involved in armed conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, international humanitarian law -- namely, the Geneva Conventions -- must be applied to assess the legality of targeted killing. The Geneva Conventions provide that only combatants may be targeted.

On Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties, Hillary Clinton Is Not a Progressive

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

If George Bush claimed he were a progressive, we would rightly laugh. Yet no one -- no one -- challenged Clinton's unequivocal claim to progressivism at the CNN Democratic debate earlier this week.

Sanders' Snowden Response Proves He Doesn't Want a "Revolution"

Evan Greer | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Evan Greer

Until Bernie's revolution recognizes and embraces the real struggle we have between us and a free and just society, and honors those who have taken risks to bring us closer to that day, I think I'll be writing in Edward Snowden on election day.

Deflategate's Ultimate Lesson: The NFL Needs a Whistleblower Program

Tim McCormack | Posted 10.14.2015 | Sports
Tim McCormack

Think about it. Wouldn't it be nice to finally have a mechanism to allow complaints of misconduct to be investigated by a truly independent panel beholden to neither the NFL nor the NFL Players Association.

Mouth Wide Shut

John Feffer | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Barack Obama was, in 2008, the anti-torture candidate. It's a sad comment on the state of U.S. democracy that such a thing ever existed. After all, it would be startling to hear appeals from a pro-oxygen or an anti-apocalypse candidate. Still, it was refreshing. So what happened?

You've Been Served! A Consequence of Whistleblowing

Sue Veres Royal | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Sue Veres Royal

I know that doing something as seemingly small as telling the truth has a ripple effect. Change is often slow and deliberate, but it can happen if we speak up.

How Much Money Is the World Bank Spending to Intimidate Staff?

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

The Bank is spending precious resources investigating its own staff to prevent leaks containing information that people around the world are entitled to know about in the first place.

John Kerry: 'There's A Massive Amount Of Overclassification'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

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In UN Rape Cases, Diplomats' Resignations Do Not Equal Criminal Accountability

Bea Edwards | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

The United Nations is not equipped to address criminal conduct in its ranks. The Secretariat's reaction to the reports of rape and sodomy that have surfaced this summer involving UN personnel, either as suspects or reporters, make that much abundantly clear.

The United Nations, Peacekeeping and Sex Abuse

Bea Edwards | Posted 08.14.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

Sexual exploitation and abuse among United Nations peacekeepers and other troops in the Central African Republic (CAR) occasioned another UN resignation. Babacar Gaye, the Secretary General's Special Representative to the CAR, resigned after Ban Ki-Moon asked him to step down.

Moving Beyond the "Ag" In "Ag-Gag" -- the Next Wave of Anti-Whistleblower Legislation?

Molly Knobler | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Molly Knobler

An image is worth a thousand words. Cliché but true. One particular image of a young alligator, suspended by its tail, bleeding out, is worth Jane Birkin telling Hermès she no longer wants her name on its luxury bags.

Honk If You Appreciate Whistleblowers

Nan Levinson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Nan Levinson

Alford writes that whistleblowers have "seen what one is not supposed to know." In exposing a wrong, they have risked and lost much -- job, status, security, liberty, friends. To come to a resolution, they would also lose their faith in the adages we buy into as the currency of the social order: life is fair, the system isn't stacked against us, the individual matters, the truth shall set us free.

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Miner Tells Coal Baron To Kiss His Ass | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

Robert "Bob" Murray is the owner of Murray Energy Corp., the third-largest U.S. coal producer. He is one of the most powerful men in Appalachia and a ...

UN External Panel Reviewing Child Sexual Abuse Charges Compromised by Member's Conflict of Interest

Bea Edwards | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

At the UN, a purportedly external and independent three-person panel convened to review allegations of child sexual abuse by non-UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) last year, should confront questions about the career of Hassan Bubacar Jallow, one of its three members.

Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse in the CAR Not Given Priority by the United Nations

Bea Edwards | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

Just over a week ago, the UN Administrative and Budget Committee brought forth a resolution to define the priorities of the Member States with respect to peacekeeping, whistleblowing and, among other things, sex abuse. The resolution makes clear certain obvious features of UN peacekeeping that most casual observers don't immediately think of.

No Whistleblowing for David, Only Goliath

Sue Veres Royal | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Sue Veres Royal

We know that nonprofits make enormous contributions to society. To protect the integrity of the sector, a revision to this law is needed. In the meantime, nonetheless, I hope you will step forward if you find yourself in a situation in which unethical practices are taking place.

North Carolina Whistleblowers: We Still Have Your Back

Food Integrity Campaign | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Food Integrity Campaign

While North Carolina's move to punish the very people we aim to protect is extremely disheartening, FIC continues to challenge this and all Ag Gag measures, as well as provide resources for brave insiders who have the public interest at heart.

The Great Age of Whistleblowers

Nick Turse | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

Without whistleblowers, citizens are at the mercy of massaged truths and fine-crafted fictions spun by officials who prefer shadows to sunlight.

The Other Conspirator

Barbara Myers | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Barbara Myers

While Daniel Ellsberg, his compatriot and companion in revelation, remains a major figure for his role in releasing the Pentagon Papers, Tony Russo is a forgotten man. That's too bad. He shouldn't be forgotten. His is, unfortunately, a story of our times as well as his.

Real Democracy Promotion: Lord Acton and Tom Clancy vs John Yoo

Coleen Rowley | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Coleen Rowley

With its omnipresent surveillance, the U.S. government began aggressively targeting and prosecuting whistleblowers and other sources, putting renowned journalists and publishers worldwide directly or incidentally in their surveillance crosshairs.

Can We Socialize Courage?

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

Unless our top political officials, including our president and key Congressmen, as well as out civic executives, somehow transcend their current trajectories, it is unlikely that the state of our collective moral backbone will improve significantly in the coming decade.

ALEC Losing Clout, Legitimacy amid Ongoing Controversy and Tax Fraud

Yael Bromberg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

Groups like the Salvation Army, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Red Cross come to mind when most of us think about charities. ALEC is something far different, a shadowy operation that brings legislators and corporations together behind closed doors to advance private interests.