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Organized Retail Crime (ORC): Private Sector and Law Enforcement Collaborate to Deter and Investigate Theft

Organized Retail Crime (ORC): Private Sector and Law Enforcement Collaborate to Deter and Investigate Theft

by Eileen R. Larence
Paperback, 49 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437987577

Each year organized groups of professional shoplifters steal or fraudulently obtain billions of dollars in merchandise to resell in an activity known as ORC. These stolen goods can also be sold on online marketplaces, a practice known as “e-fencing.” This report assessed ORC and e-fencing.

It addresses: (1) types of efforts that select retailers, state and local law enforcement, and federal agencies are undertaking to combat ORC; (2) the extent to which tools or mechanisms exist to facilitate collaboration and info. sharing among these ORC stakeholders; and (3) steps that online marketplaces have taken to combat ORC and e-fencing, and additional actions retailers and law enforcement think may enhance these efforts. Illus. This is a print on demand report.

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August 2, 2011 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Vegetarian Soul Food Cookbook, Now 70% Off

Weekly Book Special: October 5th-October 11th

In recognition of World Vegetarian Day, we’ve been poring over our collection of cookbooks looking for the best in animal-friendly, heart healthy recipes. Our undisputed favorite was this collection of 150 sumptuous vegan meals from acclaimed food justice activist and “eco-chef” Bryant Terry.

Vegan Soul Kitchen:
Fresh, Healthy and Creative African-American Cuisine

by Bryant Terry, Paperback, 165 pages
List Price: $18.95, Lowest Amazon.com Price: $7.32, OUR PRICE: $5.95

Vegan Soul Kitchen

Bryant Terry takes local, organic, vegan cuisine, gives it a Southern twist and a much needed dollop of soul. It wasn’t enough to provide us with soon-to-be-family-favorites like upper Caribbean creamy grits with roasted plantain pieces, Terry gives us a soundtrack as well. Each of these mouthwatering recipes comes with a recommendation for musical inspiration ranging from old-school soul to gospel to hip-hop.

Terry’s background in food justice activism leads him to eschew elitism; his recipes depend on commonly available ingredients without sacrificing quality. Don’t let the “vegan” label scare you; this is a book for all of us who know that “healthy” and “hearty” are not mutually exclusive.

The two vegans in our office humbly defy you to resist Terry’s open-faced BBQ tempeh sandwich with carrot-cayenne coleslaw (click to enlarge):

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Diet for a New America author John Robbins extols the virtues of Terry’s kitchen-craft, asking us: “do you think a commitment to healthy eating means enduring bland and boring food? Vegan Soul Kitchen will not only show you otherwise, but will make it easy for you to create fabulously delicious and exotic dishes. Here’s proof that natural foods can be fascinating and sensuous.”

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October 5, 2010 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Understanding China’s Political System

Understanding China’s Political System
by Kerry Dumbaugh and Michael F. Martin
Paperback, 24 pages, 2009, $20.00
ISBN: 1437928374

At one level, China is a one-party state that has been ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since 1949. But rather than being rigidly hierarchical and authoritarian, political power in China now is diffuse, complex, and at times highly competitive. Despite the CCP’s grip on power, present-day China’s political process is infused with other political actors that influence and sometimes determine policy.

Contents of this report: (I) Introduction and Overview: China’s Preeminent Political Institutions; (II) The Chinese Communist Party: The Political Bureau (Politburo); The Politburo Standing Committee (PSC); The Secretariat; Party Discipline; (III) The Chinese Government: The State Council; The Ministries; Government Control; (IV) The National People’s Congress; (V) The People’s Liberation Army;

(VI) Relationships Among Leaders; (VII) Other Important Political Actors: Leading Small Groups; Government-Sponsored Research Institutions; Central Party School; The “Princelings”; (VIII) Provincial, Municipal, and Local Governments; (IX) Trends and Idiosyncrasies of China’s Political System: China’s View of Democracy and Political Reform; Coordination of Central and Local Governments; Factionalism; Modern Media; (X) Implications for Congress.

Appendices: A. Official Members of the CCP’s Political Bureau (Politburo) and its StandingCommittee; B. Official Members of China’s State Council (by title);  C. Current Members of Central Military Commission.

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August 9, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Performance of 287(g) Agreements between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Performance of 287(g) Agreements between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies
by Richard L. Skinner
Paperback, 87 pages, 2010, ISBN: 9781437933901, $25.00

State and local police officers who enforce federal immigration laws are not adequately screened, trained or supervised, and the civil rights of the immigrants they deal with are not consistently protected, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general, reports the New York Times.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) delegates federal immigration enforcement authorities to state and local law enforcement agencies through its authority under section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

This report examines the performance of 287(g) agreements with state and local authorities. ICE permits designated officers to perform certain immigration enforcement functions.

This report observed instances in which ICE and participating law enforcement agencies were not operating in compliance with the terms of the agreements.

It also noted several areas in which ICE had not instituted controls to promote effective program operations and address related risks. Includes recommendations. Illustrations.

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August 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment


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