PLACES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD
Find here links to useful web sites. At the moment, these are categorized into news, maps, and atlases, but remember this site is under construction and may change.
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The web sites listed below are all highly respected news organizations. A selection of sources is provided, in order to give a range of viewpoints. Because this is a course on world regional geography, I am trying to add news sources from around the world. While I am avoiding any material that is overtly offensive or ill-informed, some of these sites may have perspectives that are different from those you are used to, and some may be highly critical of U.S. policy in various parts of the world. Try to keep an open mind about what they are saying, balance the available information, and make up your own mind about the truth.
U.S. news media
The New York Times "If it doesn't happen in the New York Times, it doesn't happen." The U.S.'s most highly respected and widely-read newspaper. Just about the closest thing the country has to a national newspaper.
The Washington Post Circulation is limited, so it is hard to find a paper copy of the Post outside the Beltway. It sometimes has a more critical view of the government (regardless of the administration), as one might expect from the newspaper that broke the Watergate scandal.
National Public Radio Audio files available which should play automatically on your computer-- like listening to the radio on the web. News programs are Morning Edition and All Things Considered. It's not a news program, but the hilarious Car Talk radio show is also broadcast by NPR, and you can find a link to it on this web site.
CNN on the web The U.S. equivalent of the BBC (see below). A news network with an increasingly global reach. Probably the best place to go for immediately breaking news.
PBS Frontline World: Stories from a Small Planet Great series of short TV shows on various important issues around the world. Each one gives a really good sense of what life in the various places covered is like. Streaming video is available- you can watch TV on your computer, if your internet connection is fast enough.
British news media
BBC Radio 4- Today Programme Audio files available from the British Broadcasting Corporation, one of the world's most highly respected news organizations. Click on the LISTEN tab in the menu underneath the title to get the audio files. Your computer should allow you to listen to the files automatically. The interview style can be quite aggressive, and interviewees are rarely able to wriggle out of answering tough questions.
BBC World News Website for the TV news show on KBYU channel 11 at 10 PM. Audio and video files available.
The Economist A weekly news magazine with a free-market economics perspective. This leads to an unusual set of political beliefs. It is often portrayed as a right-wing news magazine, but supports gun control and opposes U.S. incarceration policies. Very pro-globalization.
The Guardian A more left-leaning news perspective.
Caution: some of these push the fringes of good taste, and some of them are just plain bizarre. Click at your own risk.
Tom Toles, a brilliant syndicated cartoonist with the Washington Post.
Steve Bell, a strange but effective political cartoonist with The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
Doonesbury, the long-running strip by Garry Trudeau.
|The Perry-Castaneda Map Library at the University of Texas. Outstanding collection of maps of all kinds, all on-line and available free of charge.|
|MapMachine at the National Geographic Society. Draw your own maps.|
|The Earth at Night-- fantastic large image of the Earth at night from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.|
|CIA World Factbook The Central Intelligence Agency's collection of world information. Lots of good maps and information.|
|Country Analysis Briefs by the Energy Information Administration, a unit of the US Department of Energy. The information emphasises energy, such as oil and gas production or exports, but is excellent, detailed, and you can get a lot of other information from these web pages peripherally.|
|Country Studies from the US Library of Congress|
International organizations that are run by concerned citizens around the world, usually as charities/non-profits. There is a huge number of NGOs around the world, but only a small number carry the general respect of the international community. Home pages for some of these are listed here.
Amnesty International: human rights organization with an excellent record of bringing violators to the attention of the world.
Human Rights Watch: as with Amnesty, an excellent organization with a good record of human rights successes.
Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders): remarkable medical aid agency originally from France. Winner of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.
Worldwide Fund for Nature: formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF); a "green" group, pro-environment, but well respected for its scientific work.
Oxfam America: the US branch of Oxfam, originally a British organization dedicated to fighting global poverty. Excellent site, with access to many detailed, carefully researched and written reports. There is discussion here of many of the issues we cover in class.