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.”

  • I’ve Lived on the Border My Entire Life. The Courts Must Shut Down Trump’s Border Wall
    Communities, public lands and property are threatened by the president’s abuse of emergency powers. The ecological destruction of Arizona, New Mexico, and California hangs in the balance as courts decide whether to block President Trump’s abuse of emergency powers to secure funds for a border wall Congress denied. On Feb. 15,… Read more »
  • Equity Must Be at the Heart of Marijuana Legalization
    With an equity-centered bill, Illinois just became the 11th state to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older. Illinois just passed what may be the most progressive marijuana legalization bill in America. Gov. Pritzker didn’t surprise anyone by signing the bill yesterday (he campaigned on the issue), and with the work… Read more »
  • Raising our Voices for Equality at Stonewall and the Supreme Court
    50 years after the riots at Stonewall, we are telling the Supreme Court not to roll back protections for LGBTQ people. It’s been half a century since the Stonewall uprising began on June 28, 1969, the reason we celebrate Pride each June. But there’s another fitting date to commemorate this… Read more »
  • Immigrant Kids Keep Dying in CBP Detention Centers, and DHS Won’t Take Accountability
    The death toll continues to climb as the government argues against following legal guidelines. In recent months, at least seven children have either died in custody or after being detained by federal immigration agencies at the border. These children came to the United States desperate for shelter and safety, but… Read more »
  • As Trump Tweets Hateful Threats, States are Protecting Immigrant Rights
    In the midst of the extreme rhetoric and reality, people across the country, and state legislatures, are finding common ground on immigration. This week, President Trump kicked off his re-election campaign by tweeting a threat to deport millions of immigrants, apparently referring to his administration’s plans for mass raids on… 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.

  • France: Aid Worker’s Defamation Conviction Upheld
    Expand Loan Torondel, 21, worked with L’Auberge des Migrants in Calais for two years, helping to provide legal information and support and humanitarian assistance to migrants and asylum seekers in northern France. © 2018 Loan Torondel (Paris) – An appeals court’s confirmation of the defamation conviction of an aid worker… Read more »
  • ILO: New Treaty to Protect Workers from Violence, Harassment
    Expand The ILO Committee making up governments, employers, and workers, following the adoption of the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention and Recommendation 2019, ILO, Geneva.  © International Labour Organization (Geneva) – The adoption of a ground-breaking global treaty on June 21, 2019 by the International Labour Organization (ILO) will improve protections… Read more »
  • Justice Gap For Kosovo 20 Years On
    Expand A grave in Kosovo: “Unidentified.” © FRED ABRAHAMS ⁄ HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH This week marks 20 years since the end of the Kosovo war. What began as systematic Serbian state oppression led to attacks by an ethnic Albanian armed group, a vicious government response, and 78 days of NATO… Read more »
  • 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 »