At last, patient documents are becoming paperless; the European Union and Israel are in the middle of a dispute over soldiers sent to stop diplomats from giving aid to Palestinians; meanwhile, Canada could give the U.S. a few tips on how to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression. 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.

Patient Care Goes Paperless After decades, electronic medical records are finally becoming more mainstream.

EU-Israel Row Over Confrontation With Diplomat Israel has denounced EU reaction over a confrontation between European Union diplomats delivering humanitarian aid to Palestinians and Israeli soldiers sent to stop them.

What the U.S. Can Learn From Canada’s High-Paying Jobs Recovery As a resident of Toronto often says there are many things the United States can learn from its northern neighbor.

The Machiavellian Genius of Angela Merkel To state the obvious: Angela Merkel, who has just won a third term as German chancellor, isn’t very macho.

Lockup Quotas Help For-Profit Prison Companies Keep Profits High and Prisons Full For-profit prison companies like Corrections Corporation of American and GEO Group are no strangers to controversy.

Take It From an Ex-Journalist: Adapt or Die Somewhere between our group’s discussion of three-year bachelor’s degrees and its deliberation over the value of general-education courses, the sensation swept over me: I’ve seen this before—or at least something close to it. Déjà vu.

Bruce Schneier: NSA Spying Is Making Us Less Safe The security researcher Bruce Schneier, who is now helping the Guardian newspaper review Snowden documents, suggests that more revelations are on the way.

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