What's the U.S. Got to Do With White Supremacists in Ukraine?
Neo-Nazis have formed a large part of the protesting population in Ukraine, and the U.S. may be supporting them; somehow the large majority of Wikipedia articles have been written about Western and Southern Europe; meanwhile, has a new NSA leaker emerged? 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.
Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?
As the Euromaidan protests in the Ukrainian capitol of Kiev culminated this week, displays of open fascism and neo-Nazi extremism became too glaring to ignore.
There Are More Wikipedia Articles About This One Small Part of the World Than the Rest of It Combined
The vast online encyclopedia Wikipedia has a geography of its own, and in many ways, it’s a biased reflection of the real world.
An Astronaut’s View of the North Korean Electricity Black Hole
North Korea may be a horribly repressive dictatorship by day. At night, it also does a good impression of being nothing – a barren wasteland, an expanse of ocean, a light-devouring black hole.
Publishers Withdraw More than 120 Gibberish Papers
Conference proceedings removed from subscription databases after scientist reveals that they were computer-generated.
Where Have All the Workers Gone?
A hundred years ago, the popular image of the worker was a sweaty toiler, his face smudged with coal dust or scorched by the blast furnace, oppressed by the industrial machine but not its total victim.
The Unbearable Whiteness of Marijuana Legalization
More than half of all drug arrests are for marijuana-related offenses, according to a June 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Snowden 2.0: Is There a New Active Duty NSA Whistleblower?
Perhaps one of the most striking and revelatory aspects about the latest NSA surveillance news story, the one published Sunday by The Bild am Sonntag newspaper in Germany, was that it was not based on leaked documents from the now famous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Why The Comcast-Netflix Deal Should Worry You
On Sunday, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast an undisclosed amount to ensure that its videos stream smoothly to Comcast customers.