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Against the Current (1988)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this film gives a Russian perspective on environmental problems caused by Soviet industrialization. Protesters who live near a synthetic protein plant are labeled extremists, but they continue their fight because they are convinced the air pollution is killing their children (27 minutes). Produced in Russia during the Gorbachev era. Be aware of the fact that this film is in Russian with English subtitles. It is available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $60.

Media Type: Media

AIDS Races Through Eastern Europe (Health)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because This BBC news website from late 2001 is recommended because it describes the recent increase in AIDS cases in Russia and Eastern Europe. The page is part of the larger BBC report “Aids Around the World,” which includes reports from other world regions as well as internet links. Be aware of the fact that there is a separate section entitled Russia’s Crisis that you can click on to get more specific information about aids in Russia alone.

Annual Editions: Global Issues 09/10. (2009).

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Recommended because new editions each year contain collections of 30-40 up to date articles from scholars and the world press that examine the most important global issues facing the planet.  The book has a world map, a glossary, a topic guide, and a list of related websites. This is one of many Annual Editions series. Others (see list on the Annual Editions website) are also relevant to specific issues as well as regional studies.

Citation: Jackson, Robert M. (editor). Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. http://www.dushkin.com

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Back to Chernobyl (1989)

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Recommended because although it is somewhat dated now, this video is still a high-quality documentary investigating the adverse health effects of history’s worst nuclear power plant accident three years after it occurred on April 26, 1986 in Chernobyl, Ukraine, USSR. Also shown is footage of the disaster itself. Produced by NOVA and PBS (60 minutes), may be borrowed from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies, apparently out of print.

Media Type: Media

BBC’s coverage of War in Chechnya (Human Rights/Health)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its extensive coverage of the war in Chechnya and the troubles in the Caucasus region in general. Be aware of the fact that there is a forum section where you can listen to the interviews of Russian Spokesman on a subject Mikhail Margelov

Bought & Sold: An Investigative Documentary About the International Trade in Women (1998, 42 minutes)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is an investigative documentary about the international trade in women, and includes new material from Global Survival Network’s two-year undercover investigation into the traffic in women for prostitution out of Russia. This video includes undercover footage of meetings with the Russian mafia, interviews with women who were trafficked overseas and perspectives from experts from around the world about how to address the problem. Be aware of the fact that this film is available for loan from the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University (contact Denise Gardiner at reei@indiana.edu or call 812-85Slavic and Eastern Europe-7309), not clear where it may be purchased.

Media Type: Media

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (Women)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) is a non-governmental organization that promotes women’s human rights. It works internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all its forms. Start by checking the Factbook to get specific information on women from Eastern Europe (or any other area of interest for that matter). Be aware of the fact that since 1991 (when the Soviet Union collapsed) there has been a huge increase in the number of East European women, especially from Russia and Ukraine, who have become unwilling sex slaves in Europe and the Middle East. CATW publicizes this revival of human slavery in its worst form.

Communism: Legacy of Pollution (1997, 25 minutes)

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Recommended because of the insight it provides into environmental issues of Central Europe. In the wake of communism’s decline in Eastern Europe, the environmental legacy of communism has been revealed. The Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany form a black triangle of aggressive air pollution with which these newly democratic states must now contend. This film outlines the work of the European Union to help these countries moderate their industrial pollution. Be aware of the fact that this film is available for free loan from Indiana University’s Russian and East European Institute (contact Denise Gardiner at reei@indiana.edu or call 812-85Slavic and Eastern Europe-7309), but not clear where it may be purchased.

Media Type: Media

Conflict in Chechnya: Russia’s Renegade Republic

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is an excellent website for up-to-date information on the wartorn region of Chechnya, a republic within the Russian federation that has sought indepedence from Moscow through a military rebellion against Russian authority. Start by going to the Early History section of the site. Here you will find great background information on why Chechens were dissatisfied with Russian rule even in the 19th century. Be aware of the fact that there are many valuable sections to this website, including wonderful maps, a timeline of Chechen history starting in 1991, detailed information on Chechen separatism, how the Russian government in Moscow views the Chechen problem, a forum on Chechnya, as well as archived reports on Chechnya going back to 1996. Produced by the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Eurasianet’s Environment Website (Environment)

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Recommended because of its up to date articles on environmental issues in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Russia. Fully archived going back two years. Produced by the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute, using reporters based both in the West and in the Region. Be aware of Be aware that reporters are often native to the regions they cover and that the articles in this website are also available in Russian language versions.

