International and global news sites

Global Uprisings

Global Uprisings is an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis from around the world. It was founded by Brandon Jourdan, filmmaker, journalist and writer, and Marianne Maeckelbergh, Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, the Netherlands. One of the video on this site:

Vio.Me: Self-Organization in Greece (May 31, 2013)

New Left Review

New Left Review  is a 160-page journal published every two months from London. It analyses world politics, the global economy, state powers and protest movements; contemporary social theory, history and philosophy; cinema, literature, heterodox art and aesthetics. It runs a regular book review section and carries interviews, essays, topical comments and signed editorials on political issues of the day. ‘Brief History of New Left Review’ gives an account of NLR’s political and intellectual trajectory since its launch in 1960.
Read for instance "What's become of the German Greens?" by Joachim Jachnow,  historian and political scientist connected as a researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin or A permanent economic emergency by Slavoj Žižek.
Understanding Podemos by Pablo Iglesias

The Real News Network

The Real News Network is a member-supported global online video news network. Launched in 2007 by Paul Jay, a former producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, it states it is "focused on providing independent and uncompromising journalism", on "the critical issues of our times".
Of course you can also visit the YouTube channel of The Real News Network.

After the death of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela Paul Jay interviewed Gregory Wilpert. a sociologist who lived in Venezuela from 2000 to 2008. He taught at the Central University of Venezuela. He founded Venezuelanalysis. And he wrote the book Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and Policies of the Chávez Government:

On this page you find the transcript of this interview.
Watch also this interview with Gregory after the presidential election in Venezuela in 2013.
Gregory analyzes also the American political system in "Can progressives bring democracy to the USA?" on his own site. Nowadays Gregory is more active on his Z Space.

On May 10, 2014 Paul Jay interviews Leo Panitch, a Canadian scholar and Marxist under the title "Global Capitalism, the US Empire and Russian Nationalism":

Leo Panitch is the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and a distinguished research professor of political science at York University in Toronto. He is the author of many books and co-editor of the Socialist Register. He writes also for the Guardian.

On May 25, 2014 Anton Woronczuk interviews the Ukrainian sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko under the title "Presidential Elections in Ukraine Will Usher in Direct Rule of Oligarchs":

Volodymyr Ishchenko is a sociologist studying social protests in Ukraine. He is deputy director of the Centre for Society Research in Kiev, an editor of Commons: Journal for Social Criticism, and a lecturer in the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He wrote also interesting stuff for The Guardian.

More interesting stuff on the Real News Network

You can hear Aleksandr Buzgalin in A Struggle Amongst Oligarchs in Ukraine (part one and part two - March 7, 2014) and many other times on Real News Network. He is a Professor of Political Economy at Moscow State University. He is also coordinator of the Social Movement "Alternatives". He was a member of the Organizing Committee of the 2nd Russian Social Forum. He wrote also for transform ! (european network for alternative thinking and political dialogue) and International Viewpoint (News and analysis from the Fourth International).
You find more publications of Aleksandr Buzgalin on the IDEAS bibliographic database dedicated to Economics.
Watch also The West - Ukraine - Russia: multidimensionality of contradictions,definiteness of a position, a Professor A.V. Buzgalin's interview by the Red TV (Красное ТВ).

30/04/2014: Is Thomas Piketty Right About the Causes of Inequality? - Economist Michael Hudson discusses the popularity of French economist Thomas Piketty's recent book and says his work fails to link the financialization of the economy to the ascent of the 1%

02/10/2014: Secret History of U.S.-Cuba Ties Reveals Henry Kissinger Plan to Bomb Havana for Fighting Apartheid: In the book, "Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana," authors Peter Kornbluh and William LeoGrande use recently declassified documents to expose the secret history of dialogue between the United States and Cuba.

18-19/12/2014: Reality Asserts Itself - Lia Tarachansky: She was born in the Soviet Union and grew up in a settlement in the occupied West Bank. In the first part this theRealNews Israel - Palestine correspondent tells about her documentary film, On the Side of the Road (2013) about the 1948 ethnic cleansing and its denial in Israeli society. The second part is about her evolution from growing up in a settlement to opposition to the Israeli occupation and in the third one she argues that Israel is ripping itself apart and fascism is celebrating in the ruins.
Lia has also a very interesting personal website.
Lia Tarachansky on YouTube

September 15, 2016 - Brazil's New President Presents Neoliberal Economic Plan: President Temer's economic plan represents a deepening of neoliberal economic policies that Rousseff had already begun and will not improve the economic situation, says Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho

IPS

Inter Press Service (IPS) is a global news agency. Its main focus is the production of independent news and analysis about events and processes affecting economic, social and political development. It provides reporting on the so-called global South, civil society, and globalization. Its aim is to act as a communication channel that privileges the voices and the concerns of the poorest and creates a climate of understanding, accountability and participation around development, promoting a new international information order between the South and the North.

It was set up in 1964 by the Italian journalist Roberto Savio and the Argentine political scientist Pablo Piacentini. with the objective to fill the information gap between Europe and Latin America after the political turbulence following the Cuban revolution of 1959. Later it extended its editorial focus and expanded his network to include all continents.

Other News, a personal initiative of Roberto Savio, is dedicated to the collection and redistribution of professional news and analysis that the commercial media routinely ignore. You'll also find the vision of Roberto on modern journalism in his posts on this site. Take for example a look at Journalism today: A choice between market and people.

Jim Lobe joined IPS in 1979 and opened its Washington, D.C. bureau in 1980, serving as bureau chief for most of the years since. He founded his popular blog dedicated to United Stated foreign policy in 2007. Jim is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy for IPS, particularly the neo–conservative influence in the former George W. Bush administration. Read for instance "What Is a Neo-Conservative Anyway?".
An interesting article of him at the start of 2013: "Major Test for Israel Lobby As Obama Leans to Hagel for Pentagon". On Apr 3 2013, he wrote "Escalating Korea Crisis Dims Hopes for Denuclearisation", on Jul 20 2013 "Advocates of Iran Engagement Get Unexpected Boost"and on Sep 14 2013 U.S. Public-Elite Disconnect Emerges Over Syria. In 2012 he wrote - amongst other things - U.S. Public Satisfied With Less Militarised Global Role and U.N. Disabilities Treaty Rejected by U.S. Senate. In 2013 followed by Israel Resumes Threats Against Iran as Experts Urge Patience and - of course - many other articles like 400 Million Children Mired in Extreme Poverty, Cracks Widen in U.S.-Saudi Alliance, Iran Deal Gains Traction Despite Netanyahu and Republican Dissent, From Tehran to Tokyo, U.S. Geo-Strategic Shifts in Motion and (U.S.) Public, Elite See U.S. Power in Decline.
Some of his writings in 2014: World Bank Arm Admits Wrongs in Honduras Loan and Chevron Wins Latest Round in Ecuador Pollution Case
One of his collaborators is journalist and photographer, Jasmin Ramsey. He is author of U.S. Apache Delivery Highlights Mixed Messaging on Egypt.
Jim has also his own blog lobelog. I guess this is important after the Trump election: Anti-Boeing Bill Offers Early Iran Test for Trump (14/11/2016)

Julio Godoy was considered Guatemala's top investigative reporter before he was forced to flee the country under government pressure to silence him. Reporting under constantly dangerous conditions, Godoy was kidnapped once, and the weekly newspaper he helped found was blown up. In 1990, he moved to Germany and worked as a freelancer, writing about refugees and German economic affairs.
For IPS he covers European affairs, especially those related to corruption, environmental and scientific issues. Read for instance "Dreams of a ‘Green Utopia’ Wither in the Maghreb".
On ICIJ he is co-author of the investigative reports “Making a Killing: The Business of War” and “The Water Barons" about the privatisation of water services.

