American based. Founded in 2006 by American graduate of Indian descent. Strong mathematics base. Excellent history teaching. Uses sketch cast videos to explain things. Worldwide. Non-profit. Won Microsoft Education prize in 2009. Heavily funded by big hitters and recent crowd funding. An extremely reliable source. Easy to follow, illustrated explanations. Very useful for schools.
Founded in 1984. This site is curated by British entrepreneur and former journalist Chris Anderson. They also work on Ted X Youth talks. Their idea is, by getting someone to give a short talk, to make ideas more accessible and spark conversation. Their videos can be watched online. This is a non-profit organisation.
Chris Anderson is married to an American entrepreneur Jacqueline Novogratz who wrote a very good book called ‘The Blue Sweater’ in which she tried to help women have access to their own bank accounts in Africa. She studied International Relations and Economics and went to University of Virginia, like the two Reddit founders below.
ELI5 (Explain it like I’m Five) – this is a useful section to type a question to and get various people’s attempted explanation, in simple form. It was recommended to me by my cousin’s son; a recent Economics graduate from Edinburgh University who is now based in Washington. Reddit was set up in 2005 by two friends and graduates from the University of Virginia, now in their early 30s.
San Francisco based. Covers many issues: i.e. why does China hate Japan; who owns the Antarctic/North Pole; communism etc. Quite useful explainers and free.
A useful US based news site owned by Vox Media.
US based. Launched 2013. Owned by Vice Media. Another useful news source.
Rock Your World
Media based worldwide curriculum to inspire young people.
Debate Mate aims to tackle educational disadvantage in some of Britain’s most deprived communities. It does this by recruiting, training and placing university students to run extra-curricular debate workshops in schools with above average Free School Meals. Our programmes raise speaking and listening attainment, as well as improve a range of high order thinking skills and non-cognitive abilities such as confidence, teamwork and leadership. In doing so it addresses the widening skills gap between education and employment, whilst raising aspirations and helping students to make informed post-18 choices.
American publisher and global intelligence company.
Royal Institute of Chartered Affairs based in St James’ Square in London. Useful online resources with lots of articles that can be accessed free on line and some free video and audio content. To go to the talks you have to join as a member and these are based in London. They are very useful and you can join as a student or a professional but have to submit an application stating why you wish to join, which then has to be approved. It is trustworthy and has many scholarly experts. Very reliable resource. I am a member and use the library, both at St James’ Square and online, for much of my research.
Various parts that cover global issues. Sada is the one that involves the Middle East and you can sign up for e-mail postings, which are free. The articles are reliable, well informed and trustworthy . American based. It is a global think tank that I refer to often.
US news publication, founded 1970. Reliable, scholarly articles. I use this site often and have subscribed to daily e-mail updates. Articles are always worth reading. The web site was established in 2013 and a magazine publication is also available. It is published bi-monthly. Global affairs, current events, domestic and international policy. Daily content on web site. 6 print issues annually. Washington based. Had a useful article by Joshua Keating (4.11.11) on who first used the term ‘Arab Spring’.
Launched 2012. Based Washington. It is an online newspaper that focuses on the Middle East. Web site only; no hard copy publication.
In January 2013, Ian Burrell of The Independent called Al-Monitor “an ambitious website that pulls together the commentary of distinguished writers from across the region.” In 2014, the International Press Institute awarded Al-Monitor its Free Media Pioneer Award, stating that Al-Monitor’s “unrivalled reporting and analysis exemplify the invaluable role that innovative and vigorously independent media can play in times of change and upheaval”.
Some commentators have alleged Al-Monitor follows the agenda of the Iranian and Syrian governments and Hezbollah. In 2011, Al-Monitor founder Jamal Daniel bought 20% of As-safir, described by the New York Times as a “pro-Assad Lebanese newspaper”. Daniel himself is said to have been a close friend of Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem when the latter was Syria’s envoy to the U.S. The Washington Post ’ s Max Fisher has called Al-Monitor “an invaluable Web-only publication following the Middle East.”
The Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies
Academic blog covering all aspects of EU politics. Non-profit. UK based.
Tunisian news site in English. (Khayam Turki tweets)
The Monkey Cage
Named 2010 blog of the year by The Week; 2012 best blog by Time Magazine. Washington based.
The Stream, Al Jazeera
Presented by young, hip, English presenter hosting debates by young people across the world. 3 or 4 differing opinions with a follow up section online to continue the debate. Youth friendly/accessible. Visual media.
The International Monetary Fund
IMF at a glance
International news agency. Canary Wharf, London.
Founded 1851 by Paul Reuter.
A useful web site linked with the History Channel.
Useful overview on Khmer Rouge in Cambodia 1975-79
Very useful online dictionary that can explain complicated financial issues. It also offers a daily e-mail news bulletining involving recent and interesting news in the financial markets.
Creating social change in communities. Social action starts at primary school age to inspire young people’s confidence and self-belief.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.
GMF contributes research and analysis and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. GMF offers rising leaders opportunities to develop their skills and networks through transatlantic exchange, and supports civil society in the Balkans and Black Sea regions by fostering democratic initiatives, rule of law, and regional cooperation.
Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.
Gave some useful information on Turkish elections (23.6.15 Galip Daley)
Useful videos – talk on Ukraine with Tim Judah, correspondent for the Economist covering the Balkans. For New York Review of Books has covered Afghanistan, Serbia, Uganda and Armenia. Has written a book: ‘The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia”; “Kosovo: War and Revenge” and “Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know”. LSE Graduate
The Transatlantic Academy
The Transatlantic Academy is a research institution devoted to creating common approaches to the long-term challenges facing Europe and North America. The Academy does this by each year bringing together scholars, policy experts, and authors from both sides of the Atlantic and from different disciplinary perspectives to research and analyze a distinct policy theme of transatlantic interest. Working together from a collaborative and interdisciplinary perspective, Academy fellows bridge the Atlantic academic and policy communities, and use research, publications, and seminars to develop policy-relevant contributions to critical debates in North America and Europe.
The Transatlantic Academy was created in 2007 as a partnership between the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius.
Good article “ Revolutions of Dignity: 1989, the Arab Spring and Ukraine’ (9.6.15, Ted Reinert and Neil Walther).
Good article “Russia and the West: Looking Ahead” (12.1.15, James Goldgeier)
Useful articles provided by academics. I used this site when I was at university; it was recommended by my Art History teacher. Need a password – usually has tie ins with academic institutions. Have to know what you’re looking for. It is free to register and some articles can be read online free.
Web site gives background to political structures: the link below is for the British system but he gives a good analysis of other ones globally that is brief, easily laid out and easy to understand. There is also a good one on the institutions and background history of the European Union.
US government structure explainer
American government web site that sets everything out clearly
Pisa for Development – in FT from 18th June 2015
South East Asia
Good background history on countries in South East Asia
Tom Engelhardt launched Tomdispatch in November 2001 as an e-mail publication offering commentary and collected articles from the world press. In December 2002, it gained its name, became a project of The Nation Institute, and went online as “a regular antidote to the mainstream media.” Tomdispatch is intended to introduce readers to voices and perspectives from elsewhere (even when the elsewhere is here). Its mission is to connect some of the global dots regularly left unconnected by the mainstream media and to offer a clearer sense of how this imperial globe of ours actually works.
Founded by abolitionists in 1865, America’s oldest weekly magazine. Considered the ‘flagship’ of the political left. Offices in Washington, London and South Africa. They do not make money in their publications and rely on donations.
Good article on Tunisia – ‘How One Country Emerged from the Arab Spring with a Democratic State’ (12.2.14, Yasmine Ryan).
London School of Economics
‘The Middle East after the Arab Spring’ (Toby Dodge)
Academic Research Papers online
A platform for academics to share research papers.
‘The Success or Failure of the Arab Spring in International Politics’
Middle East Confidential
Online publication giving an insight into the Arab world.
Washington based with offices in Riyadh and Doha
Useful ‘everything you need to know’ web site.
