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New Government Report: Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations

Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations
by Christopher M. Blanchard
Paperback, 51 pages, 2009, $30.00
ISBN: 1437928382

Contents: (I) Recent Developments; (II) Background: Saudi Arabia’s Political Development; Saudi-U.S. Relations, 1931-2001; September 11, 2001, and its Aftermath; The 9/11 Commission Report; Saudi Responses; Recent Assessments; Terrorist Financing Concerns; Toward a New Relationship?; New Bilateral Agreements;

(III) Recent Congressional Interest in Saudi Arabia: U.S. Foreign Assistance to Saudi Arabia and Congressional Prohibitions; International Military Education and Training (IMET); Counterterrorism Assistance; Prohibitions on Foreign Assistance; FY2010 Appropriations Debate; U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia; Background; Criticism and Action in the 110th Congress; BAE Corruption Inquiry;

(IV) Current Issues in U.S.-Saudi Relations; U.S.-Saudi Military Cooperation: U.S. Military Training Mission in Saudi Arabia (USMTM); Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program (PM-SANG); Office of Program Mgt. Ministry of Interior – Facilities Security Forces (OPM MOI-FSF); Counterterrorism; Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula; Combating Extremism; The Arab-Israeli Conflict; Saudi-Palestinian Relations; Saudi Peace Proposals; Iraq;Saudi Policy Priorities in Iraq; Saudi-Iraqi Diplomatic and Economic Relations; Economic Relations and Trade; U.S.-Saudi Trade; U.S. Oil Imports and Saudi Policy; U.S.-Saudi Foreign Direct Investment; Saudi Boycott of Israel and WTO Membership; Human Rights, Religious Freedom, and Political Reform; Political Reform Debates and Elections; Leadership and Succession; Social Reform Debates and Recent Leadership Changes; Human Rights; Religious Freedom; Consular Issues;

(V) Further Reading and Historical Resources; Appendix A. Recent Proposed Arms Sales; Appendix B. Text of Saudi Peace Initiatives. Figures.

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August 11, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Emergency Communications: Broadband and the Future of 911

Emergency Communications: Broadband and the Future of 911
By Linda K. Moore (Paperback, 30 pages, 2010, $20)

Today’s 911 system is built on an infrastructure of analog technology that cannot support many of the features most Americans expect is a part of an emergency response, reports TMCnet. As a result, state, local and federal agencies will have to invest in new technologies.

This report’s contents are: (I) Introduction: An Outdated System; (II) The Next Generation: NG9-1-1; (III) Summary of 911 Legislation and Policy: The 911 Act and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Regulations: FCC Study: The Hatfield Report; The ENHANCE 911 Act of 2004; The NET 911 Improvement Act of 2008; (IV) Funding and Grants: Investment in Infrastructure: Wireless Devices; Local Networks; Call Centers; Interfaces with First Responders; Federal Grants; (V) Creating the Base for Change: NG9-1-1 Transition: Dept. of Transportation (DOT); NG9-1-1 Transition: NENA; NG9-1-1 Transition: FCC; (IV) The Potential Role of the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS): National Emergency Communications Plan; Regional Emergency Communication Coordination; (VII) National Broadband Plan; (VIII) Congressional Policy for NG9-1-1. Appendix A: 911 Legislation and Policy; Appendix B: Citizen-Activated Calls: 211; Appendix C: Grants Awards for 911 Programs.

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May 14, 2010 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Reports: Supreme Court Rulings on Enemy Combatants, Senate Filibusters, Threat of Bioterrorism, National Broadband Plan, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV)

New government reports this week:

1) Judicial Activity Concerning Enemy Combatant Detainees: Major Court Rulings
by Jennifer K. Elsea and Michael John Garcia (Paperback, 18 pages, $15)

As part of the conflict with Al Qaeda and the Taliban, the U.S. has captured and detained numerous persons believed to have been part of or associated with enemy forces. Over the years, federal courts have considered a multitude of petitions by or on behalf of suspected belligerents challenging aspects of U.S. detention policy.

Although the Supreme Court has issued definitive rulings concerning several legal issues raised in the conflict with Al Qaeda and the Taliban, many others remain unresolved, with some the subject of ongoing litigation. This report discusses major judicial opinions concerning suspected enemy belligerents detained in the conflict with Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The report addresses all Supreme Court decisions concerning enemy combatants. It also discusses notable circuit court opinions addressing issues of ongoing relevance to U.S. detention policy. The report also addresses a few notable decisions by federal district courts that are the subject of ongoing habeas litigation.

Finally, it describes a few federal court rulings in criminal cases involving persons who were either involved in the 9/11 attacks or were captured abroad by U.S. forces during operations against Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated entities.not convicted.