Stephen Leahy is the lead international science and environment correspondent at IPS, where he writes about climate change, energy, water, biodiversity, development and native peoples. Based in Uxbridge, Canada, near Toronto, Steve has covered environmental issues for nearly two decades for publications around the world. He is a professional member of the International Federation of Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the International League of Conservation Writers. He also pioneered Community Supported Environmental Journalism to ensure important environmental issues continue to be covered.
His work has been published in publications around the world including  National Geographic, The Guardian (UK), Sunday Times, New Scientist, Al Jazeera, Earth Island JournalThe Toronto Star, AlterNet, Common Dreams, and Straight Goods News.
It is also worth to visit his personal blog.
On Mar 28 2013 he brought the news: Canada Pulls Out of U.N. Body to Fight Desertification. In May followed "Rich Countries Drag Feet at Climate Talks" and in september "If You Want to Conserve Biodiversity, Protect Latin America", but he wrote - of course - much more in between, before and after.

I mention Jillian Kestler-D’Amours in connection with Palestine/Israel on this site, but she wrote also "Kurdish Rights Back in Focus in Turkey" and  "Turkey’s EU Hopes Could Free Media'.

Neena Bhandari is a Sydney-based foreign journalist, writing for international news agencies, Inter Press Service (IPS) and InDepth News (IDN). She also regularly contributes features to various Australian and international publications. You can also visit her own site "India Voice".

Thalif Deen, IPS United Nations bureau chief and North America regional director, has been covering the U.N. since the late 1970s. Read for instance "Drone" a Dirty Word in the U.N. Lexicon, Rights Groups Call for Ban on Futuristic Killer Robots, The Dark Side of International Migration, South Africa’s Arms Industry Most Advanced in Global South, U.N. Focuses on Faltering Goals: Water, Sanitation, Energy, Middle East Sustains Appetite for Arms, After Losing Vote, U.S.-EU Threaten to Undermine Treaty, U.S. Ally Yemen in Danger of Splitting into Two – Again, World’s Nuke Arsenal Declines Haltingly While Modernisation Rises Rapidly, U.N. Remains Barred from Visiting U.S. Prisons Amid Abuse Charges, Pakistan One of the World’s First Safe Havens for Refugees, Western Double Standards on Deadly Cluster Bombs, Pledges for Humanitarian Aid Fall Far Short of Deliveries, U.N. Upholds Human Rights, World Bank Dismisses Them, Eastern Europe’s Claims for UN Chief Questioned, Western Nations, Blaming Cash Crunch, Pull out of UNIDO, Developing Nations Seek Tax Body to Curb Illicit Financial Flows and The Day a Soviet Leader Banged His Shoe at the UN.

Lyndal Rowlands writes - amongst other things - also about United Nations stuff. Read for instance "Contradictions Beset U.N. Response to Sexual Abuse by Peacekeepers", "Development and Taxes, a Vital Piece of the Post-2015 Puzzle", "War Zones Littered with More than Just Land Mines", "UN Releases Plan to Increase Refugee Responsibility Sharing" and "Majority of Vulnerable Refugees Will Not Be Resettled in 2017".

Claudia Ciobanu covers Central and Eastern Europe for IPS. She is Romanian, currently based in Prague, Czech Republic. She is particularly interested in environmental issues and social activism in - what she calls - post-socialist countries. Interesting reading stuff from her: U.S. Fights G77 on Most Counts at Climate Meet, Leaked Doc Shows and Coal Tries to Clean Up Its Image at occasion of an International Coal and Climate summit organised by the Polish Ministry of Economy and the World Coal Association kicked, in parallel to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP19 in Warsaw. About this conference she also reported G77 Walk-out at COP19 as Rich Countries Use Delaying Tactics.
She wrote also Battling Extractive Industries in Romania and Bulgaria, No Country For Syrian Refugees.

Ray Smith is a freelance journalist based in Switzerland. Most of his writing is from the Middle East, where he sporadically lives or visits. From Switzerland, Smith reports on migrants' issues, environmental topics and other social or political subjects. Read for instance "Switzerland Checks Mercenaries, Partially", "Swiss Knife Sharpened to Cut Bosses’ Pay" and "Swiss Step Up Arms Exports, Peacefully".

There are also weird stories with weird logic on IPS

What do you think of Hard-Hit CDM Carbon Market Seeks New Buyers by Jewel Fraser

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian specializing in U.S. "national security" policy and institutions. He was both a Vietnam specialist and an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War. He is a regular contributor to Inter Press Service since 2004, where he writes regularly on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran. He also has published longer investigative articles in the blog of Jim Lobe. His analyses also appear regularly at Al Jazeera English. He is also author of several books, like Manufactured Crisis - The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Interview with Gareth Porter about this book on The Real News:

Don't forget to watch part two and part three of this interview on The Real News or YouTube. Read also for instance his "U.S. Rejected 2005 Iranian Offer Ensuring No Nuclear Weapons" on IPS.

Adrianne Appel has written for IPS since 2006 about U.S. domestic issues, including the environment, politics and economics. Formerly a politics reporter in Washington, D.C., she now reports from Boston. Read for instance "In U.S., Corporate Cash Pouring into State Campaigns".

Mitchell Plitnick is another contributor to the blog of Jim Lobe. He is the former Director of the US Office of B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories and was previously the Director of Education and Policy for Jewish Voice for Peace. He is a widely published and respected policy analyst. Born in New York City, raised an Orthodox Jew and educated in Yeshiva, Mitchell grew up in an extremist environment that passionately supported the radical Israeli settler movement. His writing has appeared in the Jordan Times, Israel Insider, UN Observer, Middle East Report, Global Dialogue, San Francisco Chronicle, Die Blaetter Fuer Deutsche Und Internationale Politik, Outlook, and in a regular column for a time in Tikkun Magazine. He has also his own blog.

