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Could you 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. But even while we praise their courage, our treatment of people who expose uncomfortable truths is deeply ambivalent and often harsh in the extreme. It makes whistleblowing ‘a near suicidal vocation’.

April 2014, Issue 471

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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.
Blasts from the past...
A historic look at some who took the plunge to make a difference.
'I had to do it'
Psychoanalyst David Morgan on what makes some people risk all to speak out.
Brave Father Musala
The cleric who exposed sex abuse in Uganda's Catholic Church talks to Patience Akumu.
Money shouts
Whistleblower Ian Taplin investigates whether exposing banking malpractice has got any easier.
Dead bastards
Heaven help military personnel who blow the whistle. Alexa O'Brien is tracking the case of Chelsea Manning.
Cheap drugs and the millionaire whistleblower
Sandhya Srinivasan writes from India on the curious tale of Dinesh Thakur and the generics maker Ranbaxy.
Yasuni: a cautionary tale
Ecuador's national park has become a cause celebre. But can it still be saved? Tim Gee investigates.
Love unites us
Nadja Wohlleben's photos capture Lebanon's silent constituional revolution.
A question of belief
Ahmadi Muslims are being persecuted in Pakistan - but seeking refuge abroad doesn't always bring safety. Samira Shackle reports.
Introducing Hery Rajaonarimampianina
Namibia's nutrition double whammy
Jordan Valley Palestinians face eviction
A freer press in Burma
Solar's unlikely ally
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful
Letter from Bangui
Where do you go when your home no longer exists? Ruby Diamonde hears one woman's story.
Country Profile: Colombia
And Finally
Louise Gray talks to award-winning musician Angelique Kidjo about the resiliance of African music, and why she won't be pigeon-holed.
Argument: Should there be a basic income?
Basic Income UK co-ordinator Barb Jacobson and author and sociologist Francine Mestrum go head to head.
Mark Engler
Art is politics: revisiting Paul Simon's Graceland.
Steve Parry
Warning: columnists can damage your health.
Music reviews
Marinah by El Baile de las Horas; The Phoenix and the Turtle by Beverley Martyn.
Film reviews
The Past, directed by Asghar Farhadi; Plot for Peace, directed by Carolos Aguilo and Mandy Jacobson.
Book reviews
The Man who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura; Feminist Activism, Women's Rights and Legal Reform by Mulki Al-Sharmani; The Secret Life of Sleep by Kat Duff; The People by Selina Todd.