Irish Tales and Poetry

The Irish Texts Society publishes critical, translated editions of classic Irish poetry, tales, and the occasional history; most of these editions, even though some are a century old, are still considered the best of their kind. The first twenty-four volumes are split between here and here.

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Full Text of the Missing Chapter in the 9/11 Report

This 28-page document has been kept under wraps for thirteen years. Now you can read it here.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Iowa

This three-volume work – Documentary material relating to the history of Iowa – contains legislative acts as well as texts pertaining to state constitutions and the establishment of local laws when Iowa was a territory and then when it became a state.

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College Tuition and Fees Rise 4% in 2015/16

That is one of the findings from Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in 2015-16; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2014-15; and 12-Month Enrollment: 2014-15: First Look (Preliminary Data) issued by the National Center for Education Statistics. Other findings include: 1.9 million bachelor’s degrees were awarded, and there are many more women in college than men. (Table 3)


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Salaries, Perks, and Contracts for NJ State College Presidents

This feature from NJ Spotlight highlights the the various salaries and perks in the contracts of both four-year and two-year public college presidents in New Jersey. This is hard-to-find material and was obtained through numerous FOIA requests. Here is an article that discusses the benefits at length.

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Stedman’s Medical Dictionary Now Online for Free

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary is now freely available online; it can be searched via a dialog box or by searching its A-Z index.

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The South China Sea Decision

The Permanent Court of Arbitration has issued its “award” concerning China’s encroachment into the South China Sea, a move that was contested by the Philippines. The ruling is a clear rebuke of China’s claims. Rather than read the 500-page verdict, this press release succinctly lays out the decision and its total refutation of China’s claims. Why is this so important? For many reasons: China’s violation of other nations’ maritime rights, its systematic and widespread damage to the local ecologies, the fact that this area contains a great deal of natural gas under the water, almost $5 trillion worth of shipping goes through the disputed area, and China’s militarization of the islands in the sea, some of them actually created by China. Here is China’s response. 

For additional information, please look at: China Maritime Studies (U.S. Naval War College); China’s Maritime Disputes and South China Seas Tension (Council of Foreign Relations); What Does the South China Sea Ruling Mean, and What’s Next? (Brookings); South China Sea (U.S. Energy Information Administration); The South China Sea dispute: July 2016 update (UK House of Commons Library); Chinese Land Reclamation in the South ChinaSea: Implications and Policy Options, Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress, and Maritime Territorial Disputes in East Asia: Issues for Congress (all CRS); China (International Crisis Group); and Why does China care so much about the South China Sea? Here are 5 reasons (Washington Post).




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