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Corporate and Global Trade Issues

  • The Copy South Research Group  – The Copy South Research Group was established in December 2004. It is a loosley-affiliated group of researchers based in a number of countries across the South and the North who seek to research the inner workings of the global copyright system and its largely negative effects on the global South.
  • CorporateWatch  – CorporateWatch monitors the various multinationals.
  • GATS and Public Libraries  – Links to readings about the likely effects of the GATS on libraries.
  • GatsWatch  – General site dealing with the GATs issue and latest news.
  • Maine Fairtrade  – The Maine Fair Trade Campaign is a group of individuals and organizations, including labor, international solidarity, peace and justice, and environmental groups. Our goals are: Doing widespread education about the impacts of free trade & corporate globalization and fair trade alternatives. Building a strong, long-term statewide fair trade coalition. Developing a positive vision of fair trade alternatives to corporate globalization.

Environmental Issues

  • Climate Camp  – Activist movement on global warming, includes events to raise awareness and campaigns etc.

Journals / E-Journals & Newspapers

  • Ethical Space  – The International Journal of Communication Ethics. Also see
  • Green Left Weekly  – Australia’s radical weekly newspaper. In these days of growing media concentration, Green Left Weekly is a proudly independent voice committed to human and civil rights, global peace and environmental sustainability, democracy and equality. By printing the news and ideas the mainstream media won’t, Green Left Weekly exposes the lies and distortions of the power brokers and helps us to better understand the world around us.
  • The Freethinker  – “Over the years the magazine has vigorously campaigned against all forms of censorship, and wants to see the common law of blasphemy abolished.”
  • The futures of learning  – Journal centered on the theme “The Futures of Learning” with contributions from many leading scholars from an extensive range of fields.
  • Information, Society and Justice  – An inter-disciplinary electronic journal – Information, Society and Justice is a peer-review, open-access electronic journal based in the Department of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) at the London Metropolitan University. The journal is governed by an Editorial Board drawn from UK and overseas. It seeks to provide a proactive space for critical discussion of the linkages between social information, justice and democracy. It will focus on issues of equality, human rights, social inclusion, economic justice, and struggles for liberation and democratic expansion.
  • InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies  – A peer-reviewed electronic journal that is committed to the promotion of scholarly work that examines areas of education and information studies via interdisciplinary and critical frameworks. A critical framework is any approach that expands our notion of traditional analyses of problems and issues. The journal seeks to link diverse theoretical and practical projects, as well as provides a space to record the voices of emerging scholars (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows), activists, and practitioners.
  • Journal of the Canadian Association for School Libraries
  • Labourstart  – E-zine providing coverage of world social issues in a number of languages but mainly reporting on labour union issues around the world.
  • The Morning Star  – British Marxist newspaper.
  • The Network – tackling social exclusion in libraries, museums, archives and galleries  a network of cultural and other organisations working towards social justice.
  • Pambazuka News  (Pambazuka means arise or awaken in Kiswahili) – a tool for progressive social change in Africa. Pambazuka News is produced by Fahamu, an organisation that uses information and communication technologies to serve the needs of organisations and social movements that aspire to progressive social change.
  • Peace News  – The Radical Pacifist Newspaper. Founded in 1936.
  • Progressive Librarian  – An international organization for librarians on the left based in the USA.
  • Schnews  – Alternative News from grassroots activists. This website also contains activist yellow pages, which lists many campaigning organizations, & alternative media – distributors and publishers.
  • Social science awareness site – created by Heather Dawson
  • Socialist Worker  – Socialist Worker is published weekly by the International Socialist Organization. The ISO has branches and members in about 40 cities across the U.S.

