Put down the dreidel and step away from the latkes. It’s time to read about the mercenary surge in Afghanistan, Sarah Palin the Terminator, why your boss is incompetent and much more.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that 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.
18 Percent of Young Americans Are Latinos
Two-thirds of young Latinos are now U.S.-born, a shift from 14 years ago when nearly half were immigrants and a portent of an increasingly Latino U.S. society, a new study finds.
Obama’s Foreclosure Modification Program a Big Bust
Ten months after the Obama administration began pressing lenders to do more to prevent foreclosures, many struggling homeowners are holding up their end of the bargain but still find themselves rejected, and some are even having their homes sold out from under them without notice.
Doom and Gloom
As world leaders return from Copenhagen without an agreement that will protect the Earth’s atmosphere from devastating climate change, we ordinary people are forced to confront not only what we think, but also what we feel.
Earth, Too Big to Fail?
It’s clear now that, from her immovable titanium bangs to her chaotic approximation of human speech, Sarah Palin is a Terminator cyborg sent from the future to destroy something—but what?
In Praise of Dr. Watson
“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive,” says Sherlock Holmes on first meeting John Watson in ‘A Study in Scarlet.’
Handwriting Is History
Writing words by hand is a technology that’s just too slow for our times, and our minds.
Why Your Boss Is Incompetent
In this season of good will, spare a thought for that much-maligned bunch, the men and women at the top of the management tree.
Annals of Theocracy, Israeli Division
After urging restoration of “past glory,” justice minister claims his statements didn’t imply replacement of state laws with halachic ones. Meretz says Ne’eman’s vision, proclaimed before rabbis, is “disgusting” and reflects “talibanization.”
When China Rules the World
China will soon become “the most powerful and influential country in the world,” says celebrated journalist Martin Jacques. It is predicted that by 2050, China’s economy will be twice that of the United States. What will Beijing do with all that power and influence?