Drawing on United Nations' and other mainstream data, The World Guide includes all the facts, history, political, and economic analysis you would find in a conventional reference work, but it also offers information on the issues central to the lives of people in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The World Guide is written and produced by the Third World Institute in Uruguay, using research from across the countries of the South. As a world reference, it is unique in providing a view of the world qfrom the South.q Key features include: ANEW design AUpdated information on over 200 countries, including Timor Leste, West Papua, and Somaliland A25 new reports on topical global issues, such as the arms trade, corporate corruption, HIV/AIDS, sweatshops, anti-globalization movements, media, GM foods, climate change, and human rights AMore than 20 tables of factual information on food, education, arms, population, women in government, corruption, debt, employment, and the environment AqThe World in Figuresq--an updated section of data and statistics on child health, literacy, maternal mortality, land use, public expenditure, and other issues A20 or so background briefings including Rwanda's genocide, oil war in Chechnya, slavery in Africa, Operation Condor, Japan's nuclear power workers, and water privatization ANEW qIn Focusq box giving at-a-glance information on each country's human rights, indigenous peoples, health and education, and HIV/AIDS prevalence AA full index The fully searchable CD-ROM version includes additional Amnesty International and Social Watch reports. qThis is the best and most accessible general reference resource available on the Third World.q The Australian qGood news for anyone looking for a handy overview of the world, the countries and the places of our planet.q Financial and Economic Times, Brussels qA highly recommended reference book that gives readers a unique opportunity to see what the world looks like 'from the South'. The issues of peace and justice are embedded in the information.q WorldViews Resource Center, Michigan2001 ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES The area of forests, which covered 41.9 per cent of all the land in 1980, had been reduced to 33.8 per cent by 1990, putting at risk ... In 2000, 7 per cent of the parliamentary seats were held by women and they comprised 29 per cent of the labor force. .... Former human rights attorney Ramiro De Leon Carpio took over and dismissed Serranoa#39;s military supporters.
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