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Global Studies

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    • Centre for Intercultural Learning
      "Think Globally. Act Interculturally" is the motto for the Centre for Intercultural Learning, a division of Canada's Foreign Affairs Service which produced this site. It contains country facts and cultural information organized in sections such as: Country Insights, Intercultures Magazine, The Library, and Articles. Much more than a simple country fact book this site provides insights on social customs and norms similar to Culturegrams.

    • Cultural Survival
      Promoting the rights, voices and visions of indigenous peoples.” Resource provides full text access to three publications. Issues covering conflict and migration, culture, health, indigenous enterprise and natural resources.

    • The Globalist
      Online “think tank” dedicated to democratizing global economic thinking. Full text articles and graphics, on issues including global development, economy, health & politics. Offers links to specific regions and a search engine.

    • Globalization and Culture
      The Global Policy Forum has developed a site that features a listing of articles, archived and current in full text, and other resources related to globalization.

    • Globalization101 Issue Briefs
      A Center for Strategic & International Studies resource. Includes briefs on “Culture and Women”, “Trade”, “Technology”, “Culture” and “Environment.”

    • Human Rights Topical Research Digest
      A compilation of research summaries of human rights topics since the fall of 2004 authored by graduate students of the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies. These extensive reviews are comprised of annotated and abstracted bibliographies, introduced by interpretive essays. Each Digest is further organized into sub-categories within its area of focus.

    • Human Rights Watch
      From the HRW website in the About section: “Human Rights Watch is an independent, nongovernmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide. It accepts no government funds, directly or indirectly. Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.”

    • International Crisis Group
      Based in Brussels, the International Crisis Group (Crisis Group) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, with 120 staff members on five continents. The organization works to prevent and resolve deadly conflict by using field-based analysis and high-level advocacy working closely with governments and those who influence them, including the media. Their web site provides a wealth of information including reports and briefing papers documenting activities in close to 60 countries, conflict histories, and links to early warning resources and maps. Also, they publish CrisisWatch, a twelve-page monthly bulletin which provides succinct regular updates making it easy to follow developments in conflict situations. The site includes an archive of the bulletin going back to September 2003.

    • Matrix—The Center for Humane Arts, Letters & Social Sciences Online
      An international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Links to H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online and Historical Voices, a fully functional multimedia digital library.

      Launched in 2000, OneWorld publishes U.S and international perspectives on global issues gathered from OneWorld partners which includes a vast network of nongovernmental organizations, development-oriented news services, foundations, and research institutions. The OneWorld network spans five continents and produces content in 11 different languages on topics as wide ranging as AIDS, Food Security, Climate Change, Migration, Refugees, Gender, Water & Sanitation and Child Labor to name a few.

    • ReliefWeb
      Launched in October 1996 and administered by the the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), ReliefWeb provides information (including over 300,000 documents and maps and some country-specific information) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. It provides timely, reliable and relevant information as events unfold, while also emphasizing the coverage of "forgotten emergencies."

    • Transformations: Universidad central de Venezuela
      Spanish language web site of the Globalization, Culture and Social Program.

    • Transparency International
      This web site provides resources to understand and combat corruption. It describes itself as a politically nonpartisan organization. The site defines corruption as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.” Most of the articles found in this collection are timely and available without charge. A good starting point to begin exploring this global issue.

    • UNdata
      This site gathers statistics from 24 separate databases from the United Nations and makes them all accessible through one search interface. When a data set is located, the user is presented with an option to preview the data. The data can then be customized using country or area and time period filters. Researchers can select which columns they would like to be displayed and decide how they would like the elements to be sorted. There is also an option to “link to this page,” so that a permanent URL will be created for the data.

    • UNESCO – Culture
      Stresses the cultural issues raised by globalization and the need to support the principle of diversity. This resource includes project work, news, calendars and special focus on World Heritage, Tangible and Intangible Heritage, Cultural Industries and Copyright.

    • Understanding the Face of Globalization
      Center for International Education – University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. 2001 Global Studies Institute. Issues include the history and origin of the concept of globalization, ethics and globalization, practical applications for teaching students about globalization, and globalization and its relationship to the international political economy, technology, culture, human rights, and the environment.

    • Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
      This Web site is arranged around reports, task force documents, papers, and conference presentations dealing with topics including global trade reform, climate change, peace and security, health, foreign policy and economic governance. The primary publication and most valuable resource is YaleGlobal Online, which provides the latest information on globalization issues.

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