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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Libyan Television and Its Influence on the Security Sector

Categories: Africa,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Libya,Religion/Ethics

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR364-The-Role-of-Media-in-Shaping-Libya%E2%80%99s-Security-Sector-Narratives.pdf

Examines the extent to which polarization in the media reinforces polarization in the security sector in Libya.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Advance Directives: Information on Federal Oversight, Provider Implementation, and Prevalence

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Religion/Ethics

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-416

Examines how the federal government oversees the use of patient advance directives by providers of patients covered by Medicare or Medicaid as required by the Patient Self Determination Act, what is known about the approaches used and challenges encountered, and what is known about the prevalence of advance directives and variations by provider types and patient demographics.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Federal Civil Rights Engagement with Arab and Muslim American Communities Post 9/11

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Religion/Ethics

http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/ARAB_MUSLIM_9-30-14.pdf

Examines the methods, goals, and effectiveness of the federal government’s engagement with Arab and Muslim-American individuals and communities.  Focuses on actions taken to prevent violations of civil rights  laws against these individuals and communities and allegations of stereotyping and profiling.  From the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

 

Free Exercise of Religion by Closely Held Corporations: Implications of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43654.pdf

Analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision that corporations owned and controlled by a single family could not be required to provide their employees with contraceptive coverage under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Also examines potential legislative responses and the decision’s effect on employer requirements to offer contraceptive coverage in group health plans.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines and Training Manual

Categories: Arab,Crime/Justice,Disability,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime-data-collection-guidelines-and-training-manual.pdf

The updated manual adds material on self-identified religions in the U.S. and an anti-Arab motivation for hate crimes.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States

Categories: Great Britain,Health/Medical,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/post-pn-489.pdf

Discusses the medical, legal, and ethical challenges associated with the care of patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Islamic Law, Customary Law, and Afghan Informal Justice

Categories: Afghanistan,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Women

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR363-Islamic-Law-CustomaryLaw-and-Afghan-Informal-Justice.pdf

Examines the points of tension and agreement between Islamic law and customary tribal laws to suggest a way forward for Afghanistan, particularly in granting greater rights to women.

From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Perspectives on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) “Torture Report” and Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: In Brief

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/R43906.pdf

Discusses views expressed by public officials, academics, and commentators in a variety of sources on the questions of whether enhanced interrogation amounted to torture, whether it was counter to American values/morals, and whether it was effective.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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