Eurasianet’s Human Rights Website (Human Rights)

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Recommended because of its up-to-date articles on Human Rights issues in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Russia. Be aware of the fact that this website is fully archived going back several years. Produced by the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute, using reporters based both in the West and in the Region. As an added advantage, reporters are often native to the regions they cover.

Expanding Europe: Round Five of the EU Buildout (7 tape series)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because the fifth wave of eager entrants into the European Union is included Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, and Cyprus. Program one of this seven-part series takes a broad look at the economic hurdles that faced these six countries when they were still just candidates for EU membership, while the rest of the series examines the fiscal health of each country within its cultural context as it prepared for accession into the EU. Produced in 2000, each tape is 25 minutes long. Be aware of the fact that this film is available for loan from the Indiana University Russian and East European Institute (contact Denise Gardiner at reei@indiana.edu or call 812-85Slavic and Eastern Europe-7309), may be purchased from Films for the Humanities for $570.

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Fallout from Chornobyl

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this lesson (designed for grades 6-8)focuses on the most spectacular nuclear accident in history–the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the USSR in 1986. Students should recognize that changes to the environment in one place can often affect other, distant places. To introduce and reinforce this concept, students will read and analyze several articles describing consequences of the 1986 explosion and fire at a nuclear power plant in Chornobyl, Ukraine, a country which at that time was part of the Soviet Union. Students will then create a map showing which countries were affected by this disaster and how they were affected. Produced by the National Geographic Society. Be aware of the fact that this site has several links to Chornobyl related websites in addition to the online articles.

From Nyet to Da: Understanding the Russians

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is the single best book for Americans to read to gain insight into how and why Russians think and act differently than us. Remarkable insights into how the Russian character has been shaped by their culture, geography, political system, etc. Not only useful, this is a very readable and interesting book. Reviewed by Bill Wolf.

Citation: Richmond, Yale. (1996). Paperback, 219 pages; Revised & Updated edition; Intercultural Press; ISBN: 1877864412

Media Type: Book

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Greenpeace International

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its resources and work on environmental issues such as climate change, forests, oceans, nuclear energy, toxic wastes, trade and environment, and the effects of conflict.  Start by examining What we do and Multimedia  to get a sense of its resources through links to topics and to videos, webcams of Greenpeace ships and photo essays. Be aware  that Greenpeace is an advocacy organization with specific goals. Some visuals may not be appropriate for younger students. Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

Greenpeace Russia (Environment)

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Recommended because this is a wonderful site to become acquainted both with Russia’s natural beauty, as well as to learn about Russia’s most important environmental challenges, including the pollution at Lake Baikal, the world’s largest body of freshwater, preserving Russia’s vast but threatened forest, and nuclear contamination. Be aware of the fact that there is a great section on the six areas named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, as well as several others that are candidates for this designation. This is a Russian produced website and it is available in the Russian language in addition to English. Several other East European countries also have Greenpeace organizations (as do dozens of other countries throughout the world), and their websites can be found by clicking on the country selector at the top left-hand side of the page.

Gypsies and the Freedom to Hate (2002, 22 minutes)

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Recommended because it sheds light on a widespread phenomenon of racism in Central Europe. Ironically, the Gypsies or Roma of Eastern Europe, a people historically persecuted, were protected under the communist system; the disintegration of that system has opened the floodgates of a repressed hatred. In this program, ABC News correspondent Chris Bury looks at an age-old prejudice that has resurfaced in such countries as Hungary and the Czech Republic. Inheriting a legacy of discrimination end even slavery, the Roma, as this profile shows, are an ethnic group with the lowest education levels and highest welfare rates in Europe. Be aware of the fact that this film is available for loan from the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University (contact Denise Gardiner at reei@indiana.edu or call 812-85Slavic and Eastern Europe-7309), not clear where it may be purchased.

Media Type: Media

Inside Europe: Your Guide to the Changing Face of the European Union

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this excellent and comprehensive website on the European Union contains a wealth of information on the East European nations that recently joined the EU. Start by clicking on the section, “Enlargement Map.” Here you can see at a glance the map of Europe indicating the ten new EU members (most from Eastern Europe) as well as the several candidate countries being considered for membership in the future. By clicking on each of these countries, you will see a country profile of each nation. Be aware of the “Photojournals” section, which contains a story on a Latvian family’s views of the EU, as well as how Hungarians are guarding the EU border. Produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (Human Rights)

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Recommended because the IHF, which is based in Vienna, monitors human rights abuses in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It is a private, non-governmental organization with representatives from the countries under scrutiny. The website is a treasure trove of information on human rights violations throughout the region. Topics include ethnic intimidation, trafficking in women, violations of freedom of the press, and many other diverse subjects. An extremely useful website.

