Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities: 2021 Year-End Update

The Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) released an updated report on criminal activity throughout 2021. This report supplements previous CCJ reports, which can be accessed through the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL). In this year-end update, 27 American cities are examined for criminal activity involving violent crimes, property, and drug...

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Misogyny as a ‘Gateway Drug’ into Violent Extremism

“Assessing Misogyny as a ‘Gateway Drug’ into Violent Extremism,” by Maddie Cannon, addresses the role gender plays in violent-extremism. The author cites several research-based sources to draw a connection between misogyny and far-right extremism, using the term “gateway drug” as a metaphor for this process. Cannon first cites a report...

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2021 Arms Sales Risk Index

The Cato Institute has recently released their Arms Sales Risk Index for the year 2021. This tool is meant to help inform policymakers as to which nations the U.S. should and should not provide weapons. As stated in the report, “By measuring the factors linked to negative outcomes of arms...

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In Case You Missed It: MMWR and COVID

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data...

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2021 Deadliest Year for Law Enforcement Officers

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) reports 2021 was the deadliest year for law enforcement officers on record. According to the recently released 2021 Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report, law enforcement line-of-duty deaths totaled 458 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers in 2021. This is an...

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Global Risks Report 2022

The World Economic Forum has released Global Risks Report 2022. This 17th edition of the Global Risks Report identifies conflicting trajectories between countries and the risks they pose on individuals, governments, and businesses. COVID-19 continues into 2022 as a critical threat to public health and global economics- “Risks to economic...

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Disaster Recovery Resources

Natural disasters have been breaking records in the last few years, increasing in number and devastation, with the COVID-19 pandemic complicating disaster management and recovery across the world.  In December 2021 alone, for example, lethal tornadoes raged through several states in the U.S., Indonesia experienced a devastating volcanic eruption, and...

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Energy Emergencies: A Road Map for Governors

The National Governor’s Association (NGA) has released an update to their guide, Executive Authority During Energy Emergencies: A Road Map for Governors.  When an energy emergency occurs, Governors have the authority to declare a state of emergency.  This Road Map was developed to help Governors: Understand state and federal legal...