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Amnesty International Library - and Amnesty Main Page -
Amnesty International Library contains news; features; actions; video and audio; information about countries, campaigns and issues. Amnesty International also produces hundreds of reports, press releases, appeals for action and newsletters each year and these are available in the Library. AI rates the countries of the world on the basis of their treatment of their citizens' human rights.
BBC News -
The BBC News site has tabs arranged across the top of its home page to various regions of the world as well as various specific aspects of the news.
World News (Google News) -
Google News culls its news stories from across the globe through many different new providers. This is the portal to news about issues beyond the United States.
Human Rights Watch -
This nonprofit organization monitors human rights abuses throughout the world. "Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all." Includes links to Issues by Country (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe/Central Asia, Middle East/N. Africa, and United States); and Global Issues (Arms, Children's Rights, HIV/AIDS, International Justice, Prisons, Refugees, Women's Rights); and more. (LII)
Human Rights Country Practices -
The human rights of various countries of the world are available through this Web site. Click on the year that you want to know about, and then the region, and then the actual country name (using a series of menus.) Lots of information is available. (U.S. Dept. of State)
This Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems website includes, under Resource Library, a carefully curated collection of tools and manuals for human rights monitoring, documentation and communication, produced by HURIDOCS and other organisations.
ICRC Landmines Page-
This site from the International Committee of the Red Cross is the place to start researching the worldwide problem of anti-personnel Landmines. Site has links to pages on The problem; Conferences and meetings; Movement Strategy on Landmines; ICRC campaign: "Landmines must be stopped"; Anti-personnel land mines and international law; ICRC assistance to mine victims; Seven days in a minefield; and, Documents.
Google Directory: Issues -
A comprehensive list of various "issues and causes" which have implications nationally and internationally. The list includes:
Abortion (345) 
Animal Welfare (1070) 
Apathy (9) 
Business (988) 
Chats and Forums (35) 
Children, Youth and Family(1692) 
Christianity (118) 
Church-State Relations (88) 
Conferences (9) 
Conspiracy (130) 
Crime and Justice (451) 
Directories (19) 
Disabilities (99) 
Economic (496) 
Education (497) 
End-of-Life (166) 
Environment (2749) 
Family Planning (110) 
Fraud (153) 
Gambling (19) 
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual(102) 
Global (51) 
Government Operations (79) 
Gun Control (213) 
Health (2200) 
Housing (98) 
Human Rights and Liberties(1301) 
Immigration (134) 
Intellectual Property (631) 
Labor (121) 
Language (29) 
Micronations (137) 
Multi-issue Publications (17) 
Older Citizens (18) 
Online Issues Polls (20) 
Peace (524) 
Personal Multi-issues Pages (140) 
Policy Institutes (185) 
Pornography (15) 
Poverty (226) 
Property Rights (52) 
Race-Ethnic-Religious Relations(449) 
Regional (9) 
Science and Technology (403) 
Sexual Politics (66) 
Survivalism (11) 
Territorial Disputes (525) 
Terrorism (905) 
Transportation (229) 
Violence and Abuse (636) 
Warfare and Conflict (3763) 
Google Directory: Human Rights and Liberties -
As well as links to specific sites on the topic, this Google Directory also has links to such subdivisions as: Advocacy Organizations; Civil Liberties; Free Speech; Human Trafficking; Political Prisoners; Privacy; Region; War Crimes; and, Youth Rights.
UNICEF: Voices of Youth -
"Voices of Youth has been developed as part of UNICEF's 50th Anniversary celebration. Through Voices of Youth, you can take part in an electronic discussion about the future as we face the 21st century. We invite you to discuss with us how this world can become a place where the rights of every child are protected, that is, the right to live in peace, to have decent shelter, to be healthy and well nourished, to have clean water, to play, to go to school, and to be protected from violence, abuse and exploitation."
Elections and Electoral Systems Around the World -
This page maintains links to information about elections and their results for the countries of the world.
OneWorld United States -
"OneWorld is a global information network developed to support communication media of the people, by the people and for the people—everywhere. Its goal is to help build a more just, global society, through its partnership community. OneWorld encourages people to discover their power—power to speak, connect, and make a difference—by providing access to information, and enabling connections between hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of people around the world."
UNESCO is the acronym for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. "The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations." The Web site, available in French, Russian, Arabic and Chinese as well as English, gives access to documents, programs, current events, information services, statistics, legal documents and partner organizations.
International Constitutional Law -
Brief reports on many countries with respect to their constitutional law. See also the page of links to other sites about constitutional law -
Human Rights Library-
The University of Minnesota Human Rights Library contains a collection of over ninety of the most important international human rights treaties and other instruments; general comments, recommendations, decisions, and views of human rights treaty bodies; material on the work of other U.N. human rights bodies.
Project Censored -
The primary objective of Project Censored is to explore and publicize the extent of censorship in our society by locating stories about significant issues of which the public should be aware, but is not, for one reason or another. Includes stories on human rights abuses.
Hot Paper Topics -
This page from BIOTN (Best Information on the Net) has links to lots of topics you might find useful for social issues projects. The topics include: affirmative action, bioethics, censorship, death penalty, drugs, language, gender, gun control, health care reform, human rights, Internet, media, smoking and tobacco, welfare reform, and other miscellaneous issues such as child abuse, drunk driving, gambling, gangs, JFK assassination, paranormal phenomena, privacy, serial killers. (St. Ambrose University, O'Keefe Library)
Social Issues -
A part of the Multnomah County Library Homework Center, this webliography was created for "middle and high school students researching current social issues from multiple perspectives." The three dozen highly relevant topics include: abortion; affirmative action; AIDS; animal rights; capital punishment; censorship; child labor; children's rights; civil rights; creation science vs. evolution; drugs and drug abuse; drunk driving; euthanasia & assisted suicide; famine; flag burning; gangs; gender issues; genetic engineering; global warming; homelessness; homosexuality; immigration; national debate topic; organ & body donation; prayer in schools; sweatshops; violence in schools; welfare; and world population.
Women's History Resources -
The RHS Cybrary's collection of links to locations that cover the history of the struggle of women for equality.
African Resources-
Collection of links to resources related to African and African American topics.
Native Peoples Resources -
Collection of links to resources related to native peoples, including native American topics.
Asian Links-
Collection of links to resources related to Asians and Asian Americans.
European Links -
Collection of links to resources related to Europeans and European Americans.
Latino Resources-
Collection of links to resources related to Latina/o and Latin American topics.

