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Human Rights in Russia: No Light at the End of the Tunnel

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,European Union,Russia

Describes the human rights situation in Russia as “increasingly difficult” with repressive legislation curtailing freedom of expression and human rights activism.  From the European Parliamentary Research Service


Constitutional Right to an Education in Selected Countries

Describes the law of twenty countries on the right to education, and whether the right appears in the national constitution or in statutory law.  From the Law Library of Congress

(Argentina     Brazil     China     education     Egypt     France     Germany     Great Britain     Greece     India     Israel     Italy     Japan     laws/regulations     Mexico     Russia     South Africa     Turkey)

Refugee Law and Policy

Describes the law and policy on refugees and other asylum seekers in 22 countries and the European Union.  Includes laws and regulations governing the admission of refugees, processes for handling them, assistance provided to them, requirements for naturalization, and whether policies have been affected by recent emergencies.  From the Law Library of the Library of Congress


OECD Regions at a Glance 2016

Categories: Brazil,Business/Economics,China,Colombia,Govt Finance,Income/Poverty,India,Labor/Employment,Russia;jsessionid=7s8b68lnsf237.x-oecd-live-02

Updates more than 40 region-by-region indicators to assess economic disparities among countries and their evolution over the past 15 years.  Covers all OECD countries and Brazil, China, India, Russia and others.  From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


National Security Space Launch at a Crossroads

Categories: Govt Finance,Homeland Security,Russia,Science/Technology

Discusses controversies surrounding the U.S. Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, including costs of the program, liabilities of continuing to rely on Russian rocket engines for U.S. efforts in space, and legal challenges to government efforts from private sources such as SpaceX.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Coalition Contributions to Countering the Islamic State

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Middle East Conflict,Russia,Turkey

Reviews the background of the coalition formation and the current 66 participants who are united in trying to degrade and ultimately defeat the Islamic State.  Also covers the legal basis and military aspects of the coalition.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


2017 Defense Posture Statement: Taking the Long View, Investing for the Future

Categories: Defense/Military,Iran,Korea,Russia,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism

Devotes sections to countering challenges from terrorism, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Cyber Warfare. From the Defense Department


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1981-1988, Volume III, Soviet Union, January 1981-January 1983

Categories: Afghanistan,Civil/Human Rights,Communism,Energy,Foreign Affairs,NATO,Russia

The first of four Soviet bilateral volumes in the Reagan series. Highlights of the volume include the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Soviet human rights abuses, tensions over Soviet plans to construct a Siberian gas pipeline to Western Europe and NATO’s “Dual Track Decision.” From the State Department


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