Matthew Charles Cardinale is a North American Correspondent for Inter-Press Service. He is also founder and news editor of Atlanta Progressive News, an online and print source that seeks to provide progressive news of concern to the working people and working families of Atlanta, Georgia. Amongst other things he wrote "Fight over NSA Spying Spills into U.S. Courts".

Mabvuto Banda is a well respected investigative journalist in Malawi. He heads the investigations desk of The Nation, a Malawi newspaper. His writings have been subject of controversy due to a strong stance against corruption and other political exposes. He has been arrested four times due to his work. He also publishes in the south-african Mail & Guardian. Read for instance "Lake Malawi Dispute Instils Fear in Fisherfolk" and "Two Million People Hold their Breath Over Lake Malawi Mediation".

Soumaila T. Diarra is a Malian journalist born in 1977. He grew up in the small village of Massantola in the north-west of Mali, but is now based in Bamako, the capital city of his country. Soumaila’s passion for journalism began in 2004 after he obtained a bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Bamako. Currently, he writes for local newspapers. and - besides IPS and many other stuff - for The Guardian and Panos London.

Marcela Valente is IPS correspondent in Argentina since 1990, specializing in social and gender issues. She is a history teacher and alternates her correspondent work with teaching journalism at various schools and workshops. Amongst many other things she wrote articles about the lowering of the voting age from 18 to 16 in many Latin American countries. See for instance “Young People Celebrate Reduced Voting Age in Argentina”.
Also "New Media Law, New Voices in Argentina", "A Year of Progress in Argentina’s Human Rights Trials", "Argentina Responds to Climate Challenge with Transgenic Seeds", "Argentina’s Deal with Iran Could Carry Political Price", "Catholics in Argentina Protest Church’s Complicity in Dictatorship", "First Prisoners’ Trade Union Defends Rights in Argentina" and "Argentina’s Rail Tragedy Shows Changes Coming Too Slowly" come from her hand.

Patricia Grogg was born in Chile, but lives in Cuba, where she joined the IPS team in Havana in 1998. She  interviews Sandra Ramírez, Colombian FARC guerrilla fighter and widow of Manuel Marulanda in Q&A: Colombia’s FARC Guerrillas “Took Up Arms to Make Ourselves Heard”. She also wrote about the mood in Cuba after the death of Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela, in "Cuba Loses an Essential Friend". Earlier, she wrote "Mental Health, Another Victim of Climate Change", "Reforms Spread to Cuba’s Travel Policy" and "Despite Immigration Reform, Travel Still Tricky for Cubans".
In 2014 she wrote CELAC Summit Targets Inequality and in 2015 Family Farming Eases Food Shortages in Eastern Cuba and From Punta del Este to Panama, the End of Cuba’s Isolation

Constanza Vieira explains the working of the press in Colombia in The Press in Colombia “Rediscovers” Peace. Read also her "An Empty Chair in Colombia’s Peace Talks in Oslo" about the peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC.
27/5/2013: she wrote "Key Land Reform Accord in Colombia’s Peace Talks" together with Patricia Grogg.
20/02/2016: Pilgrimage for Peace on 50th Anniversary of Camilo Torres’ Death

Milagros Salazar started her career with IPS in June 2006. She specialises in social and environmental conflicts, in particular those relating to the mining, oil and gas industries in Peru. She also writes about the illegal production and trade of cocaine throughout country. Salazar also writes for the political pages of the daily La República, published in Lima. Furthermore you can read her online on ICIJ and IDL-reporteros.
03/02/2014: she wrote Prosecution of Forced Sterilisations in Peru Still Possible
02/07/2014: Problems Inspire Ingenious Solutions in Peruvian Amazon Town

Mario Osava has been an IPS correspondent since 1978, first from Portugal, then from Brazil starting in 1980. He has covered events and processes all throughout Brazil and has recently been engaged in covering major infrastructural projects that reflect opportunities for development and South American integration. Read for instance "Resurgence of Indigenous Identity in the Crossfire in Brazil", "Cash-Strapped Latin American Countries Turn to China for Credit", "More Economic Equality Brings Greater Political Polarisation in Brazil" and "Blackmail Politics Is the Name of the Game in Brazil".
Mario Osava (and others) about the Belo Monte Dam
Mario wrote also Microcephaly Revives Battle for Legal Abortion in Brazil (08/02/2016), Zika Epidemic Offers Sanitation a Chance in Brazil (26/02/2016), No Medals for Sanitation at Rio Olympics (27/07/2016), Olympic Games End Decade of Giant Mega-projects in Brazil (03/08/2016) and Freedom of the Press Faces Judicial Harassment in Brazil (20/10/2016).

Fabiana Frayssinet writes from Brazil. See for instance "Soy and Sugar Cane Fuel Native Land Conflicts in Brazil", "Winds of Racial Change in Brazil", "Favelas – the Football in the Run-Up to Brazil’s World Cup" and the tragic "Murder of Landless Workers’ Leader Recalls Brazil’s Dictatorship".
Read also her Q&A with Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff, leading exponent of liberation theology: “What Matters Isn’t Bergoglio and His Past, but Francis and His Future”.
Also of her hand: ‘Happy Prostitutes’ AIDS Campaign Sparks Debate, Brazil’s Left Is Eager to Lead the “Swarm”, Brazil’s “Other” Protesters, Deforestation Spawns Creeping Desert in Central Argentina and Brazil’s ‘Rolezinhos’ Want Room in the Palaces of Consumerism. Soy Boom Revives Amazon Highway is also very interesting reading.
About Argentina she wrote Rising Prices Threaten to Increase Inequality in Argentina, Behind Bars for Being Young, Poor and Wearing a Hat, Clean Clothes – Fashion Free of Slave Labour in Argentina and Argentina at Risk of an Educational System Serving the Market (21/09/2016).

Fabíola Ortiz is a Brazilian journalist and reports for IPS from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil about human rights, politics, international topics, health, gender and social issues. Read for instance "Incomplete Justice in Killings of Amazon Activists", "The Brazilian State of Pará, Where Land is Power", "Official Bullying Lurks Behind Prep for Olympics in Brazil" and "Carbon-Neutral Costa Rica: A Climate Change Mirage?".
Fabiola discovered also hope in Rwanda. I hope she is right: On 20th Anniversary of Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Lead
He wrote also "Panama Turns to Biofortification of Crops to Build Food Security" and Life Goes On, Barely, After 50 Years of Occupation about live in Aida camp, 1.5 km north of the city of Bethlehem and bordered by the 721-km wall that separates Israel and the West Bank.

