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The Economist – Global Liveability Ranking 2016

The Economist Intelligence Unit – “The latest findings of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking (reg. req’d) – which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide – show that although Melbourne has retained its crown as the world’s most liveable city, liveability has deteriorated in 29 of the 140 cities (20 per… Continue Reading

DOD Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2016

Department of Defense Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2016, Heidi M. Peters, Coordinator, Information Research Specialist; Moshe Schwartz, Specialist in Defense Acquisition; Lawrence Kapp, Specialist in Military Manpower Policy. August 15, 2016. “This report provides background information for Congress on the levels of Department of Defense (DOD) troop and contractor personnel deployed… Continue Reading

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

CRS report via FAS – The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS): “The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is comprised of nine members, two ex officio members, and other members as appointed by the President representing major departments and agencies within the federal executive branch. While the group… Continue Reading

CRS – Al Qaeda and U.S. Policy: Middle East and Africa

Via FAS – Al Qaeda and U.S. Policy: Middle East and Africa. Carla E. Humud, Analyst in Middle Eastern and African Affairs. August 11, 2016. “After nearly a decade and a half of combating Al Qaeda (AQ) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the United States faces an increasingly diverse threat from Al Qaeda affiliates in the… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Antidumping and Countervailing Duties, Post-Katrina Communications, EPA Grants Management, National Guard and Reserves

Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: CBP Action Needed to Reduce Duty Processing Errors and Mitigate Nonpayment Risk, GAO-16-542: Published: Jul 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2016. Emergency Communications: Effectiveness of the Post-Katrina Interagency Coordination Group Could Be Enhanced, GAO-16-681: Published: Jul 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2016. Federal Workforce: Opportunities Exist to Improve Data… Continue Reading

Cultural Property: Protection of Iraqi and Syrian Antiquities

Cultural Property: Protection of Iraqi and Syrian Antiquities, GAO-16-673: Published: Aug 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2016.< “U.S. agencies and the Smithsonian Institution (Smithsonian) have undertaken five types of activities to protect Iraqi and Syrian cultural property since 2011, which include awareness raising, information sharing, law enforcement, overseas capacity building, and destruction prevention. For… Continue Reading

MEPs back plans to pool policing of EU external borders

“Plans to set up an EU border control system, bringing together the EU’s Frontex border agency and national border management authorities, were endorsed by MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) on Wednesday (August 10, 2016). Under these plans, national authorities will still manage their borders on a day-to-day basis but, if their EU external borders… Continue Reading

Updated in 2016, the Global Terrorism Database World Map

“Updated in 2016, the GTD World Map: 45 Years of Terrorism displays the concentration and intensity (combining fatalities and injuries) of terrorist attacks that occurred worldwide across 45 years of data.” Continue Reading

Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart

New York Times Magazine: “In a first for the magazine, the issue is devoted entirely to one 40,000 word story entitled ‘Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart’ by contributing writer Scott Anderson, with photographs by Paolo Pellegrin. Anderson argues that the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the U.S. set the wheels in motion… Continue Reading

The Atlantic – Is America Any Safer Post 9/11?

Since 9/11, the United States has spent $1 trillion to defend against al-Qaeda and ISIL, dirty bombs and lone wolves, bioterror and cyberterror. Has it worked? -“… over the past 15 years, the American government has spent $100 billion to $150 billion on failed or unworthy homeland-security programs and on acquiring and maintaining equipment that… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Airport and Airway Trust Fund, K-12 Education, Patient Protection, Nuclear Waste

Airport and Airway Trust Fund: Less Than Half of Noncommercial Jet Fuel Tax Receipts Are Transferred, GAO-16-746R: Published: Aug 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016. K-12 Education: Education’s Experiences with Flexibility Waivers Could Inform Efforts to Assist States with New Requirements, GAO-16-650: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016. Patient Protection and… Continue Reading

One in Five International Terrorism Prosecutions in Eastern Virginia

“The Eastern District of Virginia headquartered in Alexandria leads the country in the number of international terrorism cases it prosecutes. The recent arrest of a Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) law enforcement officer, Nicholas Young, is but the latest example. A total of 232 out of 1,180 federal criminal prosecutions nationally for international terrorism –… Continue Reading