International Organization for Migration

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Recommended because the site encompasses a variety of migration management activities throughout the world. Topics about migration include assisted returns, counter-trafficking, labour migration, migration health, movements, mass information, and technical cooperation on migration, migration policy and research programme, working group on gender issues, individual portraits, and links to relevant program and project web sites. Start with Media to see photo essays an videos of stories of people and places.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

International Sexual Trafficking from Russia (Women)

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Recommended because this is a Russian-based website on the subject of sexual trafficking of Russian women in the Far East, the Middle East, and Europe. Be aware that there are separate sections on the history of the problem in Russia, economic factors affecting women, etc. Part of the Miramed Institute, Moscow, website. Miramed is a non-governmental organization that focuses on issues of women’s health and empowerment in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Start by reading about the Angel Coalition, founded in 1999 by the Miramed Institute.

Lake Baikal: Mysterious Deaths Deepen Concerns about Russia’s

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Recommended because of its basic information on how the world’s largest lake is threatened by industrial pollution as evidenced by deaths of the Lake Baikal’s unique freshwater seals. Not a large site, but well-done. Materials include maps, photographs, and useful internet links. Produced by the National Geographic Society.

Lodz Ghetto (1992, 120 minutes)

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Recommended because this film chronicles the besieged and doomed city in Poland which held the second largest concentration of Jews in Nazi Europe. The lives and stories of the 200,000 Jews who were trapped in the Ghetto are told solely with authentic writings from secret journals, archival photographs and footage shot by German soldiers. Be aware of the fact that this film is available for free loan from Indiana University’s Russian and East European Studies Institute (contact Denise Gardiner at reei@indiana.edu or call 812-85Slavic and Eastern Europe-7309), may be purchased from Facets Multimedia for $40.

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Logging Siberia

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Recommended because this is a fine documentary on the environmental battle to save the largest and perhaps most important of the world’s ancient forests–the vast coniferous forests of Siberia in eastern Russia (28 minutes). Be aware of the fact that this film may be borrowed free from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), or can be purchased from Facets Multimedia for $125.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Expansion of NATO)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because NATO now contains many recently joined member nations from Eastern Europe. NATO’s relationship with Russia, which has traditionally been opposed to joining NATO, is also discussed in detail. Start by clicking on the “Issues” section at the top of the page. This area includes detailed information on NATO operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Macedonia, as well as NATO partnerships with Russia and Ukraine, and separate coverage of NATO enlargement, NATO’s response to the threat of terrorism, and many other issues.

Painting Inside the Lines: Examining the Effects of Freedom of Expression — and Freedom of Religious Practice in Particular — on Art

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Recommended because this lesson plan helps students consider the meanings of freedom of expression and freedom of religion within democracies as these freedoms apply to art. They examine, through writing and discussion, how a group in Russia responded to a controversial art exhibit and write position papers examining the boundaries of these democratic ideals. Start by reading the September 2003 newspaper article entitled, Art vs. Religion: Whose Rights Will Come First? Be aware of the fact that this lesson plan was produced by the New York Times and it is designed for grades 6-8, and well as grades 9-12.

Peace de Resistance: Exploring Conflict Resolution Through Examining Current Events in Macedonia (Ethnic Conflict)

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Recommended because ethnic conflict in Macedonia had the potential to start a Third World War, but news coverage of this subject was surprisingly meager. Overview of Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students consider ways in which the current conflict in Macedonia parallels their lives and explore techniques for resolving such conflicts. Be aware of the fact that this lesson plan was produced by the New York Times Learning Network and is designed for grades 6-8, 9-12.