Ángel Páez, Peru, is the founder of Peru's first investigative reporting team and has been working as its director at La Republica since 1990, exposing government corruption, international drug trafficking, and clandestine warfare. Paez has uncovered secret arms deals of the Peruvian government, including the purchase of fighter aircraft from Belarus and tanks from Russia during Peru’s 1995-98 border dispute with Ecuador. He also has investigated the inner workings of a tax-free, government-sponsored organization allegedly used to launder money from Japan for the re-election campaigns of Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. As a result of his reporting, Paez has been subjected to intense government pressure, including attacks by state-sponsored media, and death threats. Read for instance his "Scandal Over Israeli Firm Training Peruvian Soldiers".
He collaborated also with the ICIJ project "U.S. Aid in Latin America", about U.S. anti-drug money spent on Latin America being funneled through corrupt military, paramilitary and intelligence organizations and endpng up violating basic human rights.

Estrella Gutiérrez writes interesting stuff about Venezuela and the rest of Latin-America. Read for instance "Self-Financing that Works for the Poor".

Neoliberalism in the old and the new Egypt

Poverty Sparks New Unrest in Egypt by Cam McGrath
Egypt Revolution Makes It Worse for Women by the same author

Cam McGrath is a Cairo-based correspondent. He joined IPS in 2001 and reports on politics, human rights and environmental issues in Egypt and the Arab world. Read for instance "Morsi Slams New Lid on Labour Rights", "Egyptian NGOs Fear Law That Would Cripple Civil Society", "Military Prepares a General’s Constitution" and "Nile Delta Disappearing Beneath the Sea".
He wrote also A Nation Chewing Itself to Death about Yemen.

Catherine Wilson (Sydney, Australia) is an independent writer and journalist working freelance in the Asia Pacific region. She writes for a bunch of news and cultural papers in the Oceanic region and also for London Progressive Journal. For IPS she wrote a bunch of interesting articles about Papua New Guinea.

Damakant Jayshi is a reporter and editor for print, online and news agencies. He is the IPS correspondent for Nepal and is based in Kathmandu. He writes about politics, human rights and social issues. He is one of the founding editors of Republica, Nepal's leading national English daily. Read also "Steep political odds face mountainous Nepal" on Aljazeera.

Michelle Tolson wrote Impoverished Cambodians For Sale and - amongst other things - many other interesting articles about Cambodja.

Athar Parvaiz has been an IPS contributor since 2008. Based in Srinagar, Indian Administered Kashmir, he writes about environment, health, human rights and development issues. Read for instance "Internet Becomes Newest Victim of Repression in Kashmir" and "Hope for Justice Disappears With Victims".

Keya Acharya writes about environment and development issues in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. She  is vice chair of the Forum of Environmental Journalists of India, and has organised several media-training workshops, She has also her own webpage. For IPS she writes also many articles about her home country, India like "A Google for India’s Poor".
Italian Mafia Up To Dirty Business is also interesting reading stuff.

Irfan Ahmed writes interesting articles about the social and working conditions in Pakistan.

Eva Bartlett writes from Gaza and Syria. Read for instance "Gaza Looks For Work, Not Aid", "Now for a Vacation in Gaza, Maybe" and "In Syria, Life Goes On Despite Everything".

Mel Frykberg began her journalism career reporting on unrest in black townships, including Soweto, in South Africa during the apartheid era. She later worked as a journalist in Sydney, Australia. Mel has worked as a journalist in the Middle East for over a decade. She has reported for a number of major international publications from Gaza, Jerusalem, Beirut, Cairo, and Amman where she has lived. Mel also edited local magazines and newspapers in the region and is a frequent commentator on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict on National Public Radio in the United States. Frykberg studied journalism in the U.K. She writes also for Aljazeera and The Electronic Intifada. Interesting articles of her are "Women Targeted in Tahrir Square", "Human Rights Worse After Gaddafi", "Christians Worry Over a Future in Egypt", "Judaisation Means Housing Crisis for Palestinians in East Jerusalem", "Israeli Forces Target Journalists in West Bank", "Environmental Terrorism Cripples Palestinian Farmers" and "Fishing and Farming in Gaza is a Deadly Business".

Wambi Michael writes about climate, health,... from an African point of view. Read for instance "Renewable Energy: The Untold Story of an African Revolution".

Johan Galtung, a professor of peace studies, is rector of the TRANSCEND Peace University-TPU. He is author of over 150 books on peace and related issues, including "50 Years-100 Peace and Conflict Perspectives" and analyzes like "A Structural Theory of Imperialsm".He wrote many pieces on IPS like for instance Five Theses about Assange-Manning-Snowden.

Phil Harris with amongst other things: The Good – and the Bad – News on World Hunger and OPINION: Free Scotland, Nuclear-Free Scotland

A. D. McKenzie writes about inequality. Read for instance Rights Groups Call for Durable Solution for Europe’s Migrants about the European migrant crisis in France in June 2015.

Baher Kamal brings us Climate Change and the Middle East (part 1 and part 2) and many other interesting stuff about the Middle East.

