Egypt On July 30th-31st, the U.S. Embassy in Egypt announced plans to deliver eight F-16 fighter jets to Egypt approved as part of a military package that was unfrozen earlier this year. Delivered to Cairo West Air Base, the jets were flown directly from the U.S. and immediately integrated into the Egyptian Air Force. Four more F-16s will be delivered to Egypt this fall and the U.S. will continue to provide follow-on support, maintenance, and training for Egyptian Air Force pilots and ground crews. On August 1st-3rd, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski was on travel to Cairo, Egypt, to join Secretary of State John Kerry for the U.S.-Egypt Strategic Dialogue. In addition to participating in meetings led by Secretary Kerry, Assistant Secretary Malinowski also met with members of Egyptian civil society and political parties. His meetings were noted here.On August 2nd, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Cairo for the … [Read more...] about Africa Update for August 6, 2015
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At 15, Nick Stuban was by all accounts a good kid. He was a Boy Scout and played on the football team at his Fairfax, Va., high school. Nick did well in school. He had never been in any significant trouble.He also helped out at home by caring for his mother, Sandy, as she battled Lou Gehrig’s disease.And then one day Nick bought one capsule of a synthetic compound called JWH-018 at school. The compound mimics the effects of marijuana but was legal at the time.But Fairfax County Public Schools has a strict disciplinary policy regarding weapons and drugs. When questioned by school authorities, Nick admitted his action and apologized.In November the school held a disciplinary hearing. Nick’s father, Steve, along with Sandy and her nurse accompanied Nick to the hearing with a feeling of nervous confidence. Steve Stuban says an administrator discouraged him from bringing an attorney to the hearing. A lawyer, the administrator said, would make the proceeding unnecessarily … [Read more...] about A Painful Case: Do Parents Need Lawyers for School Disciplinary Hearings?
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Stateline, ContributorStateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Some say the ban violates the rights of tenants. 08/20/2018 11:06 am ET By Teresa Wiltz ATLANTA — It’s August here, which means things are hot, verging on swampy. And it’s cigarette break time, which means the denizens of the Barge Road Highrise senior housing complex are both hot and cranky. Really cranky. The source of their ire: Thanks to a new nationwide ban on smoking in public housing, they can no longer light up in the air-conditioned privacy of their own homes. Instead, as Atlanta Housing Authority tenants, they’re now relegated to the steamy outskirts of the property — to be precise, the MARTA bus stop, where a cluster of them are now huddled. So yeah, they’re mad. “We’re not happy, sitting here like the outcasts of the building,” said Delores Hall, a retired nurse’s aide, spitting out her … [Read more...] about A New Smoking Ban In Public Housing Roils Some Residents