Politics

    June, 2009

  • Tiananmen Square Massacre - June 03, 2009 03:46 PM
    The words “Tiananmen Square” conjure images of violence that still have a huge impact in contemporary China. When China’s People’s Liberation Army killed hundreds—or even thousands—of civilian demonstrators on June 4, 1989, the country was condemned internationally for its actions. Still, the government maintains that it was simply stopping a potential uprising.
  • March, 2009

  • Global Financial Crisis - March 13, 2009 05:14 PM
    The current recession encompasses the worst economic conditions seen in the United States since the Great Depression. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research this economic downturn began in December 2007, however some of its roots lay in the remedies for the previous official recession, which happened during 2001. The links in this guide take you through recent interest rate cuts, subprime mortgage issuance and asset-backed securities and how they led to the current state of the economy.
  • August, 2008

  • The European Union (EU) - August 11, 2008 06:00 AM
    The foundation of the European Union (EU) was created in the aftermath of World War II in response to the economic, social and political devastations that resulted from nationalist divisions within Europe. The EU has evolved over time to include 27 countries, and operates based on the decisions of numerous governing bodies within the organization. This guide introduces the history of the EU and how it was formed, and explores how it currently operates.
  • July, 2008

  • Socialism - July 31, 2008 09:10 AM
    Socialism is a socioeconomic belief that stresses the importance of communal involvement in property and wealth distribution. This guide explains the history of socialism from political and economic standpoints. You’ll learn about various socialist philosophies, and read arguments both for and against the ideology. Also find links to contemporary socialist organizations, and read news articles and essays written by today’s socialist media.
  • U.S. Health Care - July 28, 2008 01:55 PM
    Health care is one of the most important topics in American politics and society today. Use this Web guide to find information on the government and non-government health care organizations that seek to educate and heal the American public. You’ll find resources for health care news, as well as information on where the current presidential candidates stand on health care issues.
  • April, 2008

  • US Government - April 03, 2008 01:33 PM

    The U.S. Constitution stipulated a government that would include “a separation of powers.” This mandate, often referred to as a system of “checks and balances,” forms the basis of the U.S. government. Although the executive, legislative and judicial branches share power, they each have specific purposes and unique duties. This U.S. Government Web Guide explores the history and contemporary responsibility of each branch of the American government, providing information about the role of the President and the cabinet, the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the Supreme Court.

  • March, 2008

  • U.S. Immigration - March 27, 2008 01:55 PM
    Increasing global and domestic populations have made immigration a heated issue. While some believe the United States has an obligation to welcome immigrants, others advocate tighter border control. This U.S. Immigration Web Guide offers more information about the issue, from the history of U.S. immigration to current services, U.S. immigration law, and American population statistics and projections. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • The U.S. President and the Cabinet: The Executive Branch - March 26, 2008 03:20 PM
    The U.S. executive branch is made up of two essential components: the president and the Cabinet he or she selects to represent each of the 15 major departments of U.S. government. The Cabinet is an intimate group that meets at least once a week to discuss the most essential aspects of U.S. policy and government with the president. Members of the executive branch function not only as essential policymakers, but also as direct representatives of the American electorate.
  • U.S. Foreign Relations: Foreign Affairs Online - March 24, 2008 04:36 PM

    Effective U.S. foreign relations and policy are essential in maintaining peace and economic prosperity on a global scale. The findingDulcinea U.S. Foreign Relations Web Guide outlines some of the major organizations that facilitate international relations, including American foreign affairs organizations and those around the world. In addition, this Web Guide links you to important information regarding foreign policy, news and more.

  • February, 2008

  • U.S. Economy - February 29, 2008 02:48 PM
    The U.S. economy is one of the most important aspects of American society. Not only does it affect citizens on a daily basis, but it is also a pivotal element in determining U.S. politics and government. This guide serves as a brief outline of the U.S. economy, beginning with the basic history of economic policy and then covering present-day federal economic organizations, private economic think tanks, sources for economic news and economic indicators.
  • American Political Parties - February 26, 2008 01:41 PM

    Although the two-party system that defines American government may seem solid and unquestionable, American political parties and their platforms have changed considerably throughout history. Even in this era of polarized opinions, there are nuances and details regarding U.S. political parties that are often overlooked. This American Political Parties Web Guide explores the historical and contemporary distinctions among Democrats, Republicans and other political parties of the past and present.

