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Supreme Court Green-Lights Gerrymandering and Blocks Census Citizenship Question

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In a pair of decisions with vast implications for the American political landscape, the Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a victory to Republicans by ruling that federal courts are powerless to hear challenges to extreme partisan gerrymandering but gave a reprieve to Democrats by delaying the Trump administration’s efforts to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census.

#Gerrymandering #SupremeCourt #Census#Politics


Germany fears far-right violence after pro-refugee politician killed and others threatened


Germany is not the only country with right-wing extremist attacks against migrants, politicians or human rights workers. Days ahead of Britain’s referendum on whether to leave the European Union, pro-refugee British Member of Parliament Jo Cox was killed by a far-right extremist in her constituency in June 2016.

#Germany #Europe #FarRight #Extremist

Ethiopia security forces kill alleged coup leader

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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has pushed through sweeping changes since coming to power in April last year, making peace with Eritrea, reining in the security services, releasing political prisoners and lifting bans on some outlawed separatist groups.

#Coup #Ethiopia #Africa #Revolution


Scientists shocked by Arctic permafrost thawing 70 years sooner than predicted

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“Thawing permafrost is one of the tipping points for climate breakdown and it’s happening before our very eyes,” said Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International. “This premature thawing is another clear signal that we must decarbonise our economies, and immediately.”

#ClimateChange #Science #nature

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