Who What Why ?

My name is Russ Baker. For more than two decades I have been an investigative journalist, doing what I believed journalists were supposed to do—seek the truth and publish nothing less. Over the years, however, I have learned how the media gatekeepers, both “mainstream” and “alternative,” will not allow the biggest, most disturbing revelations to see the light of day.

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Why Does the Kremlin Keep Purging Crimea’s Muslims?

Early in the morning, while most people were still asleep, a dozen masked men stormed into an unfinished house outside Simferopol, the administrative capital of Russia-annexed Crimea. They rousted the pro-Ukraine Tatar community leader Nariman Jelyalov, his wife, and four children, searched the house, and confiscated his laptop.

‘A Race to the Bottom’: Google Temps Fighting Two-Tier Labor System

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‘A Race to the Bottom’: Google Temps Fighting Two-Tier Labor System (Maria)

Petito Case Renews Call to Spotlight Missing People of Color

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Petito Case Renews Call to Spotlight Missing People of Color (Maria)

The Congressional Competence Conundrum

Imagine a sausage factory that produces no sausage while running a huge deficit. But neither its management nor its employees care because their jobs come with a lot of perks and virtually none of them ever gets fired for doing nothing. Sound laughable? Well, if you are an American, then the joke is on you because that sausage factory is Congress.

Americans Who Relied on Trump for COVID News Among Least Likely to be Vaccinated

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Americans Who Relied Most on Trump for COVID-19 News Among Least Likely to be Vaccinated (Maria)

Are Psychedelics the Cutting Edge Treatment for Mental Illness?

  The new mRNA vaccines that have blunted the deadly COVID-19 pandemic signal only the beginning of a true revolution in modern pharmacology. New treatments are on the horizon for almost every major disease, and there is even talk about significantly extending life spans. But what about mental health? In this area, treatment still relies on the kinds of drugs that dull the senses and cover up symptoms.     What, if anything, is ahead for getting to the root of diseases like depression, PTSD, trauma, substance abuse, and other brain disorders?   

As the World Burns, Germany’s Boomers Have Final Say in ‘Climate Election’

Young Germans will be massing in the streets on Friday with Greta Thunberg in a global climate strike to demand action to secure their future — just two days ahead of federal elections on September 26. Fear is taking hold that temperature rises beyond the Paris target of 1.5 degrees Celsius seem inevitable or even acceptable to mainstream politicians and the older voters that elect them.    

What’s Behind the Storm Over Australia’s Submarines

To the casual observer, the recent diplomatic kerfuffle over the US and UK bigfooting France in a multi-billion-dollar submarine deal with Australia may seem like a ridiculous schoolyard squabble. It brings to mind the Bush-era “freedom fries” silliness when France opposed the war in Iraq.  In fact, a great deal more is at stake this time. Experts caution that it’s not so much about snubbing France; the sub deal is more symptomatic of an evolving shift in geopolitical power — at least as far as it deals with China in the Pacific Ocean. 

China Vows to Stop Building Coal-Fired Power Plants Abroad

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Environmentalists Hail China’s Vow to Stop Building Coal-Fired Power Plants Abroad (Maria)

Senate Democrats Call on FTC to Fix Data Privacy ‘Crisis’

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Senate Democrats Call on FTC to Fix Data Privacy ‘Crisis’ (Maria)

Is Canada Becoming More Like Its Neighbor to the South?

The Canadian elections may not have changed the government, but a closer look at the results suggests the electorate is becoming more like that in the United States — deeply divided on regional and political grounds.   In Monday’s elections, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party won 158 seats out of the 338 that make up Parliament, only one more than two years ago and 12 seats shy of a majority.  

Ten Years Ago, Occupy Wall Street Lit a Spark in Zuccotti Park

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Ten Years Ago, Occupy Wall Street Lit a Spark in Zuccotti Park (Maria)

US and EU Pledge to Cut Methane Emissions 30 Percent to Curb Global Warming

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US and EU Pledge to Cut Methane Emissions 30 Percent to Curb Global Warming (Maria)

What’s the Word? Climate Lingo Demystified

  The climate crisis is taking center stage, with deadly hurricanes, torrential rains, and wildfires blazing out of control, but it can be hard to grasp the jargon that accompanies a warming world. (“Carbon capture,” anyone?) In advance of November’s UN COP26 (see below), WhoWhatWhy has collected and clarified 14 of the terms you’re likely to see in coming months. 

Greenhouse Gases

Reporting Live From the Virtual Opium Den of Tomorrow

In the last exciting installment of “,” I proposed that there are really two concepts in a state of change. “Journalism” is one. The other is “local” — as in, our very idea of where we live and work.   

How Crime Guns Are Traced in the US: One Page at a Time

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How Crime Guns Are Traced in the US: One Page at a Time (Maria)

Iran, Russia, China, and the Taliban

Are Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, and China a new axis of power? Is the Taliban really reformed, is terror still an instrument of policy, and what should the US be most afraid of in the region?   These are just a few of the questions we discuss on this week’s WhoWhayWhy podcast with Middle East scholar and author Shay Khatiri.    

