As technology makes the world more accessible, it is increasingly important to develop a wide perspective on social issues as well as political, environmental, and health issues of global significance.
Each anthology in the new Global Viewpoints series (which does not duplicate any material in the Opposing Viewpoints series) delivers contemporary perspectives on the featured issue -- with the majority of the material reflecting stances of countries other than the United States. Primary sources, including speeches and government documents, join essays from international magazines and news sources for a truly panoramic view. Helpful features include an annotated table of contents, a world map and country index, a bibliography and a subject index.
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"This collection of essays offers cases around the world in which citizens? freedom of expression is restricted. Four chapters explore restrictions to freedom of the press, artistic expression, internet access and political expression. Collectively, the selections raise the fundamental questions about free speech that all countries grapple with: what is the role of free speech in promoting a democratic society? Where is the line between the need for free speech and the need for the government to protect its citizens from harm? Should all speech, including hate speech, be protected as a fundamental right? Students will be interested in Thailand?s efforts to block YouTube, which ultimately drew more negative attention to its monarchy than a critical video posted on the site ever would have had the government not blocked the site at all. They may also be drawn into debate about several European countries? desire to block bomb-making sites on the Web. Comparisons of other countries? struggles with freedom of expression can ultimately help students better understand the current and historical positions taken in the United States. As with other volumes in this series, guided reading questions follow an introduction to each article and each chapter concludes with a short periodical bibliography. Chapter discussion questions, a list of relevant organizations, a longer print bibliography and a general index are included. This volume can be used by teachers of world and U.S. history as an extension or introduction to the concept of free speech and can be used as a starting point in student research. Highly recommended for high school libraries."
--Doug's Student Reference Room, August 2009
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