April 2014

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'.
This month's New Internationalist takes a closer look at the people who feel compelled to expose wrongdoing, even if it means losing their jobs, their friends, their relationships, their freedom, their citizenship. What makes them tick? What can be done to ensure that they are listened to and protected from the almost inevitable wave of retaliation? And are these individuals making us rethink what we mean by democracy, security and citizenship?


今月のニュー・インターナショナリストでは、仕事、友人、周囲との関係、自由、市民としての権利を失うことも顧みず、悪事を暴こうとする人々に焦点を当てる。何が彼らを駆り立てるのか? 彼らの主張がきちんと取り上げられるようにし、ほぼ間違いなく襲う報復の嵐から彼らを守るために何ができるだろうか? 彼らは私たちに、民主主義、安全保障、市民の権利の意味を問い直すよう促しているのだろうか?







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.

Mixed Media
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 .

Regulars Features
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
constitutional revolution.

4 Letters
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.




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