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- BBC News: Country Profiles
Up to date profiles of all the countries of the world.
- CIA World Factbook
This is the first stop on the Web for information about countries of the world.
- Gapminder World
View, chart, or download country time series data for 400+ indicators (for example: economy, environment, energy, health, infrastructure, population, society, and work). Click on Dollar Street to compare how families around the world live
- Global Connections – Middle East
Explore the past 100 years and its impact on the technology, science, religion, and politics of the Middle East.
- Index Mundi – Country Facts
Index Mundi is a data portal that gathers facts and statistics from multiple sources and turns them into easy to use visuals.
This site contains an encyclopedia of nations of the world, contains country profiles, and a graph producer which can produce charts, scatterplots, and pie charts.
- New Countries of the World
List of all newly formed countries since 1990. As of May 2017 that number is 34 new countries.
- The World Bank Data Catalog
Data and statistics from countries of the world. An excellent database for country comparisons for many economic indicators.
- 1st Headlines: Top Breaking News Headlines
This is an index of worldwide news headlines. Each entry includes a link to the story, the publisher of the information, and the date the information was posted.
- Newspaper Map
All the online newspapers of the world. Translate with one click.
- Today’s Front Pages
This site includes front page images of 126 newspapers from 22 countries. The links provide access to the front page housed at each newspaper’s Internet site.
- Twitter Search
Find out what twitter traffic is currently on the web in real time.
This page uses word clouds to monitor tweets on the web. Very cool!
The group “Greenpeace” provides information on global environmental problems.
- United Nations Environment Programme
This site contains information on the organization, the state of the global environment, environmental issues, products and services, environmental legal instruments, and environmental events and awards.
Flags of the World
- Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names contains nearly 1 million place names. This searchable database gives for each place name: type of place (examples are: inhabited place, ridge, reservoir, valley, stream), latitude and longitude, variant names, and hierarchical position in the thesaurus.
- Amnesty International
The Amnesty International website presents information about Amnesty International, its campaigns and activitities, its policy positions, its history, and its organization. Included are annual reports of human rights abuses in the countries of the world as well as news releases and special reports. You may search for publications by country, by region, or by keyword.
- Human Rights Watch
The Human Rights Watch web site offers:recent annual Human Rights Watch World Reports, with country-by-country reports on human rights conditions, press releases and reports on human rights issues and violations. Sections focus on arms control, children’s rights, women’s rights, refugees, prisons, academic freedom, corporations and human rights, drugs and human rights, prison conditions, free expression, and more.
International Nongovernmental Organizations
- City Population
This page provides statistics and maps about the population of the major agglomerations of the world.
- Official City Sites
This is a directory of official city sites in the world.
- Patterns of World Urbanization
This Population Reference Bureau site is one of many excellent sites to assist you in learning about urbanization.
- Freedom House
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world. An excellent source of information regarding the current political situation in countries around the world.
- Political Resources on the Net
Political Resources on the Net lists Internet sites covering politics. Connections are to sites of political parties and federations as well as to sites about elections and politics. Choose to view international sites, sites sorted by continent, or sites sorted by country.