Many have joined the Spanish sister’s anti-capitalist Catalan independence movement; Wharton business school is now offering large parts of its MBA courses online for free; the NSA hasn’t figured out how to treat Mexico. 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.

Wharton Puts First-Year MBA Courses Online for Free Getting a Wharton MBA involves taking off from work for two years, moving to Philadelphia, and spending about $200,000 on tuition and expenses.

Protest of the Day: Sister Teresa Forcades Sister Teresa Forcades, a Spanish nun, has become one of Europe’s most influential left-wing public intellectuals.

The Crisis over Syria: How Al Jazeera America Tackled its First Major Story The U.S. threat of military action in the aftermath of Syria’s use of chemical weapons was the first mega-story to break since the August 20 launch of Al Jazeera America, the newest entry into the highly competitive world of cable news.

Bill McKibben: ‘Being Green Won’t Solve the Problem’ A self-described “average 51-year-old book author with a receding hairline” turned “unlikely and somewhat reluctant” activist, Bill McKibben these days is something of a rock star.

5 Questions About the Unions’ Beef with Obamacare Key parts of organized labor have a case of buyer’s remorse over Obamacare and they’re letting everyone know about it.

The Broadcast Clock, the Diagram That Rules Public Radio There’s a term that epitomizes what radio producers aspire to create: the “driveway moment.”

Glenn Greenwald and the Value of Journalism Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ extraordinary courage and resourcefulness are worthy of our highest praise and admiration.

Senate Panel Oks Measure Defining A Journalist A Senate panel on Thursday approved legislation designed to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal their confidential sources after narrowing the definition of a journalist and establishing which formats — traditional and online — provide news to people worldwide.

Poland Says Syria Plan Must Be Backed By Threat of Force One of the originators of the proposal for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons to international control has warned it must be backed by the threat of force if Syria does not comply.

NSA Can’t Decide If Mexico Is Friend Or Foe Mexico is the latest country to be caught up in the NSA leaks story.

Verizon’s Diabolical Plan to Turn the Web into Pay-Per-View Think of all the things that tick you off about cable TV.

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