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Counting Casualties in Syria and Iraq: Process and Challenges

Via FAS – CRS INSIGHT – Counting Casualties in Syria and Iraq: Process and Challenges. April 12, 2016 (IN10474) “Casualty estimates for the conflicts in Iraq and Syria are inconsistent and unreliable because of a range of methodological challenges in conducting and reporting counts. Estimates of the number of people who have died during Syria’sContinue Reading

Microsoft sues DOJ – demands right to disclose when law enforcement seeks customer data

Microsoft v. The United States Department of Justice, USDC Western District of Washington at Seattle – April 14, 2016: “Microsoft brings this case because its customers have a right to know when the government obtains a warrant to read their emails, and because Microsoft has a right to tell them. Yet the Electronic Communications PrivacyContinue Reading

Maryland Court ends Baltimore police use cellphone tracking devices

Via TechDirt: “The Baltimore Police Department’s warrantless deployment of Stingray devices has come to an end. It may have gotten away with more than 4,300 times so far, but the Maryland Special Appeals Court has declared these devices operate as searches under the Fourth Amendment.  The 74-page opinion — which belatedly follows its two-page orderContinue Reading

2015 IRE Award winners

Via Investigative Reporters and Editors: “Journalists who helped free enslaved laborers, improved the safety net for injured workers and brought about reforms for failing schools serving mostly black youth, are being honored as winners of the 2015 Investigative Reporters & Editors Awards. This year’s winners come from a mix of new and established media, withContinue Reading

Searching for Fair Housing

Fennell, Lee Anne, Searching for Fair Housing (April 10, 2016). Boston University Law Review, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: “There is a blind spot in the scholarly and legal treatment of housing discrimination: the racial biases of home seekers. Search strategies routinely incorporate information about neighborhood racial composition, either as a proxy orContinue Reading

FACT SHEET: On Equal Pay Day, President Obama to Designate National Monument Honoring Women’s Equality

“On Equal Pay Day, April 12, 2016, President Obama will designate a new national monument at a historic location in Washington, D.C., to honor the movement for women’s equality. The new Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument will protect the iconic house that has served as the headquarters for the National Woman’s Party since 1929. FromContinue Reading

World military spending resumes upward course, says SIPRI

(Stockholm, 5 April 2016) “World military expenditure totalled almost $1.7 trillion in 2015, an increase of 1 per cent in real terms from 2014, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The data is being released to coincide with the start of the Stockholm Forum on Security and Development. TheContinue Reading

IMF – The Big Squeeze Global Population Pressures

Demographic Upheaval Finance & Development, March 2016, Vol. 53, No. 1. David E. Bloom. “The world will struggle with population growth, aging, migration, and urbanization.” Humankind is being buffeted by the forces of demographic change. The most prominent changes are rapid population growth in some developing economies and shifting shares of adolescents and young adultsContinue Reading

The Record – Your Guide to the Criminal Justice System

“The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization that focuses on the American criminal justice system. Our mission is to create and sustain a sense of urgency about criminal justice in America. We aim at all times for accuracy, fairness, and impartiality. Our repertoire includes deep investigative projects, narratives and profiles that put a humanContinue Reading

Gallup – In U.S., Concern About Crime Climbs to 15-Year High

Gallup, Alyssa Davis, April 8, 2016 – “Americans’ level of concern about crime and violence is at its highest point in 15 years. Fifty-three percent of U.S. adults say they personally worry “a great deal” about crime and violence, an increase of 14 percentage points since 2014. This figure is the highest Gallup has measuredContinue Reading

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in the United States

McKinsey: “Every state and city in the United States has the opportunity to further gender parity, which could add $4.3 trillion to the country’s economy in 2025. The United States could add up to $4.3 trillion in annual GDP in 2025 if women attain full gender equality. In a new report, The power of parity:Continue Reading

Free Expression on Campus: A Survey of U.S. College Students and U.S. Adults

Report by Gallup, The Knight Foundation and the Newseum Institute: “The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees Americans freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and the right to petition the government without retribution. The ways in which the First Amendment has been interpreted and applied over timeContinue Reading