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  • Conversation With James Risen: Can Journalists Protect Their National Security Sources?

    By Dina Rasor, Truthout | Solutions

    2014 0423risenJames Risen (Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)The New York Times reporter James Risen is in a waiting game with the Department of Justice and the Supreme Court, and the fate of a journalist's right to protect sources lies in the balance. Will his case be the watershed for journalists to have the right to protect their sources, or will he have to go to jail in the face of the courts ruling against him? What will be the final say for reporters and their sources: court rulings or a federal shield law that would purposely protect reporters from having to reveal their sources?

    I spoke to Mr. Risen about the choices he has to make and what solutions he believes could give reporters and their sources the protection needed to continue to be a watchdog over our government.

    In 2006, he published a book, State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration, to expose some of the CIA abuses that he discovered during his reporting. Chapter 9 of that book told a story about an ill-fated attempt by the CIA in 2000 to have a former Soviet nuclear scientist hand altered bomb making blueprints to the unsuspecting Iranian government.

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  • Wolves of Wall Street: Financialization and American Inequality

    Wolves of Wall Street: Financialization and American Inequality

    By Colin Gordon, Dissent | News Analysis

    It's no secret by now that the recent spike in American inequality, and the gains rapidly accruing to those at the upper end of the income distribution ladder, are driven in large part by "financialization"—the growing scale and profitability of the financial sector relative to the rest of the economy, and the shrinking regulation of its rules and returns. The success or failure of the financial sector has a disproportionate impact on the rest of the economy.

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  • El Salvador's Election: Not Like the Old Days

    El Salvador's Election: Not Like the Old Days

    By John Lamperti, Truthout | Op-Ed

    The election of the FMLN's Salvador Sánchez Cerén to El Salvador's presidency in a clean election with a minimum of outside interference represents a victory in itself. Prior to the civil war, the electoral system in El Salvador was blatantly corrupt; for many years the military candidate always won. This year's election was the best ever in the country's history, with Office of American States calling them "calm and orderly."

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