A very small selection of interesting IPS articles

- OP-ED: MEXICO-U.S.: La Caravana Has Arrived by Salvador G. Sarmiento
- Caribbean Fed Up with U.S. Rum Subsidies by Bert Wilkinson sheds a different light on the U.S. economic foreign policy. The author writes about Guyana and the Caribbean.
- Cold War Policies Revived by Honduran Intelligence Law, Honduras Shaken by High-Profile Murders, Stability Still Elusive in Post-Election Honduras and Young Hondurans Lead Unprecedented Anti-Corruption Movement (21/07/2015) by Thelma Mejía
- Paraguay’s Colorado Party Back in Power by Jorge Zárate
- Mystery Oil Spill Turns Miles of Trinidad’s Beaches Black by Peter Richards
- Growing Public Discontent with Turkish Syria Policy by Jacques Couvas and Jim Lobe
- Karachi Gripped by Extortionists and A Hundred Killed, A Community Cornered (about the Shia Hazara community) by Zofeen Ebrahim (Pakistan)
- Thailand Brings Same-Sex Marriage Debate to Asia by Simba Shani Kamaria Russeau
- In Post-Fukushima Japan, Civil Society Turns up Heat on Officials and Where Guns and Gangs Meet Orange Velour (in New York) by Kim-Jenna Jurriaans
- Fixing the ‘Silent’ Sanitation Crisis by Isolda Agazzi
- U.N. Women Demands End to Impunity for Wartime Rape and Violence by Becky Bergdahl
- Army’s Former Sex Slaves Testify in Guatemala, China Invests in Central America – But Isn’t Buying and Deaf Ear Turned to Local Opposition to Mines in Guatemala by Danilo Valladares
- Filipino Netizens Reject Cybercrime Act by Kara Santos
- Coastal Erosion Reaches Alarming Levels in Vietnam by Thuy Binh
- Orange Shadow Over Olympics by Helen Clark
- Celebrating the Olympic Ideal with a Big Mac by Isabelle de Grave and Stephanie Parker
- Mexico, the End of the ‘American Dream’ for Child Migrants, Torture Victims in El Salvador Speak Out, Activists Struggle to Recover Human Rights Archives (in El Salvador), Salvadoran Maquila Plants Use Gang Members to Break Unions and Draconian Ban on Abortion in El Salvador Targeted by Global Campaign by Edgardo Ayala
- Newly Recognised Indigenous Rights a Dead Letter? by Edgardo Ayala and Claudia Ávalos
- U.S.: High Corn Prices Spread Global Hunger and Instability and Shale Gas Extraction Brings Local Health Impacts by Sarah McHaney
- U.S. Denounces Egyptian NGO Trial Results by Cydney Hargis
- U.S. Tribe Looks to International Court for Justice by Michelle Tullo
- Q&A: Severe Birth Defects Soar in Post-War Iraq - Julia Kallas interviews Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, an Environmental Toxicologist at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health
- Iraqi Women Seek a New Liberation, Libya’s Fragile Peace Cracks, Q&A with Aicha Almagrabi: “Libyan Women Were Handed Over as Spoils of War” and Breaking the Media Blackout in Western Sahara by Karlos Zurutuza. I recommend to check him for other interesting articles.
- Algeria Skips the Revolutionary Spring by Giuliana Sgrena
- Kenya: Indigenous Seek Profits From Forests by Peter Wahwai
- Little Hope for an End to Ogaden Conflict by William Lloyd-George
- The Longer Peace Takes, the Worse it Gets for South Sudanese by Andrew Green
- Almost 20 Years On – International Justice Still Fails Rwandans by Adam Bemma
- Belarus Heads for Election, not Democracy and Migrants in Poland Find a Voice At Last by Robert Stefanicki
- Kurdish Prisoners Hungry for Freedom and Never-Ending Case Arises Again by Katie Lin and Çağrı Çobanoğlu, both about Kurdish people in Turkey
- Anti-Terror Laws Stalk Turkish Students by Lindsay Oda
- Atheists, the “Ultimate Other” in Turkey by Nick Ashdown
- Germany Grapples with Diversity by Francesca Dziadek
- EU Bank ‘Funding Polluters’ by Ida Karlsson
- East European War on Drugs Fails, State Failing as Parent (about orphanages in Eastern Europe and Central Asia), Failed Drug Policies Building Global Hepatitis C ‘Time-Bomb’ and Curbs on Abortion Spread Across East Europe by Pavol Stracansky
- Hunger Rises in Great Britain by Matt Carr
- Pakistan: Taliban Face Sick Police, Taliban Show Patients No Mercy, Peace Gets a Chance in Pakistan, Drone Killings Show Numbers, Not Bodies, Doctor Abductions Leave Patients Helpless and Pakistan’s Polio Campaign Runs Into Taliban Wall by Ashfaq Yusufzai, who wrote many more interesting articles about this region, like Nowhere to Come In From the Cold, Students Take On the Army, In Pakistan, Militants Wear Aid Workers’ Clothing, Pakistani Sikhs Back in the ‘Dark Ages’ of Religious Persecution, Pakistan’s Tribal Areas Demand Repatriation of Afghan Refugees, The new normal in Fata and Free Press a Casualty of Pakistan’s Terror War.
- Swiss Battery May Lose Power by Ray Smith
- Conservationists Call for Ugandans to Stop Eating Chimps and How African Men are Changing Traditional Beliefs by Henry Wasswa
- Child Sexual Exploitation on the Rise in North Kivu by Passy Mubalama
- Curbing Tanzania’s “Land Grabbing Race” by Orton Kiishweko
- Sahel Region Learning to Reap the Benefits of Shade and U.S. Kiobel Decision Bucks 30 Years of Precedent by Joe Hitchon
- Malian Refugees Wanting to Return Home Face Difficult Choices by Emmanuel Haddad (23 Feb. 2013)
- Saving a Shrinking Lake and In Search of Jobs, Cameroonian Women May End Up as Slaves in Middle East and In Botswana: Leaving the Corporate Office to Work the Land – and Finding Opportunity by Ngala Killian Chimtom (Cameroon)
- In Arms in a Forgotten War (about Nagorno-Karabakh) by Enzo Mangini
- John Fraser writes about South Africa and the economy of the BRICS countries. Read for instance "Should South African Taxpayers Subsidise Car-Making Robots?"
- Waiting for the Rains, Zambia Grapples With Climate Change by Ernest Chiombe
- Liberian Homes Demolished as Global Leaders Meet and The Bitter Taste of Liberia’s Palm Oil Plantations by Wade C. L. Williams. She is also active at New Narratives, a team of leading African journalists using the power of media to transform their countries.
- Senegal’s ‘Religious Schools’ Places of Exploitation and Côte d’Ivoire Steps Up Public Education to Keep Ebola Count at Zero Amid West Africa’s Worst Outbreak by Marc-André Boisvert. You can visit also the personal site of Marc-André.
- Muhyadin Ahmed Roble writes also for AfricaNews. For IPS he wrote "Giving Extremists a Second Chance" about  Al-Shabaab deserters in Somalia.
- Somaliland Rising from the Ruins of Somalia and Kenya’s Scorched Earth Removal of Forest’s Indigenous by Matthew Newsome (also writing for The Guardian)
- From Doha to Dakar, Food Insecurity is the Norm by Mantoe Phakathi
- Landgrabbing to Provide Horn of Africa with Electricity by Ed McKenna
- Burundi Headed for Election Turmoil as Ruling Party Allegedly Arms Youth Wing by Bernard Bankukira
- More Dead Than Red and Peace and Dead Sea at a New Low form a two-part report by Pierre Klochendler on environmental and political issues over the proposal to feed the Dead Sea with water from the Red Sea. From his hand is also Caged in the Great City about the infamous wall, Golan Druze Feel the Brunt of Syria’s Civil War and Palestinians Face a Route to Nowhere.
- Opponents Question Proposed Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal and Govt, Energy Industry Accused of Suppressing Fracking Dangers by Jared Metzker
- U.S. Immigration System’s Cost, Reach “Unprecedented”, U.S. Prison Population Seeing “Unprecedented Increase” , "Myanmar Accused of Dragging Feet on Rakhine Violence", "Debt Relief Package for Myanmar Unusually Generous", "U.S. Finally Passes Stronger Protections for Women against Abuse", "U.S. “Stalling” Could Force Acceptance of Onerous TPP" (about US secrecy, power and lobbyists), "Settlement Begins in U.S. Mismanagement of Native Funds", "Obama Misses Opportunity to Stem Gun Flow to Mexico", "Walmart, Gap Seek Separate Safety Standards for Bangladesh Factories" , "U.S. Proposes Landmark Cap on CO2 from Power Plants", "Multinationals’ Interest Grows in Sustainable Bioplastics", "After Slowdown, Global Fight for Land Rights at Tipping Point", "DRC Mega-Dam to Be Funded by Private Sector, Groups Charge", "OECD in “Game-Changing” Move to Halt Tax Evasion", "Half of U.S. Farmland Being Eyed by Private Equity", "Canada Accused of Failing to Prevent Overseas Mining Abuses" and "Global Tax-Evasion Crackdown Sidestepping Poorest Countries" by Carey L. Biron. Together with Katelyn Fossett she wrote "Activists Claim Win as Herakles Halts Cameroon Operation".
- U.S. Govt Shutdown Dashes Immigrant Dreams and Chevron Fights Amazon Pollution Verdict in U.S. Court by Samuel Oakford shows us the US as a kind of lottery. The same author wrote also In the Philippines, a Vortex of Climate Change and Debt, Economists Slam Draconian Drug Laws and Bolivia Charts Its Own Path on Coca
- Kudos for Bolivia’s Success in Reducing Coca Cultivation by Ronald Joshua (18/8/2015)
- Egypt’s Generals Face a Watery Battle by Shelly Kittleson. She wrote also many articles about Syria.
- U.S. Prison System Resembling Huge Geriatrics Ward, Burned, Bombed, Beaten – Education Under Attack Worldwide, Afghanistan’s Economic Recovery: A New Horizon for South-South Partnerships?, Scores of Sri Lankan Tamils Still Living Under the ‘Long Shadow of War’, Boatloads of Migrants Could Soon Be ‘Floating Graveyard’ on Southeast Asian Waters, Cuba: Blazing a Trail in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Will the New BRICS Bank Break with Traditional Development Models, or Replicate Them? and Killing of Aid Workers Threatens Humanitarian Response in Yemen by Kanya D'Almeida
- Youth Unemployment, Income Inequality Keep Rising and Gates Foundation Slammed for Plan to Privatise African Seed Markets by Josh Butler
- Australia’s ‘Stolen Generations’ Not a Closed Chapter by Silvia Boarini
- Campaign for Affordable Medicine Gains Ground in South Africa by Kwame Buist
- Ceuta, An Enclave For Migrating Birds Not Humans by Andrea Pettrachin
- Is Japan’s Peace Constitution Dead? by John Feffer
- Key Constituencies Call for Inclusion in Nepal’s Draft Constitution by Post Bahadur Basnet (27/07/2015)
- Islamic Declaration Turns Up Heat Ahead of Paris Climate Talks by Kitty Stapp (19/08/2015)
- TPP is “Worst Trade Agreement” for Medicine Access, Says Doctors Without Borders (07/10/2015), Kenyan Refugee Camp Closures will have Disastrous Consequences (11/05/2016), UN Refugee Summit: “No Cause for Comfort” (20/09/2016) and Starting Line Draws Nearer for Global Climate Agreement (22/09/2016) by Tharanga Yakupitiyage. She wrote also UN Must Fight Tax Evasion, Says UN Expert (25/10/2016), UN Cuba Embargo Vote: United States Abstains for First Time (26/10/2016) and Threat of Famine Looms in Yemen (06/01/2017).
- The Global South’s Untold Human Rights Legacy (14/07/2016) and Fast-track Development Threatens to Leave Indigenous Peoples Behind (18/07/2016) by Aruna Dutt
- Displaced Youth: Selling Souls to Sex and Drugs by Rose Delaney (15/07/2016)
- What can Development Banks do to Protect Human Rights? by Phillip Kaeding (17/07/2016)
- Battle Lines Drawn Over Indian Mega Mine by Stephen de Tarczynski about the biggest mining project of the world in Australia (30/12/2016)

