Private prison corporations are taking advantage of the economic crisis to buy state prisons; the French right wing is, unsurprisingly, falling apart; meanwhile, Obama goes back on his word and cracks down on medical marijuana dispensaries. 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.
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Noam Chomsky on America’s Economic Suicide
Noam Chomsky has not just been watching the Occupy movement. A veteran of the civil rights, anti-war, and anti-intervention movements of the 1960s through the 1980s, he’s given lectures at Occupy Boston and talked with occupiers across the US.
Obama assembling de facto propaganda ministry
The U.S. State Department is planning to “buy” media broadcasts, as the Obama administration assembles a de facto propaganda machine, according to documents that reveal the president’s plans moving closer to the 2012 election.
The implosion of the French right
To understand the state of the right wing in France, start by considering the name of Nicolas Sarkozy’s political party, the country’s major conservative political force.
The Truth Behind the Official Story of Finding Bin Laden
A few days after US Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in a raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a “senior intelligence official” briefing reporters on the materials seized from bin Laden’s compound said the materials revealed that bin Laden had “continued to direct even tactical details of the group’s management.”
Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!
The iconic writer scolds the superrich (including himself—and Mitt Romney) for not giving back, and warns of a Kingsian apocalyptic scenario if inequality is not addressed in America.
GOPers flock to Ailes’s Fox office
When politicians head to New York, it’s often to fill their campaign coffers with Wall Street cash. But there’s another important stop for Republicans in the Big Apple: the second floor office of Fox News chief Roger Ailes.