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'Lysistrata' in Crimea? Sex as a Form of Protest

Ukrainian women are boycotting Russian men in the most basic sense; the IRS has deemed bitcoin property, not currency; meanwhile, some college students are not finishing their degrees on purpose. 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.

Ukrainian Women Have Launched a Sex Strike Against Russian Men
“Don’t give it to a Russian” uses the oldest protest trick in the book.

An Open Letter to Soldier X, Who Shot and Killed a 14-Year-Old
You claimed you fired on a Palestinian because he had sabotaged the separation barrier. You’re not only judge, prosecutor and executioner, but also witness.

IRS: Bitcoin Isn’t a Currency
The IRS has ruled bitcoin should be treated as property, not as currency, for tax purposes.

College Students Bypassing Degrees on Purpose
Kevin Floerke has been down this route before.

A ‘Crisis’ in Online Ads: One-Third of Traffic Is Bogus
Billions of dollars are flowing into online advertising. But marketers also are confronting an uncomfortable reality: rampant fraud.

Risks Abound as Reporters Play in Traffic
It is a dirty secret of the journalism profession that many reporters are bad at math.

Lifetime of Success Invested in Participant Media
At just 21, a kid from the San Fernando Valley named Jim Berk began work as a music teacher at Carson High School.

With Growing Despair, Anarchy Returns to Palestinian Refugee Camps
Political disillusionment and plummeting economy make refugee camps like Jenin increasingly volatile and dangerous places – for both IDF and PA.

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