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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Islamic State’s Acolytes and the Challenges They Pose to U.S. Law Enforcement

Categories: Crime/Justice,Homeland Security,Religion/Ethics,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/R44521.pdf

Describes the various types of jihadists who pose threats to the U.S. and the approaches taken by U.S. law enforcement authorities to deal with these threats, including watch-listing, screening, and investigating. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Addressing Islamic Extremism

Categories: Arab,Great Britain,Religion/Ethics,Terrorism

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0526/POST-PN-0526.pdf

Examines Islamic extremism, radicalization, and deradicalization in Great Britain and policy responses to violent and non-violent extremism.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Zubik v. Burwell

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-1418

Compromise decision that employees of certain nonprofits could receive contraceptive coverage with their health insurance plans without burdening the employers’ exercise of religion. The church organizations had objected to provisions of federal law that required them to submit petitions expressing their opposition to providing contraceptive coverage. The cases return to the Appeals Courts to resolve any outstanding issues.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Final Rule Extends New Religious Liberty Protections to Beneficiaries of Federally-funded Social Service Programs

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/31/final-rule-extends-new-religious-liberty-protections-beneficiaries-federally-funded-social-service.html

Agency press release that summarizes and explains the final regulation that provides religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federally-funded social service programs while also clarifying the ability of religious providers to compete for government funds for service programs.  From the Department of Health and Human Services

 

Federal Agency Final Regulations Implementing Executive Order 13559: Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships with Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/04/2016-07339/fundamental-principles-and-policymaking-criteria-for-partnerships-with-faith-based-and-other

Text of final regulations from a series of federal agencies relating to religion and government programs.  The regulations provide religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federal social service programs and clarify eligibility of faith-based organizations to participate in social service programs.  Also clarifies the types of activities that can and cannot be supported with direct federal financial assistance.  From the Department of Health and Human Services and other departments

 

Atrocities Prevention Report

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/254807.htm

Describes targeting of and attacks against civilians, including members of religious and ethnic groups, in the Middle East and Burma. Includes specific discussion of actions in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Burma, and U.S. government responses. From the State Department

 

Final Report of the Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government

Categories: Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Virginia Issues

http://governor.virginia.gov/media/5103/integrity-commission-final-report-dec-2015.pdf

Reviews recommendations by the commission in its first year and their fate in the legislature, then offers second year recommendations covering personal use of campaign funds, special session fundraising, legislator compensation, judicial selection, and budget cycle realignment among others. From the Commission

 

Automation in Military Operations

Categories: Defense/Military,Great Britain,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0511/POST-PN-0511.pdf

Examines current and future military applications of automation such as drones and considers associated legal, ethical, and societal issues. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

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