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2) Filibusters and Cloture in the Senate
by Richard Beth, Valerie Heitshusen and Betsy Palmer (Paperback, 22 pages, $15)

Contents: (I) The Right to Debate: The Right to Recognition; The Right to Speak at Length and the Two-Speech Rule; The Motion to Table; (II) The Conduct of Filibusters: Germaneness of Debate; Yielding the Floor and Yielding for Questions; Quorums and Quorum Calls; Roll Call Voting; Scheduling Filibusters; (III) Invoking Cloture: Matters on Which Cloture May be Invoked: Timing of Cloture Motions; (IV) Effects of Invoking Cloture; (V) The Impact of Filibusters. Tables.

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3) Federal Efforts to Address the Threat of Bioterrorism: Selected Issues for Congress
by Frank Gottron and Dana A. Shea (Paperback, 13 pages, $10)

The federal government’s efforts to address the perceived threat of bioterrorism span many different agencies and are organized and directed through several strategy and planning documents. These agencies have implemented numerous disparate actions and programs in their statutory areas to address the threat.

Despite these efforts, many experts, including congressional commissions, non-governmental organizations, and industry representatives, have highlighted weaknesses or flaws in the federal government’s biodefense activities.

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4) Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan
by FCC Staff (Paperback, 360 pages, $45)

Broadband is the great infrastructure challenge of the early 21st century. The number of Americans who have broadband at home has grown from 8 million in 2000 to nearly 200 million last year.

But approximately 100 million Americans do not have broadband at home. Broadband-enabled health IT can improve care and lower costs by hundreds of billions of dollars in the coming decades, yet the U.S. is behind many advanced countries in the adoption of such technology.

In early 2009, Congress directed the Fed. Communications Comm. (FCC) to develop a National Broadband Plan to ensure that every American has “access to broadband capability.”

To fulfill Congress’s mandate, this plan seeks to ensure that the entire broadband ecosystem — networks, devices, content and applications— is healthy. It makes recommendations to the FCC, the Executive Branch, Congress and state and local governments. Figures.

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5) All-Terrain Vehicles: How They Are Used, Crashes, and Sales of Adult-Sized Vehicles for Children’s Use
by Susan Fleming (Paperback, 68 pages, $20)

All-terrain vehicles (ATV), which are off-road motorized vehicles, have become increasingly popular. However, ATV fatalities and injuries have increased over the last decade and are a matter of concern to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission).

Many ATV crashes involving children occur when they are riding adult-sized ATVs. Manufacturers and distributors have agreed to use their best efforts to prevent their dealers from selling adult-sized ATVs for use by children under the age of 16.

This report examines (1) how ATVs are used and the advantages of their use and (2) the nature, extent, and costs of ATV crashes. The report reviewed ATV use and crash data and discussed these issues with Commission staff, industry officials, user groups, and safety stakeholders. Includes recommendations. Figures.

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April 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: Manhattan Unfurled: Delicacy and Grandeur, architecture drawings of New York’s skyline, by Matteo Pericoli

Weekly Book Special: January 5th – 11th

Manhattan Unfurled: Delicacy and Grandeur
Written by Paul Goldberger; Illustrated by Matteo Pericoli
(Hardcover with slipcase, 50 pages, 2001, $30.00)

Recently “Manhattan Unfurled” was featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Published in 2001, this book is a visual love letter to the New York City that once was. Italian architect Matteo Pericoli spent two years drawing 20 bridges, 1,600 buildings and 2,830 waves — in pen without erasing or revising.

“You feel in this drawing the rhythm and energy of New York,” Paul Goldberger, The New Yorker‘s architecture critic told CBS. “There is power and strength, but also an incredible delicacy and intimacy.”

The part on “Manhattan Unfurled” starts at 1:50:

This magnificent Wedgwood blue slipcase — in its original shrinkwrapping — includes two breathtaking 22-foot-long drawings of Manhattan’s East and West Sides in 24 fold-out panels. A visual key identifies landmarks, bridges and streets. Also included is a separate 50-page essay by Goldberger.

You have probably seen Pericoli’s work before: the cover of hip-hop group Beastie Boys’ album “To the 5 Boroughs” and also as inspiration for the iconic New York Yankees baseball cap featuring the Manhattan skyline and Yankee Stadium.

“Every building has character; to draw it is like drawing a face, the things that give it soul,” Percioli told The New Yorker. If you draw something, it is fixed in your mind forever, it is a miracle.”

Pat Alexander, an insurance industry consultant who moved from New York to Dallas has worked in New York and now lives outside of Ft. Worth, Texas, writes on her blog: “I visit this book frequently so I can remember exactly what the skyline looks like.”

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