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Wall Street’s Buying the World’s Water Supply at an Alarming Pace

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Posted on May 31, 2014

“Water barons” may soon own every drop of H2O left on earth; techies may be responsible for women getting pushed out of journalism; meanwhile, no one seems to want to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. 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.

Wall Street Mega-Banks Are Buying Up The World’s Water
A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace.

It’s Not Just Jill Abramson: Women Everywhere Are Getting Pushed Out of Journalism
The firing of New York Times editor Jill Abramson has been covered with all the gossipy verve of a traditional tabloid scandal.

Hacker, Creeper, Soldier, Spy
Matt DeHart, a former U.S. soldier seeking asylum in Canada, claims he’s wanted for working with Anonymous. The U.S. says he may be a spy — and more.

Does Anyone Want to Host the 2022 Winter Olympics?
For all the talk of global honor and prestige that the Olympics bring to a host city, talk largely promoted by the International Olympic Committee itself, the truth is that the Games tend to smother cities in debt and saddle them with venues they can’t ever use again.

NYU’s Promise of Academic Freedom in Abu Dhabi Is ‘Essentially Worthless’
May’s been a bad month for New York University and its branch in Abu Dhabi.

Maidan: Tonight Tomorrow
In “Maidan: Tonight Tomorrow,” a short film about the unrest in Ukraine, a protester tells the camera, not without pride, that most of his friends call him a fascist.

Ph.D. Programs Should Change but Not Shrink, MLA Says
Humanities doctoral programs are under intense scrutiny.

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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