TITLE: Global Exchange

Access: http://www.globalexchange.org/

Global Exchange is a human rights organization founded in 1988. It describes itself as being "dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world." Global Exchange's program involves promoting global awareness through travel programs, education, and sale of products made throughout the world, and the Web site promotes itself.

The site opens with a graphic page containing links to its other pages. From the home page, one can explore their "Reality Tours," read world human rights news updates, find out about Global Exchange's political campaigns, or learn about the global economy. Technically, the site works well, although there are some dead links to outside sources. The most informative links are those titled "Global Economy" and "Update." The "Update" link reports recent human rights news from worldwide sources. The "Global Economy" page lists links to outside sources that discuss ways to democratize world economies to make them friendlier to human rights.

Much of the information is self-promoting. The sections on reality tours, while informative to someone who wants to take one of these tours, is not applicable to those wanting to find reference information on the site. From the title, the section "Fair Trade" looks as though it would be about fair trade. Although it does contain some information on fair trade and links to its other site on global economy, much of it is a store site for Global Exchange to sell items made in other countries. If you need information on Global Exchange, this is an excellent site; if you need information on human rights, you would be better served at another site. For reference use, more informative sites on human rights are Human Rights Watch, available at www.hrw.org and the United Nations Page for Human Rights at www.un.org/rights.

Even though the site is attractive, it does not provide enough original material to serve as a general resource on human rights. A researcher's time could be spent better on sites that are more subject-specific. Nevertheless, for someone needing information on economies that promote human rights, Global Exchange is helpful.

Delores Carlito
University of Alabama at Birmingham
dcarlito@beowulf.mhsl.uab.edu


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