Other interesting contributors are Robbie Corey-Boulet and Blain Biset (Africa), Brahima Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso and West Africa), Charlton Doki (writing about South Sudan), David Njagi (Kenya - read for instance his Kenya’s Flower Farms No Bed of Roses), Miriam Gathigah (Kenya and African Union Must Do More for Peace), Robert Kibet (also Kenya), Abdurrahman Warsameh and Ahmed Osman (Somalia), Kizito Makoye (Tanzania), William Mapote (Mozambique), Anselme Nkinsi, Emmanuel Chaco and Taylor Toeka Kakala and Badylon Kawanda Bakiman (DR Congo), Charity Chimungu Phiri (Malawi), Jeffrey Moyo (Zimbabwe), Issa Sikiti da Silva and Souleymane Faye (Senegal), Saikou Jammeh (Gambia), Albert Oppong-Ansah (Ghana), Sam Olukoya (Nigeria), Monde Kingsley Nfor and Mbom Sixtus (Cameroon), Abderrahim El Ouali (Morocco), Khaled Alashqar (Palestine), Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani (Egypt), James Jeffrey (Ethiopia), Beena Sarwar (Pakistan - see also wikipedia, her blog and twitter), Farhang Jahanpour (Iran), Ranjit Devraj, Stella Paul, Neeta Lal (with special attention for the fate of women and children, read for instance India Still Struggling to Combat Child Labour) and K. S. Harikrishnan (India - I found India Goes Bananas Over GM Crops by Ranjit Devraj quite chocking.), Kreshma Fakhri (Afghanistan), Naimul Haq (Bangladesh), Naresh Newar (Nepal), Ahn Mi Young (Korea), Desmond Brown (Caribbean), José Adán Silva (Nicaragua),Ivet González (Cuba), Fernando J. Cardim de Carvalho (Brazil), Milo Milfort (Haiti), Daniela Pastrana (Mexico), Emilio Godoy (Mexico and "Legalisation in U.S. States May Prompt Changes in Mexico’s Anti-Drug Policy" and also "Forestry Programmes Bogged Down in Latin America". I personally recommend "Trade Unions Fight Walmart in Mexico", "Drugs Displace Maize on Mexico’s Small Farms" and "Lip-Service But Little Action on U.N. Business and Human Rights Principles in Latin America", furthermore Civil Society in Latin America Campaigns Against Trans-Pacific Partnership with many links for further reading!), Helda Martínez (Colombia), Humberto Márquez (Venezuela), Inés Acosta (Uruguay), Natalia Ruiz Diaz (Paraguay), Ángela Meléndez (Ecuador), Amantha Perera (Sri Lanka), Alexandra Di Stefano Pironti (Indonesia), Inés Benítez (Spain, but also “Two Children May Have Died for You to Have Your Mobile Phone”), Mario Queiroz (Portugal),  Silvia Giannelli (Italy), Vesna Peric Zimonjic (Balkan), Marianela Jarroud (Chile), Franz Chávez (Bolivia), George Gao and Ramy Srour (USA),  Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero (Puerto Rico), Diego Arguedas Ortiz (Costa Rica and COP20 - Big Oil Privately Accepted Global Warming, but Publicly Battled Climate Science is a very relevant article by him), Christopher Pala writes among other things about Kazakhstan and fisherie. Mutawalli Abou Nasser writes about Syrian refugees.

