A human rights group in Israel has denounced the country’s government, saying it “tortured” Palestinian children; a Reddit user publishes his unexpected $55,000 hospital bill for an appendectomy; meanwhile, Fukushima’s Daiichi Unit 3 will not explode, despite reports to the contrary. 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.
How Has Your Generation Voted?
The Pew Research center has updated their terrific graphic showing how each generation of Americans have voted, relative to the rest of the country, over the last two decades.
This past October, just before the leaves changed, writer Craig Mod went on a six-day hike through the mountains of Wakayama, in central Japan, tracing the path of an ancient imperial pilgrimage called the Kumano Kodo.
In Defense of an Academic Boycott of Israel
On December 16 the American Studies Association announced that its membership had voted to endorse an academic boycott of Israel, the second and most high-profile U.S. scholarly association to do so thus far.
Meet our Modern-Day Scrooges, Proud as Can Be
The holiday season is that time of year when the news pages take on a softer edge, as editors, photographers, and reporters strive to convey the spirit of fellowship and concern for the less fortunate embodied by the Salvation Army bell-ringers and the end of year charity appeals that fill out mailboxes and in-boxes.