Freemuse: Freedom of Musical Expression
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Freemuse (The World Forum on Music and Censorship), is an independent international organization advocating freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. The goal of Freemuse is to bring together professionals, such as musicians, journalists, researchers, record industry professionals, and human rights activists, to examine, discuss, and document a wide variety of abuses. The Freemuse website offers an analysis of music censorship, complete with links for further reading. The site offers a partial list of artists who have been censored in their native countries. Visitors may also access video and audio interviews with many artists who discuss censorship and their work. The site's "Reading Room" section offers articles, speeches, and a bibliography of the music industry with an emphasis on censorship. Visitors may also access Freemuse materials by geographic region, by artist, or by subject, such as "minorities," "music and politics," and "religion." The Freemuse site is available in Danish, Spanish, and French as well as English.
PointofLaw.com is a web magazine sponsored by the Manhattan Institute and the American Enterprise Institute Liability Project that brings together information and opinion on the U.S. litigation system. Updated daily with news and commentary by a wide variety of legal opinion-makers, PointofLaw.com focuses on areas such as employment law, medicine and the law, scientific evidence, products liability, and business regulation through litigation. Legal researchers and students will appreciate the site’s “Articles” section, which contains a selection of articles chosen as useful introductions to issues of tort law. These articles are not necessarily introductory to tort law generally, but are designed to provide greater exposure to articles and issues not well known or easily accessible. PointofLaw.com’s main content is its news forum, which is updated multiple times daily with unique commentary on current events. The site’s posting are not available for comment. PointofLaw.com is searchable and syndicatable to your favorite RSS reader.
Designed with professors, lawyers, advocates, and students in mind, the Refugee Law Reader is a “comprehensive on-line model curriculum for the study of the complex and rapidly evolving field of international refugee law.” The Reader is supported by Legal Assistance through Refugee Clinics (LARC), which is a project of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. Funding is provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the European Refugee Fund. The Reader’s content reflects its main objective, which is to provide materials for twenty plus LARC refugee clinics. The Reader is organized into four main sections providing an introduction and covering both the international and European frameworks of refugee protection, as well as a section on the UNHCR and other entities. Each section is divided into numerous specific subtopics. Many readings and primary source materials are provided as PDF documents. Other readings not available in full-text are listed. Source materials include U.N. documents, treaties and conventions, and cases.
A product of the Law Library of Congress, the "Trial of Saddam Hussein" intends to provide readers with essential information related to the prosecution of the former ruler of Iraq ousted in 2003. Beginning with introductory and background materials, this site discusses the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal (SICT), the present prosecution, and the possibility of future prosecution. The "Present Prosecution" section describes the facts alleged, the charges, and the principal defendants under the SICT. Legal researchers will be interested in the "Legal Process" section, which discusses, among other issues, the procedural rules of the Iraqi Criminal Procedures Code and the appellate process under Iraqi law. Finally, for further information, the "Trial of Saddam Hussein" provides readers with sections on related "Laws, Treaties and Resolutions;" a bibliography of related books and journal articles; and source notes which include news sites, governmental sites, and non-governmental organizations.
From the Washington Post comes the U.S. Congress Votes Database. In one convenient place, researchers can learn of every vote taken in Congress since 1991. For both Senate and House votes, “the Post has assembled detail and summary information about that vote and the members who took part.” In addition, the paper determines a majority position, if one exists, for Republicans and Democrats. The database is organized by chamber and divided between current and prior Congresses. Votes are categorized by narrowest and widest margin and late night votes. A new feature provides votes by type, including impeachments, nominations, and treaties. For each roll call vote, significant data is provided: the question voted on, category, vote description, vote type, result, and date and time. Vote totals are presented according to several different categories. Users can determine the vote profile by party, state, region, gender, and even Baby Boomer status and astrological sign. An important feature provides detailed voting profiles for each member of Congress. The site also has an RSS feature to inform researchers of the most recent votes. All in all, this is an informative, useful, and fun site.
InSITE contributors: J. Jones, B. Kreisler, M. Morrison, J. Pajerek (editor)
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