Current Wars and Conflicts

The Journalist's Toolbox: Online Resources for Reporters and Editors -
This directory links to "more than 15,000 web sites helpful to the media or anyone else doing research. Use the pulldown menu or search engine to locate information from a variety of beats and news industry-related topics." Includes resources for crime, current events, entertainment, government, sports, women's issues, and much more. There are also "how to" resources covering the mechanics of writing and editing.
INCORE Regional Internet Guides -
The Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity (INCORE) maintains links to information about countries and regions of the world which are at war, have the threat of war, or have the need of peacekeeping forces to keep them from warfare.
International Committee of the Red Cross: Operations by Country -
Maps, facts and figures, reports, news releases and publications on the countries (over 50) in which the ICRC is currently actively involved. The ICRC acts to help all victims of war and internal violence, attempting to ensure implementation of humanitarian rules restricting armed violence.
Current Travel Warnings -
"Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department decides, based on all relevant information, to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Countries where avoidance of travel is recommended will have Travel Warnings as well as Consular Information Sheets."
UN Peace & Security -
The United Nations keeps military observers in certain areas as a way to maintain cease fire agreements when countries have been helped to cease warring against each other. The site includes links to General Assembly; Security Council; Peacekeeping; Peacebuilding Commission; United Nations Cyprus Plan; Peacemaking and Preventive Action; Disarmament; Related sites; and Fighting Landmines
News of developments in throughout the world from Google News.

International Relations

The United Nations -
Home Page of the United Nations Organization, with its headquarters in New York. At the UN site you can visit the Security Council, the body which has primary responsibility, under the Charter, for the maintenance of international peace and security. It is so organized as to be able to function continuously, and a representative of each of its members must be present at all times at United Nations Headquarters. Links are provided to the various official languages of the U.N. including English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, French, and Spanish.
The United Nations: An Introduction for Students -
A helpful overview of the purpose, organization and history of the United Nations.
U.S. State Department -
The U.S. Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency and is responsible for implementing the President's foreign policies. This site provides links to the department, its services, policies, public relations (outreach) and world regions.
Project Visa -
Information about the embassies of countries that conduct foreign relations with the U.S.
World Leaders -
The CIA publishes and updates the online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments regularly. The directory is intended to be used primarily as a reference aid and includes as many governments of the world as is considered practical, some of them not officially recognized by the United States. Governments are listed in alphabetical order according to the most commonly used version of each country's name. (CIA)
Lists the current, recent and past rulers of various countries of the world. Birth and death years are provided with the names and terms of the rulers (b. = born, d. = died, s.a. = see above).
International Affairs Resources (WWW Virtual Library) -
A starting place for Internet exploration of international relations: How countries of the world relate to one another.


Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence -
The Centre is the only independent academic research institute in the United Kingdom dedicated to the study of terrorism and related forms of political violence. (University of St. Andrews)
Terrorism Studies Group -
The Terrorism Studies Group (TSG) is a small, dynamic association of research analysts located near Washington, D.C., focusing on political violence, ethnic conflict, homeland security, cyber security and emergency response.
Terrorism (Cato Institute) -
The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American priciples of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. This page is the Institute's portal to various terrorism-related topics including bioterrorism; terrorism and civil liberties, the economy, foreign policy, homeland security, and politics; defense issues and terrorism, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and the PATRIOT ACT.
The International Institute for Strategic Studies -
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), founded in 1958, is an independent centre for research, information and debate on the problems of conflict, however caused, that have, or potentially have, an important military content. Its work is grounded in an appreciation of the various political, economic and social problems that can lead to instability, as well as the factors that can lead to international cooperation. - is a private portal and super-bookmark accessing open-source material for academic and professional research within the fields of: Human Rights & Development; Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism; Intelligence & Counter-Intelligence; War & Global Order; Economics & Globalization; Weapons Proliferation & International Crime; Military & Defense; Guerilla War & Insurrection; and International Law.
The Brookings Institution -
In its research, The Brookings Institution functions as an independent analyst and critic, committed to publishing its findings for the information of the public. In its conferences and activities, it serves as a bridge between scholarship and public policy, bringing new knowledge to the attention of decisionmakers and affording scholars a better insight into public policy issues.
Terrorism (Council on Foreign Relations) -
The Council on Foreign Relations is a nonpartisan membership organization, research center, and publisher. This page has links to current reports about world-wide terrorism. It also includes links to such topics as: counterterrorism; havens and targets for terrorism; weapons of terrorism; terrorist organizations; state sponsorship of terrorism; terrorist leaders; terrorist attacks; terrorist financing; terrorism and the law; terrorism and technology; and, terrorism and the economy.
Jidah Watch -
"Jihad Watch is dedicated to bringing public attention to the role that jihad theology and ideology plays in the modern world, and to correcting popular misconceptions about the role of jihad and religion in modern-day conflicts. We hope to alert people of good will to the true nature of the present global conflict that radical Islam is waging against the rest of us."

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