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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

International Religious Freedom Report for 2014

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

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/index.htm#wrapper

Features reports on almost 200 countries and territories with main attention given to violations of religious freedom by nonstate actors such as ISIL. From the State Department

 

Text of Address to United States Congress by Pope Francis

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Religion/Ethics

http://www.scribd.com/doc/282892779/Text-of-Address-to-United-States-Congress-by-Address-By-Pope-Francis-Of-The-Holy-See

Text of Pope’s address to Congress on Thursday, September 24, 2015. From Scribd and the Government Publishing Office’s FDsys.

 

Regulation of Synthetic Biology

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

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0497/POST-PN-0497.pdf

Examines the potential benefits and challenges, including social and ethical issues, involved with the design and engineering of novel biologically-based parts, devices, and systems.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Encyclical Letter Laudato Si of the Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Religion/Ethics

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

The English text of the encyclical from the Pope on global warming and the destruction of the human environment.  From the Vatican

 

EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-86

Supreme Court decision in favor of a Muslim woman who was denied employment in a case involving store dress codes and religious accommodations involving head scarves.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

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

 

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