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

Bea Edwards | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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.

Bringing Edward Snowden Home Would Be a Very Patriotic Act

Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Media
Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D.

With every revelation he made last year, Snowden proved himself a person fighting for our democratic way of life at enormous personal risk, not a spy but a patriot. The U.S. Constitution should protect citizens who say the government has gone too far in trampling people's constitutional rights.

If Snowden Returned to US for Trial, All Whistleblower Evidence Would Likely Be Inadmissible

Trevor Timm | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Trevor Timm

Every American should be outraged that leakers and whistleblowers are being prosecuted under an espionage statute without ever having to show they meant to harm the U.S. or that any harm actually occurred.

Whistleblowers' Advice To Edward Snowden: Don't Come Home

Al Jazeera America | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

What happens to whistle-blowers after the whistle is blown...

8 Life Lessons From Romantic Comedies

Brian Penny | Posted 04.10.2014 | Comedy
Brian Penny

If you want to impress a chick, you need to share some interests. It's all well and good to find a broad who's into sports, Star Wars and video games,...

What Pirating Taught Me About Life

Brian Penny | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
Brian Penny

I bought, sold, and traded every game, application, movie, and album I could find. In doing so, I saw the evolution of digital privacy.

Patrick Byrne: One of the Good CEOs

Brian Penny | Posted 11.07.2013 | Business
Brian Penny

Instead of ostracizing the financial CEOs that crippled our economy, I want to spotlight one of the good CEOs that takes a modest salary. Rather than condemning the tech companies that sell us all out to the NSA, I'd like to showcase honest businesses.

Whistleblower Awarded Largest SEC Payout Ever

Reuters | Posted 10.01.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - U.S. securities regulators announced Tuesday they have awarded a record $14 million to a whistleblower who helped enforc...

The Politics of Private Manning

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Victoria A. Brownworth

Both Bradley and Chelsea are part of the LGBT community. Shouldn't we have treated them with equal care, particularly given the extreme nature of Manning's valor, the disproportionate nature of the risks Manning took?

Is President Obama Jealous of Edward Snowden?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 10.13.2013 | Media
Blake Fleetwood

"I was going to do it, really I was." This is the essence of President Obama's remarks last week when he announced an overhaul of NSA procedures an...

Just Laws vs. Unjust Laws

Brian Penny | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Brian Penny

Much like Bradley Manning, terrorist Paul Revere aided and abetted the enemy when he leaked British troop movements to the American patriots. Centuries before Edward Snowden's leak, Benjamin Franklin leaked confidential government letters. Why isn't Snowden's face on our currency?