February 2010

Since 1981, the Unit has been at the forefront of scholarly discussion and debate about topics such as poststructuralism, cultural studies, Marxism, feminism, postcolonial theory, and the politics of disciplinarity and knowledge production. Drawing upon the expertise and resources of twenty-six humanities, social sciences, and performing arts departments, the Unit for Criticism promotes a broad range of teaching, research, and related scholarly activities. Through a variety of programs—including regular criticism seminars, colloquia and roundtables; visits to campus by distinguished scholars from other universities; agenda-setting conferences; designated courses; writing groups; and our weblog Kritik—the Unit provides students and faculty with interdisciplinary vantage points for their teaching and research. Books derived from Unit conferences, such as Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture and Cultural Studies, have become landmarks of critical discourse in the academy. (Unit for Criticism Website)


Unit for Criticism blog, Kritik: http://unitcrit.blogspot.com/


A devastatingly skillful and emotionally compelling documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk charts the political rise and brutal slaying of the first openly gay city official in the United States, Harvey Milk. Ironically, the same election that brought Milk to the board of city supervisors of San Francisco also elected the man who killed him, a former police officer and fireman named Dan White. After White shot both Mayor George Moscone and Milk, his defence lawyers convinced the jury that White’s judgment was impaired by depression and junk food, resulting in a conviction for manslaughter instead of murder–a verdict that prompted riots. With care and conviction, The Times of Harvey Milk captures not only Milk himself, but also the political and social landscape in which these events took place. The interviews–with friends, politicians, and journalists–are articulate and heartfelt, expressing the impact that Milk had upon this historical moment. (Bret Fetzer for Amazon.com)

Brief list of World Wide Web scholarly  websites with resources and news  on International Organizations:

Amnesty International (Human rights promotion INGO)  http://www.amnesty.org/

Arab League (Official) http://www.arableagueonline.org/arableague/index_en.jsp

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC—Official) http://www.apecsec.org.sg

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN—Official) http://www.asean.or.id

Atlantic Online (Contemporary affairs publication) http://www.theatlantic.com/foreign/

Commonwealth (Official) http://www.thecommonwealth.org/

EU Observer (News about the EU) http://www.euobserver.com/

Euroguide (Guide to the European Union, United Kingdom) http://www.euroguide.org/

European Governments Online (from the EU) http://europa.eu.int/abc/governments/index_en.html

European Union Online (Official) http://europa.eu.int/index_en.htm

Francophonie (Organization of French-speaking countries—Official) http://www.francophonie.org/oif.cfm

Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA—Official) http://www.ftaa-alca.org/Alca_e.asp

Freedom House (NGO) http://www.freedomhouse.org/

G-8 Information Center from the University of Toronto (Unofficial) http://www.g7.utoronto.ca/

G-77 (Group of 77 developing countries—Official) http://www.g77.org/

Global Policy Forum (NGO working on UN affairs) http://www.globalpolicy.org/

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC, Persian Gulf states—Official) http://www.gcc-sg.org/index_e.html

International Labor Organization (ILO—Official) http://www.ilo.org/

Missions to the UN (with links to missions’ websites) http://www.un.int/index-en/webs.html

Non-Aligned Movement (Official) http://www.nam.gov.za/

New York Times http://www.nytimes.com (site requires registration, but it’s free)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO—Official) http://www.nato.int

Organization of American States (OAS—Official) http://www.oas.org/

Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC—Official) http://www.oic-oci.org

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC—Official) http://www.opec.org/homepage/frame.htm

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC—Official) http://www.saarc-sec.org/

South Center (IO of developing countries) http://www.southcentre.org/

Transparency International (INGO working against corruption) http://www.transparency.org/

United Nations (Official) http://www.un.org/english/

United Nations Documentation Center  http://www.un.org/documents/

United Nations News (Official)  http://www.un.org/News/

United Nations News (Yahoo!)  http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/World/United_Nations/

US Mission to the United Nations http://www.un.int/usa/

US Department of State, International Organization Affairs (Official) http://www.state.gov/p/io/

World Bank (Official) http://www.worldbank.org/

World Trade Organization (WTO—Official) http://www.wto.org

World Wide Web Virtual Library (WWWVL) International Affairs Resources http://www.etown.edu/vl/

A PBS documentary on the collapse of American Neoliberalism

Thanks to Daniel Araya for the link

Award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author, Naomi Klein, talks about her latest book, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism”

The website of the World Education Indicators (WEI) programme offers access to a  number of comparative studies publications with very useful data.

From UNESCO – International Institute of Stadistics:

The World Education Indicators (WEI) programme is a joint UIS-OECD collaboration that develops policy-relevant education indicators with national coordinators from 16 diverse countries.

Participating countries are: Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Malaysia, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.


WEI-SPSthbnail.jpgA View Inside Primary Schoolsby
This UIS study highlights the strong effect of social inequality on primary education systems in many countries and the challenge to provide all children with equal learning opportunities. >>More
WEI2007_thumbnail.jpgChina leads the world in the number of university graduatesby
Read more about how developing and middle-income countries are transforming the landscape of higher education in a report of the World Education Indicators (WEI) programme. >>More
WEI_1.jpgEducation Counts – Benchmarking Progress in 19 WEI Countriesby
Malaysia and Tunisia devote substantially greater shares of their national wealth to education than almost every country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to this report by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. >>More
WEI2005Thumb.JPGEducation Trends in Perspective – Analysis of the World Education Indicatorsby UNESCO Institute for Statistics, OECD
More students than ever are seeking higher education in middle-income countries, causing tertiary enrolment to skyrocket by 77 per cent over the past decade, compared to 43 per cent in rich countries, according to a new study by UNESCO and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). >>More
WEI-2002-FinalMainRepCover2.jpgFinancing Education – Investments and Returnsby UIS / OECD
Financing Education – Investments and Returns is the third in a series of reports that analyse education indicators developed through the World Education Indicators Programme (WEI). This report looks at the impact of human capital on economic growth and examines education spending and investment strategies from both public and private perspectives. >>More
couv_wei2001_tmb.gifTeachers for Tomorrow’s Schools, Analysis of the World Education Indicators – 2001 Edition (OECD-UNESCO-UIS)by UIS / OECD
Teachers for Tomorrow’s Schools is the second in a series of reports that analyse education indicators developed as part of the World Education Indicators Programme (WEI). This report looks at resources for education and how resources are invested and examines the policy choices and trade-offs that countries make when balancing expanded access to education with the need to attract and retain good teachers. >>More
Investing in Education – Analysis of the 1999 World Education Indicatorsby UNESCO / OECD
This publication is available in English and can be downloaded [here]. >>More

Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy confronts head-on Americans’ critical concerns about the new interconnected world. Based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, this groundbreaking series explores our changing world—the great debate over globalization and the future of our society.

Commanding Heights reunites the team that created The Prize— award-winning producer William Cran (From Jesus to Christ) and Daniel Yergin—and is the first in-depth documentary to tell the inside story of our new global economy and what it means for individuals around the world. Filmed on five continents, the powerful narrative combines stunning film footage with dramatic stories and extraordinary interviews with world leaders and thinkers from twenty different countries, including: Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, Mexican President Vicente Fox, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Singapores Lee Kuan Yew, former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, Rep. Richard Gephardt, and President George W. Bush’s Economic Advisor Lawrence Lindsey.

Commanding Heights dramatically captures the issues that have defined the wealth and fate of nations and shows how the battle over the world economy will shape our lives in the twenty-first century.

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