There’s a molecule in the condiment likely hiding in your refrigerator that may stop HIV from spreading in the body; the French government is getting help from Chinese cops to protect tourists visiting from East Asia; meanwhile, donors can now give money to political campaigns using Bitcoin. 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.

Soy Sauce Molecule May Unlock Drug Therapy For HIV Virologists at the University of Missouri have discovered that a potent molecule found in soy sauce has the potential to serve as a next generation treatment to stop HIV from spreading in the body.

Why Paris Is Importing Police Officers From China This summer, Paris will get a new security force patrolling its streets: police from China.

The Case for Rebooting the Network Neutrality Debate The future of the Internet hangs in the balance.

Dialing for Bitcoin? Federal Election Commission Approves Bitcoin Political Donations The Federal Election Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to allow political donors to contribute using Bitcoin.

All The Things That Can Get You Stoned To Death In Brunei Sodomy is just the beginning.

The Truth Inside the Google Bus Lawsuit: Gentrification Hurts the environment Stop blaming poor people for pollution. When Silicon Valley’s class war prices out city workers and forces them to the suburbs, they become more eco-evil than Google.

This Summer Will Change the Internet and Media Forever Watching the recent House Judiciary Committee hearing on Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable — a masterful exercise in lawyerly misdirection as Comcast trots out everything from iPhones to Netflix to Google Fiber as existential threats to its business — it’s hard not be struck by the enormous tidal waves of change sweeping over the media business this summer.

Are Hackathons The Classrooms Of Tomorrow? My Journey to the Frontier of Education Last weekend Brian Mathews unexpectedly stumbled into a learning community.

Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Take on America’s Runaway Surveillance State On April 30, in a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, the Nation Institute and the Fertel Foundation awarded their annual Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and filmmaker Laura Poitras.

Literally a Third of World Bank Policy Reports Have Never, Ever Been Read Online, By Anyone The World Bank is an organization of 10,000-plus employees whose mission is the eradication of poverty.

Why Won’t Obama Protect Gay Workers? President Barack Obama is following through on his promise to make 2014 a “year of action” even if he has to bypass Congress and do it all by himself.


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