Social, Political, Economic and Environmental Issues That Affect Us All
- Welcome to the global issues web site. This web site looks into global issues that affect everyone and aims to show how most issues are inter-related.
- There are over 550 articles on this site, mostly written by myself. The issues discussed range from trade, poverty and globalization, to human rights, geopolitics, the environment, and much more. Spread over these articles, there are over 7,000 links to external articles, web sites, reports and analysis to help provide credence to the arguments made on this web site — Anup Shah. (About).
Poverty: Facts and Stats; Around the world; Causes; Women’s rights; Racism; Global Financial Crisis; World military spending;
Who am I, Site funding; Site Updates; FAQs; Links, resources; Support; Articles by issues; World news; Homepage’s right column: list of Issues;
Why am I doing this? /The Importance of the Media: The mainstream media is one of the most important aspects of a functioning and participatory democracy. It helps us form our views of the world around us, influence our opinion and let us learn about all manner of things we may otherwise never have come across. It is incredibly beneficial but in today’s world, it also has real problems.
Constructive criticism and debate is a necessary part of our development (as individuals, communities, and societies). It helps avoid stagnation, complacency and blind conformity, while enhancing democracy and diversity.
Yet, since writing about global issues, I have found that oftentimes, the mainstream media is subject to the political interests of powerful people and groups. Many global issues appear to be misrepresented in the mainstream for various reasons such as politics, profit motives, to stifle debate, suppress dissent, and so on. Some of these issues may not be receiving enough—or any—mainstream media attention and therefore there is a lack of enough open and public debate, while other concerns seem to be getting a biased attention only … (full text of this statement).