On Tuesday, Uruguay’s Senate will vote on a law that will allow for regulated distribution, production and sale of weed; income inequality in the U.S. is at its highest since 1928; meanwhile, Europeans are starting to believe that legalizing prostitution isn’t effective. 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.
Disgraced Priest to Wed Pope Adviser’s Daughter
Thomas Williams, the onetime public face of the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order who left the priesthood after admitting he fathered a child, is getting married this weekend to the child’s mother, The Associated Press has learned.
A Dissenting Opinion on Nelson Mandela
Nonetheless it is important to pause during the general acclamation of Nelson Mandela/s legacy, mostly by people who have never demonstrated a fraction of his integrity, to consider a lesson that most observers want to overlook.
Go Ahead, Politicize Mandela
Every major news event, no matter how sad or epochal, is transformed by the power of social media into a way to carp about politics.