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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.

Dave Jamieson

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.

A New Dark Age

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Parenti's observation summed up a deep sense of puzzled frustration I've been feeling for a long time, which has been growing in intensity since the Reagan era and even more so since 9/11 and the unleashed Bush agenda.

World Bank: Let Some Sunlight In

Nezir Sinani | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

Information on projects worldwide should be available for all to see online when it becomes available. A completely new culture of openness at the bank would go a long way toward growing trust between the bank, civil society organizations, the private sector and bank clients the world over.

Anders Kompass May Return to Work at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Bea Edwards | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Bea Edwards

Yesterday, the UN Dispute Tribunal lifted the suspension of Anders Kompass, the senior staff member at the OHCHR who transmitted allegations of pedophilia by French troops in the Central African Republic to the French police. The decision shows that the grounds for placing Kompass on leave are bogus.

Obama's Crackdown on Whistleblowers: Petraeus Plea Deal Reveals Double Standard for Leaks

Gunar Olsen | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Gunar Olsen

In March Petraeus agreed to a lenient plea deal which will likely only result in two years' probation and a $40,000 fine for giving classified information to his mistress and authorized biographer Paula Broadwell.

Chevron Whistleblower Videos Prove Oil Giant's Guilt in Ecuador - AGAIN

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

On April 8th, Amazon Watch released secret videos turned over by a Chevron whistleblower that clearly show company technicians finding extensive oil pollution at well sites in the Amazon that Chevron had previously certified as "remediated."

Ben Walsh

Private Equity Firm Threatened To 'Gut' Whistleblower 'Like A Carp,' Lawsuit Claims | Ben Walsh | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business

Private equity firm TPG Capital was sued Thursday by its former head of public affairs, who alleges his bosses threatened to ruin his career, fired hi...

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

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 05.27.2015 | 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.