Monday, 31 October 2016

Suez Crisis 60th anniversary - find out the facts with our recommended links

60th anniversary of the Suez Crisis -
Professor Nigel Ashton (LSE) explores parallels between Anthony Eden’s handling of the 1956 Suez Crisis and Tony Blair’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq in a useful article from the Conversation.

Here are some useful starting points for finding out more.
The Imperial War Museum has an introductory article on What was the Suez Crisis? 
Vernon Bogdanor CBE Gresham College lecture  on Suez

UK National Archives holds government papers and correspondence relating to decisions of the British government. Search the discovery catalogue for the full listing. Examples of primary source documents online include: papers from the Cabinet Office
Cabinet Secretaries notebooks.
Public information films.
Getty Images (remember to check copyright)

Bodleian Library has an online exhibition- this has exampples from their modern political papers to provide an 'insider's viewpoint' of Suez from politicians, diplomats, civil servants and leading public figures.

French perspectives - Service historique de la Défense
 Foreign Relations of the United States documents
United Nations acounts of the UNEF peacekeeping mission.
Pathe News reels of events.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Habitat III - follow the progress and get the facts from our resources

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development which takes place biennially - it took place in Ecuador , from 17 – 20 October 2016. Here are some useful websites.

The Official Habitat III website has the agenda, resolutions and news. There were three preparatory meetings the web sites of which contain documents.
Meeting One
Meeting two
Meeting three
Regional meetings

Issue papers for Habitat III

Get started withis these introductory guides to understanding Habitat III

The Conversation blog
Independent Newspaper

Some comment can be found on.
World Bank blogs
Council of the European Union.
IIED opinion
Womens Alliance
Comunitas coalition

Controversy - for opposition see this useful Guardian article

ResistenciaH√°bitat III, an “opposition” of more than 40 community groups from Quito and around Ecuador highlighting the local issues they say are being ignored by the global convention on their doorstep

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Nuremberg Trials - 70th Anniversary- are they still relevant ?

2017 is the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials - what are they and are they still relevant today - find out more using our academic links

The Nuremberg trials were a series of military tribunals held by Allied forces after WWII  they prosecuted Nazi military and political leaders for their involvement in the Holocaust.

Read the full text of the

Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal Nuremberg, 14 November 1945 - 1 October 1946 This 42-volume series, also known as “The Blue Series,” is the official record of the trial of the major civilian and military leaders of Nazi Germany who were accused of war crimes

Harvard Law School Nuremberg Trials Project
also has the full text documents, plus transcripts, document files  and original photographs of events available for free on its website. It also includes essays  and biographical information on participants.

United States Holocaust Museum Encyclopedia has links to articles explaining the events which are suitable for students, plus links to oral history testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust

the Legacy
These sites discuss the impact
A basic introduction from the Huffington Post
Articles in the Conversation discuss the complex legacy
France 41 has some free teaching resources in French about the trial
United States Holocaust Museum
Amnesty International

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Today is world Mental Health day- find out more using our free academic resources.

10th October is World Mental Health Day. the 2016 theme is pyschological first aid- supporting people following crises.- mental health in emergencies. The official WHO organisation website has papers and resolutions on these topics.

The Mental Health Foundation estimates that 1 in 3 adults in the UK has experienced traumatic events that have impacted on their mental health. Their free online guide discusses post traumatic stree and mental health issues

World Federation of Mental Health has published a free guide Dignity in Mental Health-Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All

The YMCA and NHS has launched the I am whole social media campaign to combat  stigma
Light up purple campaign 
Mind is using vloggers and mental health selfies  to show the physical effects of anxiety as part of its #mentalhealthselfie series
Glitch campaign from SANE add a filter to their profile pictures on Facebook as an act of solidarity. This shows how disorientating and alienating mental illness can be.

Mental Health in the UK
NHS data on admissions and numbers receiving treatment
Mental Health Foundation - statistics for the UK
Mental health at work report 2016 - CIPD survey on extent and what needs to be done by employers
Suicide by patients with mental illness. The latest anual confiential report records rising rates.
During 2004-14, 28% of suicides in the UK general population were by people under mental health care, a total of 18,172 deaths over the study period.
NatCen report on Attitudes to mental health problems and mental wellbeing amongst the public examined public opinion. It found that "Perceptions of workplace prejudice have improved over time, but the view that someone with a mental health problem would be just as likely to be promoted as anyone else is still only held by a minority"
Students and mental Health - HEPI report found that Students are less happy and more anxious than the general population, including other young people, and a minority suffer from serious mental disorders.

Research papers
Biomed central is spotlighting free research papers on this topic
Pubmed - is a free index to medical articles from the National Library of Medicine which you can use to locate abstracts and many full text rersearch materials.
Kings Fund research papers