The temperature in the treeless refugee camp in Jalozai, Pakistan, peaks around 108 most days; shade and water are scarce, resulting in dozens of people, mostly children, dying every day due to starvation and dehydration. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans have been forced out of their homes because of the brutal fighting brought on by the terrorist Taliban regime, which rules the majority of Afghanistan. The country is also suffering through the worst drought in 30 years, killing off herds of animals, and ensuring continued starvation because of low crop yield predicted for the harvest.
In addition to the drought, heat, starvation and fighting, the Taliban has committed egregious human rights violations against the women of Afghanistan, banning women and girls from going to school, to work, or leaving their homes without a male relative. Violating Taliban decrees brings brutal punishment: beating, stoning, and death.
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature.
This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .
6/29/2015 The Supreme Court Just Saved Texas Abortion Clinics - The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 today to put a temporary hold on a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that would have closed all but 9 of the state's abortion clinics in Texas.
The order from the Supreme Court comes in response to an emergency request filed by women's health care providers on the behalf of Texas women earlier this month asking the Court to stay House Bill 2, which would have taken effect as law on Wednesday. . . .