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Glenn Greenwald's Partner Accused of 'Terrorism'

British authorities suspect David Miranda of a terrorist act because they say he carried documents from whistle-blower Edward Snowden; Obamacare is merely feeding Wall Street more of Americans’ money; meanwhile, President Obama has cracked down on pot. 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.

British Accuse David Miranda, Glenn Greenwald’s Partner, Of ‘Terrorism’
British authorities claimed the domestic partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald was involved in “terrorism” when he tried to carry documents from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden through a London airport in August, according to police and intelligence documents.

Israeli Municipal Elections Amplify Ultra-Orthodox, Secular Conflict
Two contrasting images sum up the story of Beit Shemesh following the Oct. 22 municipal elections.

What to Do With $250m In Digital Journalism?
Pierre Omidyar, Ebay’s founder and now philanthropist, pledged $250m to a new investigative reporting venture. Starting a project of this magnitude from scratch isn’t an everyday occurrence, leading us to wonder how it could look like?

Obamacare: Its “Going To Make Some People Very Rich”
This article shows exactly what is wrong with the Obamacare model of health care; it treats healthcare as a commodity, a profit center for Wall Street investors.

Revolution’s Matchstick: The Trans-Pacific Partnership
Rolling down the corporate-political assembly line is a trade deal so treasonous to the peoples of the world that it should serve as revolution’s matchstick.

Israel Buys the US Congress: Sabotaging the US-Iran Peace Negotiations
The question of war or peace with Iran rests with the policies adopted by the White House and the US Congress.

What fMRI Can Tell Us About the Thoughts and Minds of Dogs
For the first few decades of his career, Emory neuroscientist Gregory Berns studied the human mind.

A New App Turns Fractals Into Ornate Art
As a mathematical concept, the fractal can be intimidating.

Voting: Number or Reason?
Should politics be left to the people or to specialists?

The Forming of Opinion
When, and in what historical and conceptual context, did the notion of public opinion make an appearance?

Obama’s War on Pot
While the press has hailed the president’s “public health” approach, the White House has cracked down on cannabis.

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