Political & Cultural Links

Open Culture

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it.


Internet Modern History Sourcebook

Welcome to The Internet History Sourcebooks Project, a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use. Primary sources are available here primarily for use in high-school and university/college courses. From the outset the site took a very broad view of the sources that should be available to students and as well as documents long associated with a “western civilization” approach to history also provides much information on Byzantine, Islamic, Jewish, Indian, East Asian, and African history. You will also find many documents especially relevant to women’s history and LGBT studies.


Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics

A list of the classic books and other works on constitutional government. It is an attempt to make available on one site everything one would need to decide any constitutional issue.


Marxists Internet Archive

The Marxists Internet Archive is an all-volunteer, non-profit public library, started more than 20 years ago in 1990. In 2006, MIA averaged 1.1 million visitors per month, downloading 15.5 million files per month.


Ancient World Digital Library

The Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL) is an initiative of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University. AWDL will identify, collect, curate, and provide access to a broad range of scholarly materials relevant to the study of the ancient world.

With NYU’s Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS), AWDL is developing mechanisms to digitize, preserve, and host digitized print and born-digital scholarly content. We are actively soliciting partnerships with publishers, scholarly societies, organizations, and individuals who hold the rights to scholarly content as we expand our collection.


Arabic Collections Online

Arabic Collections Online (ACO) is a publicly available digital library of public domain Arabic language content. ACO currently provides digital access to 10,042 volumes across 6,265 subjects drawn from rich Arabic collections of distinguished research libraries. Established with support from NYU Abu Dhabi, and currently supported by major grants from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and Carnegie Corporation of New York, this mass digitization project aims to feature up to 23,000 volumes from the library collections of NYU and partner institutions.


Online Library of Liberty

Liberty Fund, Inc. is a private, educational foundation established in 1960 to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. The Foundation develops, supervises, and finances its own educational activities to foster thought and encourage discourse on enduring intellectual issues pertaining to liberty.


Granta Magazine

From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.


ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”

  • Marijuana Legalization is a Racial Justice Issue
    When it comes to legalizing weed, economic justice for communities of color must be our guiding principle. Marijuana has been a key driver of mass criminalization in this country and hundreds of thousands of people, the majority of whom are Black or Latinx, have their lives impacted by a marijuana… Read more »
  • We Sued to End the Evils of Cash Bail in Michigan
    Money bail traps people of color in a maze that is not justice, and perpetuates mass incarceration and its racial disparities. Imagine being poor and being arrested by the police in Detroit.  You are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but with no money, you will remain in jail… Read more »
  • Georgia Police Made Me Remove a Protest Button Because it Had the Word "Fuck" On it
    I have a First Amendment right to express my anger about Georgia's proposed abortion ban through peaceful protest. As a concerned citizen, I have visited the Georgia capitol many times to talk with our lawmakers about various issues. While recently advocating against a particularly harmful piece of legislation — House… Read more »
  • Dialing 911 Can Get You Evicted
    The eviction of Beverley Somai for calling the police is part of a disturbing trend. Last year, Beverley Somai learned a brutal truth that too many people across the country face: Calling the police can get you evicted. In 2017, Ms. Somai and her adult disabled son moved to Bedford,… Read more »
  • There’s No Such Thing as a Right Not to be Called a Nazi
    Gavin McInnes’ attempt to silence those who have every right to call him out for his bigoted views should fall flat. For years, Gavin McInnes has spewed bigoted views on everything from race and religion to gender and immigration. He has described a transgender person as “[a] hideous man who… Read more »

UNICEF

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. In 1950, UNICEF’s mandate was extended to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere. In 1953 it became a permanent part of the United Nations System, and the words “international” and “emergency” were dropped from the organization’s name, making it simply the United Nations Children’s Fund, retaining the original acronym, “UNICEF”.

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Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation of French origin best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases.


Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is an international non-governmental organization, headquartered in New York City, that conducts research and advocacy on human rights.

  • Russia: Jehovah’s Witness Convicted
    Expand Dennis Christensen (behind the windows) talks with his interpreter at the Zheleznodorzhy District Court in Oryol, January 28, 2019 © 2019 Human Rights Watch (Moscow) – A Russian court on February 6, 2019 convicted Dennis Christensen, a Jehovah’s Witness adherent and Danish citizen, on extremism charges for practicing his… Read more »
  • Midterm Elections - Millions of Votes Silenced
    Millions of voices will be silenced on election day. Voter suppression still occurs all over the country. In Florida alone more than a million people are barred from the polls because of lifetime voting bans. Read more »
  • Turkey Stops Registering Syrian Asylum Seekers
    Expand Two Syrians walk along a fence near the Turkish-Syrian border in Gaziantep province, Turkey, November 30, 2016. Syrians who arrived in Turkey since late 2017 have been unable to register for temporary protection and receive basic services. © 2016 Umit Bektas/Reuters (Istanbul) – Turkish authorities in Istanbul and nine… Read more »
  • France: Child Migrants Left Adrift in Paris
      July 4, 2018 Video France: Migrant Kids Left to Sleep in the Street Child protection authorities in Paris are using flawed age assessment procedures for unaccompanied migrant youths, excluding many from care they need and are entitled to. Hundreds of unaccompanied children sleep on the streets of Paris each… Read more »
  • UN: US Retreat from Rights Body Self-Defeating
    (Geneva) – The United States government’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council will sideline the country from key global initiatives to protect human rights. “The US has been threatening to walk away from the Human Rights Council ever since President Trump came into office, so this… Read more »