General Promises US ‘Surge’ to Fight Foreign Cyberattacks

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General Promises US ‘Surge’ to Fight Foreign Cyberattacks (Maria)

Environmental Threats Are Biggest Challenge to Human Rights: UN

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Environmental Threats Are Biggest Challenge to Human Rights: UN (Maria)

Asian Americans Aren’t a Monolith, but COVID-19 Data Treats Them All the Same

As the pandemic began engulfing New York City last year, a 24-hour-a-day convenience store called Punjab Grocery & Halal Meat stood out on Coney Island Avenue as a pillar of the “Little Pakistan” neighborhood of Brooklyn. Run by two Pakistani brothers, Ahmed and Mustafa Razvi, the store stocking essential Pakistani and Indian goods and groceries stayed open around the clock, until suddenly it began closing from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. as COVID-19 hit home and left the store short-staffed.

Leaked Documents Reveal the Special Rules Facebook Uses for 5.8M VIPs

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Leaked Documents Reveal the Special Rules Facebook Uses for 5.8M VIPs (Maria)

Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Lebanese Titanic

Faced with growing unrest amid an epic economic crisis that has led to mass emigration, the billionaire prime minister of Lebanon took to a podium inside the Baabda Palace to deliver a long-awaited announcement: A new government had at last been formed. “​​I hope we will rise with this government and at least stop the current collapse and restore Lebanon to its glory and prosperity,” said Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Researchers Complete First Detailed Map of Global Coral Reefs

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Researchers Complete First Detailed Map of Global Coral Reefs (Maria)

FBI Makes Midnight Release of Shocking New Information on Saudi-9/11 Complicity

UPDATE, September 12, 2021: Late Saturday night — a timeslot usually reserved for announcements designed to be buried — the FBI released a previously classified report related to its extraordinarily sensitive investigation of possible Saudi government complicity with the September 11 attackers.    The report on “Operation Encore” contains critical admissions that move forward, to some extent, understanding of the relationship between the Saudi government and the perpetrators of the greatest attack ever committed on American soil.   

9/11: The Tragedy of an Opportunity Wasted

There are many ways in which 9/11 was a tragedy. Only some of them will be told in all of the events surrounding the 20th anniversary of the attack — like the tales of heroism Americans enjoy hearing. Others will largely be glossed over — for example how the United States played right into the hands of al-Qaeda with a predictable response that cost many more lives than the attack itself, and created many new terrorists.  One, however, will likely be ignored altogether: It is the tragedy of an opportunity squandered. 

The Changing Face of Terror

“Radical Islamic terrorism.” Donald Trump relished using the controversial term, wielding it like a branding iron. He said those who couldn’t say its name were unfit to lead the country. But he chose not to say the name of something that has grown into what is now considered a bigger, scarier domestic threat: white supremacist terrorism.

From 9/11’s Ashes, a New World Took Shape. It Did Not Last.

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From 9/11’s Ashes, a New World Took Shape. It Did Not Last. (Maria)

The Direct Line From 9/11 to January 6th

In the world of 24/7 media, events are reported at warp speed, a full news cycle is a few hours, and events of 20 years ago seem ancient. And yet for many, 9/11 feels like yesterday.     It’s in that dissonance that we can seek to understand how the events of 9/11 are directly connected to Donald Trump.     In this week’s special WhoWhatWhy podcast we talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Spencer Ackerman, author of Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump.    

Silicon Valley Finds Remote Work Is Easier to Begin Than End

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Silicon Valley Finds Remote Work Is Easier to Begin Than End (Maria)

The Oligarch Behind Russia’s Failing Space Program

During the days of the former Soviet Union, Russia was the first to launch a satellite into space, followed by the first man in space and then the first woman in space. It then launched the first orbiting space station. Soviet scientific space probes soft-landed on Venus and Mars and photographed the Moon’s dark side. In its twilight years, the USSR even launched a space shuttle. That was then. Today, Russia’s space program is in decline.

Animals ‘Shapeshifting’ in Response to Climate Crisis, Research Finds

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Animals ‘Shapeshifting’ in Response to Climate Crisis, Research Finds (Maria)

As Flood Alerts Lit Up Phones, Did Warning Fatigue Set In?

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Other Bad Stuff Your Mask Keeps Out

Hospitals are bursting at the seams with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. Many will die and be transferred to refrigerated trucks discreetly waiting outside. More COVID-19 patients will instantly fill the vacated beds.    Then along comes a hurricane, or flood, or fire, that sends more victims to the hospital.    Adding to this hellish stew comes a power blackout, and you wonder if the hospitals’ backup generators will continue to keep lifesaving equipment working. What if they run out of fuel?  

Climate Change and Global Threat of Ecosystem Transformation

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Climate Change and the Global Threat of Ecosystem Transformation (Maria)