What is the Middle East? 23.7.15
Good overview of South Korea
Blog covering the Middle East
Journalist. Blog covering Middle East, ‘occupation’ of Palestine and Syria. Married to Alex Crawford, journalist who has covered war zones (for Reuters). Has children. Good article in Independent on people who criticize his wife’s career choice when she has children back at home.
Opinion pieces, new ideas, essays, op-eds, book reviews. Interesting site. Global contributors. Covers a wide range of topics.
Irish Internet News Publication
The Journal.ie is an internet news publication in Ireland. It is a mixture of original and aggregated content in a manner similar to The Huffington Post.
Had a good article in Feb 2015 on what was happening in Libya
The Huffington Post
An American online news blog/aggregator that has international and local editions founded by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, Andrew Breitbart, and Jonah Peretti. Huffington Post displays left wing bias through story selection and word choices. Not evidence based on some scientific issues, but generally well sourced overall.
The Big Read, Financial Times
Easy to understand articles published daily in the FT. One entire page but not lengthy. Usually large diagram or photograph at the top. There was a good one on Iran sanctions on 17.7.15 in light of the Iran Vienna accord carried out under the Obama government this June/July 2015.
Open Society Foundations
Open Society Foundations (OSF), formerly the Open Society Institute, is an international grant-making network founded by business magnate George Soros. Open Society Foundations financially support civil society groups around the world, with a stated aim of advancing justice, education, public health and independent media. The OSF is a politically left-leaning organisation.
Eurointelligence.eu (news briefing)
National Geographic: Education
The official magazine of the National Geographic Society. It has been published continuously since its first issue in 1888. It primarily contains articles about geography, history, and world culture. On September 9, 2015, the National Geographic Society announced a deal with 21st Century Fox that would move the magazine to a new partnership, National Geographic Partners, controlled by 21st Century Fox. Reporting consists of legitimate science or is evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing. Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words.
Through the Political Studies Association web site. Quarterly. Academics publishing on topics that are quite current.
British political and cultural magazine published in London. Founded as a weekly review of politics and literature on 12 April 1913, it was connected then with Sidney and Beatrice Webb and other leading members of the socialist Fabian Society. The magazine has, according to its present self-description, a left-of-centre political position. By USA standards this source is considered left biased based on story selection and wording. They are always well sourced and factual.
A monthly British general interest magazine, specializing in politics, economics and current affairs. It features a mixture of lengthy analytic articles, first-person reportage, one-page columns, and shorter, quirky items. Well sourced journalism with a left-center bias in reporting.
The Economist is an English-language weekly news magazine owned by the Economist Group and edited in offices in London. Centrist views and straightforward non-biased reporting. They carefully label opinion pieces.
A monthly British cultural and political magazine. The magazine describes its core mission as being “to celebrate western civilisation”, its arts and its values – in particular democracy, debate and freedom of speech – at a time when they are under threat. The magazine is broadly centre-right in orientation, but aims to capitalise on the realignment of political attitudes in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The magazine has sought to revive the art of the essay in Britain, calling itself a response to “a market swamped by the journalistic equivalent of fast food”.
An independent “radical red and green” magazine based in the UK. Has strong socialist biases, but is well sourced.
The Spectator is a weekly British conservative magazine. It was first published on 6 July 1828, making it the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language. It is currently owned by David and Frederick Barclay who also own The Daily Telegraph newspaper, via Press Holdings. Its principal subject areas are politics and culture. Its editorial outlook is generally supportive of the Conservative Party.