Tierramérica is the main communications platform on sustainable development and the environment in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is produced by IPS Noticias, the agency’s Spanish-language service, which created it jointly with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with later support from the World Bank.

EurasiaNet and George Soros

I noticed IPS is working together with EurasiaNet.org, an organisation I don't trust. I explain why: EurasiaNet.org is operated by the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute, created and funded by billionaire, stock market investor, hedge fund owner and manipulator, George Soros. He was one of the persons behind the scenes of the so-called Rose Revolution in Georgia in November 2003, which toppled President Eduard Shevardnadze and brought the people around Mikheil Saakashvili into power. It was the same Saakashvili, who invaded South Ossetia five year later in 2008. Luckily a genocide there was prevented by Russian troops.
Soros was also involved in the orange revolution in Ukraine (2004-2005). I know directly from participants of that action that there were mostly students who get paid for it. There earned on one night more than the amount of money their grand-parents got as pension for a full month...
One example: Chris Rickleton writes for EurasiaNet.org about Kyrgyzstan. IPS just put (EurasiaNet) after the date of the article and just republishes it. The same is true about Anna Lelik (Eurasianet and IPS).
The same is true for Joanna Lillis about Kazakhstan: her articles on Eurasianet and openDemocracy, another organisation with connections with Soros.
Adriane Lochner (Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan) is another example.
Of course, there are interesitng articles also in the "Soros publications" like "Algeria twenty years on: words do not die" by Karima Bennoune and "Democratisation, NGOs and "colour revolutions"" by Sreeram Chaulia, both in openDemocracy.
Amongst other things the Central Eurasia Project published the report "U.S. Military Aid to Central Asia: Who Benefits?" by Joshua Kucera.
Azerbaijan: Suicide Brings LGBT Community Out of the Closet by Shahin Abbasov is another example of an article (and a writer) publishing both for IPS and eurasianet.org

ICIJ

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists was launched in1997 as a project of the American Center for Public Integrity to extend the Center’s style of watchdog journalism, focusing on issues that do not stop at national frontiers: cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power.

Now it is an active global network of 160 reporters in more than 60 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories. They feel the need for such an organization has never been greater. Globalization and development have placed extraordinary pressures on human societies, posing unprecedented threats from polluting industries, transnational crime networks, rogue states, and the actions of powerful figures in business and government.

Above I mentioned alread Julio Godoy and two of the ICIJ project his collabored with. I mentioned also Milagros Salazar and Ángel Páez.

 

Al Jazeera English

The original Al Jazeera television channel was started on 1 November 1996 by an emiri decree with a loan of 500 million Qatari riyals (more than 100 million €) from the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa.
Al Jazeera launched an English-language edition of its news site in 2006. The English and Arabic sections are editorially distinct, with their own selection of news and comment. Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera English are streamed on their site, as well as on YouTube.

Remarkable is the fact that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified on 4 March 2011 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,that Al Jazeera provided more informative news coverage than the opinion-driven coverage of American mass media. Most American media outlets declined comment.
On the other hand we can't ignore the influence of the Emir of Qatar on this news site. See for instance "Al-Jazeera's political independence questioned amid Qatar intervention" by Dan Sabbagh  on The Guardian site.

At Al Jazeera, Yasmine Ryan focuses on North African and French politics. She has also a personal blog.

Haru Mutasa is an Africa correspondent for Al Jazeera English. She was born in Zimbabwe and is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa and covers the Southern African region. Read for instance "Zimbabwe radios feel heat of referendum".

Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Canadian Chris Arsenault was a reporter with Inter Press Service news agency. He has also reported for CBC radio, the Halifax Chronicle Herald and dozens of magazines. His work focuses on North and South America, geopolitics, energy markets and social movements. Read for instance his "Dubai's striking workers in their own words" and "Why leftists don't win in Colombia".

Sam Bollier wrote interesting stuff around the U.S. elections in 2012 like "Seven other US elections to keep an eye on" and "Meet America's third-party candidates". He wrote also many other interesting stuff like The Gulf's bright solar-powered future.

Ali Mustafa is a Pakistani-Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker. His work focuses on security, politics in South and Central Asia. You can learn more about him on his personal site or follow him on Twitter @Ali_Mustafa. Amongst other things, he wrote "Pakistan's powerful military under scrutiny".

Victoria Schneider wrote some interesting articles about mining and miners like Arandis: The uranium capital of the world.

Joseph Massad, a Palestinian,born in Jordan in 1963, is Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, whose academic work has focused on Palestinian, Jordanian, and Israeli nationalism.
He teaches and writes about modern Arab politics and intellectual history. He has a particular interest in theories of identity and culture - including theories of nationalism, sexuality, race and religion. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 1998 and is author of several books.
His articles have appeared in Public Culture, Middle East Journal and other publications.He also used to write frequently for Al-Ahram Weekly. He teaches courses on modern Arab culture, psychoanalysis in relation to civilisation and identity, gender and sexuality in the Arab world, and Palestinian-Israeli politics and society, with seminars on Nationalism in the Middle East as Idea and Practice, and also on Orientalism and Islam.
His piece, “The Last of the Semites", published on 14 May 2013, was taken down from the main Al Jazeera English five days afterwards. Due to massive protest it was republished on 21 May 2013. Read more about it on The Electronic Intifada.
 

A very small selection of interesting articles

Gaza under siege: naming the dead

Palestinian death toll continues to rise since Israel launched its "Operation Protective Edge" (13/08/2014).

- Britain's brutal rule in Kenya on the docks by Roopa Gogineni
- Forced sterilisations stoke Kenyan anger by Catherine Wambua-Soi: HIV-positive women plan to sue doctors who allegedly performed the procedure without consent.
- '10 weeks of hell' for Somalis in Kenya by James Reinl, who has also a personal site.
- Canada axes support for asbestos mining by Daniel Lak
- Malaysian website tests press freedom limits by Kate Mayberry
- Can Egypt’s opposition overcome divisions? by Nour Samaha
- Egypt's unions struggle after the revolution and Egypt's Port Said swept by lawlessness by Max Siegelbaum
- Egypt's embattled atheists and Inside Egypt's dismal primary schools by Patrick Keddie (both articles written at the end of 2013)
- China struggles with growing urbanisation by Linn Birkeland Seim
- S African gold miners gun for mining firms by Ilham Rawoot
- Mexican drug gangs dig into mining industry by John Holman
- Fear spreads after Somali journalist jailing and Illicit gun trade barrels ahead in Mogadishu by Hamza Mohamed
- Georgia farms face Indian 'invasion' and Turkey's rock 'n' roll imam spurs controversy by Felix Gaedtke and Gayatri Parameswaran
- EU supermarkets blamed for Kenya food waste by Sylvia Rowley
- Poland polarised on plane crash anniversary by Natalia Ojewska
- Censorship and suppression in Belarus by Philippa H Stewart
- Afghan archaeology site faces rocky future by Jennifer Glasse. The author has also a beautiful own web site.

