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Davos & Disruption Done Right: In Praise of "Difficult Women" in Finance

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Janine R. Wedel

Women are still most definitely outsiders in places that matter, not least in finance. And we saw last fall what a Wall Street outsider can uncover, just the latest woman in finance to blow the whistle.

Luxleaks and the Whistleblower

Bea Edwards | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

Antoine Deltour was arrested and charged with theft, violation of professional secrecy, violation of trade secrets and illegally accessing a database. In brief, the man who exposed what are at the very least unethical tax avoidance plots is charged as a criminal, but the man who orchestrated the whole sorry mess has done nothing illegal.

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Fired Whistleblower

AP | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a former air marshal who was fired after leaking plans to the media about security cutbacks...

The Right to Hold a Pen

Hannah Berkman | Posted 03.22.2015 | College
Hannah Berkman

The carnage at "Charlie Hebdo" was particularly shocking not only because of its brutality and abruptness, but also because it personified the increasing number of attacks on journalists. While Western nations claim to be champions of free speech and press, their actions speak much louder than such declarations.

Scapegoating CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Hearing the testimony from CIA operatives, it's clear that the agency is extremely eager to make an example of Sterling. Despite all the legalisms, the overarching reality is that the case against Sterling is scarcely legal -- it is cravenly political.

New Rules For How Federal Government Can Investigate Journalists

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2015 | Media

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department issued new guidelines on Wednesday regarding when the fede...

New U.S. Reformer at the UN Must Review Whistleblower Protection

Bea Edwards | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Bea Edwards

Dr. Coleman comes to the U.S. mission with ambassadorial rank and sterling intellectual and policy credentials. Some observers, however, are not sure that these qualities will help her address the stubborn mismanagement issues at the UN.

The Shrews that Tame Wall Street?

Mehrsa Baradaran | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Mehrsa Baradaran

In interviews with whistleblowers, many say that they didn't talk sooner because of their loyalty to the institutions they were a part of. Perhaps women, never being fully embraced by the institution, don't develop a deep loyalty, or perhaps only sip the Kool-Aid.

Bank Whistleblower Alayne Fleischmann on How JPMorgan Chase Helped Wreck the Economy

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Democracy Now!

A year ago the DOJ announced that the banking giant JPMorgan Chase would avoid criminal charges by agreeing to pay $13 billion to settle claims that it had routinely overstated the quality of mortgages it was selling to investors. But how did the bank avoid prosecution for committing fraud that helped cause the 2008 financial crisis?

Holder Wishing for Wall Street Whistleblowers? But DOJ Consistently Ignores Them

Bea Edwards | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

DOJ doesn't have to hand over huge bonuses in order to encourage whistleblowers on Wall Street to come forward, now that, as Holder admits, the Department is no longer actively policing the financial world. It ought to protect them from retaliation, though.

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.

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.

Dave Jamieson

Coal Miner Whose Brother Died On The Job Was Fired After Flagging Dangers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business

In October of 2011, Jeromy Coots helped transport the lifeless body of his older brother out of the coal mine where they'd worked together in eastern ...

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.

Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

Robert Scheer | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials, eliciting Glenn Greenwald's comment that she is "like a neocon, practically."

Obama Signs Bill Expanding Protections For Whistleblowers Into Law

AP | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that authorizes spending of $564 million over five years for the U.S. intel...

The Whistleblower Protection Program Is Broken Too

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

As with the VA itself, the federal bureaucracy charged with protecting "whistleblowers" -- an unnecessarily disparaging appellation if there ever was one -- is itself broken. The consequences for American workers are catastrophic.

Freedom of the Pressed

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.15.2014 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

Here's what passes for good news when it comes to a free press these days: two weeks ago, the Supreme Court refused without comment to hear a case involving New York Times reporter James Risen.

Memo to Potential Whistleblowers: If You See Something, Say Something

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Whistleblowers don't sign up to be whistleblowers. Almost always, they begin their work as true believers in the system that conscience later compels them to challenge.

Dave Jamieson

There's No War On Coal. There's A War On Coal Miners

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

Whistleblower Justin Greenwell told regulators that his company, Armstrong Coal, was misreporting the dust levels in his mine, potentially putting min...

Brazil Should Mediate Assange's Diplomatic Impasse

Natalia Viana | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

To pretend that this issue -- which is at the core of today's digital geopolitics and of the American upper hand over the Internet -- does not exist is like not seeing the white elephant in the living room. Any attempt to advance the debate without addressing their situation will be a farce. That's why I, like thousands of Brazilians, ask: President Dilma, do offer asylum for Edward Snowden and offer Brazilian diplomacy to mediate the negotiations between the U.K. and Ecuador, so that Julian Assange can enjoy the asylum he has been granted by our neighboring country at last.

Obama Administration Forbids Employees From Citing Some Newspaper Articles!

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration is clamping down on a technique that government officials have long used to join in public discussions of well-known but tech...

Breaking: Justice Dept. Sues For-Profit Stevens-Henager College

David Halperin | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Today the United States District Court in Idaho unsealed a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice under the federal False Claims Act against for-profit Stevens-Henager College and its affiliated schools CollegeAmerica and California College of San Diego.