Al Jazeera English : English version of independent Middle East Media
Background Notes US State Department documents on each country. Scroll down to find the country you need.
BBC News Country Profiles A more international look at the history, politics and economics of most countries of the world.
Country Studies-Library of Congress A description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
CIA World Factbook US government’s Central Intelligence Agency’s presentation of facts on each country. Hover over map to find a region.
Human Rights Watch This nonprofit, nongovernmental organization’s site reports on human rights offenses and conditions around the world. Information is provided by country and issue, and the site includes photographs, an archive of the organization’s full-text reports
National Public Radio Internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. A privately supported, not-for-profit membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of 27.5 million Americans each week. Topics include historic issues and current events.