Welcome to the latest edition of the newsletter which brings you a selection of new sites added to SOSIG the Social Science Information Gateway in the last week. Remember that you can consult a full list at <http://www.sosig.ac.uk/>
Mistaken Identity: Exploring the relationship Between National Identity Cards and the Prevention of Terrorism
Description: This site provides access to a report published by Privacy International in April 2004. It reviews the link between national identity cards and the prevention of terrorism, arguing that the existence of ID cards does not reduce terrorist attacks. Evidence to support this is presented. Users should note that the paper is in pdf format and therefore requires access to an Adobe Acrobat reader for use.
also added: Liberty: Identity Cards.
Legislation on identity cards: a consultation paper, British Favour ID Cards (MORI poll)
Europe Counts: European Elections 2004
Description: This site was created by the European Parliament UK Office to provide public information and encourage people to vote in the 2004 European Parliament elections. It includes news about the election campaigns as well as background information on the role of the European parliament and the election process. Other features of the site include a listing of candidates for each constituency and a glossary of EU jargon.
Libya: Time to Make Human Rights A Reality
Description: This site provides access to the full text of a report published in April 2004 by Amnesty International. It reviews the progress of human rights reforms in Libya under the government of Colonel Gaddafi. The report includes a summary of international relations between Libya and the West from 1973-2004, covering involvement in terrorist activities and recent moves to re-enter the international community. Attention is drawn to continuing human rights abuses, the detention of political prisoners and lack of certain civil rights in the region.
Ambassadors' Letter to Blair 26 April 2004
Description: This site provides access to the text of an open letter signed by fifty former diplomats and British ambassadors and sent to british Prime Minister Tony Blair on 26th April 2004. The letter criticises Labour government foreign policy towards the Middle-East, focusing specifically on actions towards the Arab Israeli conflict and Iraq. The authors urge Mr Blair to either influence the foreign policy of President George W. Bush or to cease backing him. The text is made available on the web site of the BBC News service.
Description: The Teachability Project aims to create an accessible curriculum for students with disabilities. The project is based at Strathclyde University and is funded by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. The project Web site gives access to materials which can be used "to inform the development of departmental action plans for meeting more effectively the teaching and learning needs of students with various impairments." It also gives access to a mailing list to discuss the issues involved.
Gender and Political Participation
This site provides access to the full text of a research report published by the Electoral Commission in April 2004. It presents the findings of a survey of women's political participation by Pippa Norris, Rosie Campbell and Joni Lovenduski. This contains statistical data which compares male and female political activism and voter turnout levels from 1964 onwards. It also discusses barriers for women in becoming involved in political affairs, political party and trade union membership and provides recommendations in improving the situation. User should not that the paper is in pdf format and therefore requires access to an Adobe Acrobat Reader for use.
Election Day Computer Simulation Game
Description: The Election Day Computer Simulation Game was designed by John Gastil of the University of Washington. It is to teach students and members of the public about the American electoral process, political parties, election campaigning and election campaign finance. The programme may be downloaded. Help screens and license terms are displayed on the site.
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