From 1975-1987. Naji Al_Ali created cartoons that depict complexities of plight of Palestinian refugees. Still relevant today and Handala, refuges child present in every cartoon, potent symbol of the struggle of the Palestinian people for justice and self determination. Naji Salim al-Ali was a cartoonist 1938-1987. Born in Palestine. 1948, one of the villages destroyed in the ‘Nakba’ – this the devastation of Palestine in the creation of the Israeli state. Palestinians lost more than half of their land. Massacres and 750,000 displaced refugees. He was 10 years old when he was expelled from Palestine to a refugee camp in Lebanon and grew up to be the most popular cartoonist in the Arab world. Time magazine said of him: ‘this man draws with human bones’. He was assassinated in London on 22.7.87 on way to offices of Al-Qabas newspaper (he was loved and hated)
Barbara Gunnell: former comment editor of Observer and past-president of National Union of Journalists. Writer and editor based in London. Worked in FT, Independent on Sunday, The Observe and Political weekly. Editor of dialogue CHANGE to an Open Democracy.
On education: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/barbara-gunnell/lower-aspirations-for-higher-education
If Founder Barbara Gunnell’s recent piece for Open Democracy addresses the inequality in access to higher education in the UK today (Feb 2014)
Read an extract below, or the full piece here.
“The pretence that the university system today is still broadly meritocratic is becoming harder to sustain. It rests on two pillars of faith: firstly, that access to university is via ability rather than class, race or social status; and, secondly, that money worries need not deter any school-leaver with the will and ability to go to university.
But the first pillar is crumbling under the weight of evidence that access to university, particularly higher-status universities, is far from equal. The second is contradicted by watching working-class families simply priced out of higher education. They have been hit first by the scrapping of the Education Maintenance Allowance which had helped families keep 16-19 year olds in school long enough to take A-levels, and then by the daunting debt burden of three years of university fees and living costs.”
Award winning news magazine and online community base that creates original journalism. Aim: to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights, civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues and more. Launched 1998. NPG.
A British-based socially liberal and liberal internationalist political website. Founded in 2000, the owners of openDemocracy claim that through reporting and analysis of social and political issues, they seek to “challenge power and encourage democratic debate” across the world. The website has attracted around 8 million hits a year. The founders of the website have been involved with established medias and political activism with the UK Labour Party. It derives its name from and has been funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
A feminist online magazine launched in January 2012. It uses the tagline “Like King Lear, but for girls,” taken from Grazia magazine’s summary of the film The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep. The Vagenda is run by British journalists Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett; it was founded by ten London-based women journalists in their twenties and now written by a large group of anonymous contributors from all over the world, both women and men. The editors stated: “the women’s press is a large hadron collider of bullshit and something needed to be done”. Cosslett describes The Vagenda as “a media watchdog with a feminist angle”. In its last issue, July 2015, it announced a ‘summer hiatus’ in publication.
CEO Laureus – Georges Kern
Book of photography that breaks down barriers and discrimination through education, insight and awareness.
An American weekly business magazine published by Bloomberg L.P. The magazine was created to provide information and interpretation about what was happening in the business world. Primarily covers financial news, but does cover politics with a slight left wing bias in reporting. Usually factually sourced to credible information.
International Business Times
An online global business newspaper based in New York City, comprising 10 national editions and seven languages. The publication, sometimes called IBTimes or IBT, offers news, analysis and editorial commentary on business and business-related stories. Offers news with minimal bias.
A British daily (Monday to Saturday) national newspaper based in London. It began in 1785 under the title The Daily Universal Register, adopting its current name on 1 January 1788. The Times and its sister paper The Sunday Times (founded in 1821) are published by Times Newspapers, since 1981 a subsidiary of News UK, itself wholly owned by News Corp. Has a right-center editorial bias, but is generally factual in reporting.
The Washington Post
An American daily newspaper. It is the most widely circulated newspaper published in Washington, D.C., and was founded on December 6, 1877. The newspaper has won 47 Pulitzer Prizes. This includes six separate Pulitzers awarded in 2008, the second-highest number ever awarded to a single newspaper in one year. The Washington Post has a liberal bias in reporting choices, however they are typically well sourced to credible information.
The Financial Times (FT)
An English-language international daily newspaper with a special emphasis on business and economic news. Reports news with minimal bias. Has an editorial stance that ranges from right-center to left-center. On a whole this is a balanced source.
