Inside Stories
Top Scientist Blows Whistle On Trump Administration Over Retaliation
“I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant and a worried citizen. Reluctantly, as of today, I am also a whistleblower on an administration that chooses silence over science.”
Shuttering The State Dept’s War Crimes Office May Be A Good Thing
Since its founding, the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice has proven to be ineffective and guided only by political motivations, rather than humanitarian ones.
16 Years After Onset Of U.S. Plan Colombia, Cocaine Profits Reach Record Highs
The U.S.-Colombia drug war alliance has failed to stop the country’s drug trade, with last year’s coca yield breaking records. The record harvests can be traced to the country’s government, right-wing paramilitaries and wealthy individuals who are sympathetic to U.S. business interests.
The US Is Doubling Down On Its Endless War In Afghanistan, The ‘Grave Of Empires’
Afghanistan has been occupied by foreign powers for nearly 20 years now, with its people being exploited and tormented in the name of combating terrorism. A recent NATO request for thousands more troops to be sent to the region means their suffering will only continue.
Famine Plagues Somalia, Yemen Amid US Military Adventurism, Empire Building
In Somalia, a U.S.-led “war on terror” has led to a rise in extremism that has exacerbated the country’s famine, while in Yemen, a Saudi blockade has prevented much-needed food from reaching its people. And yet, many in the West remain unaware of their plight.
Bombing The KGB Should Be On The Table, According To One U.S. Official
Russians are “...almost genetically driven to co-opt, penetrate, gain favor…,” according to the U.S.’ former director of National Intelligence. Such rhetoric is gaining greater traction within the U.S. political establishment every day, despite public skepticism of the “Russiagate” narrative.
Twitter Still Refusing To Verify Accounts For Julian Assange And Other Gov’t Critics
Verified Twitter accounts are impervious to impostors and others who would seek to discredit the accounts’ owners. But Julian Assange and other well-known government critics are still unverified, leading to speculation that Twitter is purposefully allowing their accounts to remain vulnerable.
“Good For Industry”: The Politics Of The Forgotten Humanitarian Crises In Yemen And Gaza
Millions of Yemenis are starving as Saudi Arabia continues to bomb the country, while the people of Gaza lack electricity and medical supplies due to a 10-year Israeli blockade. Both conflicts and the crises they have unleashed are tied to the U.S.’ arms industry’s unending pursuit of profit.
Bezos Bans WaPo Staff From Criticizing Corporate Advertisers On Social Media
A new policy at the Washington Post will punish its employees for using social media to make critical statements about the paper’s corporate advertisers. The policy was approved by Jeff Bezos, the billionaire head of Amazon who purchased the newspaper in 2013.
Ancient Greece Could Hold The Key To Solving Today’s Debt Crisis
Ancient Greece is perhaps best known for its contributions to mankind in the areas of philosophy, architecture, and science. But a modern-day economist suggests that some of the economic practices that were used in ancient times could help to solve Greece’s current debt crisis.