Friday, February 25, 2005

The Idealist
This could be useful for people asking about volunteer & idealist work, projects, and activities in the U.S. and elsewhere. (abstract is excerpted from the Scout Report, vol.11, nr.8, 02/25/05)

"Administered by the nonprofit organization Action Without Borders, this site serves as a portal for anyone interested in a career with a nonprofit organization, volunteering, or internships in a related setting. The homepage is a good place to start, as it contains updates about upcoming nonprofit career fairs, news pieces related to social service and nonprofit groups, and some themed resources for volunteers, nonprofit managers, job seekers, and teachers. The site's homepage also contains a comprehensive search engine that is linked up to each and every database provided here. The Career Center section is a real find, as visitors may peruse sections dedicated to writing effective resumes, working abroad, and also look through a nonprofit job forum as well. Finally, visitors can also sign up for personal email updates and look at the site's contents in Spanish and French."

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Project Syndicate

This appears to be an interesting site, with translations of seminal articles into Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Czech, French and Spanish!

(following info is excerpted from website)
"Project Syndicate is an international association of 229 newspapers in 107 countries, devoted to the following objectives:
  • bringing distinguished voices from around the world to informed national audiences so as to create a global forum for broadening debate and exchanging ideas;
  • strengthening the independence of newspapers in postcommunist and developing countries through a variety of training programs;
  • fostering professional links among member papers.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Tracing Former Military Personnel in the U.S.

(from Resource Shelf)
U.S. Military Personnel--Locator Services
Source: Embassy of the United States, London UK
Tracing Former Military Personnel In The U.S."It is difficult to trace someone in the United States when their whereabouts are completely unknown, as there are no central records of names and addresses available to the public. For those trying to locate former colleagues, friends or relations the following information may be of assistance. When writing to an agency or organization listed below, you should provide as much information as possible about the person you seek. At least the full name, date and place of birth should be given. For military personnel, the rank, serial number and branch of service should also be specified."

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

After The U.S. Election: A Survey Of Public Opinion In France, Germany and the United States

In the immediate aftermath of President Bush's re-election, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) conducted a survey of American, German, and French public opinion.The survey looks at how the presidential election impacted American and European attitudes toward each other and their leaders, perceptions of international organizations such as the UN and NATO, and possible areas of U.S.--European collaboration on issues like Israel--Palestine, Iran, and Iraq. Finally, it asks what leaders on both sides of the Atlantic should do to improve the transatlantic relationship.

Friday, February 4, 2005

Education Department's database of accredited educational institutions

The Education Department's Office of Postsecondary education has created an online database at that will ease the identification of diploma mills and provide information about the accreditation of legitimate educational institutions.

"The database lists approximately 6,900 postsecondary educational institutions and programs, each of which is accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a “reliable authority as to the quality of postsecondary education” within the meaning of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).The database does not include a number of postsecondary educational institutions and programs that elect not to seek accreditation but nevertheless may provide a quality postsecondary education"