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Desert Yields Clues to Species’ Survival

Research into one of the world’s oldest and driest deserts has unearthed evidence of the evolutionary timeline for species that have avoided extinction by adapting to dramatic climate change.

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The Third Political Branch

We prefer to think of the Supreme Court as an institution apart from politics and above its struggles. In the wake of this week’s decision gutting the heart of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its actions must now be viewed through the prism of the conservative movement’s five-decade-long quest for power.

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‘Edward Who?’ Said the Doctor

If you’re an American working in the service sector, you probably don’t have the luxury of expressing an opinion about the NSA whistle-blower.

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The Supreme Court Makes History: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The U.S. Supreme Court announced three historic 5-4 decisions this week. In the first, a core component of the Voting Rights Act was gutted, enabling Southern states to enact regressive voting laws that will likely disenfranchise the ever-growing number of voters of color.

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Why Russia Fears the Gay

Although gay Americans have cause for celebration this week, Russia’s parliament has unanimously passed a blatantly homophobic law.

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Death Row Prisoner William Van Poyck’s Final Farewell

On June 12, the state of Florida executed a man convicted of killing a corrections officer during a failed attempt to free a prisoner in 1987. In a May article, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges wrote that William Van Poyck “spent years exposing the cruelty of our system of mass incarceration.” We reprint his last letters to his sister in full.

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Conflicts Fuel Caucasus Climate Fears

The melting snows of Mount Ararat are a stark warning of growing problems in a fragile region so fragmented by conflict that unified efforts to address climate change are severely restricted.

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Welcome to the (Don’t Be) Evil Empire

What do the U.S. government and Silicon Valley already have in common? Above all, they want to remain opaque while making the rest of us entirely transparent through the capture of our data. What is arising is simply a new form of government, involving vast entities with the reach and power of government and little accountability to anyone.

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Global Domination and Databases

Post-Cold War world military domination has proven not enough for the U.S. Now the Obama administration has been made a laughingstock by the homespun ethical stance of the high school dropout computer geek Edward Snowden.

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Gutting the Voting Rights Act

No matter how you parse it, the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday in Shelby County v. Holder is a constitutional train wreck of historic proportions. But unlike most such disasters, this is one we saw coming.

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