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Current Issue: Vol. 19, no. 10  (June 30, 2014)
A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library
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GRIP: Groupe de recherche et d'information sur la paix et la sécurité
    GRIP (Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security) was founded in Belgium in 1979 within the context of the Cold War. Following the fall of Berlin in 1989, GRIP broadened its scope to provide expert analysis in armament and disarmament issues (production, legislation, transfer control, non-proliferation), conflict prevention and crisis management (particularly in Africa), European integration in the area of defense, as well as in strategic challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. The website is mainly in French with some information in English. The home page is navigable through a set of 7 pull-down menus near the top of the page. The visitor may see basic information on the activities and history of GRIP, areas of focus, with documents available for each subject and a a database with key word and field searching capability. Under the heading of "Publications," there are downloadable documents: GRIP’s Reports (GRIP researchers’ work); Analysis Notes (12-20 page analyses of current issues); Focuses (4 page briefs of current events) and a quarterly newsletter. Also on the website is the catalog of its document center, the contents of which are both electronic, downloadable documents and bibliographic records of copies of documents located at the center. The website is easily navigable and recommended for researchers in the areas GRIP handles.
    [Author: J. Luke]
IC on the Record
    In response to public pressure over leaks disclosing the extent of federal surveillance programs, in August 2013 President Barak Obama announced the creation of a blog to inform the public about the United States government's foreign surveillance activities. That blog is IC on the Record (the IC stands for “Intelligence Community”). Maintained by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, IC on the Record is updated at least several times per month and describes developments in surveillance procedures. The blog's postings are organized into the following categories: official statements, declassified documents, testimony, speeches & interviews, fact sheets, oversight & compliance, and video. The "In Their Own Words" section links to statements and speeches by top intelligence officials. In the Hot Topics section, IC on the Record provides background information about civil liberties, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and Sections 215 and 702 of FISA. Despite this feature, much of the blog's information is highly technical and best suited to readers already familiar with law and intelligence activities. A basic search feature is available.
    [Author: I. Haight]
Nonhuman Rights Project
    The Nonhuman Rights Project states that it is the only organization working toward legal rights for members of species other than our own. The Project’s mission is to change the “common law status of nonhuman animals from mere “things,” lacking the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty, and other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them”. The Project focuses on establishing rights through the common law, since a common law court can do what it believes justice requires, while relying on constitutional or statutory law is unlikely to succeed, because the legislative histories are unlikely to mention nonhuman animals. The website’s menu has links to information about the project and to a blog with current news of activities. Another page on the site contains a map of the US with links to brief report on the legal situation in each of the 50 states, along with a few examples of animals that might be selected as plaintiffs. There are also links to court cases that are currently underway and books and articles that have been published by the project. You can search the website and subscribe to their email newsletter; social media links are available to Facebook, Twitter, and an RSS feed.
    [Author: S. Leers]

InSITE contributors: I. Haight, S. Leers. J. Luke, J. Pajerek (editor)


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