Friday, March 07, 2014

Ukraine Allegiance

The decision about whether the Ukraine should owe allegiance to the European Common Market or to Russia has been in the headlines the past week. For more information, see the following: Two U.S. military sources: Army's Foreign Military Studies Office http://fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/ and the Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/. Helpful European sources include the Polish Government funded Centre for Eastern Studies http://www.osw.waw.pl/en/, the European Union's Institute for Security Studies http://www.iss.europa.eu/, and the British Ministry of Defence's Defence Academy http://www.da.mod.uk/publications/library

Friday, October 04, 2013

Obama Care and Sequestration

The U.S. House is refusing to pass a budget unless the Affordable Care Act is changed. The Administration refuses to budge. Nevertheless the plan went into effect on October first. How are they doing? Check out this New York Times article for problems with the plan already evident.

Wend your way through the government breakdown!

With Congress in a quandary and government agencies closed down or reduced in staff, most of their websites are not fully functional either. Try these locations for a list of agency websites which are down: Government Shutdown: What’s Closed What’s Open from CNN Washington Post - Government Shutdown USA.gov – Government Shutdown Many databases are running but not updated, and remember to google many agency websites, as there may be a cached version available, and not updated. Google the name of the agency plus “.gov” and they will come up.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Climate Change and President Obama's Action Plan

President Obama believes we have a moral obligation to lead the fight against carbon pollution. Share the details of his plan to help make sure people in your community get the facts.

Asylum for Snowden

The Russian Government has granted asylum to Security leaking Edward Snowden. President Obama has indicated he is cancelling his proposed meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Mowcow prior to the G20 summit. Reasons given include with the decision of Russia to allow political asylum to Edward Snowden. See the white house briefing outlining reasons for the decision here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/07/statement-press-secretary-president-s-travel-russia The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has threatened revoking of trade agreements should this asylum continue. http://www.foreign.senate.gov/press/chair/release/chairman-menendez-calls-on-the-russian-government-to-release-fugitive-edward-snowden-into-the-custody-of-the-united-states

Friday, January 18, 2013

The President's Plan for Gun Control

President Obama has put forth his plan for gun control. See the President’s plan to protect our children and our communities by reducing gun violence http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/wh_now_is_the_time_full.pdf

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

U.S. Government on Fracking

The recent Matt Damon film, "Promised Land” highlights the environmentalist’s view of the dangers of fracking, or rock fracturing to expose natural gas pockets. For information on this new technique which has increased natural gas production in the United States by over 10 percent (while contaminating land and water), see the Environmental Protection Agency’s information page; The General Accountability Office (GAO) article about the dangers to public health of fracking; The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce discussion on the potential adverse health effects of chemicals used in fracking.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Scottish Independence

The referendum for Scotland to gain total independence from Great Britain is expected to be held in 2013 or 2014. For information and discussion of this topic from primary sources in Great Britain, consult the following: The British Government's Scotland Office will give London's perspective on Scottish matters. They have produced this page on Scotland's Constitutional Future which includes a consultation paper published earlier this year. There's also the British Parliament's House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee. For perspectives from Edinburgh, the Scottish Government's website is http://home.scotland.gov.uk/home, with constitutional reform information featured in the lower right corner. Their devolved Parliament website is http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/, and the pro-independence Scottish National Party, which has a majority in this parliament, can be found at http://www.snp.org/. For House of Commons Library information comparable to the U.S. Congressional Research Service reports, see http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/, particularly the Research Briefings. (Thanks to Bert Chapman, Purdue University Libraries)

Hurricane Sandy Recovery

USA.gov has compiled list of federal websites offering assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The links include Get Help, Health and Safety, Find Family and Friends, Donate and Volunteer, What Government is Doing, Hurricane Sandy Widget.

Monday, September 17, 2012

U.S. Department of State Updates

In light of the events in the Middle East, the U.S. Department of State website is an official source for current news. The site includes three recent issues of importance, which include video. Other news follows, including press briefings and statements. See also the tabs at the top for Policy Issues, and information by topic.