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  • Arizona, the Supreme Court and the End of Gerrymandering

    By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

    Bob Lynch, a lawyer, offers a proposed map of congressional and legislative districts at a public hearing held by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission at Fiesta Resort in Tempe, Ariz., Sept. 2, 2011. The Republican-led State Legislature sued to challenge the voter-created commission. The Supreme Court ruled on June 29, 2015, that Arizona's voters were entitled to try to make the process of drawing congressional district lines less partisan. (Photo: Joshua Lott/The New York Times)Bob Lynch, a lawyer, offers a proposed map of congressional and legislative districts at a public hearing held by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission at Fiesta Resort in Tempe, Arizona, September 2, 2011. The Supreme Court ruled on June 29, 2015, that Arizona's voters were entitled to try to make the process of drawing congressional district lines less partisan. (Photo: Joshua Lott/The New York Times)

    Whatever else may be said, none can argue that it has been a boring run of days in the rarefied air of the Supreme Court. Their redistricting ruling, however, may be the most consequential of all, and that is saying something. It will take a bit of time in the telling to explain why.

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  • Meet the New GMO Mosquito: Millions Carrying the "Kill Switch Gene" Already Released

    Meet the New GMO Mosquito: Millions Carrying the "Kill Switch Gene" Already Released

    By Emerson Urry, EnviroNews | News Analysis

    Since millions of these mosquitoes have already been released into wild populations using mostly poverty-stricken countries as the guinea pigs, some people want more comprehensive research to be done on the long-lasting ramifications in those areas first - places where the horse has already been let out of the barn, before any more of these "frankenskeeters" are put on the loose.

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  • Greenpeace Activists Risked Harsh Imprisonment in Russia to Stop Arctic Drilling

    Greenpeace Activists Risked Harsh Imprisonment in Russia to Stop Arctic Drilling

    By Ben Stewart, The New Press | Book Excerpt

    In 2013, 30 Greenpeace activists from 18 countries were charged with piracy and thrown into the Russian prison system for protesting drilling in the Arctic. Don't Trust Don't Fear Don't Beg, written by Ben Stewart - who spearheaded the campaign to release the "Arctic 30" - tells their story. This excerpt describes the moments before the activists attempted to mount their protest against a Russian drilling platform north of the Arctic Circle.

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