The French equivalent of The Financial Times or Wall Street Journal. Bias is centre-right
Founded in 1944, and regarded as the paper of the establishment, though a paper that is closer in its political positioning to the Guardian in the UK, than it is to the Times. It gives the detailed coverage of world events and of politics, and a paper which is a major forum for political and intellectual debate and discussion. The paper was the subject of a bitter refinancing clash in 2010, and was eventually taken over by a trio of top businessmen with left-leaning sympathies.
The Wall Street Journal
A high circulation daily financial newspaper from New York City. The news reporting is excellent and usually very centrist with little bias, however their editorial page is moderately to significantly right.
An American journal of international relations and U.S. foreign policy. It has been published bimonthly since 1922 by the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit, 4,900-member organization, think tank and publisher that specializes in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. The reporting is factual and usually sourced with the least bias.
The international news platform of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation. Based in Istanbul, TRT World began broadcasting on 27 October 2015 and is Turkey’s first English-language international television and digital media news service.
An international non-governmental organization based in Berlin and was founded in 1993. It is a nonprofit entity whose purpose is to combat corruption and prevent criminal activities arising from corruption. It publishes the Global Corruption Barometer and the Corruption Perceptions Index. Offers low biased well source information on corruption. The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) – launched 1995, has become widely credited with putting the issue of corruption on the international policy agenda. Last Survey conducted 25th January 2017 for the year 2016. 176 countries. 0 is highly corrupt, 100 very clean. Global avg score is 43. In the 2016 index, Denmark came out top with a score of 90. United Kingdom ranked joint 10th with Germany and Luxembourg with a score of 81. United States no. 18 with a score of 74. France 23, score of 69. Venezuela is 166. Score of 17. Bottom of the table is Somalia, no. 176, score of 11.
An American magazine, founded in 1857 as The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 2006, the magazine is based in Washington, D.C. Created as a literary and cultural commentary magazine, it has grown to achieve a national reputation as a high-quality review organ with a moderate worldview. The periodical has won more National Magazine Awards than any other monthly magazine. Has a slightly liberal bias in reporting coverage, put produces exceptional journalism that is sourced and factual.
The Associated Press (AP)
An American multinational nonprofit news agency headquartered in New York City that operates as a cooperative, unincorporated association. The AP is owned by its contributing newspapers and radio and television stations in the United States, all of which contribute stories to the AP and use material written by its staff journalists. Reports breaking news with minimal bias and is always well sourced.
An American business magazine. Published bi-weekly, it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. Forbes also reports on related subjects such as technology, communications, science, and law. Has a right of center bias in reporting and political affiliation. Usually evidence based with science unless it involves climate change. They employ James Taylor as a columnist who writes anti-climate science propaganda. Taylor has connections to the Heartland Institute and Exxon-Mobil.
A new online publication that analyzes and forecasts the course of global events founded by George Friedman. In 1996, he founded Stratfor, a private intelligence and forecasting company, and served as the company’s CEO and Chief Intelligence Officer. He retired from Stratfor in May 2015.
An analysis and opinion journal led by accomplished editors from the Visegrad Group countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Its aim is to provide a platform for high profile debate on the perspectives and challenges for cooperation of the Central European governments, business and communities.
An independent online newspaper established in Brussels in 2000. It is financially and editorially independent of the EU institutions. EUobserver’s team of journalists file daily news reports from the EU capital and do in-depth investigations on topics of special interest. Has left-center bias in reporting. Does not use loaded words and is typically well sourced.
Nasdaq, Inc. is an American multinational financial services corporation that owns and operates (and is listed on) the NASDAQ (formerly National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations) stock market and eight European stock exchanges.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an American-founded international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights. HRW reports factually and with minimal loaded words. This source has a left-center bias though opposition to some Republican policies such as the Muslim Ban and the Mexican Border Wall.
The United Nations (UN
An intergovernmental organization tasked to promote international co-operation and to create and maintain international order. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was established on 24 October 1945 after World War II in order to prevent another such conflict. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. The headquarters of the UN is in Manhattan, New York City, and is subject to extraterritoriality. Further main offices are situated in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict. The UN is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world.