Oxfam and Weinstein effect among humanitarians

Oxfam and Weinstein effect among humanitarians

The Harvey Weinstein scandal and subsequent #MeToo revolution is rattling institutions and outing predatory men in various professions.  In the humanitarian aid sector Oxfam is in the #AidToo spotlight after an internal report was leaked to the press that detailed how Oxfam provided “a phased and dignified exit” for Roland van Hauwermeiren, Oxfam’s Haiti Country Director in Haiti who was sexually abusing and exploiting vulnerable women, and perhaps children, in the beneficiary population he was there to serve. Read more…

Larry Nassar and The National Security Problem

Larry Nassar and The National Security Problem

Larry Nassar, a now former medical professor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor, has finally been held to account for the prolific crimes he committed against many children over decades. What is less discussed is his December 2016 arrest on federal child pornography charges. Read more…

UN Secretary-General Guterres' Biggest Challenge: A Culture Of Impunity

UN Secretary-General Guterres' Biggest Challenge: A Culture Of Impunity

This time it was to be a woman’s turn. But no. Not yet. Still not yet. The United Nations (UN) rung in the New Year with another white man, António Guterres from Portugal, taking over the reigns as secretary-general. Read More...

UN has a culture of impunity for sexual abuse

UN has a culture of impunity for sexual abuse

When I joined the United Nations (UN) as a human rights specialist, decades ago, I was elated that I might contribute to the ideals of the UN Charter ; a global agreement designed to improve human dignity through peace and equality. Now, as I consider the UN’s new Secretary-General António Guterres, my thoughts are occupied by all the broken promises and people silenced trying to report abuse. Read More...

White House staff involved in Colombia Secret Service scandal?

White House staff involved in Colombia Secret Service scandal?

Rumors are flying in Washington. Were White House staff involved with prostitutes in Colombia? In advance of the long awaited Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Inspector General (IG)’s report on the Columbia prostitution scandal, many in DC are wondering if the Inspector General’s report might answer this question. Read More...

To Catch Government Workers With Ties to Child Porn, Call the IRS

To Catch Government Workers With Ties to Child Porn, Call the IRS

FORBES -- Senator Grassley’s has been a beacon in the storm during an Obama Administration that has targeted whistleblowers and prevented accountability as never before.  The Pentagon is also under Senator Grassley’s fire for failing to examine 1,700 of the 5,200 reports of employees doing child porn. Read More...

Shameful forgotten Srebrenica lessons In Syria

Shameful forgotten Srebrenica lessons In Syria

In 1995 an estimated 20,000 unarmed children, babies and adults were brutally tortured and shot by the Serbian military into mass graves in, and around, the UN promised “safe area” of Srebrenica and Zepa. One-hundred and seventeen unarmed UN Peacekeepers were also murdered by... Read More