With their narrow 5 to 4 ruling on the constitutionality of the 1965 Voting Rights Act on June 25, the majority conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court effectively gutted the landmark civil rights legislation designed to prevent discrimination against the nation’s minority voters. Specifically, the court ruling challenged the formula in Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act that determined the list of states and other jurisdictions mandated to receive special scrutiny of any proposed changes in their voting laws. Striking down the section 4 formula, the Supreme Court decision in effect invalidated Section 5 of the civil rights legislation, which required pre-clearance of new voting laws in jurisdictions with a documented history of discrimination, protecting voters’ rights before they are violated on election day. Now it’s up to Congress to replace the formula struck down by the court. Story continues
Fearless Summer: U.S. Climate Change Groups Escalate Anti-Fossil Fuels Campaign
Interview with Mathew Louis-Rosenberg, anti-fossil fuel activist, member of RAMPS and Fearless Summer campaign, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
This summer is witnessing stepped-up opposition to the use of fossil fuels by many communities and activists around the country. According to the world’s scientists, the continued exploitation of oil, coal and natural gas will eventually heat up the planet climate to the point of no return, where life on earth will be in endangered. Story continues
Beltway Corporate Media Elite Attack Fellow Journalists for Revealing Government Secrets
Interview with Jeff Cohen, director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, conducted by Scott Harris
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, stranded in a transit terminal at Moscow’s International airport, continues to seek political asylum outside the United States as the Obama administration pressures nations around the world to deny his request for refuge reportedly made to 20 governments. Last month, Snowden revealed details the U.S. government’s previously unknown massive collection of domestic and overseas phone and Internet communications. The Obama administration has responded to the unauthorized revelations by filing charges against the 30-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and recent employee of a government defense contractor with three felonies: espionage, theft and conversion of government property. Story continues
This week’s summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
During the last two years, over 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest against China’s repression of Tibetan Buddhism and banning the return of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. But with the installation of a new leader in Beijing, Xi Jinping, there is now talk of implementing a less harsh policy toward the Dalai Lama and his followers.
Hopes were high with the launch of the Democratic Party’s “Battleground Texas” campaign, a long-term, base-building initiative by Team Obama to turn Texas from dark red to blue. The key goal of the campaign is to register and mobilize the growing Latino population in a state where the last Democratic win in a statewide election came in 1996.
Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court banned school sponsored prayer. But, today, religion of various denominations have a presence in public schools through student clubs and outreach ministries. What began as a push by evangelical Christians, has been joined by Jews, Muslims, agnostic, humanist and interfaith groups.