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The Plum Book (U.S. Government Policy and Supporting Positions) lists all presidentially appointed positions within the Federal Government. It is published every 4 years following a presidential election.
The current financial crisis is not the first of its kind. Resolving a systemic banking crisis of this magnitude requires learning from past successes and failures. The IMF recently released a report entitled “Systemic Banking Crises: A New Database“[pdf]. The report chronicles 42 systemic banking crises across the world from 1970 to 2007. Coverage includes detailed data on crisis containment and resolution policies.
The U.S. “Tiananmen Papers”, published by the National Security Archives, this electronic compilation of newly declassified U.S. government documents provides useful primary information concerning the “Tiananmen massacre” that took place in Beijing and elsewhere in China during the first half of June 1989. Consisting mainly of the CIA’s reports and cables from the US embassy in Beijing, this significant selection of first-hand sources examines through a US prism, the decision-making process of the Chinese Communist Party Political Bureau Standing Committee in the course and aftermath of protests and political disorder.
Try the Migration Information Source – an online journal for scholars , policymakers and opinion makers interested in world-wide migration issues and trends. Published by the nonpartisan think tank, the Migration Policy Institute, the journal offers statistical data from global organizations and governments, along with expert analysis from respected researchers in the field.
The Center for Public Integrity, a research group that focuses on ethics in government and public policy, designed the new Web site to allow simple searches for specific phrases, such as â€œmushroom cloudâ€? or â€œyellowcake uranium,â€? in transcripts and documents totaling some 380,000 words, including remarks by President Bush and most of his top advisers in the two years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
[You] can now go online to browse a comprehensive database of top officialsâ€™ statements before the invasion, connecting the dots between hundreds of claims, mostly discredited since then. (New York Times, 1/24/2007)
Check out two nonpartisan & reputable fact checking web sites.
FactCheck.orgÂ (Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania)
This nonpartisan site is designed to provide factual information to accompany campaign rhetoric.
PolitiFact (A service of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly)
Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times and CQÂ analyze the candidates speeches, TV ads and interviews and determine whether the claims are accurate.
“Government is Good : An Apologetic Defense of a Vital Institution” is a web project of Prof. Douglas Amy of Mt. Holyoke College. It consists of 3 sections: 1) The War on Government, 2) Why Government is Good, and 3) Revitalizing Democracy and Government.
“This web project is a force for good in our fragile experiment in democracy called the
The International Non-governmental Foundation for Socio-economic and Political Studies (also kown as the Gorbachev Foundation) was created by Mikhail Gorbachev in spring 1992 to provide serious analysis of the changing social, economic and political situation in Russia and the world. Since 2004, Mr. Gorbachev and the Foundation have focussed on the research project XXI Century Global World: Challenges and Responses, examining global security problems, and the globalization process, including its philosophical, socio-cultural, socio-environmental, political, and economic aspects. Link to the Gorbachev Foundation.
Visit this site to learn more about the global distribution of poverty and the geographic and biophysical conditions of where the poor live.Â It provides valuable data about poverty, food security, and inequality.Â The site does a great job of translating facts into practical information that can be used to summarize, publicize and perhaps eradicate poverty.