Population Reference Bureau

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Recommended as a leader in providing timely and objective information on population trends (see Datafinder) and their implications as the world population exceeds 7 billion. Sections include focus areas, topics, and regions, datafinder, quickfacts, and PRB library. There are specific pages for educators and journalists,  Start with Datafinder for graphics and stats and Educators which provides lesson plans, resource guides, US in the world, etc. QuickFacts is also recommended since it provides information by topics related to population issues such as education, gender, population trends.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12

 

Roma/Gypsies and their ethnic struggles (Ethnic conflict)

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Recommended because it provides detailed new coverages of Roma people all over Europe, introduces their nomad culture and traditions Be aware of the fact that there are great links to other pages on other aspects of life of the Roma people

Srebrenica: A Cry From the Grave

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Recommended because Srebrenica, Bosnia, the world’s first United Nations Safe Area, was the site of the worst case of genocide in Europe since World War II. In July 1995, the Bosnian Serb army staged a brutal takeover of the small, intimate spa town and its surrounding region. Over a period of five days, the Bosnian Serb soldiers separated Muslim families and systematically murdered over 7,000 men and boys in fields, schools, and warehouses. This website is a companion to the NOVA documentary produced by PBS. Start by going to the About the Program section for a good introduction. Be aware of the fact that it includes eyewitness accounts, there is an interactive timeline, a section devoted to the massacre’s aftermath, and lesson plans are included. An excellent site.

The Bratsk Sea (2001, 50 minutes)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this documentary looks at the social disaster that came along with the construction of a power plant in the city of Balagansk under the orders of the Soviet Union’s Communist planners during the early ’60s. Residents were sold on the project through propagandist news reporting, but the reality fell far short of the dream. The relocated residents found their new land had inferior soil, leading to farm production shortages, lack of water and other serious problems. In English. Be aware of the fact that this film is available for free loan from Indiana University’s Russian and East European Studies Institute (contact Denise Gardiner at reei@indiana.edu or call 812-85Slavic and Eastern Europe-7309), or may be purchased from Facets Multimedia for $30.

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The Ethnic Cleansers and the Cleansed: The Unforgiving (1998, 78 minutes)

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Recommended because of the insight it provides into the civil war in Bosnia of the early 1990s. In Serb-held eastern Bosnia, a Serbian couple desperately try to learn how their 11-year-old son was murdered and where his remains might be. The only clue is a Muslim prisoner, a family acquaintance before the time of ethnic cleansing. Does he know what happened? Why should he help? Was he himself the murderer? With all the force of a Greek tragedy, this film follows the inexorable process of human self-destruction, but there is no catharsis here, for we are observing not myth, but contemporary history. As this harrowing documentary makes clear, unspeakable grief in time becomes commonplace and atrocities are not the preserve of one side or another. Be aware of the fact that this film is available for free loan from Indiana University’s Russian and East European Studies Institute (contact Denise Gardiner at reei@indiana.edu or call 812-85Slavic and Eastern Europe-7309); apparently no longer available commercially.

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The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) (Human Rights)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because the OSCE is the largest regional security and human rights organization in the world and it’s fifty-five participating states include all of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Much of the OSCE’s activities today focus on security, democratization, and human rights issues precisely in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Topics featured in this website include a wealth of information on the region with OSCE reports and news stories on subjects like reforming the media in Serbia, peacekeeping in Macedonia, and the promotion of interethnic dialogue in Tajikistan.

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (Environment)

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Recommended because this NGO website (based in Hungary) tracks environmental issues for all of Eastern Europe and the Baltic States (but not the rest of the former Soviet Union). Be aware of the fact that the website is searchable and all RECCEE publications are available online–this alone provides a tremendous amount of information. Also included are links to environmental websites for each of the countries included in the RECCEE’s jurisdiction. Probably a bit advanced for many secondary students, but still a good resource.

Virtual Exhibits on the Holocaust from the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance (Holocaust)

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Recommended because this website contains three fine online exhibits about the fate of East European Jews under Nazi control. The first, Visas for Life, tells the story of a Japanese Consul who saved thousands of Jews in Kovno, Lithuania, from death by granting them visas. Dignity and Defiance: The Confrontation of Life and Death in the Warsaw Ghetto deals with the 1943 uprising in the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland; And I Still See Their Faces: Images of Polish Jews, tells the story through photographs of the large Jewish population of Poland that was first persecuted then annihilated by the Nazis. All three are moving and highly effective exhibits. Be aware of the fact that these virtual exhibits are produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center of Los Angeles, California. The Wiesenthal Center website contains a wealth of information on the Holocaust and related topics, including sections entitled, “Multimedia Learning Center” and “Teachers’ Resources.”

You Think!

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Recommended because it is a very easy-to-navigate educational tool developed for teachers and student research on environmental, financial, social, political and cultural issues across the world.  There is information on MDGs, AIDS, climate change, corruption, education, energy, food & agriculture, gender, health, information & communications, international trade, natural resources, population, poverty, private sector development, sustainable development, urbanization, water & sanitation, and more. Start by checking out Issues, Multimedia and For Teachers.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.