Library and Information Groups / Organisations

  • EBLIDA  – The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations – an independent umbrella association of national library, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions in Europe.
  • IEPS (Institute for Education Policy Studies)  – The Institute for Education Policy Studies is an independent Radical Left/ Socialist/ Marxist institute for developing analysis of education policy. It also seeks to develop Marxist education theory, analysis and policy. It critiques global, national, neo-liberal, neo-conservative, New Labour, Third Way, and postmodernist analyses and policy. It attempts to develop democratic socialist/Marxist transformative policy for schooling and education.
  • Librarianactivist  – This site was originally established by Danielle Dennie, a science librarian at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She put this resource together to offer news, information, and resources to librarians who want to be active in political and social issues surrounding libraries and librarianship.
  • The Network – tackling social exclusion in libraries, museums, archives and galleries  – a network of cultural and other organisations working towards social justice.
  • PALIACT  – The African Progressive Librarian and Information Activists’ Group (PALIAct) is an initiative of a group of progressive African librarians and information workers.
  • Progressive Librarians Guild  and their journal,  Progressive Librarian  based in the USA but an international organization for librarians on the left.
  • Radical Statistics Group  – What is Radical Statistics? We believe that statistics can be used to support radical campaigns for progressive social change. Statistics should inform, not drive policies. Social problems should not be disguised by technical language.
  • Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association  – SRRT is a unit within the American Library Association. It works to make ALA more democratic and to establish progressive priorities not only for the Association, but also for the entire profession.
  • Welcome to your library  – Welcome To Your Library is a national project connecting public libraries with refugees and asylum seekers. By increasing opportunities for participation, Welcome To Your Library aims to improve access to and quality of public library services for everyone.

Personal Blogs and Web Sites

  • Edgardo Civallero website  (log of a librarian) and  Spanish version .
  • The Flow of Ideas  – Web site of Ruth and Glenn Rikowski: includes information about the Rikowskis’ various publications and talks and the events that they have been involved with. This blog includes news updates on Ruth Rikowski’s publications and talks, and the events and campaigns that she has been/is involved with.
  • Peter Mclaren  – Critical Pedagogy, Paulo Freire, Marxist Humanism, Eco-socialism, Critical Social Theory and Education.
  • Foibles, Frolics and Phantasms Illustrated Poems 1995-2005  – Information Web site concerning Paul Catherall’s poetry book – Foibles, Frolics and Phantasms Illustrated Poems 1995-2005, including some reviews, the publisher’s synopsis says: A thought-provoking collection of highly original poems, encompassing the intellectual, the contemplative, the weird and the macabre. Explore visions of dank, creeping natural forces and dark, abstract reflections on urban life.

Political Movements and Campaigns

  • Democratization of Information with a Focus on Libraries  (also see  Network Institute for Global Democratization ) – This project started in January 2004 with the successful workshop On Democratization of Information with a Focus on Libraries at the World Social Forum in Mumbai.
  • Google Watch  – Site dealing with monitoring of Google, the World’s largest corporate Internet company.
  • Network Institute for Global Democratization  – NIGD aims at promoting global democratization by producing and developing emancipatory knowledge for democratic movements, organizations and states.
  • Statewatch  – Statewatch monitors state and civil liberties in the European Union.
  • World Socialist Web Site  – The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) is the leadership of the world socialist movement, the Fourth International founded by Leon Trotsky in 1938. In all countries the sections of the International Committee fight to unite the world working class in a common struggle for social equality. The ICFI rests on the proud heritage of the movement founded by Leon Trotsky, co-leader with Lenin of the Russian Revolution.
  • War Resisters’ International (WRI)  – the War Resisters’ International website.

Portals and Gateways

  • E-LIS  – E-LIS is an open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, on Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and related areas. E-LIS relies on the voluntary work of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and is non-commercial.
  • Free Government Information .
  • The International Institute of Social History (IISH)  – The International Institute of Social History (IISH) was founded in 1935. It is one of the world’s largest documentary and research institutions in the field of social history in general and the history of the labour movement in particular. Most of the collections are open to the public.
  • Libcom  – a left wing cultural archive and news portal.
  •  – general portal to progressive LIS related groups and Web sites.
  • Librarians for Peace  – a document archive drawn from the anti-war movement.
  • Progressive Librarians Around the World  – A directory of organizations and people.
  • Radical Reference  – Radical Reference is a collective of volunteer library workers who believe in social justice and equality. We support activist communities, progressive organizations, and independent journalists by providing professional research support, education and access to information.
  • Radical Reference (Alternative Libraries and Infoshops)  – an index of radical librarianship zines and publication collections.

Publishers and Booksellers

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