Other interesting contributors are John Psaropoulos (Greece), Mariya Petkova (Bulgaria), Alaa Bayoumi (Egypt), Sudha G Tilak (India), Laila Ali, Ali M. Latifi (Afghanistan), Tom Benner (Signapore and East Timor), Syed Tashfin Chowdhury (Bangladesh), Colin Shek (China - you find his personal blog here) and Tendai Marima, writing about Africa. Read for instance her article "Asiagate: Zimbabwe's match-fixing scandal".

The Lobby is a 4-part documentary made by the Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. It exposes how the Israel lobby penetrates the many different levels of British democracy (January 2017). It was not without consequences: Israel diplomat forced to resign after AJ investigation (12/01/2017)

To end on a lighter note, I want share the excellent Paul McCartney interview by David Frost in the series frost over the world:

An extended interview with Julian Assange recorded during filming of John Pilger's film The War You Don't See on the Julian Assange Cyber Defense YouTube channel

WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks is a not-for-profit media organisation. Their goal is to bring important news and information to the public. They provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for sources to leak information to their journalists (their electronic drop box). One of their most important activities is to publish original source material alongside news stories so readers and historians alike can see evidence of the truth. It is a young organisation that has grown very quickly, relying on a network of dedicated volunteers around the globe. Since 2007, when the organisation was officially launched, WikiLeaks has worked to report on and publish important information.

They published the video "Collateral Murder", which I show in this blogpost. A lot of discussion in the trial against Bradley Manning is concerning this video. Another example of their work is 'Detainee Policies':containing more than 100 classified or otherwise restricted files from the United States Department of Defense covering the rules and procedures for detainees in U.S. military custody.

On 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states.

Oil Sands Market Campaigns (december 2010) by Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) is another document becoming public thanks to wikileaks.
The wikileaks spy files: hitherto spy files 1 (01/12/2011), spy files 2 (08/12/2011), spy files 3 (04/09/2013),  spy files 4 (15/09/2014 - the FinFisher suite). You can read a bit background on FinFisher in WikiLeaks Exposes Countries That Use Controversial 'FinFisher' Surveillance Tech (mashable).

Further interesting stuff:
- WikiLeaks statement on the mass recording of Afghan telephone calls by the NSA (23/05/2014)
- Australia bans reporting of multi-nation corruption case involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam (29/07/2014)

Google Is Not What It Seems by Julian Assange contains an extract from his new book When Google Met Wikileaks. On Friday April 19, 2013 wikileaks already published the transcript of secret meeting between Julian Assange and Google CEO Eric Schmidt on the 23 of June, 2011. You can also hear the recording of this meeting on this link.

Wikileaks on facebook and twitter.

Psst, there are more leaking sites. Better take a look at the Leak Site Directory for that.

Ceasefire

Ceasefire is an UK-based, independent political and cultural quarterly publication founded in 2002, concerned with producing high-quality journalism, reviews and analysis. They aim to provide intelligent and thought-provoking discussion and analysis on politics, art and activism. They are motivated by a belief in the free exchange of radical and ground-breaking ideas.
Read and listen for instance the Noam Chomsky interview titel "While Syria descends into suicide, Israel and the US are enjoying the spectacle". But there is really a lot more of interesting stuff to discover on this site.

THE // INTERCEPT

The Intercept is the new site led by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. It falls under the umbrella of First Look Media. The first article is by photographer Trevor Paglen has the title New Photos of the NSA and Other Top Intelligence Agencies Revealed for First Time and contains photos everyone can use to illustrate his stories. This article is published in collaboration with Creative Time Reports.
A little selection of other articles:
- Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher (18/02/2014)
- How Secret Partners Expand NSA’s Surveillance Dragnet by Ryan Gallagher (19/06/2014)
- Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet by Glenn Greenwald (14/07/2014)
- Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack by Glenn Greenwald (04/08/2014)
- Barack Obama’s Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux (05/08/2014)
- New Zealand Launched Mass Surveillance Project While Publicly Denying It by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher (15/09/2014)
- Canada, At War For 13 Years, Shocked That ‘A Terrorist’ Attacked Its Soldiers by Glenn Greenwald (22/10/2014)
- Secret Malware in European Union Attack Linked to U.S. and British Intelligence by Morgan Marquis-Boire, Claudio Guarnieri and Ryan Gallagher (24/11/2014)
- France Arrests a Comedian For His Facebook Comments, Showing the Sham of the West’s “Free Speech” Celebration by Glenn Greenwald (14/01/2015)
- Watch: First Interview With Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff Since the Senate’s Impeachment Vote by Glenn Greenwald (19/05/2016)
- New Political Earthquake in Brazil: Is It Now Time for Media Outlets to Call This a “Coup”? door Glenn Greenwald, Andrew Fishman and David Miranda (23/05/2016)
- As Corruption Engulfs Brazil’s “Interim” President, Mask Has Fallen Off Protest Movement by Glenn Greenwald (16/06/2016)
- Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored by Gleen Greenwald (12/09/2016)
- Brazil Congress’ Sneak Grab at Self-Amnesty Shows the Deep Corruption of Its New Ruling Faction by Glen Greenwald and Erick Dau (21/09/2016)

Consortiumnews.com

Consortiumnews.com was founded in 1995 by Robert Parry, best known for his role in covering the Iran-Contra affair for the Associated Press and Newsweek. Robert is still editor of this site. Read for instance Blaming Russia as ‘Flat Fact’ and When Henry Kissinger Makes Sense.
Another interesting article on this site is Tallying Israeli War Crimes by Marjorie Cohn

Basta !

Basta! is a French independent news site, bringing social and environmental news. It helps to give visibility to ecological issues, citizens' actions, social claims, solidarity movements and alternative ways of working. Basta! manages to produce reports and analyzes of the highest quality on key topics in the news. Some of its articles are translated in English.

OneWorld

OneWorld.net brings together the latest news and views from over 1,600 organizations  promoting human rights awareness and fighting poverty worldwide. OneWorld was conceived by Peter Armstrong and Anuradha Vittachi in 1994. They launched the world's first portal on the internet on global justice in London on 24 January 1995. The OneWorld network spans five continents and produces content in 9 different languages, published across its international site, regional editions, and thematic channels. Many of these are produced from the South to widen the participation of the world's poorest and most marginalised peoples in the global debate. The network currently consists of 12 centres, based in:
- Africa, South East Europe, South Asia, U.K. and U.S. (with websites in English)
- América Latina, España, Maailma.net (Finland), Nederland, Makendonski, Unimondo.org (Italia), österreich , SatuDunia (Indonesia) (in other languages)