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Resources for a Global Consciousness

In this section we have listed websites and news sources that focus on political, economic, and social developments worldwide and promote an understanding of viewpoints and opinions from outside the U.S. Anti-American and Anti-Western sentiment is on the rise in many parts of the world, and there is a growing cultural divide between people of different continents, cultures and religions. That’s why it is more important than ever for expatriates to not only concern themselves with the practical aspects of living overseas, but also to be well informed and gain an understanding of their host country. Taking the time to learn about other cultures and seeking common ground amid all the differences are our best tools for a global consciousness and for building a more peaceful future. In today’s divided world it is more important than ever to build bridges between cultures and promote mutual respect and understanding. We hope that these resources can make a small contribution toward achieving this goal. —Compiled and edited by Volker Poelzl

Amnesty International is a non-profit organization campaigning for human rights around the globe. The site’s “Library” and “News” links provide human-rights related reports and country analyses. 

Brookings Institution is an independent non-partisan think-tank conducting research on economic, social, and foreign policy issues.

Center for Global Development (CGD),, is an independent think tank that works to reduce global poverty and inequality. The site gives access to the center’s research and analyses on a wide range of topics.

The Council on Hemispheric Affairs,, is a non-profit research and information organization that monitors political, economic, and diplomatic issues in the Western hemisphere.

Foreign Affairs is a journal covering international affairs and U.S. foreign policy, published by the Council on Foreign Relations,, a non-partisan resource for information and analysis.

The Globalist,, is a daily online magazine on the global economy, politics and culture (free for registered users).

Global Voices,, is a non-profit global citizens’ media project, giving a voice to grassroots citizens’ media worldwide. The site links to forums, podcasts, and audio and video blogs from 130 countries; it provides a great conglomerate of views, opinions, and commentary from outside the U.S.

International Crisis Group is a non-governmental organization working to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. The website provides in-depth information on global conflicts and crises.

Middle East Report Online,, is the website of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), which provides news, analyses, and reports on Middle East politics, culture, and society. It publishes the Middle East Report four times a year.

The New Internationalist is a British co-operative magazine and website reporting on world poverty and inequality. Its tagline reads: “The people, the ideas, the action in the fight for global justice.”

The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA),, is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive information on major trends in Latin America and its relations with the U.S.; publishes the bimonthly magazine Nacla Report on the Americas.

Thompson Reuters Foundation is a humanitarian news network, reporting on humanitarian crises around the world; also provides country profiles with focus on humanitarian issues and field news from the NGO sector.

The Stanley Foundation,, is focused on promoting and building support for principled multilateralism in addressing international issues. The website provides in-depth analyses, articles and reports on international issues. Also offers a free print and/or online subscription to its magazine, Courier, and to its e-newsletter, Think.

United Nations News Service,, provides global news with a broad focus, from environment and humanitarian issues to global economic issues and politics.

The Worldwatch Institute,, is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental, economic, and social issues worldwide. The website provides up-to-date and comprehensive news, articles, and analyses; publishes the bimonthly WorldWatch magazine.

The WWW Virtual Library, International Affairs Resources, is compiled by Professor Wayne A. Selcher,, as an Internet directory of over 2,000 selected, annotated links to content-rich and gateway sites in many international affairs, international relations, and international studies topics inclusive of much country-specific information.

There is also a growing number of news websites (some of them are listed above), which offer podcast subscriptions, email newsletters, and RSS feeds, which are an effortless way of receiving news and reports on topics of your choice that relate to the region or country where you plan to live. Here are some of the main news networks providing podcasts and RSS news feeds on topics such as “World,” “International,” as well as regional sections such as “Asia” or “Africa”:

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