Studies show nations such as Ghana and El Salvador reject gays far more than their more affluent counterparts; Wisconsin legislators are trampling on investigative journalism; meanwhile, the modern manufacturing industry manages to be both a tremendous economic driver and a tough business in which to get a job. 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.

The Global Divide on Homosexuality As the United States and other countries grapple with the issue of same-sex marriage, a new Pew Research Center survey finds huge variance by region on the broader question of whether homosexuality should be accepted or rejected by society.

Tragedy and Farce in the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee Members of the Legislative Joint Finance Committee waited until two in the morning to slip their assault on the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism into the proposed state budget.

German Sociologists Boycott Academic Ranking Universities and institutions of higher education across the globe are being impacted by structural change, guided by principles of the entrepreneurial university.

This Is the Way Blue-Collar America Ends Today, fewer than 40 percent of U.S. manufacturing employees actually work in factories.

Istanbul: A Tree Grows In Gezi This is a story that spans the continents, and is spreading.

The Rise of English in Science As a writer and translator of scientific texts, Scott L. Montgomery has had a front-row seat to an extraordinary development: the rapid ascent of English as the lingua franca of science.

Publishers Propose Public-Private Partnership to Support Access to Research A group of scholarly publishers is proposing a publisher-run partnership to make it easier for agencies and researchers to comply with the federal government’s new open-access policy.

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