India reinstated a “gay sex” ban, but before you throw stones, remember we have plenty of similar laws in the U.S. today; designers have put forth their best revisionist ideas to address the umbrella’s many deficiencies; meanwhile, Israel is increasingly isolated due to boycotts and sanctions. These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
Sodomy Laws Still Exist?!
News of India’s ban on gay sex sparked outrage in the U.S. Let’s not forget: We still have anti-gay laws
Image Control at Its Worst: The White House Immigration Chat
About midway through Wednesday’s immigration chat with Vice President Biden and Domestic Policy Advisor Cecilia Muñoz, it started to seem like the conversation was a tightly controlled event, with the questioners chosen beforehand, even though it wasn’t advertised as such.
Israel Must Give Up Its Worst-Kept Secret: the Bomb
Across the globe, headlines pronounced that a “breakthrough agreement” had been reached in Geneva. Iran’s atomic ambitions had been curbed in exchange for limited sanctions relief, thus deflating the long-standing military standoff.
Israel and Apartheid: Confused? You Will Be
The lame excuses made up by Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu for failing to go to Nelson Mandela’s memorial on Tuesday have raised eyebrows and wry smiles all over the world.
NSA Considers Amnesty For Snowden If He Stops Leaks
Senior National Security Agency officials in the United States say they’ve considered making a deal with former contractor Edward Snowden that would give amnesty to the leaker charged with espionage if he stops disclosing secret documents.