Blow the whistle!
This has been described as 'the age of the whistleblower'. The activities of Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange have produced disclosures of an unprecedented scale and impact. Whistleblowers are both lionized - Snowden has been nominated for several awards - and despised as traitors. Execution is too good for them in the eyes of some. But even while we praise their courage, our treatment of people who expose uncomfortable truths is Coming next month deeply ambivalent and often harsh in the extreme. It makes whistleblowing, in the words of someone who has done it, 'a near suicidal vocation'.
Stories making the news this month
6 Impunity darkens Indian elections
6 Afghanistan:time to move on?
7 Sleep in for St George
7 Introducing Hery
7 Namibia's nutrition double whammy
8 Jordan Valley Palestinians face
8 A freer press in Burma
9 Krey vs Rio Tinto
9 Solar's unlikely ally
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.
The Big Story
10 Don't shoot the messenger!
Admired by the public, reviled by those in power,
whistleblowers are on the frontline of democracy. But need they be martyrs? Vanessa Baird asks.
15 Blasts from the past...
A historic look at some who took the plunge to make a
16 'I had to do it'
Psychoanalyst David Morgan on what makes some people risk all to speak out.
18 Brave Father Musala
The cleric who exposed sex abuse in Uganda's Catholic Church talks to Patience Akumu.
20 Money shouts
Whistleblower Ian Taplin investigates whether exposing
banking malpractice has got any easier.
22 Dead bastards
Heaven help military personnel who blow the whistle. Alexa O'Brien is tracking the case of Chelsea Manning.
24 Cheap drugs and the millionaire whistleblower
Sandhya Srinivasan writes from India on the curious tale of Dinesh Thakur and the generics maker Ranbaxy.
28 Music reviews
Marinah by El Baile de las Horas; The Phoenix and the Turtle by Beverley Martyn.
29 Film reviews
The Past, directed by Asghar Farhadi; Plot for Peace,directed by Carlos Aguilo and Mandy Jacobson.
30 Book reviews
The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura; Charlie Chaplin by Peter Ackroyd; Feminist Activism, Women's Rights and Legal Reform by Mulki Al-Sharmani; The People by Selina Todd.
PLUS:Also out there...
36 Steve Parry
Warning:columnists can damage your health.
PLUS:Polyp's Big Bad World cartoon.
37 Mark Engler
Art is politics:revisiting Paul Simon's Graceland .
32 Yasuní: a cautionary tale
Ecuador's national park has become a cause célèbre. But can it still be saved? Tim Gee investigates.
35 Love unites us
Nadja Wohlleben's photos capture Lebanon's silent
Migrants, morality and Australian shame.
5 Letter from Bangui
Where do you go when your home no longer exists? Ruby
Diamonde hears one woman's story.
26 Country Profile: Colombia
38 And Finally
Louise Gray talks to award-winning musician Angélique
Kidjo about the resilience of African music, and why she
won't be pigeon-holed.