Recent lawsuits could render the latest form of in-office slavery obsolete; an LGBT group visits a paradisiacal island to honor gays once relegated there under Mussolini’s fascist rule; meanwhile, death squads in Honduras are still fueled by U.S. dollars. 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.

A Gay Island Community Created by Italy’s Fascists Seventy-five years ago in Fascist Italy, a group of gay men were labelled “degenerate”, expelled from their homes and interned on an island.

The Court Ruling That Could End Unpaid Internships for Good The unpaid intern, that lowly, coffee-scalded creature of the modern office, might be about to become a thing of the past.

A Survey of LGBT Americans This report is based primarily on a Pew Research Center survey of the LGBT population conducted April 11-29, 2013, among a nationally representative sample of 1,197 self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults 18 years of age or older.

AAUP Sees MOOCs as Spawning New Threats to Professors’ Intellectual Property Colleges broadly threaten faculty members’ copyrights and academic freedom in claiming ownership of the massive open online courses their instructors have developed, Cary Nelson, a former president of the American Association of University Professors, argued.

America Continues to Fund Death Squads in Honduras A resurgence of death squad activity targeting suspected gang members and others is exacting a mounting toll in Honduras, a country already wracked by violence and impunity.

Digital Surveillance, Ethics, and PRISM With recent revelations about the U.S. government’s PRISM program targeting top internet companies to monitor online activity, state surveillance is a matter of public discussion.

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