  • US Presidential Election 2008 - February 04, 2008 10:50 AM

    American democracy hinges on the knowledge of the American people. With the presidential election race now upon us, it’s a good idea to learn about the details of the election process. Our Presidential Election 2008 Web Guide provides the best resources for recent election news and information, so you can be on top of your facts and figures as readily as any expert. Welcome to the fast track of U.S. presidential elections 2008. We also offer a Spanish-language version of the Guide.

  • December, 2007

  • Presidential Elections: The Electoral Process at Work - December 01, 2007 11:19 AM
    Living in a democracy is great: it creates a platform for opportunity and equality unlike any other political system. But the system is only as strong as those who make it, and the American electoral process depends on committed voters and civic-minded individuals to keep it running fairly. In 2008, Americans are once again faced with the central component in preserving the democratic system—voting for president. This guide will refresh your memory on the history of the electoral process, show you how to register to vote, and suggest some resources for would-be volunteers.
  • November, 2007

  • Give Thanks: Support Our Military Family - November 19, 2007 06:35 AM
    “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive … to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”

         President Abraham Lincoln
         Second Inaugural Address
         March 4, 1865

    When soldiers are deployed overseas, families are left behind and often face financial and emotional hardship. With thousands of charities devoted to supporting our military family, it’s not easy to know which ones are the most worthy of your support.

    The Military Family Support Web Guide lists our top charities for supporting military families and troops. Use it to connect with the families and service members who have sacrificed so much for America by sending letters and supplies, volunteering, helping heal wounded soldiers or giving much-needed donations. 

    Make the United States the country you want it to be: a place where citizens support our military family and honor their principles through even the most challenging of times. Learn how to support the families whose loved ones are currently serving, how to support the troops overseas and those who have returned home, and find Web sites that military families can visit to seek help.

    View a Spanish-language version of the Military Family Support Web Guide.
  • The Supreme Court: The Judicial Branch - November 06, 2007 10:55 AM
    “I believe that the establishment of the Supreme Court of the United States as a constitutional court … is the most significant single contribution the United States has made to the art of government.”
    —Former Chief Justice William Rehnquist

    The Supreme Court is the highest form of judicial authority in the United States. Only nine justices are given responsibility over the monumental judgments of the court, which handles matters of constitutional and federal law. Each vote is extremely influential in the structure and application of the American judicial system.
  • October, 2007

  • The U.S. Congress: The Legislative Branch - October 29, 2007 02:07 AM
    The U.S. Congress is the legislative branch of the federal government and is responsible for making laws. The decisions of Congress affect the lives of everyone in the United States and have significant international ramifications as well. Online you’ll find the information you need on the congressional issues that have special relevance to you. These links will also help you contact your congressperson, research legislation or gain greater insight into the role of Congress.
  • Political Blogs - October 25, 2007 12:26 PM
    Political blogs provide average Internet users with a platform for communicating personal political beliefs to anyone willing to read them. Spanning all political ideologies—there are conservative blogs, liberal blogs, moderate blogs and beyond—political blogs are characterized by varying degrees of clarity, insight and vehemence. In this Political Blogs Web Guide you’ll find a selection of the best political blogs and tools to help you discover your own favorites.
  • U.S. Military - October 24, 2007 01:08 AM

    There are more than 1.4 million active members of the U.S. military, according to Department of Defense statistics. Over 300 million people are affected by the military either through service, or as family of military personnel. This guide provides information on military life and history, the requisites for a military career, and the rights and benefits military members deserve. Use these resources to get informed and involved, or to make the most of your military life.

  • September, 2007

  • International Politics - September 14, 2007 04:11 AM

    Important political events happen each day around the world. Fortunately, you don't have to travel the globe to learn about international politics; the Internet has the resources you need to stay current. We'll point you to the best sources for news, commentary and blogs about international politics and foreign relations. This International Politics Web Guide also offers help researching nations and intergovernmental organizations.

  • August, 2007

  • Political Activism - August 02, 2007 12:27 PM

    At its base, political activism means being an active participant in the political process. By voting, lobbying, working for a campaign, volunteering or protesting, citizens exercise their right to civic involvement. In this Political Activism Web Guide, learn about the voting process and voter registration, or find a campaign, party or cause to volunteer in. This is the perfect place to research political activism, from community information to the ins and outs of running for office.

  • June, 2007

  • American Politics: Tracking U.S. Government, Political Parties, Elections and Political News - June 16, 2007 05:37 AM
    The Web is the most efficient source for current information about domestic and international politics. This Guide teaches you about the U.S. government and the election process; tells you how to get politically involved yourself; and highlights the best sources for political news at home and abroad. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.